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  • Here at LED Controls, we offer an extensive range of electric motor controls, factory automation and safety products from some of the industry's leading brands. We've got all of your needs covered, with everything from variable speed drives to circuit protection and power distribution.

    We stock a comprehensive range of products from world leading manufacturers such as Danfoss, ABB, Siemens, Pfannenberg and many more. You can find a whole list of our manufacturers and their products here.

    Variable Speed Drives

    variable speed drives

    Also known as adjustable speed drives or variable frequency drives, these pieces of equipment are used to save on electricity and energy by regulating the speed and torque output of electric motors. As well as the vast energy savings potential that comes with using VSD's, they also come with a whole host of other benefits.

    Variable Speed Drives allow for the tighter control of processes, as they can accurately control numerous features such as temperature, pressure and flow. The systems are easily programmed to alter acceleration and deceleration, to make for a more efficient process, and are fitted with computing intelligence and communications for more accurate control.

    Commonly used in sewage, irrigation, sawmill conveyors and hospital ventilation systems, VSD's can accurately maintain the speed of driven machines using integrated power electronics as a more efficient way of saving energy.

    We have an extensive range of Variabe Speed Drives available to buy here at LED Controls Ltd, from some of the world's major manufacturers including IMO, Siemens, Toshiba, Danfoss and many more.

    Programmable Logic Controller

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    Programmable Logic Controllers are major components used in factory automation and industrial process control. They are advanced industrial computer systems which can be used to control a wide variety of applications, through a range of different functions. Some of the many functions that PLCs perform include signal processing, analog and digital input & output, data conversion and various communication protocols.

    They are made up of a Central Processing Unit (CPU), memory, input modules, output modules and a power supply. PLCs need to be programmed to carry out a specific task, in order to meet the requirements of particular applications. The PLC then receives input from machines, sensors and processes, and eventually converts this into a specific set of instructions which it sends directly to the corresponding output systems in order to complete the process.

    The systems are built to withstand some of the most hazardous and explosive environments, with a robust design that means they can be fully operational in the industry for years.

    Here at LED Controls, we stock the Siemens SIMATIC PLC range, in a huge variety of different sizes. We also sell the XGB range from IMO, their latest introduction to their PLC products. Click here to shop.

    Motor Starting

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    Motor starter units are used to "start" motors, and control the use of electrical power to equipment. There are many different types of electric starters available, with all of them providing different uses and functions. Motor starters can be used to stop, reverse and protect all types of different motors.

    The main components of motor starters are Contactors; which control the electric current to the motor, and Overload Protection; which protects the motor from overheating. The main types of starters are motor soft starters, manual motor starters, DOL starters and Star Delta starters.

    • Motor soft starters are used with AC electrical motors to control the applied voltage. The soft starter reduces the torque applied to the electric motor, which can be adjusted by reducing the voltage when the motor has started.
    • Manual motor starters are mainly used to switch units ON and OFF, with the ability to protect against short-circuits and overloading. They're a cost effective away to protect the main circuit, as the motor will be switched off within milliseconds of detecting a malfunctioning condition.
    • DOL starters (Direct On Line starters) is the most basic form of any motor starter, consisting of a circuit breaker, contactor and overload relay. They are usually used for starting up smaller three phase induction motors where the mains supply can withstand high starting currents without excessive voltage dips, and has an overload tripping mechanism which can be operated by either thermal or magnetic overload trips.
    • Star Delta starters is the preferred type of starter used with an induction motor, as it has the ability to reduce the starting current and voltage up to 3-4 times, causing less burning and losses.

    Click here to shop our full range of motor starters, from some of the world's leading brands including Danfoss and Siemens.

    Motor Control Gear

    motor control gear

    Motor control gear is used to produce high torque or force , as well as maintaining the speed or horsepower of the motor output.

    Contactors are one of the main types of motor control gear, used for switching an electrical power circuit. Contactors are basically a switch that is controlled by a low power circuit, in order to switch on the higher power main circuit. They are made up of three component: the contacts which carry the current, the coil (electromagnet) which provides the driving force needed to close the contacts, and the enclosure which is a housing to frame the contact and the electromagnet.

