Motors and Drives
Inside Advanced Energy’s Motor Test Lab | February 2007
A quarterly electronic publication for companies applying electric motors
Schneider Electric gets drive tests that provide a sales opportunity in excess of $1 million
Schneider Electric recently received testing and validation of torque performance for their Telemecanique® brand Altivar® 71 Variable Frequency AC Drive [VFD], giving them a sales opportunity in excess of $1 million.
Testing and validation was performed by Advanced Energy’s motors and drives experts in the company’s nationally accredited lab as a result of a potential customer asking Schneider Electric to show that their Telemecanique Altivar 71 VFD met their unique specification.
The potential customer was seeking a drive that would help avoid shearing motor and pump shafts in a deep well drilling and pumping application. By effectively controlling the motor torque during transient load and locked rotor conditions, damage to expensive equipment and significant down time could be avoided.
In response to the customer’s inquiry, Schneider Electric contacted Advanced Energy to perform a demonstration of their drive, the Altivar 71, under controlled laboratory conditions and thus provide the most compelling method to verify the torque limiting feature of the drive.
"We strategically chose Advanced Energy’s Motors and Drives Laboratory because of their third party status and the independent credibility they bring to this type of high performance analysis," said Ivan Spronk, AC Drive Product Line Manager for Schneider Electric. "They had the appropriate equipment, data processing power and ability to respond within our quick turnaround time required by our prospective client."
From the time of the initial request by Schneider Electric to the date of demonstration, only 15 days elapsed. During this time, Advanced Energy provided a compatible load motor used during the test / demonstration, making arrangements for the potential client to witness the set of test conditions that they specified.
An Advanced Energy dynamometer was used to provide the transient load. The specified test conditions were demonstrated for the client, as well as several unspecified conditions that were requested at the time of the demonstration. The result of this demonstration, Schneider Electric’s client’s performance conditions were verified and Schneider Electric was approved a supplier for this drive.
"Having this type of resource available to us has been incredibly valuable," stated Spronk. "Advanced Energy’s services helped us demonstrate our product’s capability and win the trust of our prospective client."
Schneider Electric is a power and controls specialist for the residential, building, industry, energy and infrastructure markets. Learn more about them at www.us.schneider-electric.com.
2007 Motor and Drives Conference presentation shows how to use a motor build analysis as a tool for motor reliability
A presentation by Advanced Energy’s Dr. Emmanuel Agamloh entitled "Using Motor Build Analysis as a Tool for Motor Reliability" was made at the 2007 Motor and Drives Conference on February 7. The presentation outlined several key elements of Advanced Energy’s Motor Build and Inspection Analysis [MBIA] utilizing results and photographs gathered from various MBIA’s that have been performed in our labs during the past two years. We invite you to review the power point from the presentation and to utilize this service as part of your motor selection process or as a part of a failure analysis program you may some day undertake. If you would like to receive a sample MBIA report, contact David Berkowitz by phone at 919-857-9047 or by email at email@example.com