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What is a Soft Starter and Why Do I Need One?

What is a Soft Starter and Why Do I Need One?

If you’re here, you may be wondering what a soft starter is and why it’s a good idea to consider installing one. The first thing you need to know is the relationship between soft starters and inductive motors. A good analogy for using a soft starter with an inductive...
How to Read a Motor Nameplate

How to Read a Motor Nameplate

Ordering an electrical motor can seem complicated, but understanding the nameplate may save you some confusion. Motor nameplates in North America are required to supply certain electrical specifications thanks to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association...
What does IO-Link mean in Smart Manufacturing?

What does IO-Link mean in Smart Manufacturing?

We’ve all heard of the industrial revolution, but have you heard of Industry 4.0? We’ve entered the fourth revolution in automation technology and IO-Link is at the forefront. Since 2006, when the term “Smart Manufacturing” was first coined, industrial manufacturers...
How Switches Improve Safety Standards

How Switches Improve Safety Standards

Machinery has always had one purpose, to simplify the lives of users. While advancing technology allows for improved production, it also leaves room for potential safety risks. These risks can range anywhere from a broken finger to complete loss of life. In fact, the...
What is Direct on Line (DOL) Motor Control?

What is Direct on Line (DOL) Motor Control?

Considered the most simple motor start option, Direct on Line (DOL) starting directly connects an induction motor to a 3-Ph power supply with the addition of a contactor and an overload relay, providing overload protection.  This direct connection can cause the motor...