The early 1950's marked the entry of one of the most revolutionary products in the history of industrial automation: the Variable Frequency Drive. Since then, the product design has evolved and refined at an increased pace. Even in the 21st century, there is no alternative in sight, and thanks to continued improvement, VFDs have solidified their position in the field of automation.
Variable Frequency Drives, or more commonly known as VFDs, are known for their unmatched speed-control within several industries. However, any machine that is subjected to the chopped DC square wave is also prone to a number of harmful effects. By making the right choice with cabling, these harmful components can be alleviated, and the connected machinery’s lifespan can be elongated.
We are pleased to announce that Premier Automation is officially in Georgia! Our team has been working diligently with local and state officials as well as new business partners to establish a presence in the Atlanta region.
Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved, that vision is now a reality with a purchase of a new building and 6.5 acres of land for continued expansion. Our Georgia team has been preparing our new 23,000 sq. ft. facility and we are ready for action.
Some people are increasingly under the impression that their cars are consuming more fuel than the manufacturer’s data initially specified. Is this a deliberate issue or is it because laboratory conditions are different from real-world scenarios? One thing is certain: the problem extends to all branches of manufacturing, whether it's automotive, power electronics or other consumer products.
Lean methodology has gained significant traction within modern organizations who want to ensure top operational efficiency to compete with adversaries in a globalized market. The list below presents the do’s and don’ts that can be followed by manufacturers for their lean implementations.
The value of digitization in the industrial sector has been viewed with renewed importance starting at the beginning of this decade, with companies investing more into adopting it. This has given rise to a new industrial culture; one that moves towards proactive maintenance rather than reactive maintenance.
There are numerous efficiency and regulatory standards that design engineers must follow without asking any questions. Efficient and reliable systems are necessary for maximum productivity. In order to guarantee this, engineers must make sure all common motor/VFD specifications issues have been resolved.
Motion control applications utilize a plethora of servomotors and machine actuators. Proper selection and integration are necessary for top-level accuracy and profitability. There are some factors that must be considered during and after the design process to ensure that the system works at peak efficiency and accuracy. The type of load, duty cycle and mechanical transmission all effect the accuracy of the system.
Robots aren’t plug & play devices, especially not in an industrial setting. They require considerable prep-work, ranging from the initial design stage, to implementation, to regressive testing & troubleshooting. Things can get even more complicated when you are trying to achieve a great degree of automation through robots that work in conjunction, not just from the technical point of view, but from the financial side as well.
There is a common misconception among industrial circles regarding network security, that since their OT networks are isolated from the internet. They are never exposed to the same types of malware, which otherwise wreak havoc through IT systems. This may have been true decades ago, when plant floors were truly isolated in all aspects, but with increased digitization and onset of IoT technologies, companies can’t rely on “isolation” alone as a protection mechanism.