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Posted: Apr 27, 2017
Categories: Motors and Drives
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Protect Your Drives and Avoid Downtime

A line reactor is an inductor that absorbs high voltage microsecond transients that can damage the Variable Frequency Drives running your facility. Line reactors achieve this by slowing the rise time of the voltage spike to keep your VFDs safe. Line reactors are a relatively inexpensive way to protect several drives in an installation.

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Posted: Mar 17, 2017
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Author: Peter Plough

Find out the Lifecycle Status of your Product

This easy to use search tool from Rockwell Automation allows you to check the lifecycle status of your Rockwell products. The Product Lifecycle Status Tool enables users to determine status for Allen-Bradley PLCs, HMIs, Variable Frequency Drives, Motion Controllers, Distributed I/O and Network Interfaces.  Here’s a quick guide on how to find the page and search for your product’s lifecycle.

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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
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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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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 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
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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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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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Buckles-Smith's Tech Blog features the latest news on industry technology and commentary from our resident experts.

You've got questions, we've got solutions. With ten application engineers on staff, Buckles-Smith's Tech Blog features the latest news on industry technology and commentary from our resident experts.

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