Motors & Drives

Troubleshooting, Preventing Motor Failure

Insight and Experiences with Small HVAC Motors
December 9, 2013

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
December 9, 2013

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
December 9, 2013

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

November 18, 2013

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

November 18, 2013

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
July 22, 2013

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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Electro Static Technology, an ITW company: Motor Repair Best Practices Handbook

July 8, 2013

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


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Mainstream Engineering Corp.: PSC Motor Electronic Control, Control Board

July 8, 2013

The QwikSEER+™ is an enhancement to existing air conditioning and heat pump systems with Permanent Split Capacitor (PSC) motors, the company said. 


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MARS, Heat Controller Merge Operations

Acquisition Positions MARS for Future Growth, Stability
July 1, 2013

Last fall, MARS hired an investment banker and began discussing potential growth options. The company started communicating with potential targets and shortly thereafter had reached an agreement with Heat Controller. 


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Bell & Gossett®, a Xylem brand: Integrated VFD With Sensorless Control

June 24, 2013

According to the manufacturer, the variable-speed drive sensorless controller utilizes the latest generation hardware platform with advanced pumping software and proven algorithms to create a smarter, more cost-efficient, and energy-saving pump system for HVAC and pressure-booster applications. 


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