Expert Zone

March 19, 2019

Running on Borrowed Time

How well do you know your plant floor? Is there a mix of brands for drives, controllers and HMI’s? Where do these products fall within the manufacturer’s lifecycle? When should you consider migrating these systems?
March 6, 2019

Reduce Headaches with Shielded VFD Cable

Electrical noise, or more specifically high frequency electrical noise (also called common mode), tends to be the gremlin of modern electrical panels. Using power cable shields can reduce this noise.
February 28, 2019

Choosing the Right Conveyor Belting

One of the primary advantages of using modular plastic conveyor belting lies in their durability. Fabric belts can sometimes tear, however, with modular belt’s hard plastic segments, this cannot happen. The plastic’s durability over other belt materials also gives modular belts an edge over many alternatives in terms of load capacity, resilience in harsh environments, and resistance to wear.
February 11, 2019

Migration Made Easy – Upgrading a Standard PanelView to a PanelView Plus

In this short tutorial, I walk through the steps of converting a project from a Standard PanelView to a PanelView Plus using FactoryTalk View Machine Edition. This process allows you to get your project operating on the new PanelView Plus without any initial rework, and to have the same performance, or better, as the original project.
February 7, 2019

Simplify Drive Programming with Connected Components Workbench Software

Tired of hunting through hundreds of different parameters while attempting to troubleshoot or commission your Variable Frequency Drives? Do you feel lost without the aid of a printed parameter list or programming manual? Hunting for individual parameters when programming and troubleshooting can be time consuming, but using Connected Components Workbench could make your life easier in the field.
January 25, 2019

A Holistic Approach to Your Motor Health

How do you keep your motor healthy? There are so many cause and effect scenarios that can hinder the health of your motor. These small changes add strain or create heat and cause a domino effect on your line. Here’s our list of the supporting players that affect the overall health of your motor and what signs you should look for to increase uptime.
January 24, 2019

Predictive Maintenance for Motors – What’s in Your Toolbox?

Do you have to troubleshoot motor issues? Have you had a motor over heat and shut down with no apparent warning? Windings, rotors, connection cables, and […]
January 21, 2019

Finally, a push button that is specifically designed for the food industry’s caustic high-pressure wash-downs…

Allen Bradley 800K High-Pressure Wash-down IP69K Push Buttons The food and beverage industries have many challenges when dealing with high-pressure, close-range, caustic wash-down cleaning practices. Avoid contaminates […]
January 2, 2019

Should Cat6A be the standard in new buildings?

Is it time to start adopting Cat6A networking cables in new buildings? Communication standards have been around since the 80s or earlier, so what has recently […]