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The podcast for Electricians where I give you bite sized bits of useful information, usually in the form of an answer to a question the every electrician should know! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stuff-electricians-should-know/support

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The podcast for Electricians where I give you bite sized bits of useful information, usually in the form of an answer to a question the every electrician should know! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stuff-electricians-should-know/support

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This podcast is great info for apprentices and journeyman.

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Answering difficult questions with research and clarity. Well Done!

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58 Ratings
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48
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Great Info

By AkBeko - May 09 2018
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This podcast is great info for apprentices and journeyman.

Excellent!!

By Clint.... - Oct 03 2016
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Answering difficult questions with research and clarity. Well Done!

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The podcast for Electricians where I give you bite sized bits of useful information, usually in the form of an answer to a question the every electrician should know! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stuff-electricians-should-know/support

102- Rules For Electricians

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In todays Episode I'll talk about my new book "Rules for Electricians", what it is and what it isn't.

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Nov 13 2018

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70 - Induction Motor Basics

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As you all know, an electric motor is simply a piece of equipment that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. You hook your electrical power up to the leads of the motor and then it is typically converted through the generation of a magnetic field by means of a current flowing into one or more coils.

Now after scouring the web, I found that there are way more different types of electric motors than I thought, and this may be an eye opener for you as well. So I’m going to list them off for you right now and then we’ll see how many of them we get to in this episode.

Check out Codey, the new Virtual Electrical Assistant! www.electricianslibrary.com/codey

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Jun 07 2017

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81 - The REAL Purpose of Circuit Breakers, Pt. 1

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How many people do you know that think a circuit breaker is there to protect someone from getting shocked? Well, we need to bust that myth right now, and a funny Amazon review!

If you haven't learned about Codey, our new virtual, electrical assistant then go here and check him out!:

www.electricianslibrary.com/codey

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Sep 07 2017

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94 - What is a VFD?

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So to put a simply a VFD is a type of motor controller that drives a three phase electric motor, and it can control the motor by varying, not only the frequency but the voltage that's being supplied to the electric motor. Okay? So one of the coolest things about VFD's is that their automatic. You don't have to sit there and monkey around with them and adjust them when you need certain things to happen, they sense the load requirements and then they increase or decrease the motor speed accordingly. So this helps out in a couple of different ways. It helps reduce operating temperature of the equipment. It also helps reduce stress on the mechanical components.

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Jun 06 2018

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98 - 6 Project Management Mistakes

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Today I'll cover 6 mistakes you want to avoid when it comes to project management.

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Jul 11 2018

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80 - The 5 L's of Lighting

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Needing a little more info on lighting? NEMA has put together a quick list of the 5 L's of lighting. Take a listen and you'll learn what they are!

If you haven't learned about Codey, our new virtual, electrical assistant then go here and check him out!:

www.electricianslibrary.com/codey

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Aug 23 2017

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78 - Arc Flash Part 1

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In this episode I'll cover 5 things you need to know about arc flash given to us by our friends over at Eaton. This is the first of a two part series. 

If you haven't learned about Codey, our new virtual, electrical assistant then go here and check him out!:

www.electricianslibrary.com/codey

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Aug 09 2017

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Single Phase Vs. Three Phase

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If you’ve been in the business of electricity for more than about a week then I’m sure you’ve heard the terms “Single phase” and “Three Phase”.

So, what do they mean?

A single-phase AC circuit has either one or two wires connected to the source of electricity. For 120 volts you have a “Hot” and a "neutral". The “hot” conductor is connected to the power source and the “neutral” or “grounded conductor” returns to the source.

For 240v you have two “hots” connected to the source. Even though you have two “hots”, it is still considered “single phase”.

So adding up the wires, you’ll have 2 hots and a neutral giving you a 120/240  single phase, 3 wire system.

So what about 3 phase?

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Oct 11 2016

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108 - Label Or Die!

