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 Wood, Pulp & Paper industry is known for producing wood chips, pulp slush, and waste water (aeration ponds). The paper-making process results in a lot dust and other particles that can put machinery and cables at an increased risk for failure.
Without proper maintenance, it is hard to protect your investments. Here are 5 maintenance tips for wood and pulp equipment:
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.
Long, summer holiday weekends are often the preferred choice for industrial plants managing a shutdown. Historically, the automotive industry tends to favor 4th of July weekend. This is not the sort of unplanned downtime that negatively affects productivity, adds unexpected materials & labor costs, and delivers a blow to revenue. This is a planned outage – the kind that’s good for business – because it leads to desired benefits like increased productivity, energy efficiencies, and expense management.
A Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) is a type of controller that varies the frequency of the signal and voltage to control motor speed. Other common names for VFD include variable speed drive, adjustable speed drive, constant torque drive, inverter drive, and pulse width modulation (PWM) drive.
Choosing the right reeling cable for your crane application can feel like a game of chance. You’re not sure which one will do the trick so, with blindfold on and fingers crossed, you choose a cable, install it on the application, and hope for a win. If this particular game of chance sounds risky & reckless to you, you're in good company. Check out our handy-dandy guide for matching the right reeling cable to your crane application - simply scroll for the low-res embedded images or click to download the high-res .pdf. Then, read on to solve your biggest challenge related to a more elusive type of reeling cable.
It's February. And if you live in certain regions, there's no way to avoid it — low temperatures, snow, freezing rain and ice. Not lucky enough to live in a snow belt? Perhaps you operate in a warmer region but your plant runs applications that are frigid in nature. We're talking to you, too! Whether you're the former or the latter, freezing conditions require you to take additional steps to prepare your facility. Keep your plant operational by focusing on these three key areas.