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February 5, 2013

Motor Control Textbooks, White Papers? Deliver Practical and Educational Value

Several publications published over recent years are still applicable today for dealing with the new generation of NEC standards. These textbooks and white papers cover everything from theory, to application and troubleshooting. They can all be found at Read on to see what you can learn.

Practical Guide to Motors and Motor Controllers

EC&M has published several editions of the Practical Guide to Motors and Motor Controllers. Each book is about 100 pages and packed with the latest control methods and the new series of motors and motor control equipment. The publication illustrates a new generation of changes in NEC Standards. It covers motor, starter and VFD controllers and how the newest technologies can reduce start-up costs, energy replacement cost and upkeep expenditures. The publication provides specs on voltage excursion limits that involve total harmonic distortion and its impact on motor heating and the factors to consider in servicing the equipment.

Motor Control and Generator Monitoring

There is no shortage of publications on the topic of Motor Control and Generator Monitoring. DPS Telecom has published a white paper on generator events that you should not be overlooking. End users reading this paper will see how to mitigate the effects of power outages and maintaining remote sites.

It includes the three instances that need monitoring for the right way to operate generator equipment. It is a primer on how to monitor generators and includes specific solutions for your generator monitoring needs. Here’s what is covered:

  • Avoid/reduce the effect of site power failures
  • Manage your sites more efficiently and effectively during natural disasters
  • Save money on fuel, by avoiding waste
  • Insure your generators are running properly

Electrical Motor Controls for Integrated Systems

Electrical Motor Controls for Integrated Systems by Gary Rockis, published a few years ago is one of the industries foremost reference books reviewing electrical, motor, and mechanical devices and applications in industrial control circuitry. This textbook delivers the education needed for innovative manufacturing ecosystems bringing together fluid power, electrical and mechanical power systems. Topics introduced are essential electrical and motor theories. The text then continues into fundamentals of circuitry giving an understanding of principles with illustrations of industrial practices. Highlights include how to find trouble spots which takes the reader into situations where predictive and preventative maintenance can be applied.

Marlton, NJ-based Repco is another great source for smaller parts needed for motor control like electrical contactors, contact kits and carbon motor brushes. Visit Repco’s blog. Repco manufactures high quality, low cost replacement contacts and contact kits for OEM motor starters and electrical contactors. and motor starters. Repco's replacements are guaranteed to match the OEM product in form, fit, and function.

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