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This episode is the audio of a facebook live that I did illustrating the importance of labeling correctly. Come like our Electricianslibrary.com page on facebook!

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Dec 07 2018

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95 - How do VFD's work?

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Okay, so in the last episode I introduced you briefly to VFD's, and kind of discuss what they did. So this week, why don't we dive into how a VFD actually works. So let's start talking about the motor that you're going to be controlling for, for just a second. You know the motors that you're going to control with the VFD are three phase. You're not going to use a VFD to control a single phase motor. Now, a lot of these motors are designed to be operated and run at a fairly consistent speed. You're not going to have a lot of ups and a lot of downs, but the motors are going to be bogged down a lot with different loads. You might have a conveyor that's got a really light load to begin with and it can kind of gets bogged down during the day.

So a VFD analyzes load variations and then it increases or decreases the motor speed automatically to kind of compensate for, for what's happening.

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Jun 13 2018

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86 - Ground Vs. Neutral

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Have you learned about Codey yet? If not you really need to check out this cool new tool we're developing just for you! Visit:

http://www.electricianslibrary.com/codey to learn more!

In this episode I'll cover the difference between a neutral and a ground. This is definitely on the apprentice level, but i've seen some journeymen that probably could have used a refresher on this a time or two. 

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Mar 07 2018

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Line Vs. Load

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Today I wanted to talk about the difference between the terms line and load.

This is a pretty simple concept to understand once you’ve been in the industry for a little bit, but I know that it can be confusing to some of the apprentices out there.

If this does confuse you a little bit, then get the free download that I’ve created to help you understand the concept a little more. It’s a simple PDF that i’ve linked to in the show notes that shows exactly which conductors would be considered line and load and where they are located on the equipment shown on the diagram.

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Apr 20 2017

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Copper Vs. Aluminum

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So in this episode I talk a little bit about the differences between copper and aluminum conductors.

Lets face it, people love copper more than aluminum wire, but aluminum does have a few advantages. And copper has a few disadvantages just like aluminum does. When you’re deciding on which material is best for your project, you have to weigh the pros and cons of both.

 Listen in to todays episode to learn more about the difference between using copper and aluminum conductors.

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Apr 26 2017

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Day 15 - Contactor Vs. Relay

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We lay off the code for a sec and ask Codey a parts question. Does he know the difference?

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May 16 2018

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73 - Proper Planning

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Do you struggle to keep your jobs organized? In this episode I'll cover 6 things that you can do to get better at it.

If you haven't learned about Codey, our new virtual, electrical assistant then go here and check him out!:

www.electricianslibrary.com/codey

 

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Jun 28 2017

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85 - Another case for the LOTO

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If you haven't learned about Codey, our new virtual, electrical assistant then go here and check him out!:

www.electricianslibrary.com/codey

In this episode we'll take a look at an easily prevented accident that could have been prevented with proper LOTO procedures. Stay safe out there. 

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Oct 04 2017

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Service, Feeder, Branch

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Do you know the difference between a service conductor, a feeder, and a branch circuit? We'll cover that in todays episode!

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Apr 12 2017

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Day 28 - MCM vs. KCMIL

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What's the difference between MCM and KCMIL. We've covered it before, but does Codey know the difference? 

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May 29 2018

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AFCI Troubleshooting

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In this episode I cover an AFCI Troubleshooting flow chart.

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Nov 10 2016

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Family, Money, Status

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Today I give my thoughts on why you lose to a low bidder.

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May 31 2017

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Check out the new podcast!

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Check out the new podcast here: https://anchor.fm/theapprenticeguide /episodes/Ep-1---Decisions-e3v824

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May 07 2019

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112 - License Prep

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There are a lot of things that need to be done to get licensed. Are you ready?

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Dec 17 2018

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111 - The Forgetful Electricians Secret To Success

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Corey asks a great question that i'm sure others have struggled with. Should I pursue an electrical career if i'm forgetful?

