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5 Reasons You Need An Industrial Preventive Maintenance Plan

August 26, 2014

 

Hi, I’m Lonnie Muse with Innovative IDM in a perfect world things work all the time, they never break, you never have problems.

Unfortunately, you and I are not in a perfect world. Whether it be our car, washing machine or home air conditioning, our kids bike or a plant; things are going to break. What we want to do is catch it before it breaks.

Like our car for instance; you change the oil on a regular basis, you change the tires on a regular basis. That’s so you don’t have the issue of a flat tire when you least expect it.

Murphy will strike every single time. The same effects happen in a plant. You have machines that run 24/7 sometimes and if we don’t have maintenance on those machines they will break.

One of the reasons to have a maintenance program is its cost-effective. That’s also the thing that keeps it from happening. Cost seems to be an issue.

In my experience cost has never been an issue when the machines broke. But it’s always an issue when the machine is running.

So, we have to take those factors into consideration. Studies show its more cost effective to do preventive or predictive or maintenance on a machine to improve its long-term reliability.

Improve its long-term reliability, you catch problems before they actually happen. The way to do that and catching the problem is do visual checks. To do air tests to make sure the flow of air coming in and out of panels is correct and the heat is being dissipated.

Because that’s one of the killers for a lot of machines. We’re doing temperature checks again to check the heat. Check voltages on things that change over time.

By doing this you reduce the risk of the machine going down. If you reduce the risk, you reduce the cost.

Because its costly to have a downed machine especially when the production is a hot job for a customer that needs to go out right now and the machine is now down and its going to take time to fix it.

Also, having a maintenance program is flexible allows you to determine when that machine can be offline and for how long. Because murphy strikes and it breaks, you don’t have to choice.

Also this maintenance can help you understand what the spares needed are. Spares management, replace things before they break when they need it and they’re aging or slowing down or not working well is a lot better than when they fail.

We’d like to help with that and your maintenance plan. We’d be happy to come and look at your machines; help you develop one, help you work at one.

Another cost effective thing that you can do is outsource the people that are coming into do the program. We could be those people for you.

For more information just go to InnovativeIDM.com look under field
service, you can also give me a call at our office or one of the field service managers will be happy to talk with you.

After all, we’re the home of the legendary customer experience.

Setting Up And Auto Tuning A Yaskawa Drive

August 12, 2014

 

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Hi! My name is Jack Marsh with Innovative IDM. Today I would like to talk about how to set up and auto tune a Yaskawa variable frequency drive. Users are often ask me when I am talking to them and visiting them about how do I configure and get this thing running. The manual, as you can see, can be quite large and intimidating, but it’s really a very simple device, that has very complicated uses if you want to make it that way.

The easiest way to start is to get one of these cheat sheets that Yaskawa provides. There is one for the Microdrive family, the V1000, there’s a couple more for the A1000 family because it’s a little higher featured. So there’s more operating modes. But using the cheat sheets, it walks you through how to wire the motor, the three or four simple parameters it wants you to use, and then the actual operation of setting up and auto tuning.

If you want a little more detail, you can always get the quick start guide where there are very simple flow charts you can use. It walks you through, step by step what you need to do to get the drive up and running- very simple. And if you needed to know everything possible about every perimeter there are the big, detailed complicated manuals that will tell you everything you need to know.

If you want to get copies of the cheat sheets, or the manuals, please contact us at Innovative Idm, where anyone you talk to will be able to get you the information, or get you to someone who can. If you want PDF copies, please go to our website at Innovativeidm.com and download whatever you need. And remember, Innovative IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.

How AC Drives Can Save Money & Improve Your Power Factor

August 5, 2014

 

Hi, my name is Andy with Innovative-IDM. A lot of the time, when I’m out visiting customers, they have a variety of issues. One of the primary ones they have is: money. This money is basically due to, high energy cost from their utility company. And the main reason, this problem is occurring, is because their power factor is low.

Now, whenever we talk about power factor, really, what is it? Technically it is the ratio of the real power flowing to the load, to the apparent power in the circuit. Now, basically, all this is meaning is that, are you efficiently using the power coming in to your plant? Now, a lot of plants, back twenty, thirty, forty years ago were only using DC drives, DC motors, etc.

Now, these machines or these motors, these drives are inherently low on the power factor rating. Generally somewhere between 0 – 0.85 on the power factor rating. Now, An AC drive, for example, is usually between 0.85 and all the way up to 0.96 on the rating. What does this mean? AC drives are more efficient, they are extremely efficient in energy utilization compared to a DC motor or a DC drive.

Now, whenever you have, for example, a motor that’s running across the line with no drive at all, that power factor is directly related to the type of motor that it is, it’s duty cycle, etc. In general terms, putting a drive in front of a motor is always a good decision, because it will, more efficiently control the current traveling through that motor, end case is, savings.

Now, Yaskawa; for example, one of our manufactures of drives, actually provides a free download from our knowledge center at innovative-idm.com. Just click on knowledge center and you’ll find it. This energy savings predictor will allow you to input your motor, nameplate information, your drive name plate information and then, it’ll give you a graphical representation of, on average, what your power factor is, and how much you are capable to save. My suggestion to you is, to speak with your energy provider, as well as your local retrofit provider; Innovative-IDM and talk about how you can increase your power factor, thereby, saving more money.

