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Free advice on how to install VSDs and motors

01 July, 2003

Free advice on how to install VSDs and motors

Advice on how to overcome some of the problems associated with variable speed drive (VSD) and motor installations is contained in a free guide published jointly by Gambica, the controls industry trade body, and Rema, the Rotating Electrical Machines Association.

The 40-page technical guide covers aspects including basic specifications, electrical and mechanical installation practices, and the avoidance of EMC problems. It deals with motors and inverters up to 690V AC, installed using separate cabling systems. It is only partially applicable to motors with integrated inverters.

The guide is geared to current UK practices and, while it is applies to motors and inverters in general, it makes specific references to products supplied by Gambica and Rema members. It is said to be useful for those unfamiliar with drives systems, as well for experienced engineers. In addition to specific practical advice, it includes: a glossary of terms; information on applicable standards and European directives; and answers to several common questions.

The guide can be downloaded, as a free PDF file, either from the Gambica Web site or from the Rema Web site. Gambica`s phone number is (44) 020 7642 8080 and Rema`s is (44) 020 7793 3041.

Gambica is also supplying a second guide, giving practical advice to manufacturers on two new European Directives - WEEE (covering the recycling of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and RoHS (dealing with certain waste substances). This guide has been produced by Orgalime, the liaison group for the European mechanical, electrical, electronic and metalworking industries.

Gambica has been closely involved in the development of the guide, which gives the background to the Directives, outlines their key features, and examines the requirements that industry will have to meet when UK legislation is introduced next year. The guide, which costs £35 including postage, includes the text of both Directives.

Gambica has appointed a specialist advisor in waste management to help its members to interpret the new requirements, and to assist it when dealing with the DTI on the issues raised by the Directives.

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