Motors & Drives

HVACR Motor and Ice Machine Product Innovation

Reflecting Constant Change in Refrigeration
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New technologies are constantly arriving in the refrigeration sector. From time to time, we’ll take a look at some of those advancements. This article will focus on developments in motors and ice machines.


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Expo Unveils Award Winners

Wide Range of New Products Saves Energy and Improves Comfort
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Encompassing a broad cross-section of the HVACR marketplace, the winners of this year’s AHR Expo Innovation awards feature everything from a hybrid electric heat pump water heater to a high-performance metric motor. The winning entries were selected in 10 categories.


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HVAC Training Track: Jan. 6, 2014

Fundamentals of DC Operation and Repair Tips Seminar
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The seminar will cover dc machine theory and operation, as well as repair tips. 


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Dec. 17, 2013: Fuji Electric Introduces New HVAC Inverter for US Market

Manufacturer Continues Expansion of Drives Product Portfolio
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Fuji Electric Corp. of America announced that it has expanded its portfolio of low-voltage inverters with a new HVAC drive that will be available for shipment next month.


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Troubleshooting, Preventing Motor Failure

Insight and Experiences with Small HVAC Motors
By Jen Anesi
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To minimize motor imperfections, contractors must stress the importance of a comprehensive inspection, properly identify and diagnose the root cause of the deficiency, and be able to explain the failure to customers in terms they’ll understand. 


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Preventing Electrical Fluting in Motors

Ceramic Ball Bearings, Shaft Grounding Rings Help Mitigate Damage
By Jen Anesi
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While variable-frequency drives (VFDs) boast increased energy efficiency as the main benefit, a small — but by no means insignificant — percentage of the drives are causing major problems in the motor they control.


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Solar Inverters Becoming Cheaper and Smarter

Market Not Yet Fully Mature, Despite Significant Progress in Recent Years
By Jen Anesi
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As PV panels are becoming more efficient, more advanced, and less expensive, so are many of their components. 


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Electro Static Technology Inc.: Shaft Grounding Ring Repair Handbook

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A 36-page, color handbook — the AEGIS® Shaft Grounding Ring Motor Repair Handbook — describes best practices for protecting motor bearings from electrical damage. 


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WEG Electric Motors Corp.: Variable-Speed Drive

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Available for the CFW-11 variable-speed drive, the Pump Genius process control software manages and monitors up to six pumps in a coordinated system. 


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Saving Money for Customers, Contractors

Two Manufacturers Tie for Gold in HVAC High-Efficiency Residential Equipment Category
By Cherie Preville
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Homeowners want to save money, which often also means saving energy when they purchase HVAC equipment. This leads consumers toward high-efficiency equipment. 


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