    Overload relays are another method of motor control gear, used to protect the main circuit in the event of an overload or phase failure. Overload relays work by being triggered by heat developed in the relay. Once the level of current in a circuit has reached a specified value, it causes an increase in temperature which in turn opens a set of contacts. They provide a great deal of extra protection to motor starters, and can be an inexpensive installation to help avoid any damage to the circuit in the event of an overload.

    We stock a wide range of motor control gear from Siemens and ABB here at LED Controls. Click here to shop the full product category.

    Electric Motors

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    Electric motors are used to power almost every mechanical movement, and are found in just about any piece of electrical equipment. Electric motors are available in a whole range of sizes and are used to power smaller scale household electrical appliances such as food processors, to large scale processes such as ship propulsion.

    Electric motors are powered with the use of magnetism, in order to create motion. By using opposite ends of a magnet, they create a repelling action which in turn causes a rotational motion to power the motor.

    Our range of electric motors are manufactured by brands such as TECO and Brook Crompton. You can shop all of their electric motors here.

    Circuit Protection

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    It is essential to have some form of circuit protection in any electrical appliance, and there are many different methods available. Some of the circuit protection equipment we offer...

    • Miniature Circuit Breakers protect against an overload in any circuit, as they have a function which will trip if an overload is protected. There's no need to replace a miniature circuit breaker after use either, as they can be reset if they trip.
    • Moulded Case Circuit Breakers can also protect against overloads, as well as providing protection against short circuits and ground fault conditions using a combination of different trip elements. They are most commonly found in commercial, industrial, mining and military applications.
    • Residual Current Devices (RCD's) can be used to protect a number of circuits at any one time, and will trip upon detecting even the smallest imbalance between the live and neutral wires. RCD's come in four different types: hard wired units, protected outlets, plug-in units and a plug wiring on to the lead of the appliance.
    • Residual Current Breakers with Overload protection provide the best of both worlds from MCB's and RCD's, and are mostly used in the commercial industry due to their more advanced functionalities.

    Shop our full range of circuit protection equipment here.

    Command/Signalling

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    Contact blocks, illuminated pushbuttons, indicator lights, labels, encosures, lampholders and switches - these are all different types of command and signalling devices. These fairly inexpensive pieces of equipment can be found on just about any piece of motor and drive technology, and allow for the safe, reliable and predictable operation of any device.

    We supply a large selection of easily configured command and signalling devices from leading manufacturer Siemens, which you can view here.

    Terminal and Connectors

    terminal and connectors

    Connectors are used in every electric circuit in order to join electrical terminations together, such as two wires or cables, or connecting a wire or cable to an electric terminal, allowing the electricity to flow through. There are many different types of electrical connectors available, and they all consist of male-ended plugs and female-ended jacks.

    Electrical terminals are the devices that provide a point of connection to external circuits, after the conductor from an electrical component, device or network comes to an end. Terminals can be anything from just the end of a wire, to being fitted with a connector or fastener. Different types of terminals include hooks, clips, screw terminals, tab terminals, wire nuts and many more.

    Cabur is one of the world's leading manufacturers of terminals and connectors, and we stock a full range of their products here.

    Enclosures

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    Electrical enclosures are purposely built housings to protect a variety of electrical components, so that they are not immediately exposed to the environment. They are specifically designed for the protection of cables, switches, knobs and other electrical equipment from anything that may affect the operation of a system.

    Depending on your requirements, enclosures are available in different materials from plastic to steel, and some designs include a window pane for easy visibility. Enclosures can protect equipment from dust, condensation, water spray, pressure and solid objects, as well as minimise the risk of unrestricted access to the system.

    They are available in a range of different IP protection, from IP65 to IP68 (most commonly) , which indicates the degree and level of protection for both the equipment and the people around it.

    Click here to shop our full range of electrical enclosures, in a variety of different sizes and materials.

    Fans & Filters

    fans and filters

    Our range of industrial fans and filters are manufactured by industry leading brand Pfannenberg, who provide a full range of exhaust filters, filter fans, slim line filter fans, top mounted exhaust filters and top mounted filter fans.

    All of their filter fans boast an exceptionally high airflow, with an IP 55, type 12 protection system and are available in a different variety of voltages from 12V to 400V. They also produce a set of "click & fit" exhaust filters, which make for easy installation and removal due to their specially designed snap fastener function.

