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Posted: Oct 7, 2014
Categories: Motors and Drives
Comments: 0
Author: Jeff Zinn

Latest on the Lifecycle Status of PowerFlex Drives

With the recent release of the PowerFlex 750 and 520 series, many of you may be wondering about the Lifecycle of your other PowerFlex Drives.

Here we have provided the current Lifecycle Status of the PowerFlex Drives; you will see which of your Drives are still active and which ones you might want to consider reevaluating.

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Posted: Jul 31, 2014
Categories: Clean Energy
Comments: 4

What is power factor and how does it affect your facility?

Power Factor is a measure of the efficient use of power, the ratio of the Working Power to Apparent (or Total) Power. To determine power factor (PF), divide working power (kW) by apparent power (kVA).

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November 19-20, 2014 | Anaheim, CA

Get ready for the annual Automation Fair event from Rockwell Automation – this year’s event will take place in Anaheim, CA, Nov 19-20. This is a great opportunity to learn about the latest trends, technologies and solutions in automation and admission is free!

Buckles-Smith is providing travel packages for those who RSVP with us, our travel packages include:

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Posted: Apr 25, 2014
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How to keep your facility productive and safe using visuals.

Using visuals in your facility is essential to employee awareness when it comes to safety precautions. When dealing with biohazard/hazardous materials, electrical machine and equipment, and other safety hazards, you should have signs indicating to your employees about the hazard and what precautions they should take. Safety visuals are important to keeping your facility safe and productive.

Today we will be going over the top Five Safety Visual Tips from our friends at Brady. You can read about these tips and more in Brady’s “50 Lean Visuals” pocketbook.

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Posted: Apr 7, 2014
Categories: Motors and Drives
Comments: 0
Author: Jeff Zinn

Why do you need VFD cables?

Here are some of the responses I hear when I ask what customers are using to connect a Variable Frequency Drive (PowerFlex 525, 40,70, 700, 755) to a motor:

  • We use THHN in pipe, or
  • We use shielded tray cable, or
  • We use a motor supply cable... when connecting a VFD to a motor.

There are many reasons why I do not recommend using any of the above, and instead recommend Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) cables, this includes:

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Posted: Mar 3, 2014
Comments: 0
Author: Chris Mahler

with ArcShield, Arc Flash Protection

The use of multiple and differing automation systems in a single plant brings its own unique set of potential hazards and training requirements – forcing companies to work proactively and diligently to increase workplace safety. One rapidly growing area of focus is on reducing risk in situations where workers must enter an area with arc flash potential by creating arc flash protection boundaries.

Arc flashes – the concentrated radiant energy that explodes inside electrical equipment following an arc fault – are responsible for about 80 percent of all electrical-related injuries. In North America, five to 10 arc flash events occur every day. What makes an arc flash such a dangerous event is the extreme temperatures involved, which in some cases can reach 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit – almost four times the surface temperature of the sun. Moreover, the pressure wave from the blast is equivalent to that of a hand grenade.

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Posted: Jan 30, 2014
Categories: Automation Systems
Comments: 0
Author: Dave MacLeod

What is Virtualization?

Many of today’s computers can only run a single Operating System and application, making for an inefficient system. With virtualization, you can have multiple “virtual machines” on a single server, meaning fewer servers and lower energy and maintenance costs.

To understand what virtualization is, we need to know what a non-virtualized system looks like:

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Posted: Jan 6, 2014
Categories: Motors and Drives
Comments: 10
Author: Jeff Zinn

Setting up your IP address and subnet.

Have you ever found yourself asking “Why can’t I connect to this darn Allen Bradley Controller (MicroLogix, CompactLogix, ControlLogix) or Variable Frequency Drive (PowerFlex 525, 40, 70, 700, 755) over Ethernet”?

One of the most common mistakes I see is the PC’s network adapter is setup for DHCP and/or the device’s IP address and subnet have not been configured.

Most PC’s network adapters are setup for DHCP by default and need to be this way to connect to a majority of company and home routers. To connect to Allen Bradley Ethernet enabled devices your PC’s network adapter needs to be setup to have a static IP address on the same subnet as the device.

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