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Dec 15 2018

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110 - I'm Going To Sue You

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Some guys manage projects so poorly that the only recourse they have is to threaten lawsuits.

That's the topic of todays episode.

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Dec 14 2018

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109 - No One Cares As Much As You Do

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Let's face it. There are a lot of other people that you have to work around that just don't care. The plumbers, they drywallers, the siding guys. You name em, and they just don't care. That's the topic of today's discussion on the SESK podcast.

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Dec 12 2018

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108 - Label Or Die!

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This episode is the audio of a facebook live that I did illustrating the importance of labeling correctly. Come like our Electricianslibrary.com page on facebook!

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Dec 07 2018

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107 - LOTO FAQ

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Today I'll cover some frequently asked questions concerning Locking Out and Tagging Out.

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Nov 29 2018

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106 - To Lube or Not To Lube?

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When should you use wire lube? What kind should you use? Those are the questions plaguing several electricians at this very moment! And here we are to swoop in and answer the question!

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Nov 27 2018

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105 - VFD Misconceptions

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Today I will talk about 6 VFD misconceptions that you can put to rest.

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Nov 22 2018

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104 - Terminating Paralleled Conductors

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In today's episode I'll talk about terminating paralleled conductors and 3 things that you need to watch out for when your are doing it.

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Nov 20 2018

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103 - It's Fire Season

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Today I'll share some statistics with you from the NFPA about the holiday season, fires, and one thing you could do to increase your business while helping to prevent house fires.

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Nov 15 2018

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102- Rules For Electricians

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In todays Episode I'll talk about my new book "Rules for Electricians", what it is and what it isn't.

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Nov 13 2018

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101 - Bugs, Kool-Aid, and Chinese Money

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In todays episode I'll cover 10 terms that you have probably never heard of. 

When you get in to any industry they seem to have their own language. 

The electrical industry is no different.

It has it's own language.

Today I'll cover theses 10 terms:

*Chinese Money
*Bug
*BX Cable
*Greenfield
*Periscope
*Hard Head
*Kool Aid
*Keyless
*Eyes
*Rabbit Gun

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Nov 07 2018

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100 - Starter Basics

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99 - 3 Project Management Myths

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Visit: www.rulesforelectricians.com

Welcome to "Stuff Electrician's Should Know" my name is Jon Workman, your host, and welcome back to another episode of SESK.

Before we get started I just want to tell you about "Rules For Electricians", a new book that I put together that I'm excited get into your hands. It's 100 rules for electricians that can help a help you in your daily activities, help you in your job, basically just some the written rules, some of the unwritten rules that are that are now written that are there to help you.

Go to www.rulesforelectricians.com and you can get your calloused, work soil hands on your very own copy. 

Let's get in today's topic "3 myths about project management"

On the last episode of SESK, you remember we got into project management a little bit, and this week I want talk about 3 myths concerning project management that sometimes the little guys allow  to get in their way.

So let's just jump into the first myth.

The first myth about project management is that you have to have a big company for project management to even be necessary, and that is great lie. Even if you are a one man band learning how to manage a project properly is going to absolutely change your business.

Company size doesn't really matter. There's always a customer and end user and you've got to get the job done. You've gotta get done what they need done to make them happy for you to get a pay check.

It really doesn't matter even if it's simply changing out receptacles in an old house, you still want to do the best job you can for your customer, and that way you'll have a better chance of having them be repeat customers and hopefully lifelong customers.

You know, there might be a little bit of an advantage to being a smaller guy actually, you're more versatile, you can do a lot more things, but you still need to operate by sound principles and know how to to manage the jobs that you do get. 

The second myth is that you have to have a big job to need management. Job size is really just an issue of relativity. You know it's all relative. Everything's just relative. If you're a one man show then a $10000 job might be a big job to you.

If you're a multimillion dollar contracting company your $10000 job may not even be worth looking at for you. But it's all it's all relative.

