Kathy | February 1, 2009
Solid-State Motor Protection, Control & Advanced Monitoring in a Single Product
Eaton is expanding its motor and load protection solutions with Motor Insight™, the first offering from its Intelligent Power Control Solutions family. According to the manufacturer, Motor Insight delivers improved reliability, uptime, energy savings and safety features with advanced monitoring capabilities and motor protection in a single user-friendly device. Incorporating highly configurable line, load and motor protection, the product provides an enhanced level of system protection, allowing users to configure the type and level of protection required for varied applications. It is designed to meet the demanding conditions of the petrochemical, mining, water and wastewater industries.
Delivering all the bells and whistles
An overload and monitoring relay, Motor Insight features solid-state line, load and motor protection with ground fault detection, power voltage and current monitoring and flexible communications. In addition to allowing adjustments to be made to overload settings without disconnecting power, it also has an enhanced capacity to withstand surges. The device has an IP20 rated terminal block—that minimzes shock hazards—a user interface with a bright Light Emitting Diode (LED) display and easy-to-understand settings. With add-ons, including a remote display and multiple communications adapters, customers are able to choose among a spectrum of protocols, including DeviceNet, Modbus, Probus, and EtherNet/IP, as well as input/output options.
With its robust design, Motor Insight is well suited for operations with high line conditions and poor power quality, and meets the rigorous conditions found in the petrochemical, water, wastewater and mining industries, among others. The product can be used in a wide range of applications, including coal-bed methane well pumps, low-speed mixers, can motor pumps, mag-drive pumps, centrifugal pumps, submersible pumps and belt-driven loads.
Eaton offers Motor Insight in three operating voltage options (including 240, 480, and 600 volts), with a selectable trip class (5-30) and a broad full load amperes (FLA) range of 1-540 amperes. It has two output relays: one form C single pole double throw (SPDT) (fault relay) and one form a single pole single throw (SPST) (ground fault relay). The overload relay includes one external remote reset terminal as well as a trip status indicator.
Motor Insight is Underwriters Laboratories® (UL) listed, Canadian Standards Association® (CSA) certified and meets the National Electrical Manufacturer Association (NEMA) and Conformité Européenne (CE) standards. The device also is Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant. MT
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Vibration Monitoring Technology Customized For Your Applications
SKF’s Microlog Analyzer AX, with simultaneous triaxial or 4-channel vibration measurement capability, speeds up data collection and saves time in monitoring rounds. Its 806 MHz Xscale processor means faster real-time rate and display updates, all viewed on the vivid 6.4″ VGA color display. Users can select from a range of application modules, to suit their individual requirements, and add modules as needs develop. Pre-configured models (AX-M, AX-S and AX-F) also are available with a selection of loaded modules to fit various needs. The Microlog Analyzer AX is compatible with SKF @ptitude Analyst 4.1 or later software.
SKF Reliability Systems, San Diego, CA
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Ensure Accuracy Of Your Insulation Resistance Testing
According to Electronic Development Labs (EDL), its Megaohm Validator takes the doubt out of your insulation resistance testing by providing a simple method to ensure insulation resistance testers are operating properly. Measurements with insulation testers in high resistance ranges are often difficult to interpret when problems exist in the unit undergoing testing. Erratic readings caused by polarization, moisture and poor insulation result in faulty analysis and cause doubt in the measurement. This is why verifying the tester and lead performance is vital to understanding the measurement. Lightweight and portable, the Megaohm Validator can be used in the laboratory or field.
Electronic Development Labs, Inc., Danville, VA
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Dynamic Signal Analyzer With Temperature And Voltage Inputs
IOtech has released the USB-based 655u, the latest in the 600 Series of Dynamic Signal Analyzers (DSAs). Offering both temperature and voltage input channels, the 655u is the first DSA in the 600 Series to offer the type of direct temperature measurements that can be a critical part of many vibration analysis and monitoring applications. It also is compatible with IOtech’s eZ-Series software: eZ-TOMAS and eZ-TOMAS Remote for rotating machine analysis, eZ-Analyst for real-time vibration and acoustic analysis, and eZ-Balance for machine balancing (DSA channel support only with eZ Analyst and eZ-Balance).
IOtech, Cleveland, OH
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Efficient, Low-Maintenance AODD Pump Redesign
Pumps 2000 now offers the Dual Diaphragm Pump, the first redesign of the AODD. These low-maintenance units were developed for use in tough Australian mining conditions, where performance and reliability are paramount. They feature patented diaphragms and valves, and air motors that are stall-free and capable of running with low air consumption and no lubrication requirements. Their plastic design is not only lighter than that of earlier units, it helps these pumps resist deterioration even in low-pH locations.
Pumps 2000America/Megator, Pittsburgh, PA
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New High-Accuracy RTD Thermometers
Wahl has begun offering the DST500 Temperature Indicator and the DSX500 Transmitter Thermometers that are suited to many applications where accurate and reliable temperature monitoring and transmitting are critical. They both feature a 1″ high LCD display that is readable from 30 feet away and are available in a variety of standard and custom-built probe configurations, including MIG standard tapered bulb for drop-in direct MIG replacement and tight-fit installations. According to the manufacturer, a unique Quick Disconnect option allows the user to remove the probe and meter for calibration without removing the permanently installed cable.
Wahl Insruments, Inc., Asheville, NC
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The Power Of A DCS For Smaller Plants
Honeywell’s Experion® LS control system provides the power and reliability of a distributed control system (DCS) in a small and flexible solution. It manages all continuous process control applications and optimizes batch and sequence-oriented applications. Scalable from a single PC and controller to multiple stations, it is suited for smaller plants. According to the company, because it requires less engineering effort to configure and is easier to maintain than a PLC or large DCS, Experion LS can help plants save up to $20,000 per year in support per system. Simplified configuration also enables faster and more-reliable changeovers, allowing operators to more easily modify batch recipes and increase production.
Honeywell Process Solutions, Phoenix, AZ
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