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Low Voltage AC VFDs and Basic Control Methods

  • January 2021
  • Number of views: 40
  • Article rating: No rating
FREE for Members of EASA
Webinar recording

This webinar recording explains the basics of low voltage AC drive types and control methods.

Help Customers Save Energy & Money with Power Drive Systems

New study shows major savings potential with power drive systems on commercial pumps

  • December 2020
  • Number of views: 355
  • Article rating: 4.0
FREE for Members of EASA
Webinar recording

While adding variable speed capability in commercial buildings is not a new idea, a new analysis confirms major energy and cost savings is available by pairing those products with a power drive system (PDS) – regardless of a pump’s load variability. A PDS combines an electric motor, adjustable speed controls and sensors that provide feedback to the equipment, allowing the equipment to slow down or speed up to meet current demand. This idea and the added flexibility a PDS can provide may be even more important as we move forward in uncertain times.

Shaft and Bearing Currents

  • March 2020
  • Number of views: 2407
  • Article rating: 5.0
FREE for Members of EASA
Webinar recording

This webinar explains what shaft currents are, what causes them, and differentiate between the two common causes. It also discusses and compares methods to mitigate shaft currents and explains why the different causes of shaft currents require different solutions.

Considerations for using VFDs with standard motors

There are areas of concern when trying to control both speed and cost

  • June 2019
  • Number of views: 1077
  • Article rating: 3.0
Trade press article — Plant Engineering

End users desiring speed and/or torque control often buy variable-frequency drives (VFDs) to modify existing applications where a standard induction motor is in place. Frequently, they try to control costs by using that existing standard induction motor. Before taking that path, however, it is best to consider a few areas of concern with the approach.

Induction Motor Speed Control Basics

  • March 2019
  • Number of views: 644
  • Article rating: No rating
Webinar recording

Induction motors are most often applied to what are essentially constant speed drive applications. However, the use of induction motors in variable speed applications continues to grow, primarily due to technology advances in power electronics. This webinar will review speed control basics for induction machines.

Considerations for using VFDs with standard motors

  • December 2016
  • Number of views: 1692
  • Article rating: No rating
Trade press article — Plant Engineering

There are a few areas of concern involving the misapplication variable frequency drives (VFDs) on a standard induction motor. This article looks at some of those.

How to properly operate a three-phase motor using single-phase power

  • October 2016
  • Number of views: 2953
  • Article rating: No rating
Trade press article — Plant Engineering

There are several methods to operating a three-phase motor using single-phase power to make what would be an otherwise expensive and arduous process a little easier.

Operating a three-phase motor using single-phase power

  • August 2016
  • Number of views: 914
  • Article rating: No rating

We all have that occasional customer who got a “deal” at an auction: a compressor, or lathe, or wood-working equipment, only to discover when he started to install it that this equipment has a three-phase motor and only single-phase power is available. You know that you are about to be called upon to “convert” that piece of equipment, and you probably realize that it’s going to cost you more than you can charge.

Funcionamiento de un motor trifásico con energía monofásica

  • August 2016
  • Number of views: 853
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Todos nosotros tenemos ese cliente ocasional que compró “una ganga” en una subasta, como un compresor, un torno o una máquina para trabajar madera y que solo descubre al comenzar a instalarlo que ese equipo tenía un motor trifásico y que él dispone únicamente de energía monofásica. Posiblemente sea su vecino o un amigo de la iglesia. En cualquier caso, usted está a punto de ser contactado para “convertir” esa parte del equipo y probablemente piensa que eso le va a costar más de lo que el puede gastar. Soluciones utilizadas anteriormente incluyen​: Conectando dos fases a los 220 voltios de la entrada monofásica y condensadores a una de las líneas energizadas para crear “una línea fantasma” para el tercer cable. Utilizar un convertidor de fase rotativo. Descargar el artículo siguiente para los detalles.

Selection and use of a VFD for service center testing

  • January 2016
  • Number of views: 925
  • Article rating: No rating

With the growing popularity of variable frequency drives (VFDs), it is likely almost every EASA service center has repaired motors powered by one in a customer’s installation. For these motors, it is best that after repair they are tested using a VFD, typically at no-load. This will provide operation mimicking the actual customer application, at varying speeds, and will help ensure proper mechanical operation throughout the speed range. This will include detecting vibration problems, identifying any resonant speeds within the operating range, and more. Also, if the motor is used above utility line frequency (i.e., 50 Hz or 60 Hz), it should be operated up to top speed for vibration measurement and a good break-in of the bearings.

Topics covered include:

  • Selection challenges
  • Voltage, power rating and frequency
  • New or used VFDs for testing?
  • Operating parameters

Getting The Most From Your Electric Motors

Getting The Most From Your Electric Motors - coverThis 40-page booklet provides great advice for obtaining the longest, most efficient and cost-effective operation from general and definite purpose electric motors.

This booklet covers topics such as:

  • Installation, startup and baseline information
  • Operational monitoring and maintenance
  • Motor and baseline installation data
  • How to read a motor nameplate
  • Motor storage recommendations



EASA/AEMT Rewind Study

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The Effect of Repair/Rewinding on Premium Efficiency/IE3 Motors
Tests prove Premium Efficiency/IE3 Motors can be rewound without degrading efficiency.


ANSI/EASA AR100-2020

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Recommended Practice for the Repair of Rotating Electrical Apparatus
This is a must-have guide to the repair of rotating electrical machines. Its purpose is to establish recommended practices in each step of the rotating electrical apparatus rewinding and rebuilding processes.



EASA Technical Manual

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The EASA Technical Manual is the association's definitive and most complete publication. It's available FREE to members in an online format. Members can also download PDFs of the entire manual or individual sections.