Should you choose a soft starter or VSD for controlling conveyor motors?

Should you choose a soft starter or VSD for controlling conveyor motors? For most motor drive applications, the choice between VSDs and soft starters is clear cut. But for conveyor applications, either option may be suitable, and selection is a balance between price and performance. Soft starters Soft starters slowly ramp-up the motor to minimise […]

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The importance of motor protection in modern industries

According to Schneider Electric, it is simple to underestimate the importance of electric motor protection in modern industries. Since their development 150 years ago, the design and performance of electric motors have undergone many refinements. But their fundamental function remains unchanged: they convert electrical energy into mechanical movement. Overall, electric motors provide the power to run […]

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Experiences of edge computing driving business continuity

It is hardly surprising that the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing manufacturing and impacting on business continuity. The digitisation of industrial processes means that previously inaccessible data is now collected, stored and analysed. But where is this happening? Increasingly, the processing of data is happening local to the source, and this is generally by […]

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