All On Choosing a Variable Frequency Drive for Your Needs
If you are looking for a solution to smooth operation of your motors and power reduction on the same, then you may want to go for a variable frequency drive. When choosing a variable frequency drive for an application, some of the basic things to look at are the torque and the amp developed by the AC motor. There are those who have thought that the horsepower of the drive is the most critical and the sole feature to look for in a variable frequency drive to settle for to address their needs. But this isn’t the case for you should as well take into consideration the load as you choose a variable frequency drive for your needs. Generally, when it comes to the size determination for a variable frequency drive for any given use, this size is going to be decided on having taken a look at the torque and the amp developed by the AC motor. A load of a variable frequency drive to go for will be given and is represented in amps.
Care and caution matter when it comes to the choice of a variable frequency drive for your needs just like it is often the case with any instrument or control device. It would be so advisable for you to have some fundamental knowledge or idea about these devices for you to make an informed decision for one to go for. You need to appreciate the fact that control using a variable frequency drive is not similar to control using a control valve.
Some of the factors that you should be mindful of when choosing a variable frequency drive for your needs are such as the installation requirements, staff skills and necessary training for the use of these devices.
Now, when it comes to the installation of the variable frequency drives, for some it sounds so simple and easy but in actual sense, it isn’t as simple as it sounds and seems. There are special manufacturer recommendations and electrical codes of a particular kind that have to be followed for their installation to be perfect.
For instance, you should take into consideration the wire and cable size as you install these drives. Ensure that you are having them mounted on a shielded power cable for the sake of preventing interference that may result to the other instruments and controls there may be in the plant. Check as well the issue of power distribution and determine whether you will need an isolation transformer or line reactor.