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Benefits of Buying Refurbished Industrial Automation Equipment

At MRO Electric and Supply, we offer a wide range of repaired, refurbished and reconditioned automation products for each of our manufacturer lines. We never supply used, untested, second-hand parts. Each of our refurbished parts is fully cleaned, serviced, functionally tested, and upgraded to optimal working order before being made available for sale. We also place each of our reconditioned products in like-new packaging for easy identification, transportation, and storage.

Benefits of Refurbished Automation Products:

1. Availability
For many obsolete and legacy automation product lines, finding new, unused parts can be a challenging task. Oftentimes, searching for unavailable new parts can cause unreasonably long lead times which increases the risk of downtime. MRO Electric stocks a variety of refurbished products with same-day and next-day shipping options, while keeps the risk of downtime to a minimum.

2. Price
Refurbished products tend to be significantly less expensive than new parts. MRO Electric offers many refurbished items for up to 75% less than their new counterparts. This deep discounting allows our customers to stock up on spares while minimizing their costs.

3. Equivalence
Purchasing an exact replacement prevents compatibility issues versus upgrading to a newer component. For some manufacturers, it is better to stick with tried and true systems than risk purchasing a different part that may not function correctly with their process.

4. Reliability
Just because a part has been refurbished does not mean that it won’t last as long as new. Additionally, many of our refurbished parts have seen little or no use throughout their lifetime. We are extremely confident in the reliability of our refurbishment process, and warranty all of our products for a minimum of 12 months.

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MagneTek GPD503 Fault Codes

Below is a chart with fault codes regarding the MagneTek G3 GPD503 series drives. MRO Electric and Supply offers free evaluations on units. You can find our RMA form on our repair page. Follow us on Twitter @MROElectric for updates on new products and find any deals we may have.

