Technical Articles

ABB Electrification Products has published these technical articles:

(Connectors)
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In every assembly process, simplicity saves time and money. Two simple technologies that simplify panel building are push-in connections and compact pilot devices. Learn more about how they can help...
(Industrial Machine Safeguarding)
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Most machine builders have been going the wrong way on safety, adding more protective devices in their effort to reduce risks. Turns out that the right approach is to actually use fewer devices. Read...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Actions to solve one problem often have other, unexpected consequences. Panel builders opt for digital components primarily to create more-compact panels. But they also discover other unexpected...
(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....
(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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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...
(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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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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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...
(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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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...
(Specialized Industrial Products)
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For facilities where power is critical and costly facility owners and managers rely on energy management systems (EMS) to better control their power distribution devices. Increased control is just one...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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More and more panels are incorporating smarter breakers with sensors that can provide alerts and take action when they detect an issue. Panel builders can choose from 3 levels of device monitoring,...
(Switches)
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The automatic transfer switch has moved from a relatively mundane role in power distribution and control systems to being a major player. Read about three traits to consider to ensure you select the...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Short circuit current ratings (SCCR) are a critical specification when designing industrial control panels. Determining the appropriate SCCR actually requires no calculations. Instead, there is a...
(Industrial Machine Safeguarding)
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A simpler safety fence solution for manufacturers that provides effective protection from danger. A new approach to fence design helps make it easier to design, purchase, install and maintain safety...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Your large (>400 HP) motors require special protection to ensure reliable operation and a long life. Learn how the features of today's smarter motor-protecting circuit breakers are up to the task....
(Power Supplies)
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Facility managers with backup-power systems are like skydivers; they can't know if the backup actually works until they need it. Using smart devices in power-control-system panels greatly increases...
(Motor Controls and Drives)
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Combination Motor Controller (CMC) provide the four essential elements of motor branch circuit protection and control. Panel builders should understand the benefits and drawbacks of the five most...
(Motor Controls and Drives)
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Providing UL 845 motor control centers represents a step up the value chain for UL 508A panel shops. But that step up into a new and potentially profitable market requires a smaller step than you...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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The pandemic greatly increased the use by manufacturers and distributors of digital and online tools to stay in touch with customers. Panel builders are using these digital tools for finding and...
(Motor Controls and Drives)
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Panel builders are always looking for ways to speed production, reduce costs, and improve panel reliability. Devices equipped with push-in connectors check all three of those boxes. Use this simple...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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When selecting the right low voltage power circuit breaker for an application, it is important to consider both short-circuit current ratings and short-time current ratings. Understanding these...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Both residential and commercial customers are increasingly turning to renewable energy sources that's creating huge demand for energy storage systems. Panel shops should be looking at how they can be...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Repair or replace? It's a question repeatedly faced by plant engineers and maintenance managers. For power distribution equipment, there are four important considerations when making that decision....
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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The latest panel technology often offers big benefits. But depending on the application, the older technology may be better. Here are some factors to consider when selecting control panel components...
(Motor Starters and Accessories)
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Of the various motor starter options, which is the best fit for your application? This article introduces the benefits and tradeoffs of the three main starter types: across-the-line starters,...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Some panel builders are content to offer traditional, serviceable designs. Others position themselves as higher-value providers, offering panels with more functions and performance. They often achieve...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Panels with higher AIC / SCCR ratings provide superior safety, helping protect employees and equipment while avoiding production losses and scrap. OEM machine builders and panel builders can pursue...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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Superior safety, from switches to sensors. The first-generation safety interlocks, like the mechanical door switch, were the best available solution 50 years ago - but were far short of perfect. Read...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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Try to imagine doing business today without your cell phone. You probably can't. In the same way, panel builders using communication-enabled devices like breakers and automatic transfer switches can't...
(Industrial Machine Safeguarding)
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When faced with a new or changed machine-safety risk, bolt-on solutions may seem like the easiest, cheapest approach. In most cases, it makes sense to consider a safety PLC, which can provide a far...
(Motor Controls and Drives)
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Most panel components are sourced based on electrical or functional specs, and then cost. But there are other factors to consider. Learn about three surprising benefits panel builders can realize by...
(Electrical Distribution and Protection)
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If you appreciate the wisdom of combining the fax, scan, and copy functions into a single device, the benefits of combining the function of relays and meters in your breakers should be crystal clear....
(Surge Suppressors)
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Surge protection devices are evolving from being "accessories" toward "necessities." Learn why more OEMs and panel builders are making the smart move to include these devices in their designs....