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Reducing EMI problems in VFD applications

This article will review 7 tips to reducing EMI related problems. When considering EMI, there is always a source, a victim, and a path. Each tip below will use grounding, shielding, or filtering methods to mitigate EMI-related issues.   1. Ensure all components are earth grounded appropriately. The earth ground is very important and provides a return path to drain high frequency noise. In general, a low impedance path should be created which will allow the EMI noise to drain. Considering this, the ground connection should be kept as short as possible. A flat braided ground strap is a good...
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Combivis – Powerful VFD software for commissioning and programming

Combivis 6 is KEB’s VFD software for drive programming. It is a powerful tool for anything to do with your KEB drive.  It is used not only to program/configure your VFD, but also to find documentation, and troubleshoot machine issues with its 16-channel scope function. While some companies charge for their VFD programming software, KEB does not. Combivis 6 is available to download for free at https://www.keb.de/drives/tools/combivis-6.   This post is a basic overview of some of the powerful Combivis VFD software features that help the development and support of KEB drives.   KEB Device Scan: When troubleshooting a machine, the...
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EtherCAT Relay IO Module from KEB

  The EtherCAT Relay IO Module is the newest addition to the KEB Automation catalog of products. The Relay IO module combines a pilot relay with an IO module, providing the functions of two blocks on a DIN rail in the space of one. At only 25mm wide, the Relay IO module is a great space-saver in any installation cabinet.   To learn more about KEB and our EtherCAT Relay IO Module visit the Contact Us page on the website. Fill out the contact form or simply give us a call and we’d be happy to answer your questions. Thanks.  

KEB at the 2017 NAEC Convention in Orlando

Next month (September 13-14), Orlando will play host for the 68th annual NAEC Convention. The NAEC convention is the tradeshow for North American companies servicing the elevator industry.  It is a place to see new technology, attend educational seminars and catch up with old friends.   Elevator contractors and consultants will be able to see new technology like KEB’s CANOpen Lift Drives.  Additionally, we’ll have our full product line on display from IEEE 519 Harmonic Filters, to Regen units, to Elevator Drives.     Additionally, NAEC hosts educational seminars throughout the show.  Our own Tony Heiser will be giving an educational presentation on Thursday, September 14 @...
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Packaging automation solutions from KEB America

The application and sales engineers here at KEB America are excited to announce the completion of our newest product catalog which highlights our solutions for the Packaging Machinery industry. For over 40 years KEB has been supplying power transmission and motion control solutions for Packaging OEMs and users – here are a few of the solutions we offer.     Mechanical products   KEB has a long history supplying clutches for strapping machinery and fillers.  KEB spring-set brakes are used to stop vertical conveyors and large inertia loads.   With local design and manufacturing capabilities in Minneapolis, our motto is “Customs are...
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Is Elevator Line Regeneration suitable for my building?

Elevator line regeneration is a technology that has really taken off in recent years.  KEB’s R6 Line regen product allows energy from a traction elevator system to be returned to the building in overhauling situations.  The R6 reduces the overall energy consumption of the elevator and can contribute toward a building’s LEED certification.   But is every traction elevator a good candidate for regen?  Certainly, some elevators are better suited than others.  This post outlines which jobs are prime candidates and other factors to consider.   Here is a short (2:51) video that describes the basic KEB elevator regen technology...
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