CP Automation Articles
Reduced energy costs for Namibian dairy farm
Biogas, consisting of approximately 97% methane, is the most environmentally friendly fuel available. However, when one dairy farm in Namibia aimed to shift its entire energy supply to biogas electricity generation, too-high electrical currents and potential power quality issues meant harmonics and surge protection specialist, CP Automation was required to help with the green-project.
The power of the port
The journey from tree to power station can be treacherous for the humble wood pellet, but there is a lot riding on the successful delivery of this biomass fuel to power stations across the world. The cornerstone of the journey of these wood pellets are the ports that import this valuable cargo to be delivered to power stations across the UK. So, what would happen if these ports where to lose mains power supply? That’s exactly what happ...
Reduce waste and increase production
CP Automation now supplies SmartMotion web guide controllers from converting industry component manufacturer, RE-spa. The controllers improve feed accuracy and reduce waste for anyone winding, unwinding or printing on paper, aluminium, plastic or card. The SmartMotion controller fuses drive technology with a stepper motor, reducing the amount of wiring and resulting in a single, compact device that can be incorporated into a new machine, or ...
Don’t let the harmonics grind you down
In 1976, it was discovered that the bacteria causing Legionnaires disease, an atypical strain of pneumonia, had always been present in water, but it was the precise temperature of the water in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that facilitated the bacteria’s maximum reproduction levels. This is just one example of the unintended consequences of technology.
Don’t take your IGBT for granted
In the form of a brake chopper, incorporated into the device, many drives manufacturers actually design and build their products with a seventh Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT). Global Business Development Manager of Maintenance and Repair Specialist at CP Automation, John Mitchell is going to look at the dangers of taking the IGBT for granted.
Customer request produces 690V solar EMC filters
A high voltage, high performance three-phase EMC filter range from Roxburgh EMC is available at specialist distributor CP Automation The KMF3420V is specifically designed for use with high kW inverters used in photovoltaic solar power applications. The filters are fitted on inverters to minimise harmful electromagnetic noise that can damage electrical equipment or cause spurious malfunctions
Think outside the box for cranes and hoists
When contemplating entering the cranes and hoists market, panel builders and system integrators need to think outside the box - not only laterally but vertically as well. Mainstream horizontal applications like conveyors cannot be shoehorned into the same category as cranes and hoists. Tony Young, owner and director of CP Automation explains the complexities of vertical lift applications.
Keeping costs down while increasing productivity
European manufacturers are estimated to spend over €400bn every year on maintenance activities. Studies show that about 30% of failed machinery can be repaired at half the cost of buying replacements, which suggests a potential 15% saving. John Mitchell, business development manager, CP Automation, discusses the issues that stop manufacturers cutting costs and improving productivity – the essence of lean manufacturing.
Top 10 tips for mitigating harmful harmonics
The rise of non-linear loads in industrial environments over the last two decades has resulted in the growing problem of harmonic currents and utility-level voltage distortion. Facing a lack of awareness, the industry has struggled to implement effective mitigation techniques. Here, global business development manager of CP Automation, John Mitchell, discusses offers useful tips for mitigating harmonics.
Harmonic filter range ensures stable power quality
2014 has seen record levels of applications in which CP Automation's range of harmonic filters have been required, according to the company. The number and capacity of drives used in plant applications is increasing, and rising levels of harmonics are beginning to play havoc in industry, the most common problems including extreme stress on the electrical network, deterioration of the supply voltage quality and damage to equipment.
Whitepaper explores different methods of harmonic mitigation
Authored by Jonas Persson, Product Manager, Comsys, a whitepaper exploring different methods of harmonic mitigation has been made available by CP Automation. Designed to tackle a lack of industry awareness, the paper will educate engineers on the most appropriate solutions to mitigate the damage caused by harmonic currents and utility level voltage distortion.