Effective Power Factor Correction Using Synchronous Motors

Power factor and power factor correction are familiar electrical terms, but just in case they are new to you, let’s do a quick review. As it relates to electrical energy, power factor is the ratio of working power to apparent power. Working power (kW) is the electrical energy you need to do useful things, namely, run production equipment. Apparent power (kVA) is the electrical energy your utility company must supply in order to deliver the working power you need.Read More

Designing for Reliability, Safety, and Maintenance

Because the design of an electrical system is based on distributing power, we can easily lose sight of its other important functional criteria and if we don’t consider these, longterm system operating costs will skyrocket. To avoid this, electrical systems need to be designed for reliability, safety, and ease of maintenance.Read More

Hitting the Maintenance "Sweet Spot"

Every baseball or tennis player has heard of the “sweet spot”—it’s the place on the bat or racquet where all the forces come together and the maximum power is transmitted to the ball with a minimum of vibration felt in the player’s hands. There’s a sweet spot in electrical maintenance as well...

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