    You can shop our full range of Pfannenberg's fans & filters here.

    Industrial Connectors

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    Hoods, housings and inserts are all different types of industrial connectors used in electronic devices. We stock a variety of multipole connectors from Ilme, which are available in different multipole sizes from 21.21 to 104.27, with an option of number of poles from 5 poles to 42 poles.

    Click here to shop our full range of Industrial connectors manufactured by Ilme.

    Transformers & PSU

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    Electrical transformers are used to transfer electrical energy between two or more circuits. This is done through the power of magnetism, as the electric current flowing through a wire generates a magnetic field, creating an electromagnetic induction. The strength of the magnetic field depends on the size of the electric current, which then determines the power output. Transformers are used to reduce the high voltage electricity received from power plants, to transform it into a lower voltage electricity to power buildings and appliances.

    Industrial Power Supply Units (PSU's) are used to provide a constant power supply to any electrical system, and are available in a variety of different currents and voltages depending on its usage needs.

    Shop our full range of Transformers and Power Supply Units from Siemens, IMO and Lovato here.

    Machine Safety and Sensors

    machine safety and sensors

    A whole host of machine safety and sensor devices are available to ensure the safe operation of any electrical equipment. They can be used to immediately stop and start machines if any dangerous movement is detected. Light curtains, safety sensors, position sensors, safety relays, safety controllers, safety timers and safety switches are just some different types of machine safety and sensors available.

    Click here to shop our full range of machine safety and sensors from ABB.

    Power Distribution

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    Consumer Units, Outgoing MCBs & RCBOs, Distribution Boards and Incomer Options are all different types of power distribution devices manufactured by ABB, and available to buy here at LED Controls.

    Consumer Units are a type of distribution board used to supply power to subsidiary circuits, and available in different characteristics (B,C,D,K,Z), configurations (1P,1P+N,2P,3P,3P+N,4P), breaking capacities (up to 6 kA at 230/400 V AC) and rated currents (up to 63A).

    ABB's Outgoing MCBs & RCB0s are fitted with two tripping mechanisms; the delayed thermal tripping mechanism which provides overload protection, and short circuit protection is provided by an electromechanic tripping mechanism.

    For further information or any enquiries about our products, don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

  • How Electromagnetism Sparked The Invention Of Electric Motors

    The invention of  electric motors cannot be credited to one individual but it was Hans Oersted’s discovery of electromagnetism in 1820 that sparked the whole concept off.  Oersted and a few of his hard core electrical enthusiast friends; William Sturgeon, Joseph Henry, Andre Marie Ampere, Michael Faraday, Thomas Davenport and a number of less famous friends developed different versions of electric motors.

    If At First You Don’t Succeed …

    In the beginning electric motors were defined as, ‘anything that converts electricity into motion’, (Sparkmuseum).  It is speculated that a Scottish monk dabbled in the concept of electrostatic devices as early as the 1740’s (Wikipedia).  The invention of electric motors really lent itself to the Proverb, ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again’. Initially the prototypes demonstrated the concept but they were essentially science experiments so couldn’t be used in real life. It took many years of failure (and maybe throwing electric motors out of the window) before one was designed so that it could actually power machinery.

    Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

    Moritz von Jacobi managed to invent DC electric motors that could power a boat carrying 14 people across the a river. This was his second motor, the first one failed miserably four years earlier in 1834. William Sturgeon developed the DC motor in 1832 and his ideas were so good, not yet perfect, allowed Thomas Davenport to improve on the design and patent it in 1840. As with most ideas that will eventually change the world, the initial starting costs, Thomas ended up bankrupt,  and the lack of popularity of electric motors meant that it would take another fifty years before electric motors really became part of industry.

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    AC/DC

    Just to refresh your memory, DC stands for, ‘direct current’, while AC stands for, alternating current’. The AC electric motor was being developed at very much the same time as its DC counterpart. Two physicists, Tesla and Ferraris, invented the AC induction motor within two years of each other 1887 and 1885 respectively. Although these motors were successful in so much that they work efficiently, they were deemed not to be powerful enough.  This led to the development of two phase and eventually three phase electric motors, which was developed by the General Electrical Company in 1896. AC motors have superseded DC motors.

