Delta Automation Supports Our American Veterans

Joe @ McGuire's VA Gig (Medium)One of our employees, operations manager, Joe Sarver, put his alter-talent to good use as he lent a musical helping hand to entertain a room full of most appreciative men and women military veterans from all branches of the service including the US Coast Guard.

Joe performed a one hour, weekday afternoon Valentine’s benefit concert with the Tommy Witten Quartet at the Sitter-Barfoot Veterans Care Center of McGuire Veterans Medical Center located in Richmond, VA. Much to the delight of the vets, the band played requests and concluded the concert with a medley of theme songs for each branch of the service represented there. A fun time was had by the veterans, the medical staff, and the band!

 

Pictured above is Joe posing with his venerable 165 year old bass, below the Veterans facility.

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Read About IDECs New Line of Solid State Interface Relays

 

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Some of the Top Things That Cause VFD (drive) Failure

Inverters, drives, VSDs, variable speed drives, variable frequency drives – the category of products used to control an electric motor’s speed and thus reduce energy usage in a variable speed application has more names than Prince. Although, I suppose when you think about it he only has three really, if you include his decision in 1993 to become known by a symbol instead of a word.

Capacitor wear – Working like a dog

The first reason for inverter failure is electro-mechanical wear on capacitors. Inverters rely on capacitors to provide a smooth power output at varying levels of current; however electrolytic capacitors have a limited lifespan and age faster than dry components. This in itself can be a cause of inverter failure.

Capacitors are also extremely temperature sensitive. Temperatures over the stated operating temperature, often caused by high current, can reduce the life of the component. However, as the electrolytes evaporate faster at higher temperatures, capacitor life increases when they are run at lower than operating temperature.

Happily, keeping a consistent maintenance regime and regularly replacing capacitors avoids most problems that failed capacitors can cause.

Overuse – Too much of a good thing

Using inverters beyond their operating limit, either by choice or due to oversight or lack of knowledge, can contribute to inverter bridge failure. Using any component at a rating higher than its operating limit will decrease its lifespan and lead to failure, so avoiding this issue simply comes down to checking that all inverters are being run correctly.

Over- and under-voltage – The power you’re supplying, it’s electrifying!

The next two issues that can cause inverter failure are over-current and over-voltage. If either current or voltage increases to a level that the inverter is not rated for, it can cause damage to components in the device, most frequently the inverter bridge. Often this damage will be caused by the excess heat generated by the spike in voltage or current.

Over-current can be avoided with fuses or circuit breakers but avoiding over-voltage can be tricky. Sometimes voltage spikes are man-made, but they can also be caused by lightning or solar flares which are difficult to avoid if, like us, you live on planet Earth.

Ultrasonic vibrations – I’m picking up good vibrations

The final problem on the list is one that contributes to the mechanical stress placed on an inverter. Ultrasonic vibrations originating in the cores of inductive components cause friction, adding to the unwanted heat generated by the device and further damaging components in the inverter.

Another item that causes issues are failed fans. Although heat was mentioned in another category, these items fail often enough to warrant being specifically mentioned.

This article was originally published in the January issue of Automated Magazine.

 

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IDEC-PLC and HMI Factory Training Classes at Delta’s Office January 20-21& 22nd, and You Get to Keep the Equipment!

Delta Automation will be hosting a three-day factory training class on January 20th, 21st & 22nd.

Just bring your own laptop computer to load the software on and you’re ready to go!

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This HMI, power supply, software & cable, PLUS the training, all for $415.00

 

 

This PLC, power supply, software & cable, PLUS the training, all for $199.00

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This PLC, power supply,software & cable, PLUS the training for $399.00

The BIG ADVANTAGE of this training is that just for the cost of a “Starter Kit” for the PLC or HMI of your choice, you get the three day class,   AND YOU GET TO KEEP the PLC or HMI equipment!

