Has your company considered buying or selling industrial surplus for the first time in the last few months? You’re not alone.
A lot of our customers consider buying and selling secondhand components as part of a regular business day. But for some, it’s new territory. The last year created supply chain issues for components like PCBs. This limited how fast manufacturing line upgrades could happen, regardless of social distancing needs. As a result, purchasing agents have expanded the scope of how to fix problems.
We thought it would be a good idea to write a quick guide to clear up…
The Vineyard Wind Infographic (below) offers quick answers about this new offshore wind project.
Vineyard Wind is the first American utility-scale offshore wind project. The project received final approval in mid-May 2021. It is located off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
The $3 billion site uses 62 GE Haliade-X turbines. They will generate electricity for 400,000 businesses and homes.
GE Haliade-X turbines are the largest turbines in the world. They stand over 850 feet tall. This is 200 feet taller than the Seattle Space Needle or Saint Louis Arch. …
Buying reconditioned industrial robots is becoming increasingly more common. These can be sourced through various merchants, or through larger sites like eBay or Amazon.
But even secondhand, industrial robotics represents a significant investment. And if sourced incorrectly, you may lack protective warranties if something goes wrong.
So how do you buy industrial robotics secondhand safely? We have a few tips.
Only buy second-hand industrial robots from a reputable merchant. Yes, you might find the same product on eBay or Amazon Marketplace for a little less. But remember the equipment’s purchase price is only part of the actual cost. So make…
Relays have been around since the mid-1800s, but universal relays are relatively new (GE’s UR relay has been in production for a little over two decades.) But what is a universal relay?
-including or covering all or a whole collectively or distributively without limit or exception
When GE set out to make a universal relay, the ultimate goal was to create an economical modular substation unit that could seamlessly integrate with existing equipment and software. GE wanted a relay that could work across any kind of communication network and work with any vendor’s equipment.
One challenge to this…
The US Energy Information Administration estimates manufacturing operations use roughly thirty-five percent of all domestically consumed energy each year. The sector uses natural gas, petroleum, coal, as well as renewable resources. This high percentage places the manufacturing industry in a unique position to make a real difference in ongoing sustainability efforts. Sustainable manufacturing is possible. But in the real world, profitability must always take precedence; an unprofitable, failing company helps no one.
Luckily, manufacturers already do a lot to mitigate energy use and expenditures. Maximizing efficiencies to meet financial goals and improve competitive advantage is part of the job. …
Reliance VFD drives have been around for years. VFDs have been widely used for industrial applications, for good reason. Pulse-width modulation (PWM) VFDs offer low costs, high efficiency, and excellent input power factor.
However, VFDs need proper care and installation to run optimally. Sometimes this means controlling airflow going to the drive to control heat generation. VFDs have a typical efficiency rating between 95–98%. But VFDs produce more heat than other electrical equipment, especially when enclosed. And heat losses are directly related to the VFD’s efficiency rating.
Make sure to note your drive’s max operating temperature under real operating conditions…
The GE QuickPanel HMI series includes the QuickPanel Junior series as well as their larger HMIs. These HMI units come in both monochrome and STN Color options and provide a sharp information-rich picture with excellent graphic options.
You can find the GE QuickPanel Jr. in two sizes. It is available as either a 5-inch or a 6-inch unit.
There is also a 6-inch hand-held QuickPanel version. This is available as both monochrome or as a color STN monitor.
The DirectLogic 405 from Koyo is a modular controller with built-in PID instruction. End-users can add a number of different I/O modules to this low-cost controller to create configurations that meet their particular needs.
The DirectLogic 405 offers up to 3,500 local or distributed individual remote I/O points. The I/O and specific PID (proportional integral derivative control) allow command of processes like position, velocity, and temperature. One of our earlier blogs talks more about PID.
As a modular PLC, the DirectLogic 405 uses specialty and expansion modules to complete the system. This includes modules like
When your electric motor fails, it can be difficult to know why. But there are quick tests you can use to easily diagnose problems.
Make sure to disconnect power from your electric motor before beginning. Power is not required. This step protects you and the equipment.
Electric motors have a metal nameplate or tag riveted to the outside of the motor housing. This nameplate usually includes a lot of useful information, including