    Electric Motors - The Second Industrial Revolution

    The quest for new power sources was sparked by the Industrial Revolution where lots of different technologies were tried and tested to increase the amount of power produced.  It wasn’t until near the end of the Victorian era that electric motors were ready to revolutionise the way power was generated and used.  The invention of electric motors signified the start of the second industrial revolution where the need for speed and efficiency began our dependence on electricity.

    Our fascination and dependency on electric motors and electricity shows no sign of abating.  We are continually finding new ways to generate electricity to power our precious electric motors.  The name Tesla may be familiar because it is a name synonymous with electric powered super cars.

  • Metal Mickey, The Terminator, R2 - D2, CP30, Wall-e, and Kitt are all robots that have become iconic characters we couldn’t imagine living without. However as the development of programmable logic controllers and artificial intelligence continues to improve, the possibility of robots replacing humans in the workplace is becoming more likely as time goes on. Robots have already become permanent fixtures in the production line of the car industry and are likely to spread into other factories as time goes on.

    Programmable Logic Controller

    Robots Are Programmable Logic Controllers

    Robots in factories are not designed to look like human beings because they only require the necessary parts to complete a task. Robots are essentially programmable logic controllers that are assigned to do a particular job. Robots tend to carry out just one task and their abilities are restricted by the person who has programmed in their commands. It will be many years before androids like Data, from Star Trek, start showcasing their amazing cognitive and physical abilities - we hope.

    Safety In Creativity

    Even so existing programmable logic controllers have already replaced human workers who do unskilled repetitive work. Humans tend to take on the role of maintenance to make sure that the robot can continue to function. Administrative jobs are at risk in situations where the job can be done with very little human contact. However if your job is creative, requires negotiation or the milk of human kindness there isn’t a programmable logic controller for that.

    Robot Personalities

    The main issue with robots is that they are not particularly mobile, unless that is the purpose for which they are built. For example robot porters in a hotel would essentially be automated trolleys that transport your luggage to your room. The receptionist could look human but would have a limited personality and may not pick up on whether you are having a good time or not.

    Programmable Logic Controller

    Humans - Robot Maintenance

    As programmable logic controllers become part of everyday life the type of jobs humans have may include; robot maintenance worker, robot charging supervisor, robot programmer and robot dresser. In an interesting paradox until robots become more like humans we are going to have to look after robots to make sure that they are well maintained.

    Robots Replacing Humans

    It will be very interesting to see if programmable logic controllers and robots will replace humans is dystopian kind of way or whether we run out of the resources to power our new metal workmates. Machinery and automation has always replaced jobs in the workforce, this has been particularly noticeable in farming. Maybe a solution would be to learn how to invent programmable logic controllers and your skills will always be in demand.

    Whatever the future holds it will be interesting watching the robots being developed and being a novelty at first then maybe a threat.

  • TECO was founded in Taiwan, it was established in 1956 by Mr. Lin Ho -Yin, Lin Bo - Shi, Chien Sui - Mu, Sun Bing - Huei and Lin Chang - Cheng.  TECO Electric and Machinery Co Ltd has consistently maintained high quality motor production during its 60 year tenure.  Over the past 50 years TECO has managed to overcome obstacles caused by the stalling economy due to the value it puts on staff members.  In the 1950’s TECO was able to continuing growing despite limited resources and capital because it relied heavily on the dedication of its employees.  It is this loyalty and hard work that has transformed TECO into a global $1.9 bn business with over 20,000 employees in 45 countries.

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    Dedication and Diversification

    TECO continues to explore the realms of possibility by diversifying and producing variable speed drives for a variety of industries including; home appliances, telecommunications equipment, IT systems, electromechanical components and commercial electronics.  As if theses particular areas were not enough to keep TECO’s innovative mind buzzing, the company has also ventured into medical information systems, e-commerce, financial investment, the food service industry and a number of other enterprises.  As a result of TECO’s determination to succeed it is hardly surprising that they have become one of the big players in both the manufacturing and financial industry.

    TECO - Top Three In The World

    In 1973 TECO was publicly listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.  Presently TECO holds its position as one of the top three motor manufacturers in the world.  TECO acquired Italian motor company, Motovario, in 2015.  This new development has enabled TECO to take the leap from from producing motor to power transmissions.  Since 1992 TECO has made every effort to expand and invigorate its business enterprise and has played a major role in the manufacture and installation of wind turbines.  As with all motor industries TECO has continually strives to produce variable speed drives that provide financial as well as environmental benefit.

