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Posted on 21st Dec 2023

What to consider when moving to an Inverter

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Moving to an inverter, particularly in the context of a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) such as KEB F5 Drive for motor control, involves several considerations. Here are some key factors to keep in mind when making this transition:

Application Requirements:

Understand the specific requirements of your application. Different applications may have different needs in terms of speed control, torque, and performance.

Motor Compatibility:

Ensure that the motor in use is compatible with VFD technology. Some older motors may require modifications or replacement to work optimally with inverters.

Load Characteristics:

Consider the load characteristics of the driven equipment. Inverters are well-suited for applications with variable load conditions, such as fans and pumps. Some applications may not benefit as much from variable speed control.

Energy Efficiency:

Assess the potential energy savings. Variable speed control allows motors to operate at optimal speeds, leading to energy savings. This is particularly relevant in applications with varying loads where a fixed speed motor would be inefficient.

Installation and Wiring:

Understand the installation requirements and wiring considerations for the inverter. It may involve changes to the existing electrical system, and ensuring proper installation is crucial for optimal performance and safety.

Harmonics and Power Quality:

Consider the impact of the inverter on power quality. Inverters can introduce harmonics into the electrical system, and mitigation measures may be necessary to comply with power quality standards and regulations.

Maintenance Requirements:

Evaluate the maintenance requirements of the inverter. While inverters can improve overall system reliability, they do have components that may require maintenance or replacement over time.

Control Interface and Programming:

Familiarize yourself with the control interface and programming capabilities of the inverter. Understanding how to set parameters, monitor performance, and troubleshoot issues is essential for efficient operation.

Environmental Conditions:

Consider the environmental conditions of the installation site. Some inverters have specific temperature or humidity requirements, and compliance with these conditions is important for reliable operation.

Cost Analysis:

Conduct a thorough cost analysis, considering the initial investment, potential energy savings, and maintenance costs. This will help determine the overall cost-effectiveness of the inverter solution.

Training and Support:

Ensure that the maintenance and operating staff are adequately trained to work with the new technology. Also, assess the availability of technical support from the inverter manufacturer.

Before making the transition, it's advisable to consult with experts in motor control and automation such as CM Industry Supply Automation, and possibly work with a qualified engineer or consultant to ensure a smooth and successful implementation of the inverter drive system.