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Considerations for selecting an adjustable speed drive in a constant torque application

Publication date: 
February 2013
Author: 
Bill Colton, Baldor Electric Co., A Member of the ABB Group

When selecting a drive for an application, there are many technical and commercial issues to explore in arriving at a choice. The scope of this article is to consider some of the technical issues involved. This article looks at:

  • Determining the power available
  • Overload capability
  • Environment
  • Type of control
  • Type of communication
  • Braking
  • Speed regulation
  • Other considerations
  • Operation at other than 50 or 60 Hz base speed
Topic(s): 
Design/theory/application
Drives/controls