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Posted: May 22, 2015
Categories: Motors and Drives
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Author: Jeff Zinn

The next industrial revolution is happening right now.

The next industrial revolution is happening right now, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is a catalyst in this shift. As global pressures continue to grow, companies need to find new, innovative ways to use advancing Internet-ready technologies to meet demand.

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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: Apr 7, 2014
Categories: Motors and Drives
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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: 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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