Kelsie Purkins

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Bearing Currents

Some new drive installations can have their bearings fail only a few months after start-up. Failure can be caused by high frequency currents, which flow through the motor bearings. While bearing currents have been around since the advent of electric motors, the incidence of damage they cause has increased during the last few years. This …

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Training Courses designed for Apprentices!

All engineers need regular training, including your apprentices. Most drives that find their way onto end user plants are not set up correctly for the particular applications. To ensure you are getting the best out of the installed base and ensure their own personal development, engineers need to keep in touch with their drive supplier …

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Double the life span of your variable speed drives for less than the cost of a cup of coffee per day

The idea that living things shut down instead of wearing down has received substantial support in recent years. Researchers working on the now famous worm C.elegans (the little nematode worm behind research that led scientists to receive the Nobel Prize, not just once but twice, in a decade) were able to produce worms that live …

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How to select the right Drive Supplier

Not all variable speed drives suppliers are the same. To help you identify the best supplier for your drives, here are the eight critical things you need, you should expect – even demand. The supplier should employ a team of fully qualified drive experts. Your supplier should be able to take the details of your …

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The 'Golden Rules' to succeed in installing Outdoor Enclosures

In almost all cases, unusual and premature deterioration of an enclosure installed outdoors is closely linked to an underestimation of the enclosure required. Collect as much data as possible concerning the installation environmentEverything starts with a precise diagnosis (as accurate as possible)of the environment. The data collected will allow you to assess the levels of …

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Why is it important to carry out a thermal audit?

Carrying out a complete, reliable heat balance allows you to consider which management solutions best suit your needs. First of all, it is essential to identify the most delicate devices or functions: the ones that should be given protection priority. Delicate devices can be the cause of shut-downs or malfunctions of the installation. Important to …

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When to use a Soft Start versus a Variable Speed Drive

A soft starter is, as you would expect, a device which ensures a soft starting of a motor. A Soft Start has different characteristics to the other starting methods. It has thyristors in the main circuit, and the motor voltage is regulated with a printed circuit board. The softstarter makes use of the fact that …

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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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