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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: 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: 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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