bbExternal Base Block command
Base Block command at multi-function terminal is active, shutting off GPD 503 output (motor coasting). Temporary condition, cleared when input command is removed.
bUSTransmission error
Control data cannot be received normally for longer than 2 seconds.
CALLCommunication ready
Drive is waiting for the PLC to establish communication.
CPF00Transmission error or control function hardware fault (including internal RAM, external RAM or PROM)
Transmission between GPD 503 and remote operator is not established within 5 seconds after the power supply is turned on. (Displayed on the remote operator.)
CPF01Transmission error
Transmission error occurs 2 seconds or more after transmission has first been established.
CPF02Base block circuit failure
GPD 503 failure.
CPF03NV-RAM (S-RAM) fault
GPD 503 failure.
CPF04NV-RAM (BCC, Access Code)
fault
GPD 503 failure. This fault may be caused after changing EPROM chips. Perform a Sn-03 Reset operation to attempt to clear this fault.
CPF05A/D converter failure in CPU
GPD 503 failure.
CPF06Optional connection failure
Improper installation or wiring of option card.
CPF20A/D converter failure
Defective option card.
CPF21Transmission interface card (option) self-analysis function fault
Defective option card. Check option card connector for proper installation.
CPF22Model code fault
Defective option card. Check option card connector for proper installation.
CPF23Mutual-analysis function fault
Defective option card. Check option card connector for proper installation.
EF (blinking)Simultaneous forward and reverse operation commands
Fwd Run and Rev Run commands are both closed for more than 500 ms. Removing one command will allow drive operation.
EF0External fault
GPD 503 is in Stop mode.
EF3Ext. fault signal at term. 3
A fault condition has occurred in the external circuit(s) monitored by the contact providing input to the indicated terminal. If display is steady, GPD 503 is in Stop mode; if display is blinking, the terminal is programmed to allow continued operation after receiving fault input.
EF5Ext. fault signal at term. 5
A fault condition has occurred in the external circuit(s) monitored by the contact providing input to the indicated terminal. If display is steady, GPD 503 is in Stop mode; if display is blinking, the terminal is programmed to allow continued operation after receiving fault input.
EF6Ext. fault signal at term. 6
A fault condition has occurred in the external circuit(s) monitored by the contact providing input to the indicated terminal. If display is steady, GPD 503 is in Stop mode; if display is blinking, the terminal is programmed to allow continued operation after receiving fault input.
EF7Ext. fault signal at term. 7
A fault condition has occurred in the external circuit(s) monitored by the contact providing input to the indicated terminal. If display is steady, GPD 503 is in Stop mode; if display is blinking, the terminal is programmed to allow continued operation after receiving fault input.
EF8Ext. fault signal at term. 8
A fault condition has occurred in the external circuit(s) monitored by the contact providing input to the indicated terminal. If display is steady, GPD 503 is in Stop mode; if display is blinking, the terminal is programmed to allow continued operation after receiving fault input.
ErrConstant write-in fault
Temporary display, in Program mode, indicating that constant setting was not written into EPROM memory.
FAnCooling fan failure
GPD 503 is in Stop mode.
FUFuse blown
DC Bus fuse has cleared. Check for short circuit in output, and check main circuit transistors.
GFGround fault protection
Ground current > approx. 50% of the GPD 503 rated current.
oCOvercurrent
GPD 503 output current exceeds 200% of GPD 503 rated current, or ground fault has occurred, with ground current exceeding 50% of GPD 503 rated current.
oHHeat sink overheated
Fin temperature exceeds 90° C (194° F)
oH2 (blinking)External overheat
External temperature monitoring circuit(s) detected an overtemperature condition and produced an input signal.
oL1Overload
Thermal motor overload protection has tripped.
oL2Overload
GPD 503 overload protection has tripped.
oL3 (blinking)Overload
GPD 503 output torque exceeds the set Overtorque Detection level, but GPD 503 is programmed for continued operation at overtorque detection.
oL3Overload
GPD 503 output torque exceeds the set Overtorque Detection level, and GPD 503 is programmed for coast to stop at overtorque detection.
oPE01kVA constant setting fault
Sn-01 setting is incorrect.
oPE02Constant setting range fault
An-XX, bn-XX, Cn-XX, or Sn-XX setting range fault.
oPE03Constant set value fault
Sn-15 to -18 (multi-function input) set value fault.
oPE04Constant set value fault
PG constant, number of poles, or PG division rate set incorrectly.
oPE10Constant set value fault
Cn-02 to -08 (V/f data) set incorrectly.
oPE11Constant set value fault
One of the following conditions was detected: • Cn-23 > 5 KHz and Cn-24 5 KHz or • Cn-25 > 6 and Cn-24 > Cn-23
ou (blinking)Overvoltage
Internal monitor of DC Bus voltage indicates that input AC power is excessively high, while GPD 503 is in stopped condition.
ouOvervoltage (OV)
Detection level: Approx. 400V for 230V; Approx. 800V for 460V; Approx. 1000V for 575V.
rrRegenerative transistor Failure
Dynamic Braking resistor has failed.
rHBraking resistor unit overheated
Dynamic Braking resistor has overheated.
Uu (blinking)Low voltage (Power UV)
Internal monitor of DC Bus voltage indicates that input AC power is below Undervoltage detection level, while the GPD 503 is in stopped condition.
Uu1 Low voltage (Power UV)Occurs two seconds after detection of low voltage.
Uu2 Low voltage UVControl circuit voltage levels drop below acceptable levels during operation.
Uu3 Low voltage (MC-ANS fault)Main circuit magnetic contactor does not operate correctly.

Common UNI1405 Fault Codes

Below is a table of common faults found within the Control Techniques Unidrive series, more specifically, the UNI1405. MRO Electric offers core credit on exchanges for new and refurbished units, and have a wide selection of option cards such as the UD51, UD73, and UD77. We also repair Unidrives in-house. Contact us if you are interested in finding a new machine so we can keep your downtime to a minimum!

