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Apr
13
2018

The UK’s largest drive repair facility

All equipment requires maintenance or repair at some point. Whether dealing with an unexpected breakdown or replacing worn parts at a scheduled maintenance interval, Quantum provides all levels of repair for all makes of VSD equipment. Recent investment in our brand new test facility is set to provide many additional benefits, allowing us to further …

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Mar
26
2018

Quantum Controls – the fourth Emergency Service?

Obviously, we say this with tongue in cheek! As important as our services are to UK manufacturing, when our engineers are called upon it is not a matter of life or death. The ladies and gents of the police, fire and health services deserve all the recognition they get (and much better salaries in our …

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Mar
02
2018

Snow doesn’t beat Quantum, the right vehicle for the job saves the day!

Earlier this week Quantum Controls took a call from a cable manufacturer who had a DC motor failure within his production line, and the extreme weather conditions meant getting through the snow to site was difficult – but our 4 x 4 vehicles meant our engineers were still mobile. The motor had already failed three …

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Feb
27
2018

‘One Call’ is all it took…

Since the launch of our One Call VSD Contract we have been amazed by its popularity and the number of clients that have deemed this the perfect solution for their business. Our One Call Contract provides 24/7 technical telephone support, 24/7 emergency call out and a guaranteed first visit fix on all manufacturers’ equipment for …

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Feb
14
2018

What are the common effects of harmonic distortion?

The distortion in the waveform in the load current of any nonlinear device causes similar changes in the voltage waveform relative to the harmonic impedance of the source network. This voltage distortion affects both the current and voltage for all other loads connected to that system. The common effects of such harmonic distortion are as …

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Feb
01
2018

What are the main features of all AC variable speed drives?

The basic functions of an AC drive We can confidently say that today the AC drive is the leading motor control method. Here we take a closer look at the different features of the AC drive, and the levels of performance the drive can offer. There are four different components in AC drive motor control. These …

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Jan
18
2018

What are the 10 different duty types (load cycle) of three-phase asynchronous motors?

Motor Duty / Load Cycle The term duty defines the load cycle to which the machine is subjected, including, if applicable, starting, electric braking, no-load and rest de-energized periods, including their durations and sequence in time. Duty considered as a generic term, for example, can be classified as continuous duty, short-time duty or periodic duty. …

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Jan
16
2018

Quantum Controls enters into new agreement with ABB Drives

After a 25-year partnership as the UK’s leading ABB partner, we have signed a new deal with ABB Drives. Due to the growth of Quantum Controls (QC) nationally, it was mutually decided that QC has outgrown the ABB Drives Authorised Value Provider (AVP) network – a collection of engineering companies appointed to solely supply ABB …

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Dec
15
2017

What are the top safety tips for electrical engineers?

Seven steps that save lives// While we usually focus our weekly technical releases on practical assistance for today’s engineers, nothing is more important than understanding how to work safely. As an example of electrical safety procedures, we will discuss the safe working procedures used by HV field technicians – the ‘Seven steps that save lives‘. …

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Dec
15
2017

What are the key things to consider with the stop/start control of AC drives?

STOP/START control of the AC drive// The protection of the mains supply side of the drive requires a short-circuit protection. This can be, either in the form of a set of adequately rated fuses, usually as part of a switch-fuse unit, or a main circuit breaker. The stop/start control of the AC drive can be …

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