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Understanding variable frequency drives and applications

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are solid-state electronic motor controllers that efficiently meet varying process requirements by adjusting the frequency and voltage of power supplied to an alternating current (AC) motor, enabling it to operate over a wide speed range. External sensors monitor flow, liquid levels or pressure and then transmit a feedback signal to a […]

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Regular maintenance and wiring inspection are crucial for VFD health and longevity

A regular maintenance schedule is important to keep a variable frequency drive (VFD) operating efficiently and effectively. Cost-effective maintenance starts early in the design phase by ensuring that the right type of VFD is selected for the job. For outdoor applications such as oil and gas operations, irrigation, wastewater treatment and mineral extraction, the correct […]

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What is an explosion proof electric motor?

Preventive safety requires careful selection of equipment, particularly electric motors, in dangerous oil and gas recovery, chemical and petroleum refinery and mining environments. Motors can create an explosion by one of two means: A motor surface gets so hot during operation that it ignites a vapor, gas or dust A single arc from a motor […]

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WorldWide Electric Names Jim Taylor, New Chief Executive Officer

WorldWide Electric Corporation continues the vision to grow their customer-centric organization with the appointment of Jim Taylor as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently as President and CEO at SKYDEX Technologies, Taylor has over 22 years of experience in leading companies of all sizes. He is a graduate of the Rochester Institute […]

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Key considerations for selecting optimal conveyor drive components for bulk material conveyor systems

Selecting proper drive components for a bulk material conveyance system can go a long way toward maintaining optimal performance and extending the lifetime of equipment. The severity of an application as determined by factors such as hours of operation, shock loading and cycles are some of the criteria designers must consider when making conveyor drive […]

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Simple Guidelines for Efficient Farm-Duty Motors

Motors for agricultural applications need to be durable and reliable in the harshest conditions. Another important consideration when purchasing a motor is budget. However, the initial price point is just one factor when evaluating the overall cost of a motor. The time it takes to install or repair a motor can be significant, so maintenance […]

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Gear Reducers: The Basics

What is a Gear Reducer, anyway? In the world of mechanical power transmission, there are a lot of moving parts, and things can get complicated quickly. A very important part of these systems are gearboxes – compound machines that transfer power from a prime mover to a load. Gear reducers are the primary focus of […]

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WorldWide Electric at EASA 2018

One of our favorite things about the motor industry is the trade shows. You are guaranteed to find new friends, catch up with old ones, have great conversations about the industry, and there’s no better opportunity to talk about new products! This year at EASA was no different – we spent some quality time with […]

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WorldWide Electric is Giving Away
an iPad at EASA ’18!

If you’re coming to EASA 2018, visit booth 101 for a chance to win an iPad! That’s right – WorldWide Electric is giving away a free iPad at EASA 2018! And it really couldn’t be easier to enter. Follow WorldWide Electric on Twitter Follow @WWElectricCorp Visit the WorldWide Booth at EASA 2018 (Booth 101!) and […]

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WorldWide Electric Will Be At EASA 2018!

Check the end of this article for free admission to the EASA Expo hall! Every year since 1934, the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) has held a convention focused on educating, informing and equipping leaders and businesses in the electromechanical industry. WorldWide Electric has been a proud exhibitor at the EASA convention for 19 years, […]

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Intelligent and Adaptive Soft Starters: The WorldStart IQ

Our need to adapt to change is no different than the end-users who are out in the field every day. When we improve a product, it helps our customer base perform more efficiently, saving them time and money, and creating measurable results for their business. So when we talked to our customers, we heard how […]

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Innovation in Variable Frequency Drives: The WorldDrive Product Line by WorldWide Electric

Most of the time, coming up with the optimal solution takes more energy and time than actually executing the plan and having the systems installed. As WorldWide Electric continues to serve more industries that encounter specific and challenging situations, we’re learning that a diversified product line – with standard and modified options available – enables […]

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Rotor Rotation of AC Motors

As mentioned in our previous article on rotating magnetic fields of AC motors, this article will review how a magnetic field actually creates torque and rotates the load. If you’re new to this series, you may want to start at our article on the construction of AC motors. Otherwise, we’ll jump right into rotor rotation. […]

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Rotating Magnetic Fields & AC Motor Operation

To understand AC motor operation, it’s important to look into the development of rotating magnetic fields. These magnetic fields follow the fundamentals of electromagnetism to rotate the shaft of an AC motor. Let’s take a closer look at an electric motor stator. Remember that the construction of an AC motor stator is a hollow cylinder […]

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About AC Motor Magnetism & Electromagnetism

AC motor magnetism and electromagnetism are a critical part of overall operation. All magnets attract and hold metals such as iron and steel. A magnet will maintain a “north-south” position if it’s free to move (like the needle on a compass). Magnetic Lines of Flux An invisible force, known as “lines of flux,” allows magnets […]

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Electric Motors: How to Read the Nameplate

As the owner of your company, you can’t afford to make uneducated decisions when it comes to purchasing electric motors. Your employees rely on you to make healthy decisions for the company, and your choice of electric motors directly impacts the business result. The more thoroughly you understand electric motors, the better equipped you’ll be […]

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The Construction of AC Motors

If you read our previous article, “AC Motors: Basic Terminology,” then you now understand: • the purpose of AC motors • NEMA standards for electrical equipment, and • the basic concept of torque, speed, and horsepower. We’ll now discuss the construction of AC motors so you will be able to identify key differences of motor […]

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AC Motors: Basic Terminology

We work with OEMs to help them find AC motors that best suit their application. During this process, it helps to understand the terminology of an electric motor so you will be better equipped to see how each motor differs and determine which one meets your needs. Below is a brief overview of basic terms […]

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ODP Motor Product Launch by Global Manufacturer, WorldWide Electric Corp

ODP Motors (Open Drip Proof) Rochester, NY – Global manufacturer WorldWide Electric (WWE) Corporation launched a new line of ODP motors (open drip proof) in response to high customer demand. ODP motors are premium efficient and offer reliable protection for clean and weather-safe environments. Available in ½-50 HP, these motors are ideal for industries including HVAC, […]

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High Service Factor Motors That Run Cooler & Last Longer (80ºC Max Temp Rise)

Plant operators often ask us questions related to the effects of service factor and temperature on the expected insulation life of electric motors. Motor Service Factor & Insulation To better understand insulation life, let’s take a closer look at motor service factor (SF) – the percentage of overloading a motor can handle for short periods […]

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