HF81Software Error (odd address word)
HF82Large option module removed
HF83Power Board Code Failure
HF84Current Offset Trim Failure
HF85A to D failure (ES-CC step)
HF86Interrupt Watchdog failure
HF87Internal ROM check error
HF88Watchdog Failure
HF89Unused Interrupts (nmi as source)
HF90Stack Overflow
HF91Stack Underflow
HF92Software Error (undefined op code)
HF93Software Error (protection fault)
HF94Software Error (odd address word)
HF95Software Error (odd address inst.)
HF96Software Error (illegal ext bus)
HF97Level 1 Noise
HF98Interrupt Crash
HF99Level 1 Crash

Yaskawa P1000 Fault Codes

Below is a table of common fault codes found on Yaskawa P1000 units. If problems continue to occur, it may be worth replacing your unit. MRO Electric specializes in Yaskawa repair, as well as unit distribution, if you are interested in obtaining a new or refurbished P1000 unit.

bATDigital Operator Battery Voltage Low - The digital operator battery is low Replace the digital operator battery.
boLBraking Transistor Overload Fault - The wrong braking resistor is installed Select the correct braking resistor.
bUSOption Communication Error - No signal was received from the PLC. Check for faulty wiring.
CE MEMOBUS/Modbus Communication Error - Faulty communications wiring or an existing short circuit.
CEMEMOBUS/Modbus Communication Error - Faulty communications wiring or an existing short circuit.
CPF02A/D Conversion Error - Control circuit is damaged. Replace the control board or the entire drive.
CPF03Control Board Connection Error - Turn off the power and check the connection between the control board and the drive.
CPF06EEPROM Memory Data Error - Turn off the power and check the connection between the control board and the drive.
CPF07Terminal Board Connection Error - Faulty connection between the terminal board and the control board. Turn off the power and reconnect the terminal board.
CPF08Terminal Board Connection Error - Faulty connection between the terminal board and the control board. Turn off the power and reconnect the terminal board.
CPF11Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF12Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF13Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF14Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF15Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF16Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF17Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF18Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF19Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF20Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF21Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF22Hybrid IC Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF23Control Board Connection Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF24Drive Unit Signal Fault - The drive capacity cannot be detected correctly. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF25Terminal Board Not Connected - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF26Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF27Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF28Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF29Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF30Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF31Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF32Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF33Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF34Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF35Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF40Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF41Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF42Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
CPF43Control Circuit Error - Hardware is damaged. Cycle Power. Replace hardware.
E5SI-T3 Watchdog Timer Error - Data has not been received from the PLC Execute DISCONNECT or ALM_CLR, then issue a CONNECT command or SYNC_SET command.
EF0Option Card External Fault - An external fault condition is present. Check external causes.
EF1External Fault Terminal S1 - An external fault condition is present. Check external causes. Bad S1 Terminal.
EF2External Fault Terminal S1 - An external fault condition is present. Check external causes. Bad S1 Terminal.
EF3External Fault Terminal S1 - An external fault condition is present. Check external causes. Bad S1 Terminal.
EF4External Fault Terminal S1 - An external fault condition is present. Check external causes. Bad S1 Terminal.
EF5External Fault Terminal S1 - An external fault condition is present. Check external causes. Bad S1 Terminal.
EF6External Fault Terminal S1 - An external fault condition is present. Check external causes. Bad S1 Terminal.
EF7External Fault Terminal S1 - An external fault condition is present. Check external causes. Bad S1 Terminal.
EF8External Fault Terminal S1 - An external fault condition is present. Check external causes. Bad S1 Terminal.
ErrEEPROM Write Error - Noise has corrupted data. Cycle power. Correct the parameter.
FAnInternal Fan Fault - Internal cooling fan has malfunctioned. Check for fan operation.
FbHExcessive PID Feedback - PID feedback input is greater than the level set to. Check parameter.
FbLPID Feedback Loss - Check parameter. There is a problem with the feedback sensor.
GFGround Fault - A current short to ground exceeded 50% of rated current on the output side of the drive. Check motor/cables.
LFOutput Phase Loss - Phase loss on the output side of the drive. Check motor/cables.
LF3Power Unit Output Phase Loss 3 - Phase loss on the output side of the drive. Check motor/cables.
nSENode Setup Error - A terminal assigned to the node setup function closed during run.
oCOvercurrent - Output current greater than the specified overcurrent level. Check parameter. Check motor.