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    Teco A510

    TECO’s most recent innovation are the 510 series variable speed drives, which are high performance and cost effective drives that suit all applications.  With a power range from 0.12 - 600 KW it is easy to see why TECO is gaining momentum in the engineering spotlight.  TECO continues to value its staff and ensures that they continuously receive continued professional development and are shown the respect they deserve.  Teco won 6th National HRD Innovation Prize and Taiwan TrainQuali System (TTQS) Silver Medal Award for its staff training initiatives and its human resources strategy,  “First-Class People, First-Class Products!”.  

    If you are interested in investing in TECO motors or variable speed drives please contact us and we will be able to give you informed advice about our TECO products.

     

  • A Programmable logic controller is a device that we all take for granted. We use them in all areas of our lives and virtually everything that has been manufactured has been on a production line that has got at least one programmable logic controller in it.  In everyday life the buzz word for programmable logic controller is, smart, as in phone, tv, house and anything else that we input data into.

    Programmable Logic Controller

    Input And Output Device

    Essentially a programmable logic controller is an electronic computer that processes inputted data that produces an action. In manufacturing, programmable logic controllers are used to control the speed of conveyor belts within a modular system. PLCs are also programmed to be reactive and can maintain systems automatically.

    Improving Manufacturing Processes

    Programmable logic controllers have revolutionised manufacturing because they have become much easier to incorporate into systems.  Recent programmable logic controllers can be programmed using a variety of input devices and no longer require hard wiring every time the instructions have to be changed.  It is also much more economical storing spares because the internal programming means that many different devices and components are required.

    First Programmable Logic Controllers

    The first commercially successful programmable logic controller was developed by Michael Greenburg in 1973.  Dick Morely invented the first programmable logic controller in 1969 and every single PLC that has been developed since then is based on his initial design.

    Programming language

    Programmable Logic Controller

    The language used to programme a programmable logic controller is often the aspect that makes them seem to be complicated.  This is no longer the case because input devices have user friendly interfaces so that the user can input information without having to write a complicated programme.  Ladder logic is the most commonly used language however the following languages are also used; Function Block Diagram, Structured text, Instruction List and Sequential Function Chart.  

    Keeping Control Of Your System

    If we remember that a programmable logic controller is fundamentally an input/output device it makes understanding how they work much easier.  For example if all of the doughnuts are flying off the conveyor belt before they can be packed, all that is necessary is to programme a slower speed into the programmable logic controller and your packing problems are over.  Obviously programmable logic controllers are slightly more complex than that as they can also respond to different possibilities by activating the part of the programming that controls them.

    Programmable logic controllers can be retro - fitted into systems allowing upgrades to be affordable and fit in with the long term plans of your business.

  • Could ABB Variable Speed Drives Save The UK From Flooding?

    Without a doubt December 2015 can certainly be remembered as the month that the UK floated into the New Year.  The mild winter and heavy rainfall is thought to be a result of warm water in the Pacific Ocean caused by a natural phenomena called an El Nino, this normally occurs every seven to eight years.  Temperatures and weather conditions from all over the globe have been affected causing wildfires in Australia,  a heat wave in American and destroyed crops due to drought or flooding.  Global warming has exasperated the situation causing the phenomena to cause more damage that it normally would.  (Guardian)

    Failed Flood Defenses

    If we accept that the effects of Global Warming are starting to have an impact on our lives and that flooding is likely to be a regular occurrence our flood defenses need to become more efficient.  Presently most flood defenses are in the form of a barrier that aims to stop water from reaching properties and businesses. This is only effective if the amount of flood water does not exceed the volume the defenses can accommodate. An example of this was the £6 Million flood defenses in Keswick which failed to contain the flood water causing untold damage to the properties nearby.

    Variable Speed Drives In The Fens

    If we look at areas of the country that are renowned for being waterlogged, such as the Fens in Cambridgeshire, and how the flood waters are prevented from causing damage to property.  The Fens is famous for its peat marshes, which have shrunk over time lowering the level of the land.  ABB variable speed drives are used in the St Germans pumping station situated in the Middle Level District of the Fens where land has been reclaimed since the 17th century.  The new pumping station replaced the original one built in 1934 because the equipment had become inefficient and unable to cope with increased volume.

