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Posted on Tuesday Dec 04, 2018 at 03:38PM in Belting & Conveyors
Posted on Tuesday Dec 04, 2018 at 04:13AM in Electrical
Posted on Friday Oct 05, 2018 at 07:54PM in Fluid Power
By: Ron Polvado
To start, there are three basic types of accumulators:
Posted on Thursday Jul 26, 2018 at 02:39PM in Electrical
Many of our customers have the need for electric motor braking whether they know it or not. Most of them are unaware of the potential time and energy savings they could receive from electric motor braking.
Once it has been determined braking is required there are several things that need to be known. The first thing that must be known is the weight and speed of the rotating load, next is how fast that load needs to be stopped and lastly how frequently this load needs to be stopped. Once these factors are known it can be determined if the VFD drive can stop the load on its own or if additional items are required. In the event the VFD drive needs additional items to stop the load you might need to add a braking resistor and or the brake chopper option to the VFD drives order code. On some occasions you will need to add an external brake module to a VFD drive that doesn’t have the option for a brake chopper. These items are used together to dissipate the excess energy that is created when stopping a rotating load.
Posted on Thursday Jun 14, 2018 at 01:19PM in Electrical
Article Submitted By: Robert Witte
When ABB first released their new PSTX Soft Starter, they were only available up to 370 amps (300 Hp @ 480v) but they have now released the full product line up to 1250 amps (1000 Hp @ 480v). Previously, all ABB Soft Starters were a part of the ABB Low Voltage Products Group, along with products like Circuit Breakers, Across the Line Starters, Disconnect Switches, Pilot Devices, etc. Recently the Soft Starter product line has been re-aligned into the ABB Low Voltage Drives Group.
The PSTX Soft Starters are the most feature rich Soft Starters on the market today. The detachable keypad is modeled after the current ABB Drives keypad, such as the ACS880, ACS580 and soon to be released ACS480. Navigating through the keypad to program the Soft Starter parameters has the same flow as the current ABB drives, making programming very easy, even without using the manual for assistance. This user-friendly keypad is standard on all PSTX Softs Starters.
The PSTX Soft Starters offer a Slow Speed Jog Function, in both Forward and Reverse Directions. This feature allows for greater flexibility when operating equipment such as Conveyor Belts and Cranes. This feature provides positioning capabilities, allowing the operator to take greater control of their process.
Posted on Monday Jun 04, 2018 at 04:25PM in Mechanical
Article by: Dan Whitehouse
Bearing failure due to lubrication is a very common occurrence. About 50% of bearing failure is related to lubrication. Below is a section of an article from www.machinerylubrication.com that details eight failure mechanisms. (Full article can be read here.)
When in doubt, it does not hurt to ask when lubrication comes into play.
1. Unsuitable Lubricant - First, you must choose the correct lubrication for the application. Fundamental properties, such as the viscosity, additive package and consistency (for grease), should be carefully selected based on the bearing type, speed factor and operating conditions. If these factors are not thoroughly considered and an unsuitable lubricant is applied, the lubricant may become overly stressed or be insufficient for the machine's lubrication needs. In either situation, the bearing will likely undergo premature wear and failure.
2. Lack of Lubricant - For greased bearing applications, the correct regreasing volume and frequency must be established to ensure the bearing load zones are lubricated properly. Too much time between regreasing intervals or applying too little grease will cause excessive boundary and bearing wear.
Posted on Monday Jun 04, 2018 at 04:22PM in Fluid Power
By: Steve McKown
The life blood of the hydraulic system is the fluid, and it is usually the last thing customers think about. Contamination in the fluid causes wear and damage to the moving components inside a system and can cause it to fail prematurely. Here are some key points on filtration.
New hydraulic fluid: New fluid should be filtered before it is used. Contamination gets into the fluid during the processing and packaging phases. Filter carts are available to clean this fluid before use.
Cleaning the tank: If the filters in the system clog they will bypass and return unfiltered fluid to the tank. Particles settle out of the fluid over time leaving a layer of gunk at the bottom of the tank. Most tanks have a panel that can be removed to clean this out. Keeping the tank clean will increase the life of the filters.
Suction filters in the tank: In the past most tanks were equipped with a screen suction filter on the suction tube. The tank manufacturers are going away from this because if the screen clogs it can pull a vacuum on the pump causing a catastrophic failure. They now rely on the high and low-pressure filters to catch debris in the system. This makes the high-pressure filtration even more important.
Desiccant Filler Breathers: Moisture acts like an abrasive in the hydraulic systems and can cause severe damage. Using a desiccant breather cap removes the water vapor from the air.
Return Filter: this is the filter you will see most often on the power units. This cleans the fluid as it returns from the system and removes the particulates introduced into the fluid by the seals, hoses, and moving parts in the system before returning to the tank. If you have a worn rod seal on a cylinder it will pull dirt into the cylinder contaminating the fluid. If you have older hoses they deteriorate and dirty the fluid.
Posted on Friday May 11, 2018 at 07:41AM in Belting & Conveyors
By: Ken Harville
Looking for a better posi-drive belt option? Do you have complaints about excessive stretching, wavy belt edges, and sprocket disengagement? Do you need to replace plastic modular with fabric belting? Well then here is the answer, Gates Mectrol's Posiclean PC-10 and PC-20 Kevlar reinforced, posi-drive belting.
PC-10 and PC-20 are 1” and 2” pitch respectively, and their Kevlar reinforcement eliminates belt stretch, wavy belt edges and sprocket disengagement. Further, these 2 belts allow customers the ability to drive these belts without the aid of UHMW “shoes”. Shoes increase belt wrap at the drive sprockets, but they also cause wear and tear on the belt’s surface and edges.
Posted on Friday May 11, 2018 at 07:29AM in Mechanical
By: Blake Timmons
With the increased use of Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) in industrial and commercial electric motors, there becomes a source of current flow through the bearing. Note that inverter-induced bearing currents and premature bearing failures occur in a relatively small percentage of installations and applications. Nevertheless, it's best to understand the topic when you run across the problem.
The damage to the outer or inner race of a motor bearing will look something like the pictures below.
The damage to the outer or inner race of a motor bearing will look something like the pictures below. In these photos. Notice that the “fluting” is seen as symmetrical damage which is a common sign of a bearing current issue. Also notice that damage can also occur that is not symmetrical, shown by individual random spots on metal surfaces. With motors using with an inverter, you need to be aware of the high-frequency current paths from the motor back to the inverter and to ground. This will help in understanding potential bearing current problems and remedies. High frequency motor bearing currents can occur in any motor driven by a drive using Pulse Width Modulation (PWM).