Controls

Drum Reversing Switch Wiring Diagrams

Cory Soetaert

Wiring diagrams for single-phase motors with drum reversing switches. Find 5-lead, 7-lead, and 9-lead downloads here.

How to Connect a Capacitor to an AC Motor

Cory Soetaert

Capacitors are necessary in storing and releasing electricity but can be tricky to replace in an AC Motor. Follow our step-by-step guide.

Wiring a Pressure Transducer to a VFD

Cory Soetaert

What is a pressure transducer? How does it work? And how do you wire it into your circuit? Read now for your answers.

What Types of Motors Can Be Used with VFDs?

Chris Beaton

While the use of VFDs allows you to adjust the speed of your AC induction motor, not all motors are compatible with VFDs. Read this article to learn more about choosing the correct motor for your application.

How to Size a VFD for a 3-Phase Motor

Cory Soetaert

In this blog, we discuss the factors you need to consider when finding a variable frequency drive (VFD) for your 3-phase electric motor. Read more!

VFD Regeneration Explained

Chris Beaton

In this article we explain the principles of VFD regeneration and discuss the cost savings of capturing this energy for future use. Read more!

How to Change the Direction of a DC Motor

Chris Beaton

A comprehensive guide on changing the direction of your DC motor. Read more to find out how to do so simply and without causing damage to your equipment.

What is a VFD, and How Does it Work?

Chris Beaton

VFDs give you greater control over how your AC motor performs, enabling you to find opportunities to increase efficiency and performance and maximize productive quality.

What to Consider When Pairing Your AC Induction Motor with a VFD*

Chris Beaton

Running your AC Induction motor with a VFD gives you precise speed control, but there a few things to look out for. Avoid downtime and increase your cost savings with these motor and VFD pairing tips.

Troubleshooting a Failed VFD

Chris Beaton

By understanding the main reasons why VFDs fail, operators can quickly determine the cause of a failure or select the right VFD for the job, which help prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Read on for detailed VFD troubleshooting tips.

Preventing VFD-Induced Bearing Damage in Electric Motors

Cory Soetaert

VFDs create shaft currents in many electric motors that can damage the bearings, impacting productivity and incurring increased operating costs. Ensure you get AEGIS Shaft Grounding Rings or FAG Insulated Bearings from eMotors Direct on your next overhaul or new purchase.

Benefits of Soft Starters vs. VFDs for Electric Motors

Cory Soetaert

Applying full power to a motor at start-up often results in mechanical and electrodynamic stress on the motor, electrical system, and connected machinery. By utilizing a soft starter, this problem can be avoided.

7 Considerations when Choosing a Speed Controller (VFD) for Your Electric Motor

Cory Soetaert

Choosing the right speed controller requires knowing the following: motor type, operational requirements, power supply, and control system infrastructure and operating environment. It should be customize-able to your application needs.

AC and DC Motor Speed Control

Cory Soetaert

AC and DC motor speed controllers operate on different design principles, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. When selecting a motor speed controller, it is important to consider your applications requirements to make the best choice.

Selecting the Right Controls for Your Electric Motor

Chris Beaton

Selecting the right motor controls gives you the capability to fine tune the productivity of your application and protect valuable assets from electrical ad mechanical damage. Take a look at some of our suggestions for safe and reliable motor control.

VFD Maximum And Minimum Speeds

Cory Soetaert

VFDs allow operators to fine-tune the speed of their electric motor, increasing efficiency and cutting costs. However, understanding speed limitations of the electric motor will help increase the lifespan of the motor.

Introduction To The Variable Frequency Drive

Cory Soetaert

A Variable Frequency Drive is a handy device that provides you with fine control over your motor's speed and torque, allowing you to tailor the speed of the motor to the application, increasing efficiency and productivity, and reducing maintenance costs.

Turndown Ratio in AC Motor Speed Control

Cory Soetaert

When you have an application that needs your motor to run at various speeds, there are 2 major factors you need to consider. Turndown ratio of the motor and understanding the difference between scalar and vector controls.

Basic Electric Motor Troubleshooting

Chris Beaton

5 basic tips on troubleshooting electric motor issues like failure to start, stoppage, failure to reach full speed, overheating, and vibration. Get from problem to diagnosis to solution with this article.