    ABB Protecting 20,000 Properties Worth £3.5 Million

    There are six pumps powered by ABB drives so that the system can respond to adverse weather conditions.  It is anticipated that only three pumps will be used at any one time.  Variable speed drives allow the system to be controlled extremely accurately contributing to its success.  The ABB variable speed drives have prevented 20,000 houses worth £3.5 million getting damaged by flood water.  Eventually flooding in different parts of the country are going to become so frequent that measures such as this will have to replicated in other areas of the country.

     

  • How Variable Speed Drives Are Reducing The Cost Of Christmas Dinner

    In February this year we wrote an article about how variable speed drives reduced the energy consumption of McDonald’s restaurants by up to 50%.  Now it is December we are going to consider how energy saving variable speed drives can help restaurants and hotels reduce the cost of cooking our favourite Christmas dinner. As the impact of climate change is becoming more apparent and our weather is becoming more destructive, every little step towards reducing energy consumption is extremely important.

    50% Of The Cost Of A Meal Goes Towards Energy

    EDF energy has estimated that 50% of the cost of a meal bought in a restaurant can be attributed to energy costs.  30% of those costs is spent on kitchen ventilation alone.  (Green Hotelier) Therefore it is important that hoteliers and restaurateurs have access to equipment that will enable their equipment to run more efficiently.  

    Variable Speed Drives Reduce Energy Consumption

    Variable speed drives can reduce energy consumption by up to 50% in their first year of installation.  50 McDonald’s restaurants reported this saving after installing ABB variable speed drives.  Variable speed drives reduce energy consumption by simply reducing the speed of their ventilation system.  

    IMO Jaguar VXR Variable Speed Drives

    Keeping The Kitchen An Ambient Temperature

    Without variable speed drives fans in kitchens are kept off until they are needed and then put on the highest setting to cool the kitchen down.  This is very energy consuming and not very effective as it causes extremes in temperature.  Variable speed drives allow fans to be programmed at a low but efficient level that keeps the conditions in the kitchen more ambient and constant.

    Return On Investment (ROI)

    Hotels and restaurants who invest in variable speed drives find that within one year to eighteen months they will make a return on their investment (ROI) meaning that their energy saving investment will pay for itself.  Variable speed drives can be fitted as part of a new installation or retro fitted if you are not able to afford the expense of a whole kitchen refit.

    More People Eating Out On Christmas Day

    By investing in variable speed drive technology hotels and restaurants are able to increase their overall profits and when they feel generous pass on some of the savings on to their customers.  According to the Telegraph more people are choosing to eat their Christmas dinner at a restaurant or hotel,   ‘New figures from the online reservations company Open Table show that the number of restaurant reservations for December 25 has risen by 45 per cent compared to Christmas Day 2014’.

    With the increase in diners over the Christmas period hotels and restaurants who have invested in variable speed technology in 2015 may find that they will make a return on their investment very quickly.

     

  • The ABB UMC100.3 is a high performance motor controller that also protects your application.  The ABB UMC100.3 is the perfect motor to allow your business to keep up with the demands of the 24/7 world.  These are the reasons why the ABB UMC100.3 Universal Motor Controller allows you to keep your equipment running twenty four hours a day:-

    Continuous Operation

    The ABB UMC100.3 ensures that the motor is protected even if the control system or fieldbus breaks down.  This reliability is achieved by:-

    • A precise electronic measurement system.
    • Analysis of trip behaviour.
    • A diagnostic system that locates faults and rectifies them.

    All of these elements combined enables systems to run continuously and ultimately reduces down time.

    Improved Installation Efficiency

    The ABB UMC100.3 has an impressive modular structure that is noticeable during the; planning, design and maintenance stage of any system.  Each device incorporates all of the necessary protection, monitoring and control functions, thus reducing the amount of wiring considerably.  The ABB UMC100.3 is so adaptable that there is just one version for different current ranges and ways of communicating.  Storage is easier because the motor is universal there won’t be any spare parts languishing in the store cupboard for decades.

