Is it possible to program the ABB ACH580 Drives to protect my motor in a stall condition?

With an AC drive, the motor can be protected in a stall situation with the stall function. It is possible to adjust supervision limits and choose how the drive reacts to the motor stall condition. This is visualized in Figure 1-6. Protection is activated if three conditions are met at the same time. The drive …

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Is it possible to rotate the motor less than a revolution to help me with my pump maintenance?

Yes, the jogging function enables the use of a momentary switch to briefly rotate the motor. The jogging function is typically used during servicing or commissioning to control the pump or fan locally. When jogging is activated, the drive starts and accelerates to the defined jogging speed along the defined jogging acceleration ramp. After the …

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Quantum Controls Golf Day 2016

Our annual Golf Day took place at Rockliffe Hall, Darlington on Tuesday 28 June and it was a great success. Even the heavy rain did not deter us! We would like to thank everyone who took part in the event and to those involved in organising the day. Big congratulations to the overall winner Alan …

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What should I consider when specifying Variable Speed Drives?

Here we offer ten tips when selecting variable-speed drives (VSDs) Power Although it is important to size the VSD with the full load current of the motor(s) being controlled, knowing the kilowatt demand of the load helps draw up a shortlist of suitable drives. Current Compare the full load current of the motor with the …

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Energy Saving Specialist of the Month

Recent article published by the Industrial Process News publication: Industrial Process News is incredibly pleased to feature Quantum Controls Limited as its designated Energy Saving Specialist of the Month. The company’s roots date back to 1989 when it was founded as Slater Drive Systems, the soon established foremost UK supplier of ABB drive and motors. …

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What kVA size Generator do I require for my 90kW ABB IE3 motor?

Q. Hi there, I have a 90kW ABB IE3 motor with an ABB Soft Start used for motor start and control. We will soon be having a temporary outage to install a new Transformer so I need to hire a temporary Diesel Generator from you, my question is what kVA size Generator do I require …

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Why should I use a bypass contactor with a soft start, and how does it work?

The bypass contactor opens when the motor reaches full speed to reduce power (heat) losses in the solid-state power section. This translates to much smaller enclosures without need for special cooling. Also, the bypass contactor on lower power modern unit is internal to the soft starter, eliminating the need for additional devices, further reducing enclosure …

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What is the difference between a soft start and a variable speed drive?

Q. What is the difference between a soft start and a variable speed drive? I am always confused as to which motor starting method I should use for different applications for efficiency and control of starting currents. A. This a question we get asked a lot, is it important to know the difference between a …

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When and why should I use capacitor reforming?

Q. My customer has a number of ABB drives, some of which can be in stores for a considerable period of time. ABB has advised us that anything left on the shelf for over 12 months needs capacitor reforming. Why is this and how is it done? A. This is correct as per the ABB’s …

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What to do in the case of a motor failure?

Q. I have read your articles on the loss of efficiency when a motor is rewound and agree rewinding burnt out motors is poor practice – but we lose £16k an hour in lost production, so what do you recommend as the quickest way to get my plant back up and running in the case …

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