oFA01Option Card Fault - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA03Option Card Fault - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA04Option Card Fault - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA05Option Card Fault - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA06Option Card Fault - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA10Option Card Fault - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA11Option Card Fault - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA12Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA13Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA14Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA15Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA16Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA17Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA30Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA31Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA32Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA33Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA34Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA35Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA36Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA37Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA38Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA39Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA40Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA41Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA42Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFA43Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFb00Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFb01Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFb02Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFb03Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFb11Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFb12Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFb13Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFb14Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFb15Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFb16Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFb17Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC00Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC01Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC02Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC03Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC11Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC12Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC13Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC14Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC15Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC16Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC17Option Card Connection Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC50Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC51Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC52Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC53Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC54Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oFC55Option Card Error - The option card connection is faulty. Check connection. Replace hardware.
oHHeatsink Overheat - Check ambient temperature. Check parameter setting.
oH1Heatsink Overheat - Check ambient temperature. Check parameter setting.
oH4Motor Overheat Fault (PTC input) - Check ambient temperature. Check parameter setting.
oH5Motor Overheat Fault (NTC input) - Check ambient temperature. Check parameter setting.
oL1Motor Overload - Load heavy. Increase accel or decel time.
oL2Drive Overload - Load heavy. Increase accel or decel time.
oL3Overtorque Detection 1 - current has exceeded the value set for torque detection. Check parameter setting.
oL4Overtorque Detection 2 - current has exceeded the value set for torque detection. Check parameter setting.
oL7High Slip Braking oL - Use braking resistor. Reduce decel time.
oPrOperator Connection Fault - The external operator has been disconnected from the drive.
ovOvervoltage - Deceleration time is too short and regenerative energy is flowing from the motor into the drive. Increase decel time.
PFInput Phase Loss - Drive input power has an open phase or has a large imbalance.
rFBraking Resistor Fault - The resistance of the braking resistor is too low.
rHDynamic Braking Resistor - Deceleration time is too short and excessive regenerative energy is flowing back into the drive.
rrDynamic Braking Transistor - The braking transistor is damaged. Cycle power to the drive and check for reoccurrence of the fault.
SCIGBT Short Circuit or Ground Fault - IGBT failure. Cycle power to the drive and check for reoccurrence of the fault.
SErToo Many Speed Search Restarts - Parameters related to Speed Search are set to the wrong values.
TdETime Data Error - An error has occurred in the real-time clock. Replace digital operator.
THoThermistor Disconnect - The thermistor that detects motor temperature has become disconnected.
TIETime Interval Error - An error has occurred in the real-time clock. Replace digital operator.
TIMTime Not Set - Set time in parameter o4-17.
UL3Undertorque Detection 1 - Current is below the minimum set value. Check parameter setting.
UL4Undertorque Detection 2 - Current is below the minimum set value. Check parameter setting.
UL6Motor Underload - Current is below the minimum set value. Check parameter setting.
UnbCCurrent Unbalance - Current flow has become unbalanced. Check for damaged transistors.
Uv1Undervoltage - DC Bus Undervoltage. Check parameter setting. Input phase loss.
Uv2Control Power Supply Undervoltage - Voltage is too low for the control drive input power. Ride-through power loss.
Uv3Soft Charge Circuit Fault - Precharge relay or resistor fault. Bad precharge.
Uv4Gate Drive Board Undervoltage - Voltage drop in the gate drive board circuit. Cycle power to see if fault reoccurs.
voFOutput Voltage Detection Fault - Problem detected with the voltage on the output side of the drive.
vToLVT Overload - The output current of the drive has been elevated for a set length of time.

