Knowledge is Power

How far is the sun from the earth? It’s a question that intrigued early astronomers. Nobody could get the calculations right but in the 18th century it was realised that Venus passes directly between the sun and the earth every few years. If several observations of the transit where made from different continents simple trigonometry …

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What does an ABB Drive Serial Number tell me about the Drive?

Quantum Controls supply thousands of ABB Drives into the UK market every year, all manufactured at ABB’s Drive Factory in Helsinki Finland, the world’s largest Drive Manufacturing Facility, this is designated by the number one at the start of the serial number. This factory serves all the European Markets including the UK. All drives are …

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“A great service, Quantum did something our previous Drive Suppliers couldn’t.”

-Richard Friend, Anglian Water Quantum Controls were contacted by a one of our Water Framework customers to help them with an issue that had been going on for over a year, after they had been passed from pillar to pillar. They had replaced some old ACS600 drives with new ACQ580s, using another ‘drive’ company to …

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Four reasons why motor independence matters

Whether we are genuinely interested in having a positive effect on the environment, or simply following the ever-intensifying standards and regulations, optimizing the energy efficiency of our motors and motor controllers is something we cannot escape. The energy-efficiency discussion has forced the development of new motor technologies and the reinvention of existing, older technologies. In …

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The drive to succeed – a guide to troubleshooting

Turn detective to troubleshoot AC drives for a quick resolution that will save time and money at a manufacturing plant. AC drives are an integral part of any manufacturing plant, as they often are responsible for controlling critical processes. The proper operation of AC drives can mean reliable and efficient plant performance, less downtime and …

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Best practices for trouble-free AC-drive operation

When it comes to environments, there’s simply no telling where an AC drive will be installed. Installations in industrial applications can be some of the harshest. Drives must be designed from the heatsink up, with many different applications in mind, and with the ability to deal with different climates, power sources, motor types and distances …

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How variable speed drives help in motor protection

Variable speed drives branch out as a segment of motor controllers. The frequency of the drives is directly proportional to the speed of the motor. These drives are used to control the frequency (measured in RPM) to meet the requirements of the electric motor’s load. Variable speed drives help in motor protection by changing the …

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Commander Drives: Now With Free Five-Year Warranty

Control Techniques has launched a free, five-year warranty for its Commander range of general-purpose drives. Anyone who purchases a drive from the Commander range will now be able to register to extend the products’ warranty from two years to five, at no extra cost. The new offer relates to the Commander C200 and C300 – …

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Variable speed drive: Back to the features

A Variable Speed Drive (VSD) is obviously able to run a motor at variable speeds, but it is also a smart actuator, fully capable of being connected and integrated into different systems: Automation, Safety or Power Conversion. It’s able to act hierarchically at all the levels of the application system: electrical, mechanical and process by …

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The Power of The F word – a history of drives

Don’t Panic… I’m talking about FREQUENCY.Or to be more specific the history of the Variable Frequency Drive. Also termed adjustable-frequency drive, variable-speed drive, AC drive, micro drive, inverter drive or in its simplest term a Drive. When Tesla first introduced the 3-phase alternating current (AC) induction motor in 1888, he knew that his invention was …

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