Motors and Drives

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Motors and Drives June 16, 2022

Direct-drive servo tutorial, application update

Solving low speed rotary servo applications with direct-drive motors avoids hidden initial costs, while saving money over the life of the machine. Example shows $73,000 annual savings on a widget-making machine.

By Matt Pelletier
Motors and Drives June 3, 2022

Understand the history of electric motors

Electrical engineers should understand the basic history of motors before specifying them in various applications

By Jeffrey R. Thomas
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Motors and Drives April 23, 2022

Cutting production costs through improved motor management

Energy-efficient motors and variable speed drives (VSDs) can help reduce production costs through greater energy efficiency.

By Marek Lukaszczyk
Motors and Drives April 22, 2022

Heat engine with no moving parts designed

MIT researchers have design a heat engine with no moving parts, which could help enable a fully decarbonized power grid in the future.

By Jennifer Chu
Courtesy: EASA, CFE Media and Technology
Motors and Drives April 15, 2022

Evaluate noise in electric motors

Determining the source can be more difficult than correcting it.

By Thomas H. Bishop, P.E.
Courtesy: Advanced Energy Corp.
Motors and Drives March 22, 2022

Your questions answered: Motor management and troubleshooting techniques for ac induction motors

Best practices and tips for motor management included advice on variable frequency drives (VFDs), motor efficiency, motor standards and more.

By Michael Lyda, Ronnie Alford
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Motors and Drives March 2, 2022

Intro to setting up, tuning a PM motor with a VFD

A permanent magnet (PM) motor requires a variable frequency drive (VFD) to operate effectively. See motor comparison table, induction motor vs. PM torque curve, and VFD programming and tuning advice.

By Robert Bonczar
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors and Drives February 1, 2022

VFDs from the inside out

Variable frequency drive (VFD) vocabulary words: These 50 terms can help properly apply VFDs.

By Paul Avery
Courtesy: Interact Analysis
Motors and Drives January 6, 2022

Growth expected for motor, industrial gear markets

Pent-up demand due to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to result in strong growth for the motor and industrial gear markets in the next few years.

By Shirly Zhu
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Motors and Drives December 22, 2021

Decoding your motor’s nameplate

The most relevant information of a motor should be recorded on the nameplate, which includes frame size, voltage, power and more.

By Karl Metcalfe