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See our articles in the Northern Industrial knowledge base on a range of industrial automation topics designed to help you. From guides to choosing the right parts for your requirements to explanations of the latest features by renowned manufacturers, you can find a wealth of knowledge right here.

preventative maintenance tips to reduce downtime

Top 10 Preventative Maintenance Tips for Reducing Downtime

Preventative maintenance is hugely important and should be part of any obsolescence plan yet, surprisingly, not everyone uses it to their advantage. Read on for our top tips on reducing your downtime.

reduce risk when buying used parts

How to reduce your risk when buying used automation parts

Warren Buffett once said “Price is what you pay; value is what you get” . In the world of used automation prices, quality and value are often very difficult to judge.

choose the right inverter drive

How to choose the right AC Inverter Drive

Having more choice is not always a good thing. Take AC drives for example: in the past only a select number of companies manufactured AC drives and they were primarily used for basic motor speed control

what is a variable speed drive?

What is a Variable Speed Drive

A variable speed drive (VSD) regulates the speed or torque output of an AC electric motor. There are several different names that variable speed drives are commonly referred to including: frequency converters, variable frequency drives, AC drives, inverter drives and adjustable speed drives.

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  • reduce risk when buying used parts

    How to reduce your risk when buying used automation parts

    Warren Buffett once said “Price is what you pay; value is what you get”. In the world of used automation prices, quality and value are often very difficult to judge.

    Read full article >>
  • how to choose the right drive

    How to choose the Right AC Inverter Drive

    Having more choice is not always a good thing. Take AC drives for example: in the past only a select number of companies manufactured AC drives and they were primarily used for basic motor speed control.

    Read full article >>
  • top 10 preventative maintenance tips

    Top 10 Preventative Maintenance Tips for Reducing Downtime

    Preventative maintenance is hugely important and should be part of any obsolescence plan yet, surprisingly, not everyone uses it to their advantage. Read on for our top tips on reducing your downtime.

    Read full article >>
  • what is a DC link choke?

    What is a DC link choke?

    Also known as a DC reactor, a DC link choke smooths the current flow to the variable speed drive and reduce damaging harmonics produced on the power line.

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  • what is a VSD?

    What is a Variable Speed Drive

    A variable speed drive (VSD) regulates the speed or torque output of an AC electric motor. There are several different names that variable speed drives are commonly referred to including: frequency converters, variable frequency drives, AC drives, inverter drives and adjustable speed drives.

    Read full article >>
  • what is conformal coating

    What is conformal coating?

    A special coating applied in the factory during the production of the printed circuit board (PCB). The coating comes in different types, 3C3 and 3C2, the difference being that 3C2 has only 10% of the effect of 3C3.

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  • The Sizing and Selection of Variable Speed Drives

    The Sizing and Selection of Variable Speed Drives

    The key aspect of designing a variable speed drive system is selecting the right VSD. If you choose a unit that is too small it will be unable to control the connected motor optimally at all necessary operating points.

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  • The Sizing and Selection of Variable Speed Drives

    Centralised versus Decentralised Installation

    Without a doubt the most popular form of installation is centralised installation of VSDs in control cabinets. The advantages of centralised control cabinet technology lie, above all, in the protected installation of the units and centralised access to them for power, control, maintenance, and fault analysis.

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  • The Sizing and Selection of Variable Speed Drives

    Environmental Factors when choosing a VSD

    Minimum and maximum ambient temperature limits are specified for all VSDs. Avoiding extreme ambient temperatures prolongs the life of the equipment and maximises overall system reliability.

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