Motor Control Centres (MCCs)

Guidelines For Performing Infrared Inspections Of Motor Control Centers - Josh L. White - Understanding the thermal patterns of this equipment is critical to a successful inspection. Also correctly identifying the source of the anomaly can make recommendations more valuable. From

Specification for Motor Control Centers 600 Volts and Below - This specification covers low voltage motor control centers with combination starter units. From GE Industrial.

How to Specify the Right Motor Control Center For the Job - Patrick Daley - When purchasing a new or replacement MCC be sure to address a few important items in your specification. From and Devon Engineering.

Motor Control Centers Technical Overview - A useful overview from Siemens.

Minimizing Arc Flash Exposure in Industrial Applications - This white paper will discuss the definition of an arc flash, including its risks, consequences and causes, industry standards to protect against arc flash and a solution to minimize arc flash exposure - from Turck.

ICS 1 Industrial Control and Systems: General Requirements - This National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) publication is available via free download, you need to register.

Intelligent Motor Control Centres

Integrated, Intelligent Motor Control Centres - Motor control centers (MCCs) occupy a prominent role in control schemes, housing a comprehensive array of control and monitoringdevices. MCCs have moved rapidly to include the latest component technologies and integrating these advanced technologies presents a major opportunity - to transform islands of data into useful information that minimizes downtime. This paper focuses on technology integration methods in MCCs, and quantifying associated costs and benefits. From Rockwell.

Intelligent Motor Control - Using Intelligent Motor Control Centers ... Intelligently - Lately, interest in intelligent motor control centers (IMCCs) has increased significantly. But what is an intelligent MCC? To answer the question of intelligence, and to gain insight into the future of IMCCs, we must first take a look back at traditional MCC technology. From Square D.

Optimizing Energy Consumption and Improving Operational Efficiency through the use of Smart MCCs in Process Automation System - The escalating price of fossil fuels marked by fierce global competition is driving process industry decision makers to rethink the way their businesses will perform in the future. In order to stay competitive, manufacturers will have to develop strategies to conserve energy and limit their usage of depleting fossil fuel reserves. However, the challenge in achieving this goal is to do so without disrupting production. This is where the integration of Smart Motor Controls (MCCs) into a process automation system can play a vital role in your energy conservation strategy. From Siemens.

Motor Control Center data offers Maintenance Insight - Terry Schiazza and Anthony Propes - One piece of equipment that is increasingly being incorporated into a plant’s network is the motor control center. An MCC is a safe, economical and convenient way to mount control, distribution and automation equipment in one central location. It typically contains components such as motor starters, drives, circuit protection devices (circuit breakers, motor circuit protectors or fuses), circuit monitors and overload relays. In a networked - or intelligent - MCCs, the plant’s protocol is built into its individual components via hardware, allowing for myriad information from those components and the processes they control to be fed back to plant personnel or even the process itself. Thanks to

Checklist for implementing a Smart MCC - This six-step checklist provides the essential steps to implementing a "smart" MCC. From Siemens and

Smart MCCs as a Motor Maintenance Tool - This paper discusses the application of Smart MCC technology to standard and predictive maintenance practices used to maximize motor life and help limit unplanned motor failure. An overview and definition of standard maintenance practices is followed by a description of information available from a Smart MCC and how this information can be used. Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging Electrical Maintenance Application - Efficiently identify electrical issues - Tony Shockey - Today’s thermal imagers are rugged, easy to use, and much more affordable than they were even just a few years ago. They have become a realistic solution for everyday electrical maintenance. To use, a qualified technician or electrician points the thermal imager at the equipment in question and scans the immediate area, looking for unexpected hot spots. The imager produces a live image of the heat emitted from the equipment, and with a quick squeeze of the trigger, captures a thermal image. When the inspection is complete, the technician can upload the images to a computer, smartphone, or tablet computer for closer analysis, reporting, and future trending - from the ISA and InTech. 

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