Technical Articles

ABB Electrification Products has published these technical articles:

(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Standards documents can be quite intimidating. Often lengthy and written in detailed, technical language, they do not make for particularly enjoyable reading. Little wonder people are seldom eager to...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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There are thousands of panel makers to choose from, from very small startup operations to large organizations with decades of experience. When buyers shop for the right supplier to produce their...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Although not currently mandated for electric control panels by current codes or standards, arc flash protective measures can not only increase the value of control panels to buyers, but also play a...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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"Never leave money on the table," is a frequently heard business-related saying. The advice is sound; don't fail to capture all the potential profitability or value in an action or transaction....
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The migration from analog to digital control panels is accelerating. Driven by the promise of increased control, improved maintenance, and optimized processes, panel builders and buyers are...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Protecting circuits, electrical-control components, and loads is a central function of control panels. Unfortunately, identifying the appropriate protective devices is not a straightforward...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Standards make our life simpler. Almost all manufactured products conform to certain standards for size, shape, configuration, and/or operation. The goals of these standards include providing the user...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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We often fail to take advantage of powerful features in our electronic devices, usually because we didn't know they were there. Managers at facilities equipped with ABBs Emax 2 breaker are excited...
(Industrial Machine Safeguarding)
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Machine-safety relays have evolved in the decades they've been used in the safety circuits that protect machine operators from injury. But in the past, they remained a specialized component that...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Power control panel builders and buyers in the market for automatic transfer switch solutions might be surprised at some of the new features available in these devices. This article highlights some of...
(Circuit Protection)
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This White Paper is to clarify the reading and the interpretation of the characteristic curves (trip curves, specific let-through energy curves and limitation curves) of the Molded-Case Circuit...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Nearly every piece of electrical equipment requires protection to prevent damage from power quality issues or surges. From the tiny, tubular fuses that protect strings of Christmas lights to the...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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In power distribution systems that rely on parallel energy inputs, or include multiple inputs that are switched in and out, it is critical to protect the system from ground faults. Rather than simply...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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- "Do-it-yourself" is a popular approach for people who First, there is the fact that people who build a panel once in a while are going to be much slower than someone who does it every day. Then,...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Electrical control panels present more than a few safety risks. Shock, fire, equipment damage, and in certain environments explosions, can result from a panel that's poorly designed or incorrectly...
(Motor Starters and Accessories)
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It's estimated that there are more than 300 million electrical motors installed worldwide. Application requirements necessitate motor starters in many of those installations. Of the various motor...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Faced with tough competition, panel makers constantly search for ways to shave the price of their panels. That often begins by shopping for components based primarily on price. When it comes to...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Although commercial-scale technology to harvest the sun's energy has existed since the 1900s, this decade undoubtedly will mark the dawn of "The Solar Age." In the United States alone, the market for...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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A panel buyer's or builder's worst nightmare is intermittent connectivity. These problems can be aggravating to resolve and costly in lost production. One of the simplest but most-important ways to...
(Circuit Protection)
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Direct current, which was once the main means of distributing electric power, is still widespread today in the electrical plants supplying particular industrial applications. The advantages in terms...
(Surge Suppressors)
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Like all electronic devices, industrial control panels are subject to potentially damaging power surges. When a panel is damaged due to lack of surge protection or insufficient protection, there is...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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This White Paper describes the potential and the use of directional protection and directional zone selectivity functions, hereafter called "D" and "SdZ D"....
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Interconnection of large wind farms with the power grid can add a new degree of control to the power system, according to the authors of this paper....
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Circuit breakers are often used to supply current to more than one load. This separation of the circuits can occur directly from the load-side cable terminals of the circuit breaker....
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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The contents of an electrical control panel may seem complex, but when broken down into the different sub- systems, it all starts to make sense. As you start to understand how the components,...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Wind power comes with a few significant challenges. For instance, wind-farm construction deals with long supply chains that hamper on-time deliveries and predictable completions. The facilities are...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Globalization is forcing companies to constantly become more efficient. To drive efficiencies, many companies are implementing Lean Manufacturing to stay competitive in this ever shrinking world. This...