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Posted: Dec 18, 2013
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Your Solution to Product and Inventory Management and Support

Today, I would like to talk about Rockwell Automation’s Installed Base Evaluation (IBE). Rockwell’s Installed Base Evaluation helps you determine what actions you should take regarding the management and support of your products and/or inventory.

An IBE helps our customers really get a grasp for what products and/or inventory are at risk for obsolescence in their facility based on the assessment level they choose. Depending on the level you choose, an IBE is applicable to not only Rockwell products, but third Party products as well.

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Posted: Nov 14, 2013
Categories: Power Engineering
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Author: Joe Kreisel

Transformer Upgrades and Replacements – Think Energy Savings!

When it comes to upgrading and replacing existing transformers at your facility, there is no lack of product offering on the market. By upgrading your transformer to a TP1-1 Compliant or NEMA Premium Efficiency transformer, you can considerably reduce your energy costs. Additionally, if you save your company money while simultaneously minimizing your company’s impact on the environment, you’ll be the company’s in house rock star.

The HPS Tool Box Energy Savings Calculator makes your product selection decisions easier and better. Since the Energy Savings Calculator is easy to use, the following information is all you will need: Facility Application Profile (Commercial or Industrial), kVA of existing transformer and your current utility rate. With this information, the Energy Savings Calculator will provide you detailed information on both TP1-1 and NEMA Premium Efficiency transformers that fit your application. You select the transformer that works best for you.

Let’s look at an example:

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Posted: Nov 1, 2013
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Solve your system outages fast with one flat fee.

In today’s economy, many manufacturing companies are keeping tight budgets and lacking enough skilled people to fill vacant jobs. Due to this, most companies cannot afford for unplanned downtime. The cost of a company’s downtime can cost anywhere between $110,000 and $150,000 per hour! Meaning nearly $20 billion is lost per year for process industries.

In order to help you prepare for these instances, Rockwell Automation has overhauled their Assurance™ Integrated Support offering. If you are unfamiliar with Rockwell Automation’s Assurance service agreements, I will be discussing them in this blog post, along with why you may want to look at improving your current service agreement.

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Posted: Oct 17, 2013
Categories: Power Engineering
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Author: Joe Kreisel

Dry-Type Transformer Calculation

The HPS Tool Box created by Hammond Power Solutions includes a simple and easy to use online calculator that quickly calculates the size of the dry-type transformer needed for your application. All you need is the basic load data: Number of Phases, kVA, Volts or Amps. Once you specify two of the three power supply requirements, the current calculator will calculate the missing value.

Let’s look at an example:

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Posted: Oct 9, 2013
Categories: Motors and Drives
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Top Ten Takeaways

Aaron Osgood, Rockwell Automation Account Manager, recently attended a VFD 101 Seminar at Buckles-Smith Training Center in San Jose, CA. With just over one year of industry experience, Aaron has learned a ton about the electrical industry, specifically industrial automation, power and control. Aaron attended the VFD 101 Seminar and was kind enough to share with us his Top Ten Takeaways.

Buckles-Smith hosts its Industrial Automation 101 classes on a quarterly basis. Upcoming classes can be found on Buckles-Smith’s Online Seminar Schedule. Additionally, upon customer’s requests, Buckles-Smith will host seminars directly at a customer’s site. To schedule a seminar today, please email our Training Coordinator at training@buckles-smith.com.

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Posted: Oct 3, 2013
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Author: David Dohm

Your Guide to Selecting the Perfect Patch Cord for the Job

Knowing the difference between different types of Fiber Optic Patch Cords will help you choose the best cable and connector for your project. Here is your guide to selecting which Fiber Optic Patch Cords are the ones you need to get the job done. Fiber Optic patch cords come in a variety of cable and connector types. In order to obtain the proper patch cord you need to determine several attributes:

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Posted: Sep 19, 2013
Categories: Power Engineering
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Author: Joe Kreisel

Buck-Boost Transformer

Selecting the right buck-boost transformer for your specific job can be a bit tricky. That’s why I love the HPS Tool Box created by Hammond Power Solutions. When you provide a couple of key buck-boost transformer data fields (Number of Phases, kVA or Amps, Line and Load Voltage), the HPS Tool Box selects the best buck-boost transformer for your application.

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Posted: Sep 5, 2013
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Author: David Dohm

Glossary of Common Network Physical Infrastructure Terms

At first glance, the Panduit Unified Physical Infrastructure Systems catalog appears to be written in an unfamiliar language. To help you get started, I have compiled some common, but important, terms for you to remember when dealing with Network Physical Infrastructure.

These terms will help you find corresponding products in the Panduit Unified Physical Infrastructure Systems catalog (SA-NCCB51) and NetKey Cabling System catalog (NKLC15-SA-ENG). The below page references are to the current edition of the SA-NCCB51 Catalog.

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