For more information, go to http://www.innovativeidm.com and remember; Innovative-IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.

Clean Electrical Panels Save Money

April 26, 2014

Hi, I’m Adam Ring with Innovative IDM.
You ever walked up to a control panel and it just looks like a complete rat’s nest in there? Do you ever wonder what would be the value in having a nice clean control panel and how can that save you money?

Well, There’s three main reasons:
Number 1 – It’s going to last longer.
Number 2 – It’s going to be a lot easier to troubleshoot in the end.
Number 3 – It’s going to be a lot easier to repair if something were to break.

Now let’s take a closer look inside this panel you’ll notice that there are labels on every device that identify it according to what it’s called out on the schematic.

Also, every single wire that terminates into a terminal block has a label on the wire that actually matches the label on the terminal block. So, if that wire was ever to come out or you had to replace a component, it would be very easy to make sure that it gets placed back in the right location.

Also, if you just take a look at the general wiring in this panel you’ll see that everything is very nice and neat and very organized and just has a really nice look to it.

Wires transition from the door inside the panel you notice there’s spiral wrap that add an extra layer of protection so that if the wires rub against the door from being opened and closed it makes sure that it doesn’t wear through the insulation and cause electrical problems.

Finally, you’ll notice that there’s also stainless steel hardware that’s mounting each of these devices to the panel and that’s what gives that extra longevity so that it doesn’t break down over time due to corrosion.

So, remember a clean panel is more than just looking good, its going to help save money by lasting longer, being easier to troubleshoot and easy to repair.

So, if you’d like to learn more about how Innovative IDM can help you build clean control panels visit our website http://innovativeIDM.com and if you’d like we could have you in for
a tour and show you around the place.

Remember, Innovative the home of the legendary customer experience!

4 Ways To Reduce Variable Frequency Drive Downtime

March 14, 2014

Variable frequency drives are probably one of the greatest inventions in modern automation. If you aren’t using one of these things yet, trust me you will be soon. They’re always getting less expensive, easier to use and the applications are virtually endless.

Virtual Frequency Drives are very instrumental in a lot of different applications and therefore their uptime is critical. If you’ve ever had to replace one, you already know it can be a bit cumbersome to replace because it almost certainly means that a motor somewhere is not running; which probably means downtime for your business.

So, there are a number of things that you should keep in mind when using your Variable Frequency Drive.

1. The #1 killer of VFD’s is heat. These components have high voltage running through them and heat is a result of that fact.

2. To mitigate heat VFD’s have fans that are always running and as a result the fans are the parts that most frequently fail. That means you want to replace your fans before they fail to avoid damaging your VFD as a result of overheating.

3. VFD’s have massive heat sinks that draw heat away from the unit and into the atmosphere. As dust and other contaminants accumulate on the heat sinks their efficiency decreases and can lead to damage of your VFD. This can be avoided by using compressed air on a regular basis to keep your heat sinks clean.

4. Dust is a huge killer of electronic components and you want to keep your VFD clean and clear of dust as much as possible. A protective cabinet can do a great job of protecting your VFD from dust and other particles and contaminants. Always be sure that the NEMA or the IP Rating on the cabinet is suitable for the environment where your VFD will be used.

5. Using proper electrical filters is another way to ensure the longevity of your VFD unit, both the line side (electric company to VFD) and the load side (VFD to motor) should be protected.

These investments may cost a bit more in the beginning but they a well worth it over the long-term for savings in repair, replacements and most of all downtime.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with one of our service representatives give us a call: 877-906-2100

After all, Innovative IDM is the “Home Of The Legendary Customer Experience!”

4 Primary Functions Of An Industrial Automation Gearbox

March 7, 2014

Hi, I’m Adam Ring with innovative IDM. People will often wonder what are the primary uses of an industrial gearbox in automation applications.

And really there’s four primary functions, first one is a speed reducer, also a torque multiplier, an inertia reducer and then a resolution increaser.

So, first of all as a speed reducer we can take a motor that might be say 1750 rpm and our application really only needs one that goes a maximum of a 175 rpm.

So, we could put a 10 to 1 gearbox on there in the output at full speed of the motor would give us a 175 rpm.

As a torque multiplier we can take whatever the normal torque of the motor is and actually multiply it by the ratio of the gearbox.

So, as another example a 10 to 1 gearbox, times say 36 inch pounds of torque and it would give us 360 inch pounds at the output of that gearbox.

As an inertia reducer we can take a really large inertia as a load and we can reduce it by the square of the ratio of the gearbox.

So, again a 10 to 1 would reduce that inertia by 1/100th so we can use a much smaller motor to control a pretty large load.

And then finally, as a resolution increaser if we had an encoder say on the back of a motor that was 2000 pulses per revolution go through that 10 to 1 gearbox and now all of a sudden we just turned that into 20,000 pulses per revolution of the output shaft.

So, these were just a few examples of how you might use a gearbox in an industrial application.

For more information please contact us at http://innovativeIDM.com

Where we’re the home of the legendary customer experience.

Russian Irrigation System

February 18, 2014

A well packaged irrigation system being sent to Russia to water their wheat fields:

Ag2000 overview

This system uses a custom designed Yaskawa Finless AC Motor control using the simplest of user interface.  Using the KISS method has opened a significant market for this irrigation system manufacturer.