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April 2, 2020

Fitness trackers for people are a genuine success story: more than 40 million are already in use worldwide, helping individuals to stay healthy and improve their fitness. Monitoring and saving vital data like heartrate and blood pressure, the device tracks not only current fitness but also follows an individual’s fitness development over time. Thanks to ABB the principles of a fitness tracker now go beyond people and are being applied to electric motors of any age from many different manufacturers.

Similar to how a fitness tracker works with people, the ABB Ability Smart Sensor provides  more accurate details on the condition and behavior of an electric motor in a working environment.

To gain a better understanding of how these smart devices operate, we visited ABB’s semiconductor factory in Lenzburg, Switzerland. Crucial to the smooth operation of the factory are the ventilation system’s motors, which have to function flawlessly 24/7 because even the tiniest trace of dust in the air could interfere with production.

Data about the motor’s vibration, temperature, magnetic fields and many other parameters are being captured and analyzed by the ABB Ability Smart Sensor, presented with an App in an easy-to-understand format. This vital information ensures that early maintenance work can be coordinated in timely way, enabling ongoing improvements in the motors’ performance. Have a look how it works and what the professionals have to say about it in the video below.

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BrakingResistor1When designing a motor control system, it is not always clear if a braking resistor is required and, if it is, how to proceed in selecting a braking resistor. This post is intended to simplify that process so it is clear when and how to select a braking resistor for your application. 

Why are braking resistors necessary?

Braking resistors are introduced into a motor control system in order to prevent hardware damage and/or nuisance faults in a VFD. They are required because in certain operations, the motor controlled by the VFD is acting as a generator and power is flowing back towards the VFD, rather than towards the motor. 

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           Partnering For The Next Step                

Siemens CanadaWelcome to the Digital Enterprise Virtual Summit brought to you by Siemens

How quickly can you react to changing conditions and demands in your market? How can you ensure your production will run securely at any time in the future?

Industry’s digital and technological transformation is the answer for meeting today’s and tomorrow’s challenges and market needs.

With the right digitalization and automation solutions, expertise won from practical experience, and a partnership approach that benefits all involved parties.

To explore these possibilities, we’re bringing together top-level speakers, specialists and decision-makers from various industries and experts from Siemens

to the Digital Enterprise Virtual Summit under the motto “Partnering for the next step.”   

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Motor Feature


S6 VFD for Linear Motor ApplicationsThe Combivert S6 drive is a modern, compact and flexible servo amplifier that can be used across a wide range of applications. The drive controller provides optimum performance in torque, speed, and position control. The S6 has the ability to control AC induction motors, AC PM motors, and lastly linear motors. In this article, we will be focusing on linear motors and how they work, as well as the simplicity of controlling them with the Combivert S6.

 

 

 

 

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