Control Techniques Manufacturer Showcase

Established in 1972 in Newtown, Wales, this industrial part manufacturer owned by the Nidec Corporation continues to provide high quality AC Drives and motor control management products today. In this post, we will be showcasing some of the classes and parts Control Techniques has to offer.

Unidrive
The Unidrive line of products from Control Techniques includes devices like brushless AC servo motors. The Unidrive Classic series drives are available in five different sizes and twenty-six different models, allowing you to fit one of these devices in almost any existing automation system. This series of drives have enough built in parameters to meet most task demands.

UNI2403 by Control Techniques

The Unidrive Classic series offers complete I/O configurability, advanced position control, programmable logic functions, regeneration mode for four-quadrant operations, high speed communications for quick feedback, preset macros for simplified operations and more.

Focus DC
The Focus DC line of products are solid state analog DC drives built to last reliably in almost all environments. This family has regenerative models and different enclosure kits available to offer a wide range of custom configurations. Optional kits for these drives include ones that offer toggle switches, signal isolation, M contactor kits, dynamic braking and tachometer feedback modules.

Commander SE
The Commander SE line of products offer flexibility in many automated systems by being the top choice for microdrives. They are built to be rugged machines that can stay physically stable and constantly sit at correct temperatures. These devices are shipped with shipped with firmware that makes first time setup and installation as easy as possible, including the parameters that immediately meet the needs of most drive applications.

Commander SE products by Control Techniques

The Commander SE series offers full control of all levels of parameters, visualization of terminal connections, multiple motor speed preset settings, open loop vector control, fully configurable analog/digital Input/Output settings, sequenced switching between multiple parameters and communications via DeviceNet, PROFIBUS DP and Interbus S.

Unidrive SP
The Unidrive SP series comes in both free-standing and modular forms. The SP modular offers all the benefits of the normal Unidrive SP system along with more intense system power configurations. It is easily able to be connected together to create almost any custom setup necessary. Parallel drives are used together for higher powered motors. These drives are built to last and are flexible.

Some additional modules include SPMA AC in / DC out Drive, SPMC AC in / DC out Rectifier, SPMD DC in / AC out Inverter, SM Control MASTER, SM Control SLAVE, SPM Power Selector.

MRO Electric and Supply offers a variety of new and refurbished Control Techniques devices. We also offer repair pricing. For more information, please call 800-691-8511 or email sales@mroelectric.com.

Product Spotlight: Square D EDB34030 Circuit Breaker

The Square D EDB34030 is a three pole, 30 Ampere circuit breaker. At 277V, this miniature breaker is reliable, sustainable, efficient and safe.

Part Number: EDB34030
Item Weight: 3.6lbs
Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.1 x 4.5 inches
Voltage: 480V
Amperage: 30A
Trip Rating; 875A
Mounting Mode: Bolt-on
Interruption Rating: 18kA

Square D EDB breakers by Schneider Electric are available in a range of amperages varying from 20A to 60A. This particular model, the EBD34030, is 30A.
This breaker is set apart from other breakers because of its compact size at 9.7 x 6.1 x 4.5 inches, while the typical breaker is around 8 x 8 x 12 inches. As a bolt on mount, it is preferred in commercial and industrial applications where vibrations might be considered an issue. When installing, be sure to use the recommended #12-#6 AWG AI or #14-#6 AWG Cu Lug wire. This breaker is ideal for NF series panel-boards to offer superior overload and short circuit stability by utilizing thermal magnetic protection. It is also HACR rated, UL listed and CSA certified.

MRO Electric and Supply stocks Square D circuit breakers, including the EDB34030. For more information or to request a quote, please contact us at 800-691-8511 or at sales@mroelectric.com.

What are circuit breakers?

A circuit breaker is a preventative safety device that detects and stops a circuit if the current is insufficient or in excess. These devices help insure the stability of the electric current in our buildings. Unlike fuses, breakers are reusable and can be consistently relied upon to break a circuit to protect us from potential electrical fires.