But every job basically has the same framework. The four B's. You're bidding, you're buying, you're building, and you're billing. You're doing these four things no matter what size the job is. So you you just need to make sure that you know how to do these things. You still have to be efficient in all the things that you do.

The the small jobs especially, for smaller contractors, are just as important as a big jobs.

Myth number three. We've talked about not needing to be a big company, or that it doesn't have to be a big job, and the last thing is that the job doesn't have to be worth a lot of money to to warrant knowing how to manage project. The money amount doesn't matter. It goes back to efficiency. The more efficient you are the more money you can make.

The biggest thing about the dollar amount is that on the smaller jobs the little mistakes hurt more than on the bigger jobs. So that is one more piece of motivation for you to to learn how to manage a project. If you are on a smaller job and start making a bunch of small mistakes it's going to end up costing you a bigger portion of the pie.

Thanks again for listening to this episode of "Stuff Electricians Should Know". Once again, just reminder head over to www.rulesforelectricians.com to get your hands on a copy of my new book "Rules For Electricians" Volume one.

Thanks again for tuning in. Hopefully you are having a great week glad to be back with you this week and until next time I'm Jon Workman, Stay Grounded.

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Sep 14 2018

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98 - 6 Project Management Mistakes

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Today I'll cover 6 mistakes you want to avoid when it comes to project management.

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Jul 11 2018

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97 - VFD Case Study

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In this episode we cover a quick VFD case study to show how effective VFD's can be. 

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Jun 27 2018

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96 - When do you need a VFD?

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You won't want to miss the July Issue of SESK-U! Visit www.sesk-u.com to become a member!

 

So here are 3 things that will help you know when you can use a VFD.   1- The need to reduce energy consumption and energy costs. I'm not going to get deep into this one now because that is going to be the subject of next weeks episode. But know for now that that is a major reason to use a VFD.   2 - Greater production through efficiency and better process control. hey your motors are most efficient, you'll have less mistakes and production levels will increase. This typically generates more revenue, or cuts costs. You might not completely get this, but think about a conveyor belt. If it's jerky on starts and stops it could really mess things up.   3- Lastly, VFD's will extend equipment life and cut down on maintenance. No one likes to have to replace equipment on a regular basis or have to spend time or money having equipment down for repair. Using VFD's helps equipment last longer and reduces downtime because the VFD will keep the motor running at it's optimal speed. One of the biggest benefits of having VFDs optimally control the motor’s frequency and voltage is that the VFD will offer better protection from issues like electro thermal overloads, it gives phase protection, prevents under voltage and overvoltage, etc..

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Jun 20 2018

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95 - How do VFD's work?

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Okay, so in the last episode I introduced you briefly to VFD's, and kind of discuss what they did. So this week, why don't we dive into how a VFD actually works. So let's start talking about the motor that you're going to be controlling for, for just a second. You know the motors that you're going to control with the VFD are three phase. You're not going to use a VFD to control a single phase motor. Now, a lot of these motors are designed to be operated and run at a fairly consistent speed. You're not going to have a lot of ups and a lot of downs, but the motors are going to be bogged down a lot with different loads. You might have a conveyor that's got a really light load to begin with and it can kind of gets bogged down during the day.

So a VFD analyzes load variations and then it increases or decreases the motor speed automatically to kind of compensate for, for what's happening.

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Jun 13 2018

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94 - What is a VFD?

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So to put a simply a VFD is a type of motor controller that drives a three phase electric motor, and it can control the motor by varying, not only the frequency but the voltage that's being supplied to the electric motor. Okay? So one of the coolest things about VFD's is that their automatic. You don't have to sit there and monkey around with them and adjust them when you need certain things to happen, they sense the load requirements and then they increase or decrease the motor speed accordingly. So this helps out in a couple of different ways. It helps reduce operating temperature of the equipment. It also helps reduce stress on the mechanical components.

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Jun 06 2018

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