That’s right! For as little as $199.00 for a 12 I/O SmartAXIS PLC to a 16 I/O MicroSmart Pentra PLC for $399.00 or a  SmartAXIS Touch (PLC/HMI combo) for $415.00. The “Starter Kits” include the PLC or HMI, a power supply, the software and a programming cable. Everything that you need to get started on your training or to begin a real world application.

Call Delta and tell us which PLC or HMI that you would like training on and we will help you select the correct kit and get you signed up for the class, 804-236-2800.

Hurry and sign up! Get your equipment on order to have it here for the class.

Class size is limited!

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Cyber Monday Is Cyber December At Delta Automation

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For the entire month of December Delta Automation is offering 25% off on all in-house shop repairs and 10% off on select motors and VFDs when you mention this notice.

Hurry and save before the 2015 price increases!

Call at 804-236-2800 or email Sales@deltaautomation.com

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IDEC-PLC and HMI Factory Training Classes at Delta’s Office in January and You Get to Keep the Equipment!

Delta Automation will be hosting a three-day factory training class in January. The exact date will be announced shortly.

KIT-TOUCH-CS StarterKit

 

 

 

 

 

The BIG ADVANTAGE of this training is that just for the cost of a “Starter Kit” for the PLC or HMI of your choice, you get the three day class,       AND YOU GET TO KEEP the PLC or HMI equipment!

That’s right! For as little as $199.00 for a 12 I/O SmartAXIS PLC to a 16 I/O MicroSmart Pentra PLC for $399.00 or a  SmartAXIS Touch (PLC/HMI combo) for $415.00. The “Starter Kits” include the PLC or HMI, a power supply, the software and a programming cable. Everything that you need to get started on your training or to begin a real world application.

Call Delta and tell us which PLC or HMI that you would like training on and we will help you select the correct kit and get you signed up for the class, 804-236-2800.

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“Try Before you Buy” program is Launched by IDEC

SmartAxis OI_familyIDEC has launched a new program where potential new users can try an IDEC product for up to 30 days BEFORE they purchase it.

At the end of the 30 day trial period, the client may either return the product or purchase it!

This will allow clients that are contemplating utilizing a PLC or HMI for a new application to experiment with the device in a real world setting. All without the risk of purchasing a product before proving the application.

Call Delta today for a quote on any IDEC PLC or HMI that you would like to experiment with, at no risk, on an application that you may have!

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Please Enjoy These Pages From Our December Calendar

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IDEC HMIs Get NEMA 4X and Type 13 approvals rating

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Cloud Chamber Fully Operational And The Grand Opening To Unveil It Goes On As Planned Thanks To Delta Automation

Delta Automation was contacted recently by the manufacturer of a cloud chamber (a physics experiment apparatus used to study sub-atomic particles and radiation naturally occurring in air) built in Germany.   See the cloud chamber in operation at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKur0QcLkd4

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The cloud chamber, recently installed at a high school’s new Science and Technology Wing located in northern Virginia, was not operational. This is because its Danfoss dual compressor cooling unit would not stay on line due to issues with a power converter that allows the system to operate on US power. The cloud chamber manufacturer searched Danfoss tech support and found Delta Automation as an authorized service provider.

With the deadline for the grand opening ceremony rapidly approaching, both the manufacturer and the school’s personnel were panicking to get the cloud chamber fully operational. Once Delta was contacted by the cloud chamber manufacturer, Delta’s field service engineer Skip Langley, was dispatched immediately to investigate the issue. Skip quickly determined that the power converter was not large enough ampacity-wise to handle the dual compressor load. Upon obtaining and installing a new and more robust power converter that Delta arranged to obtain here in the US, along with making some changes to the way the apparatus was fed by building power, Skip was able to restore the cloud chamber to full operation just in time for the grand opening.

While this is the first and perhaps only cloud chamber Delta Automation will ever perform service on, we were happy to take on the challenge. Because of our commitment to always try and help a customer, we were able to play a major part in helping to save the day for a successful Grand Opening.

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