Which design is best for my application, rotary or solid state?
This question involves too many factors to consider on this website
so we will try to bring up enough questions for you to do some fact
finding and get a feel of what is involved. We would remind you
though that the "Job Satisfaction" clause in our warrantee means
that once you have discussed the application with us, any unit furnished
subsequent to our discussion is guaranteed to do the job. No reservations,
no questions asked, no fault assigned for things overlooked--just
ask for a full refund or credit on another unit to do the job (completely
your choice). If you choose to take another unit, as always, we
will provide a loaner (in this case at no cost to you) until we
build your replacement unit if we do not have one in stock. Make
us fully responsible for your decision and call us at 1-866-221-3131
or put your name and phone number on the e-mail form on this page.
If an electric motor is started on the utility (cycling across the line start), it commonly draws about 6 times its full load amperage (ever notice the lights dim when a large motor starts). The starting surge varies with the starting method. This can be a problem since a solid state frequency converter is commonly current limited at 1.5 times it's full load amperage. A rotary converter on the other hand commonly can supply 4 times it's full load rating (for motor starting) and often more.
In general, if no large motors or electrical distortion causing
devices (large SCR's, thyristors etc.) are involved as part of the
load, and a modest cost premium (advantage in the case of smaller
units) may be acceptable as a trade-off for operating noise level
in an office or lab environment, a solid state unit may be the preferred
approach. Given the presence of these "problem" loads , a rotary
design may be best. There are many factors involved in both design
choice and sizing. Again, we will be glad to
discuss this with you and assume responsibility for the final product
choice and performance, just call 1-866-221-3131 or put your name
and phone number on the e-mail form above and we will call you.
What size unit?
The question of what size usually breaks down into two basic questions:
- What is the total full load amperage (all equipment running worst case)
at what voltage and frequency? If you do not know the amperage at the new frequency,
what was it at the designed for frequency? Try to avoid just buying a converter
rated at the amperage of the circuit breaker (and KVA) powering the load at the
designed for frequency--that commonly results in a grossly oversized and needlessly
expensive converter. 2. Are there any electric motors in the load? If so, what
horsepower and what is the design code or locked rotor amperage (should be on
the nameplate). What is the type of starter used--reduced voltage or is it across
the line and cycling? Does the nameplate have any LRA (locked rotor amps) figures?
Design Code letters?
- Does the load have resistance type electric heating elements (increases
load power factor)? Any SCR's etc.(variable speed motor drives)?
Again, make us fully responsible for your
decision under our warrantee and call us at 1-866-221-3131 or put
your name and phone number on the e-mail form above and we will
call you back.