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A Guide to keep your bulk material handling variable frequency drives (VFDs) operating efficiently

Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) play a vital role in the bulk material handling industry. By adjusting the frequency and voltage supplied to electric motors based on the specific needs of each application, VFDs allow businesses to work more efficiently and prolong the life of their equipment. Don't underestimate the importance of simple preventative maintenance. Monitoring your equipment and taking a few simple steps can provide years of trouble-free service.  Here is a simple quick guide that can help:
Inspect your VFD’s regularly. Even a quick visual scan can detect signs of moisture, loose connections and potential hazards. It is also a good idea to check internal components, such as fans and DC bus capacitors, for signs of bulging, leakage or excessive wear.Regularly record VFD status information. Keep a table of component and heat-sink temperatures, also keep track of VFD displayed motor currents, voltages and speeds for increased telltale signs of mechanical and/or electrical…

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