    Main Areas Of Application

    ABB’s new UMC100.3 drive is so adaptable and reliable that it is used throughout the world in many different industrial sectors.  These include:-

    • The oil and gas industry.
    • Cement plants.
    • The steel industry.
    • Mining.
    • The chemical industry.
    • Water supply and distribution.
    • Power Plant engineering.
    • The food and beverage industry.
    • Pulp and paper plants.

    ABB UCM100.3 Benefits

    The ABB UMC100.3 has a compact modular design that integrates a variety of operating systems. The benefits of the ABB UCM100.3 Universal Control Module Includes:-

    • Compact design.
    • Integrated measuring system.
    • Suitable three phase and single phase motors.
    • Basic device includes all features that are required.
    • Easy to add advanced functionality.
    • Perfect solution for motor control centres.
    • Flexible communication through all common fieldbus systems:-
      • Profibus DP
      • Device Net
      • Modbus RTU
    • Via Ethernet
      • Modus TCP
      • Profinet
    • Has worldwide approvals, ATEX.

    Main Components (ABB UCM100.3 Brochure)

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    UMC100.3 System Overview

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    If you are interested in finding out how the ABB UCM100.3 can improve the efficiency of your system please contact us for more information.

  • IMO Jaguar VXR Variable Speed Drives

    Variable speed drives such as the IMO Jaguar VXR serve the purpose of controlling the speed of machinery involved in different production  lines.  Variable speed drives need to be able to function effectively when changing parameters. IMO pride themselves on ensuring that every variable speed drive manufactured by them has the smoothest acceleration and control possible.  By making the variable speed drive efficient customers who include the IMO Jaguar VXR variable drive in their production line increase efficiency, improve productivity and save energy making this variable speed drive a valuable addition to their workforce.

    Variable speed drives were initially developed for control purposes in production lines but have now become a major factor in saving energy and environmental costs.  Variable speed drives work by allowing manufacturers to vary the amount of power used to control different areas of production.  This is not only beneficial for the manufacturer's pocket and the environment it also allows for more precise programming which can only improve the quality of the end product.

    IMO Jaguar VXR Variable Speed Drives

    The IMO Jaguar VXR Inverter converts a Direct Current (DC) to an Alternating Current (AC), by doing this it controls the output power resulting in being able to vary the speed of different components in a production line.  IMO have invested 25 years in perfecting their Jaguar VXR Inverter resulting in a wide range of variable speed drives.  The Jaguar series is comprised of the single and three phase CUB and VXR series from 0.4 KW and the VXM series up to 500 KW.  A constant desire to keep improving the IMO Jaguar drive has elevated it to the pinnacle of variable speed drive technology.  

    Jaguar Cub *

    General Purpose 1Ø 230V / 0.4 to 2.2kW. 3Ø, 380-480V/ 0.4 to 4kW.

    -Choice of integrated EMC filter or non-filtered models

    -Simplified vector control, programmable I/O, 50°C operation,

    -Class leading diagnostics

    -On-board brake chopper

    -Input and Output phase-loss protection. Earth and short circuit

    -Fault protection.

    -CE, UL, cUL, TUV approvals

    -RS485 / Modbus RTU as optional card

    -Remote mounting keypad with on-board parameter copy function

    -Over and under current early warning system + PID control

    -Loader PC software

    -5-Year Guarantee

    Jaguar VXR *

    Higher performance AC Variable Speed Drives: 1Ø, 230V/50~60Hz, 0.4~2.2kW (0.5~3HP) 3Ø, 230V/50~60Hz, 0.4~15kW (0.5~20HP) 3Ø, 400V/50~60Hz, 0.4~15kW (0.5~20HP)

    -IP20 side-by-side mounting

    -Optional integrated EMC filtered models

    -Fast response to dynamic load changes - 64MHz CPU

    -RoHS, CE, UL/cUL compliant

    -V/F or Dynamic Torque Vector control

    -300% starting torque between 1-3Hz

    -Improved open-loop low-speed stability

    -Hit-and-Stop control with holding torque

    -Mechanical brake control output - torque generated

    -PID with Dancer control

    -PTC thermistor output

    -Input and Output phase-loss protection

    -Loss-of-command signal detection

    -Thermostatically operated long-life cooling fans

    -Life time / service due alarm output

    -RS485 (RJ-45 IN/OUT) / Profibus / DeviceNet option cards

    -Optional multi-function back-lit keypad with parameter copy mode

    -Encoder feedback (close-loop) and shaft synchronizing options

    -DC Reactor connections to limit main supply circuit harmonics

    -Internal brake chopper

    -5 Year Guarantee

    Jaguar VXG *

    3Ø: 0.37-710kW (0.5-950HP)

