Drives and Motor Controls

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MOTOR LOAD SLIDE RULE
A perennial favorite on our Resources page, this free slide rule shows why measuring power is more effective than measuring just amps. Monitoring power gives you valuable information about mixture viscosity, pump or fan flow, beginning or end of a process and optimum feed rate. This easy-to-use tool visually demonstrates the relationship between power, the power factor, amps and motor power.
Load Controls Incorporated
888/600-3247

ADJUSTABLE-SPEED DRIVES 101
This free, downloadable tutorial covers the basics of AC adjustable-speed drives,  including types of drives, types of variable speed control, adjustable-speed functions, power and torque, advantages and disadvantages, variable- and constant-torque loads and types of AC adjustable-speed drives.  The direct link is at www.scribd.com/doc/6883802/AdjustableSpeedDrivesTutorial.
Scribd.com

ALL ABOUT DRIVES
Danfoss VLT Drives has a number of educational resources available through its website at www.danfossdrives.com. These include an online diagnostics tool (http://tinyurl.com/cqp3l3m) for the VLT 2800, VLT 5000, VLT 6000 and VLT 8000 drives, and a collection of lessons on adjustable frequency drives for the industrial market (http://tinyurl.com/2b3gz4t) and variable frequency drives for HVAC and water and wastewater markets (http://tinyurl.com/clxovdb). A free 150-page downloadable document called "Facts Worth Knowing about Frequency Converters" (http://tinyurl.com/ykhtusf) is available that provides an introduction to the work and build-up of a frequency converter and the AC motors connected to it.
Danfoss VLT Drives  
800/432-6367

DC MOTOR CHARACTERISTICS
This tutorial deals with direct current permanent magnet motors operated at a constant voltage.  It covers the basic concepts of power, torque and speed and includes sections on torque/speed, power/torque and power/speed curves. Free. The direct link is http://lancet.mit.edu/motors/motors3.html
MIT

MOTION AND DRIVES LIBRARY
Galil has a library of tutorials on motion control subjects, including system design, tuning, motion controllers, motors and drives, software, control of load-sharing systems, Ethernet and motion control and I/O control. The tutorials are free, but registration is required. The direct link is at www.galilmc.com/learning/tutorials.php.
Galil Motion Control
800/377-6329

POWER QUALITY TUTORIAL
The Leonardo Energy organization offers a variety of white papers, blogs, tutorials and courses on electrical subjects. Among its offerings is the Power Quality Tutorial ebook. This is free and downloadable. Sections include coverage of power quality phenomena, problems, solutions and design issues. The direct link is at www.leonardo-energy.org/power-quality-tutorial-0.
Leonardo Energy

BALANCING AND FREQUENCY CONTROL
This 53-page PDF from the North American Electrical Reliability Corp. (NERC) covers balancing and frequency control concepts, issues and recommendations. Topics discussed include balancing fundamentals, including primary, secondary and tertiary control, time control and inadvertent interchange, frequency correction and intervention, a bibliography and a set of review questions. The direct link is at http://tinyurl.com/6alhzpw. The PDF is free and downloadable.
NERC

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