How do they work?

A breaker is comprised of a few basic components. A switch is connected to an electromagnet that allows electricity to flow from the bottom to the top terminals.

Source:
http://spmphysics.onlinetuition.com.my/2008/06/uses-of-electromagnet-circuit-breaker.html

With current running through the electromagnet, it becomes magnetized. If the current is suddenly increased, the magnet becomes strong enough to pull down a metal lever attached to the switch linkage. By doing so, the contacts are broken and the electricity is powered off.

What’s the difference between certain breakers?

Residential Circuit breakers- Used in common household wiring to protect electrical appliances like refrigerators, washing machines and fans. Electrical panels can also be designed to have one breaker controlling one specific or multiple outlets in a room that shut off when overloaded.

Industrial Circuit breakers- Used with much larger electrical current applications for warehouses, factories, and other large industrial locations. They can be used to insure safety of the plant equipment, lighting, business systems, air conditioning and wiring.

Voltage– Describes the ‘pressure’ of the electricity. The most common voltages of breakers are . Most household voltage is 120V, with larger appliances around 240V.
Amperage– Measures strength of the current in amperes. Common amperages include 15A, 20A, 25A, up to 6000A.
Pole number– Describes the number of completely separate circuits that can be protected by a circuit breaker at the same time. These include single-pole, double-pole, triple-pole and tandem pole breakers.
Installation location/External Design– Breakers can be designed to be indoor or outdoor based on the application. Different enclosures can be made to withstand different weather conditions.
Interrupting Mechanism– Other breaker designs include air circuit, oil circuit, vacuum circuit, MCB, MCCB, GFI, GFCI and AFCI breakers. While these all serve the same purpose of breaking electrical current in the event of unstable electric power consumption, they have different means of interrupting the current.


Visit MRO Electric and Supply’s website to see all of our available Circuit Breakers. If we don’t have what you need listed on the site, contact us at sales@mroelectric.com or (800)691-8511 and we will be happy to help.

Considerations for buying automated parts

What are automated parts used for?

Automation is crucial in manufacturing and is the backbone of our industries. Robots can automate highly variant, dangerous and exhausting tasks in a high-quality and cost effective way. By increasing productivity at a lower cost, maximum cost efficiency is reached, which is ideal in a business setting.

What should I be looking for when buying automated parts?

There are a number of things to keep in mind when buying automated parts for your warehouse or setup. Below is a basic guide with questions to ask yourself to make the process a little easier.

Is there a warranty? If so, for how long?

Protect your investment on your automated parts. Warranties are important in insuring that your part is functioning as intended and in getting what you paid for. Make sure you check under what instances a warranty can be claimed and how long the warranty lasts. Are there detachable parts within the automated component that are covered? MRO Electric and Supply offers a minimum 12-month warranty on all listed parts.

Is the part compatible with the machinery that is already there?

There are a multitude of environments that certain parts can be more oriented towards, including in aerospace and automotive manufacturing, food processing plants or laboratories. It is essential that the part be used in the correct application to be effective. It is obviously important that the automated component works with the setup already in place. Some additional compatibility questions to ask yourself before buying:

Does the weight or form factor impact its compatibility? Is space an issue?

Many people are eager to buy large parts for their warehouses without considering the space to put them. Consider the part and its intended configuration. Include additional equipment that comes along with the part like peripherals, fencing, light curtains or mat guards.

Will the condition of the part affect its lifespan in this application? Is there a newer, better part for this application?

Check to see if the part is new, used or refurbished, and if the condition will affect its application. Many industrial parts are discontinued as new technologies evolve, and while these legacy parts are still useful, newer components might work more efficiently or effectively. Check to see if there are any advantages or disadvantages to older and newer generations of your part and weigh your options.

