KB Category Archives: Metals

Heater Life Prediction

As an electric heating element ages, its resistance also changes. Many high Heater Life Predictiontechnology and extreme temperature applications employ exotic and expensive elements. Where the value of the products or materials being heated is high, the failure of a heater or heating element has a financial impact resulting from either reduced quality or scrapped materials. By measuring the current drawn by the element using an NK Technologies’ Current Transducer the resistance of the element can be determined and compared against a known ageing characteristic. When the element reaches a predetermined state it can be replaced prior to failure i.e. predictive maintenance. NK Technologies’ Current Transducers are used in conjunction with intelligent PLC systems when high power SCRs (also known as thyristors) or triacs are installed.

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Pump Jam & Suction Loss Protection

Pumps can become jammed due to foreign matter and cause damage to both the Pump Jam & Suction Loss Protectionpump and the motor before thermal overloads are tripped. Additionally a blockage in the suction line of the pump can cause the pump to run dry, overheat and break a seal.

By simply installing an NK Technologies’ self-powered Current Operated Switch in one leg of the motor overload (pump jam), underload (suction loss) or underload & overload can be detected quickly before damage occurs.

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Status Alarming

The auxiliary contacts in a motor starter are commonly used to indicate when the Status-Alarmingmotor is running. However, auxiliary contacts only indicate the position of the contactor, not the actual load status. If a downstream disconnect is open (for example, for maintenance) or the contact fails (either sticks or dirt build-up) there can be serious consequences.

At a large fish farm, failed aerator pumps resulted in massive stock losses. Because the auxiliary contacts remained closed when the pump failed, the alarm was never activated, the back-up pumps were not switched on and the fish suffocated due to lack of oxygen. Now NK Technologies’ Current Operated Switches have been installed to provide an alarm signal and a signal to automatically switch over to the back-up aerator pumps.

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DC Motor Installations

Many applications requiring high torque at low speeds, like bridge cranes and log DC Motor Installationscarriages, use DC shunt wound motors. Since it is relatively easy to control the speed of a DC motor by adjusting the voltage to the field windings, precise regulation is afforded to applications like printing press paper feeds or web control of multiple motors in the paper making process. Using an NK Technologies’ DC Current Transducer will provide an analog signal that can be used to keep the motor from over-current situations. Using an NK Technologies’ DC Current Operated Switch will insure that if the motor field supply is lost, the motor will not over-speed to the point of self-destruction.

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Crusher/Grinder/Shredder Motor Interlocks

CrusherGrinder2The performance of size reduction equipment like crushers or grinders can be optimized by controlling the in-feed in order to:

  • Help prevent jamming
  • Improve the uniformity of the resultant product
  • Enhance overall production efficiency

By installing an NK Technologies’ Current Transducer or Power Transducer to monitor the in-feed to a crushing process, the speed of the in feed drive can be slowed when the crushing motor is working too hard, or the speed can be increased when the crusher is under worked. The analog 4-20mA proportional signal is fed directly into a VFD, and the drive does the rest of the control.

Additionally, NK Technologies’ Current Operated Switches installed on other conveying motors can be used to signal malfunction (for example over-load or motor failure) to help prevent costly equipment damage.

NK technologies current sensors come in a variety of configurations for quick and simple installation either for the OEM or End-User.

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