Power & Motion Technology | Crane Systems | By Casey Cummins | May 27, 2021
Used for everything from controlling simple hoist motions to an entire crane system, variable frequency drives (VFDs) are an integral part of intelligent motion control systems. One important aspect of using a VFD is understanding its ambient temperature rating and how to control the temperature within its operating environment. Heat is the single largest enemy for VFDs – or any electronic device for that matter.
In this blog, we answer four common questions about ambient temperature ratings for VFDs.
Columbus McKinnon’s industry-leading Magnetek variable frequency drives are relied on by customers around the world for crane and hoist applications. If you have questions about your drive or want more information on how drives can be used in your motion control applications, contact us.
Casey Cummins is a Magnetek Controls Product Manager at Columbus McKinnon Corporation. He started with the company in 2011. Prior to moving into a management roll, Casey worked on embedded firmware development and electrical design. Also, Casey actively serves on the AIST crane committee. Outside of engineering life, he is fascinated by the modern space race and astrophysics, and also has a goal of hiking all the US national parks.
When choosing a variable frequency drive (VFD) for your crane or hoist application, we recommend using a crane-specific VFD and not a general purpose VFD. Why? Using a crane-specific VFD can have a significant impact on the safety, uptime, and productivity of your crane application, and can get you up and running quicker and easier.
When comparing variable frequency drives (VFD) to 2-speed control for use in cranes and hoists, there are a variety of factors you should take into consideration. These range from load control and speed adjustment to efficiency and extended hoist life. In this blog, we will compare the two to show you the benefits of VFD crane control over 2-speed.
Customers often ask us how easy it is to replace their existing variable frequency drive (VFD) with a Magnetek IMPULSE VFD. The answer is: it’s easy!
Whether you have an existing VFD from decades ago, or even contactor control, you can get a replacement Magnetek VFD up and running in only a few steps.