The Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) market is positioned for growth with some reports predicting a market value greater than $20 billion by 2021. What's driving this growth? Advantages to using VFD such as tighter process control and cost savings achieved through improved efficiency, reduced energy usage, and decreased maintenance. While controllers and motors combine as the two primary components to VFD, there is one additional component that is often overlooked and yet it is key to achieving the above-outlined benefits: the cable.
In an industrial setting, it’s imperative to be aware of the chemicals coming into contact with your cable and how they may impact the life of the cable. The cable’s jacket can swell, bloat, or harden after exposure, and even penetrate to the cable itself. Being armed with this knowledge will help you choose a proper cable that will last.
Here are some of the common chemicals to which your industrial power cables may be subjected.
WHY HAVE AN EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN?
If we've learned anything from recent events, having an operations plan in case of an emergency plays a very important role in keeping your facility up and running and your people safe. Your plan can provide guidance to employees during an emergency and highlight potential issues in your facility, such as hazardous conditions and a lack of resources, that you may be able to fix prior to an emergency happening.
Cranes are essential to the steel-making process. They’re used for quick, safe loading and unloading of materials and they keep vehicles moving throughout the facility. Cranes also handle scrap or raw materials, liquid metal, and melting buckets. Constantly running, cranes are fully integrated into a steel mill’s processes. Here are the cranes used in the steel industry and the industrial power cables they require.
The machinery used in the Wood, Paper, Pulp industry is subject to extreme environments and abuse, producing dust and other particles on a daily basis. The papermaking process produces wood chips, pulp slush and waste water (aeration ponds). Without proper maintenance, machines and cables are subject to failure.
How can you protect your investments? Here are maintenance tips for wood and pulp machines.
Remember when you didn't need a computer science degree from MIT to diagnose automotive issues? If something was wrong, you tinkered with the parts. Sure, I might be over-exaggerating on the degree, but most new cars are, essentially, computers. They contain On-Board Diagnostics systems that monitor the performance of major components and generate codes to indicate if something has gone awry. Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) are how an OBD II Interface system pinpoints and transmits issues to automotive technicians. It’s essential that technicians be able to understand the codes to quickly identify the problem and minimize related downtime.
In the world of medium voltage, there are different cables and designations of which you should be aware. They may appear to be similar, but there are differences and it’s important to know where to use specific cables in your applications. Using the wrong cable in an application can be disastrous.
Medium voltage applications require cables designed specifically to handle voltages ranging from 5kV -35kV, sometime called Type-MV, Type-SH and Type MV-Concentric Neutrals. We examine the similarities and differences and ask the question; what are the differences between the three types of medium voltage cables?
Ethernet cable becomes increasingly important in our world of constantly evolving technologies, industrial automation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). So, what does this have to do with installing it? Here are the Do's and Don'ts of how to install ethernet cable.
Medium Voltage (MV) power cables have a range of 2kV to 35kV and are used in the utilities industry for maintenance and repair of mobile substations, in industrial plant environments for power distribution, and in the mining industry for supplying power to drills, haulers, and more. Uses of medium voltage power cables are rising in popularity, so here’s what you need to know about them.
Mining is an inherently harsh environment. Applications expose cable to serious abuse, which is a common cause for failure in commodity cable. Choosing a high-performance cable, assembly or accessory is critical to maintaining safety and reducing labor, material and downtime costs. Even better, mining cable that is MSHA-approved will keep your site in good standing.
Mining is a tough job. Here's a look at the areas where your cable needs to be even tougher.