    -User configurable quick-start menu

    -IP20 side-by-side mounting (IP40 option kit)

    -Integrated EMC filter

    -PLC logic type function

    -RoHS, CE, UL/cUL compliant

    -V/F, Torque Vector and closed loop control

    -Loss-of-command signal detection

    -200% starting torque between 0.3-5Hz

    -Improved open-loop low-speed stability

    -Safety input: digital input to enable disable the IGBT devices of the inverter output stage

    -Mechanical brake control output - torque generated

    -PID thermistor input

    -Input and Output phase-loss protection

    -5-Year Guarantee

    Jaguar VXH *

    3Ø: 0.75-710kW (0.5-950HP)

    - Variable torque for pump & fan applications

    - Torque vector control

    - User customisable keypad (can display Engineering units)

    - Auto energy-saving (output voltage control)

    - IP21 & IP55 with same dimension

    - Integral DC reactor & EMC filter up to 90kw

    - Customisable PLC logic function

    - Real time clock

    - 4PID control

    - Anti jam (pump)

    - Filter clogging prevention

    - Fire Mode (forced operation)

    - Wet bulb temperature estimation control

    - Linearization function

    - Password protection

    - Standard comms: BACnet MS/TP, Modbus RTU & Metasys N2

    - RoHS, CE, UL/cUL compliant

    - 5-Year Guarantee

    * Information from IMO

    A quick fact here to help you to understand how variable speed drives save energy in the manufacturing process - If you reduce the speed of a conveyor belt from 100% to 80% you will save 20% energy whereas if you do the same with a pump system you will save a whopping 50% of energy.

    If you would like to discuss the possibility of saving money, energy and the environment please get in touch and we would be delighted to help.

     

  • Siemens Micromaster - An AC Converter You Can Depend On

    The Siemens Micromaster 4 Series is an AC converter system that can reliably cater for all of your manufacturing needs.  The Siemens Micromaster is available as version; 420, 430, 440 and comes with a wide range of useful accessories to make your manufacturing system more efficient and cost effective.

    Siemens Micromaster 420 Series

    Typically used in conveyor systems, material transport, fans and mechanical engineering the Siemens Micromaster 420 series modular design and its plug and play quality, has made connecting the device to your system exceptionally easy.  This versatile convertor can be adapted to suit many different manufacturing requirements. The Siemens Micromaster 420 series is carefully controlled with the following; FCC (Flux Current Control), multipoint characteristic (parameterizable V/f characteristic), V/f characteristic. Great communication with the rest of your manufacturing system is highlighted as one of its many strengths.

    Siemens Micromaster 430 Series

    Siemens Micromaster 430 Series

    Designed specifically to work with pumps and fans and with the same plug and play system, updating your manufacturing system has never been simpler.  The Siemens 430 series is more power efficient and incorporates more inputs and outputs than the 420 series.  It also sports a more optimised control panel that gives an option between automatic and manual modes of operation.  Communication with this device is extremely simple as it is able to communicate within the most common network applications.  The Siemens Micromaster 430 series in controlled in the same way as the 420 series and has a power range of 380 - 480 volts.

    Siemens Micromaster 440 Series

    Specially designed to cater for a much wider range of applications including; material handling systems, the textile industry, elevators, hoisting gear, mechanical engineering and the food, beverages and tobacco industries. The Siemens Micromaster 440 Series is most certainly the biggest sibling of the 420 and 430 models.  A sophisticated vector control system means that your production line will always run smoothly even when there is a fluctuation of power. Its strengths are listed as; simplistic control panels, various types of control and braking capabilities and the ability to communicate with a variety of common applications.

    Siemens Micromaster 4 Series Accessories

    Accessories include the following:-

    These additional options make incorporating the Siemens Micromaster 4 series into your manufacturing process straight forward, they also encourage energy efficiency.

    If you would like to find out more about the Siemens Micromasters we have available and  how you can incorporate them into your manufacturing system please contact us here and we would be happy to help.

     

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