Visit MRO Electric and Supply’s website to see our selection of automated parts from manufacturers like Yaskawa, Modicon, Control Techniques, Siemens, and FANUC. If we don’t have what you need listed on the site, contact us at sales@mroelectric.com or (800)691-8511 and we will be happy to help.

Yaskawa Drive Types

Yaskawa

Yaskawa Electric is a global manufacturer of high-quality parts used in robotics and automation. They specialize in servos, controllers, switches, robots, drives and more. These parts are used for a variety of purposes in industry. In this post, we will be distinguishing the different types of Yaskawa drives.

CIMR Drives
E7 Drives– Designed for commercial HVAC applications. Embedded with Modbus, APOGEE FLN and Metasys N2.
F7 Drives– Well-rounded drive with a variety of uses. Contains NEMA Type 12 enclosure with space to expand filters, fuses, I/O cards and more.
G7 Drives– Low voltage drive that uses 3 level control to combat problems with long motor cables and premature motor bearing failure. Great vector performance and flexibility. Configured options with pre-engineered cabinet options available.
P7 Drives– Created for applications with variable torque like centrifugal pumps and fans.

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GPD Drives
GPD 333– General purpose AC Drive, 1/4 the size of normal PWM drives.
GPD 503/505/506– High-performance three phase voltage/frequency output with adjustable speed control.
GPD 515- PWM AC drive designed for low motor noise and high starting torque.

Microdrives
J1000 Drives– General purpose drives with open loop voltage/frequency control with preferred parameter feature. Simple variable speed of up to 7.5HP.
V1000 Drives- Compact current vector drive designed for efficiency and maintainability. Capable of up to 25HP. Economical for basic variable speed applications.
V1000-4X Drive- The same as the V1000 but with an enclosure built for dust tight environments.

Other Drives
A1000 Drives – High performance general purpose drive capable of up to 1000HP. Used for general purposes.
P1000 Drives – Torque performance capable of withstanding 1000HP. Oriented towards variable torque applications including centrifugal pumps and fans. Configured and bypass options available.
U1000 Industrial Matrix Drives – Regenerative high performance vector drive capable of up to 800HP. Used for general purposes.

Source: https://www.yaskawa.com/

Visit MRO Electric and Supply’s website to see all of our available Yaskawa Drives. If we don’t have what you need listed on the site, contact us at sales@mroelectric.com or (800) 691-8511 and we will be happy to help!

How does a relay work?

What is relay?

A relay is an electrically controlled switch that has the ability to turn a circuit on or off. Depending on the application relays can do a number of things. Relays can be used as switches to turn things on and off, or as amplifiers to convert smaller currents into larger ones. They can also be used to control a circuit with a low power signal or when multiple circuits need to be controlled by a single signal.

There are two kinds of relays, electromagnetic and solid state. In this post, we will be focusing on electromagnetic relays and how they work.

Basic Parts of a relay

Armature– is a basic metal piece that is balanced on a pivot or a stand. It is considered the moving ‘arm’ of the relay. It makes or breaks the connection with the contacts connected to it.

Spring– is connected to one end of the armature and pushes the armature back into place if no current is passing through.

Electromagnet– is a metal wire wrapped around a metal core. The wire does not have magnetic property but can be converted into a magnet with the help of an electrical signal.

Yoke– is a small metal piece affixedon a core which attracts and holds the armature when the coil is energized.

Contacts– conductive material that exists within the device whose physical contact opens or closes a circuit

A break refers to the number of locations on a circuit that a switch can make or break the flow of current. In electromechanical relays, there can be single breaks and double breaks. A single break is usually used with low power devices while a double break is usually used with high power devices.

A pole refers to the number of circuits that relays can pass through a switch. A single pole contact carries current through one circuit, while a double can carry it through two.

A throw refers to the number of separate wiring paths. For example, a triple throw switch can be connected to one of three contacts instead of one.

How does it work?

