Difference between AC and DC Drives

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Feb 28, 2020 3:55:16 PM


Understanding the distinction between AC and DC drives and their roles in the regulation of speed and power in electric motors can be critical to helping your business. Simply put, a drive is a device that is used to control the speed of an electric motor by altering the frequency of the electrical supply to the motor. AC and DC drives perform this action in markedly different ways and to differing effects. Below, we’ll discuss the distinctions between the two types of drives and help you determine which drive - whether AC or DC - would be best suited for your application.

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Topics: DC Drives, AC Drives, Drives

The Competitive Value of Machine Safety

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Feb 18, 2020 3:00:00 PM


The value of Machine Safety extends far beyond safe plant operations and reduced compensation costs. The concept is essentially a kick-starter for productivity and innovation, while simultaneously providing worthy data that can be used to gather insights into operations. There are multiple ways in which installation of machine safety apparatus – software and hardware – can sharpen the competitive edge of an organization.

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Topics: Machine Safety, Safety, productivity

Industrial Wireless Automation

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jan 30, 2020 4:00:00 PM

From improved productivity and more organized asset management to reduced costs (due to the elimination of extraneous wires) and easier accessibility to plant information, wireless technology in industrial automation offers a wide range of benefits to help improve your business. However, in spite of the advantages, wireless technology can offer its own set of challenges, whether in fully implementing or overcoming regulation standards. Below, we’ll walk you through the basics of wireless technology in industrial automation - the pros and cons - and analyze why it could be right for you.

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Topics: RFID

Overview of Industrial Sensors

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jan 24, 2020 3:00:00 PM

In the current state of factory operations, sensors are key components to data acquisition and instrument measurement. In its simplest terms, an industrial automation sensor is defined as an input device that provides an output signal with respect to a physical quantity (input). Modern plants utilize a multitude of various sensors, each with its own unique design and duty. Below, we’ll detail some of the common industrial sensors and outline how they help a plant become more cohesive, efficient, and ultimately save money.

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Topics: Sensors

Scaling to IIoT Projects

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jan 22, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) projects are redefining and shaping how modern factories and plants operate. By providing analytics on everything from predictive maintenance to industrial automation, IIoT projects can help improve efficiency and allow companies to make better, more knowledgeable business decisions. However, most modern plants are all facing the issue of scaling. Most factories and plants have implemented IIoT pilot programs, but have failed to progress to a full-scale overhaul where IIoT is ubiquitous in the work environment. Below, we’ll expound on the complexities that come with scaling and offer suggestions on how to mitigate those issues, thus opening up a world of new possibilities for your company.

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Topics: IoT

Best Practices for DCS Migration

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jan 16, 2020 2:00:00 PM

While modernization and advances in technology can make life easier for operators and company personnel, it can often be a double-edged sword. Aging and outdated technologies in plants are frequently in need of upgrades and repairs, which can contribute to significant delays in workflow. No example is more relevant today than the problem companies face with their distributed control system (DCS). DCS is a computerized control system for a process or plant with many control loops, in which autonomous controllers are distributed throughout the system. Because DCS is an integral and essential component in day-to-day operations but is also becoming quickly outdated, it is more and more necessary for companies to consider DCS migration, which involves upgrading the system and processes to newer technologies. Below we’ll provide some common practices for DCS migration, weighing out the pros and cons of each.

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Topics: HMI, Safety

Keeping an HMI/SCADA Safe

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jan 9, 2020 2:00:00 PM

With aging technology and systems along with the rise of cybersecurity risks, it is now more important than ever to keep your human-machine interface (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system safe. Here are a few simple steps you can use to minimize unplanned downtime and protect your organization and systems:

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Topics: HMI

Gain a Competitive Edge with Remote Monitoring

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jan 7, 2020 1:00:00 PM

With a large fraction of the working populous constantly traveling, it is hard to routinely check-up and monitor various factory systems. However, the advent of remote monitoring technology - a tool that allows engineers and manufacturers to overlook and supervise the health and productivity of various machines - has proven to give companies a competitive edge.

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Topics: Remote Monitoring

Why Risk Assessment is Crucial

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jan 2, 2020 3:28:00 PM

Because of the rigorous nature of the work and the heavy machinery involved, factories and manufacturing plants can often be dangerous working environments. Therefore, risk assessments - commonly known as the foundation of making a machine safer - are necessary to curb potential hazards. A risk assessment is a logical, step by step breakdown of a machines’ processes, separating all the individual hazards so as to be able to focus on one at a time. As the industry continues to grow and more machines enter the work environment, risk assessments are critical to quell potential hazards and keep workers safe.

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Topics: Machine Safety, Safety

The Impact of AI on Factory Automation

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Dec 27, 2019 3:26:56 PM

While the general population may have an archaic understanding of the inner workings of a factory, the truth is that the smart factory revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, has taken leaps and bounds over the past several decades. The rise of automation and smart technologies are at the forefront of this revolution. However, in recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a mainstay in the future of Industry 4.0. While AI continues to drive automation, manufacturers are now looking at it to promote efficiency in a variety of new avenues.

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Topics: Safety, industry 4.0, efficiency

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