Electrical Equipment

Electrical Equipment

As we move further into an increasingly data-driven world, sound connections to sensing, processing, and control devices are key to the success of your organization. So just what is remote connectivity and why is it important to your operational considerations? Remote connectivity essentially speaks to the ability to not only remotely connect to a device…

When it comes to industrial networks understanding all the terms, technologies, and acronyms that are used can be overwhelming for those new to this industry. Not to be confused with IT networks, OT networks are what we are interested in, which refer to operational technology networks. This is the infrastructure that our industrial communication systems…

Industrial cyber security is a hot topic these days. With the changing technical landscape, we are seeing post Covid-19 along with extensive advances in technology, the need for data integrity in this space is certainly growing at a rapid pace. Whether it be protecting product recipes and batching information or maintaining exacting environmental controls, with…

As more and more devices are networked and logically connected, a greater need for a sound cyber security policy and system come into play. Whether it is external hackers working to bring your system down or accidental internal damage that is often time collateral from an external attack, the need for cyber security continues to…

One of the most prominent systems in modern industrial automation is the AC inverter duty motor and associated Variable Frequency Drive (VFD). From winding nonwoven fabrics onto cardboard cores for manufacturing N95 respirators to crushing granite boulders to pave the way for our first responders and truck drivers, the VFD plays a critical role in…

Throughout the many applications and instances of automated industrial systems, motor control is a hot topic. One particular component that has a prominent role in this space is the variable frequency drive (VFD). There are three basic ways to control motors – an electromechanical starter, a reduced voltage soft-starter, and the VFD. The electromechanical starter…

So, just what is an arc-flash study? With a need to understand what dangers may exist in your electrical system, the arc-flash study takes a holistic look at the entire electrical power system, all the way down to the individual piece of equipment that is being reviewed. Through the process of an arc-flash study, you…

Soft starters are an excellent method of controlling your motor, given that the application fits the bill. With the three prominent methods of controlling a motor in industrial applications – across the line contactor, variable frequency drive (VFD) and soft starters, where would you normally see a soft starter being applied? In most applications, a…

With so many different applications in industry and numerous variances of an application types, such as water/wastewater, paper mills, nonwovens manufacturers, where do you begin selecting the correct drive type for your application? First off, you need to understand what the differences between a soft starter and a variable frequency drive (VFD). The Differences between…

Updated April 3, 2020 COVID-19 has brought many changes to our communities, affecting the ways we live, work and interact. But throughout these changes, one thing has stayed constant: Our determination to serve you and your facility’s needs in a safe manner. To keep our operations teams healthy by reducing exposure to outside personnel, on…

Do you think you have the best network architecture in place? Most small and medium scale manufacturers answer this question with a “No” or “Maybe”. The biggest reason for this hesitation is that engineers did not address all the probabilities of error and vulnerabilities in the network during their design phase. This doesn’t just apply…

You’re invited to the Smart Manufacturing Summit! The future of manufacturing is bright. Smart Manufacturing is predicted to be the next Industrial Revolution and it is driven by connectivity and the unprecedented access to data. We have an opportunity to do great things, but getting started has been daunting. Smart Manufacturing, Industrie 4.0 and Connected…

EECO’s new Connected Power Lab in Raleigh, N.C., is a learning environment to explore interoperability of smart devices over EtherNet/IP. It’s a space to virtually experience innovative technologies and their functional application on the plant floor. Solving Real Problems in the Connected Power Lab Ingredients Manufacturer – North Carolina A North Carolina manufacturer of sweeteners…

Training can be expensive. Let’s face it, if you don’t keep up the training it’s easy to lose the skills you gained. Purchasing a workstation can keep those skills sharp. A workstation can also be a powerful tool for mentoring junior technicians. Rockwell Automation is offering their Winter Workstation Promotion – 20% off select workstations…

While attending Rockwell Automation on the Move (RAOTM) in Richmond in late August, I ran across participants of the robotics team from Goochland High School. Event attendees were taking turns running the team’s robot, “Bradley,” through an obstacle course of Solo cups using a drive station. Bradley is a complex robot the team constructed using…

Network security is a legitimate fear when it comes to Smart Manufacturing. Overall, SM unleashes the potential of IIoT technologies by integrating three key productivity factors: the automation process which provides operational information, or data, necessary for production, followed by analytics. Smart manufacturing brings together two different work groups – Operation Technology and Information Technology…

Manufacturers on the road to IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things) will be one step closer when Rockwell Automation launches its dedicated network management software. It’s currently the only missing piece in the Connected Enterprise. I caught a glimpse of the beta version of Factory-Talk Network Manager recently at RATechED 2017 in Orlando, FL. Network security…

In some factories where just a fraction of time offline can wreak havoc on the bottom line, diagnostic insight into how your network is running is invaluable. Hardware, such as connections and switches, is critical. Too many industrial environments are ripe with standard office hardware. For years, the unmanaged switch has been the mainstay of…

Rockwell Automation On The Move (RAOTM) is right in our backyard this year in Richmond. EECO Virginia is very excited to invite you to participate in this amazing event. Come learn how smart, safe and sustainable solutions can turn your marketplace challenges into advantages. Take advantage of automation expertise from Rockwell Automation and our PartnerNetwork™, providing you…

The surge in Ethernet adoption, combined with lower hardware costs, is rapidly changing how we interact with “smart” control and power devices. Manufacturing facilities on the road to modernization can incorporate smart devices, such as newer variable frequency drives (VFDs), with little to no retrofitting. This eliminates the need to rip and replace, which can…

For many industrial plants, connectivity of control system components can be difficult and expensive. Wireless EtherNet/IP provides an easy way to overcome obstacles and extend your network to remote devices. Consider this example: Plant operators at a large Southeastern steel mill needed a low-cost way to control the roll-up doors in the mill’s cooling area.…