Source:
https://www.electronics-tutorials.ws/io/io_5.html

In an electromechanical relay, a small circuit has the ability to switch a larger circuit on or off through contacts by using an electromagnet. When charged, the electromagnet creates a magnetic field that attracts the armature and closes the contacts. Some contacts come in different configurations depending on the use of the relay. A normally open (NO) relay’s contacts are open when there is no current passing through, while a normally closed (NC) relay’s contacts are closed when there is no current passing through.

Source:
https://www.explainthatstuff.com/howrelayswork.html

There are many things to consider when choosing a relay for a project. Lifespan, operating environment, mechanical loads, size, and number and type of contacts are all important factors in choosing the right relay.

Pros and Cons of Electromagnetic relays

Advantages

Fast operation and reset

More definitive ON/OFF

Simple and most reliable

Disadvantages

Suffers the effects of age

No directional features


MRO Electric and Supply has an extensive inventory of relays in stock.  Please call email sales@mroelectric or call us at 800-691-8511 for a quote.

Yaskawa SIGMA 5 Troubleshooting

Yaskawa has established a firm position as the leading international developer of servo products in recent years, surpassing its competitors with innovation and utilization of advanced modern technologies.

Its Sigma 5 series is absolutely top of the class! Incorporated with the latest and most desirable features, this fleet of servo products does not disappoint. The Sigma 5 series catalog is briefly over-viewed below.

  • SERVOPACKs is a series consisting of high-end networkable amplifiers that support motors up to 55 kW
  • Rotary Servo Motors with outputs in the wide range of 50W – 15kW
  • Direct Drive Servomotors with peak torque 6-600 Nm
  • Linear Servomotors are directly driven by a coil
  • Linear Slides complete the package for customers using linear servomotors, comprising of components such as slides, carriages, etc.

With such a versatile range of products, Sigma 5 series is easily what you would want to have in your workshops and industries.

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All servo drives are tailored according to contemporary market demands. With so many different kinds of motors, the drives make use of complex algorithms that allow engineers to exercise precise control over the motor output, helping them achieve the accuracy modern applications require.

Yaskawa is highly regarded among consumers and the industry for its professionalism. From product development to customer dealing, this quality shows through at each stage, and this is exactly what puts this company at the top.

This blog is dedicated to one aspect of this characteristic: Troubleshooting. Sigma 5 series is undoubtedly the most functional of all but this also means that the intricacies involved can sometimes be difficult to handle.

If one of these products does not perform as it should be, troubleshooting it should be something that field engineers should be able to do. Thankfully, the Sigma 5 series is accompanied by clear troubleshooting guidelines and is one of the most easy to handle.

  • Product Documentation

Each product comes with comprehensive documentation that can be accessed at any time to gain in-depth knowledge of its working. These documents contain important information like dedicated troubleshooting guides, operating parameter, alarm lists, product structure, and specifications.

With this information at hand, troubleshooting any of the Sigma 5 products becomes a piece of cake!

  • Software Support

Sigma 5 series comes with a very supportive software suite as well which can serve as the perfect troubleshooting tool. During installation and operation, these software used extensively for product setup and configuration.

The SigmaWin+ is an intuitive tool that allows convenient setup of each servo product. If you observe anything out of the normal with your Sigma 5 products, the first thing to do would be to check whether the configuration settings are compatible with your application.

Its most helpful function is the alarm diagnostic function. Troubleshooting is usually initiated after a machine raises an alarm. This software is designed to identify all the possible reasons that might have generated a specific alarm, and presents possible corrective measures as well.

Moreover, SigmaWin+ has enhanced features such as wiring check and auto-tuning of multiple parameters. Using these you can not only find the loopholes you are looking for but also optimize operations.

  • Yaskawa Customer Support

To top off the aforementioned troubleshooting options, MRO’s Repair team is always available for help. If you are experiencing a mind-boggling issue with your Sigma 5 products, this team is the go-to. Apart from repair work, MRO Electric and Supply has a core exchange program that saves the buyer time and money when receiving their new unit.