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KBAC Hybrid Drive For Misting Pumps - Case Study

KB Electronics, Inc. Manufacturer of AC Drives, DC Drives & Variable Speed Controls

Misting Pumps AC Motor Drive

Customer: Misting Systems Manufacturer
 
Location: USA
 
Application: Misting Pumps
 
Drive: KBAC Hybrid Drive
 
Ratings: 230 VAC motor from either 115 or 230 VAC single phase
 
Horsepower: 1 or 2 HP
 
Enclosure: NEMA 4X
 
Drive Review: Industry Standard for Mist Pumps
 
 
Misting Systems Pumps are used for a variety of applications; from keeping customers cool on a restaurant patio during hot summer months to maintaining the environment for livestock on a farm.
 
The manufacturer for this case study wanted the ability to automate the process for different misting systems and eliminate the need for user action.
 
Misting systems typically have multiple zones, capable of being turned on and off individually. The misting pump speed must be varied to maintain constant pressure regardless of how many zones are operating.
 
This was achieved by using a transducer to monitor the pressure in the misting system. The KBAC Drive regulates the pressure with a custom closed loop control regardless of any changes.
 
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The KBAC Hybrid Drive from KB Electronics
 
Is the industry standard for misting pumps.
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In addition, the customer benefited from using KB's auxiliary power supply for the transducer saving them the cost of sourcing a separate power supply.
 
The manufacturer also wanted special timing, safety, and diagnostic features to enhance their product further and the tools to quickly get their end users setup and running in a timely fashion.
 
KB achieved all of this with custom software which was built into the drive.
 
In conclusion, the manufacturer came to KB with a problem, KB listened and delivered a valuable solution, which brought a new design to life.
 
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The KBAC Hybrid Drive offers all the technology of a digital
 
drive with the simplicity of use of an analog drive.
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Founded in 1967, KB Electronics, Inc. produces, stocks and distributes (to more than 800 locations in 30 countries) over 200 models of off the shelf and customizable motor drive controls that are cost effective, easy to operate, and offer the exact control for each application.
 
More Information:
 
To find out more about how KB Electronics range of Hybrid AC Drives and other drives that may assist in your application, please visit www.kbelectronics.com.
 
 
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KBMG DC Drive For a Ball Pitching Machine

KB Electronics, Inc. Manufacturer of AC Drives, DC Drives & Variable Speed Controls

Ball Pitching Machine for Baseballs and Softballs

Customer: Pitching Machine Manufacturer

Location: USA

Application: Ball Pitching Machine

Drive: KBMG DC Drive

Ratings: Single phase 115 VAC line

Horsepower: up to 2 HP

Enclosure: Chassis

Drive Review: Industry Standard for Pitching Machines

In baseball or softball, pitching machines are often used in practice to deliver a pitch to a batter. Similar machines deliver tennis, soccer or volleyballs to a player to aid them in practicing. The ball is usually propelled by one spinning wheel or several wheels combined. Some machines use up to three wheels to deliver different styles of pitches, such as curve balls, sinkers or sliders.

KBMG DC Drive

The driving wheels need to be variable speed to deliver high-speed pitches to Major League hitters, or slower speed pitches to Little League hitters or softball players. Although the wheels typically have a high inertia, they need to change speed quickly to minimize the amount of time a hitter has to wait between pitches.

KB's solution was the compact mini-regen drive called the KBMG series of DC Drives. The KBMG can provide variable speed to DC motors up to 2 HP, while being powered from a single-phase 115 VAC line.  This allows the machine to be used on a diamond or court where only normal household power is available.

The regenerative feature allows the wheels to change speed quickly in spite of their inertia.  The rapid response of the KBMG brings the wheel back to speed quickly after each pitch.

The KBMG series motor drives also have a fast acting current limit circuit to prevent motor overload from the momentary high torque requirement during a pitch.

 

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KBMG is the solution to provide

variable speed control for motors up to 2 HP

commonly used within pitching machines.

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The KBMG Drive has the following features:

  • Ultra-compact Chassis
  • Rapid Response
  • Full-wave regenerative
  • Capable of operating DC PM or Shunt motors in a bidirectional mode
  • 4-quadrant operation provides forward and reverse torque in both speed directions.

 

The KBMG Drive produces a reliable quick response experience for the user.

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KBMG Drive from KB Electronics

Is the industry standard for Pitching Machines everywhere!

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Founded in 1967, KB Electronics, Inc. prides itself in producing, stocking and distributing (to a network of over 800 locations in over 30 countries) over 200 models of off the shelf and customizable motor drive controls that are easy to operate, cost effective, and offer the exact control for the application.

More Information:

To find out more about how KB Electronics range of DC Drives and other drives may assist in your application, please visit www.kbelectronics.com

 

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KBVF Hybrid Drive For a Chiropractic Table

KB Electronics, Inc. Manufacturer of AC Drives, DC Drives & Variable Speed Controls

Hybrid Drive for a Chiropractic Table

Customer: Chiropractic Table Manufacturer

Location: USA

Application: Chiropractic Table

Drive: KBVF-13 Hybrid Drive

Ratings: 115 Vac input, 230 VAC, 3 phase output to motor. (up to 2.4 Amps)

Horsepower: ½ HP

Enclosure: None

Drive Review: The industry standard for consumer products

Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine concerned with mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system.  This particular manufacturer wanted a table that would let the caregiver raise and lower the leg of a patient to exercise it after an injury.  Typically the injury was severe enough that the patient could not move their leg without aid.

At the beginning and the end of the session, the design engineer wanted the leg support to stop at a horizonal position so the patient could easily get on and off the table.  They also wanted the ability to disable this feature if the caregiver wanted to stop the leg at a particular non-horizontal position.  This manufacturer also wanted a timing function, and the ability to control the speed of this treatment based on the size and comfort of the patient.

KBVF Hrid Drive

To facilitate this, KB offered the KBVF-13 Hybrid Drive.  It let the manufacturer use a rugged, efficient 3 phase, 230 Vac induction motor and they power it with a normal 115 Vac plug.  This eliminated the need to hire an electrician to provide a special outlet.

This microprocessor based control became the heart of the system. 

KB allowed for speed control with a simple potentiometer. The manufacturer used a reed switch to provide an input to indicate the horizontal position.  Another input was used to enable or disable the home position feature.  A final input was used to select duration of the treatment.

The KB design team modified the standard software to provide a pre-programmed “Out of the Box” solution that was easily imbedded into their design.

Their table enclosure provided finger safety to eliminate unnecessary costs.  They asked, KB listened and brought a unique design to life. 

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KBVF Hybrid Drive is the solution to provide

variable speed control with unique features

commonly required to differentiate consumer products. 

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The KBVF Hybrid Drive has:

  • Reversing ability
  • Obstruction sensing
  • Soft start and soft stop features
  • Out of the box solution! 

Producing a reliable product tailored to the patients comfort.

 

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KBVF Hybrid Drive from KB Electronics

The industry standard for consumer products everywhere!

And since they are inside the machine,

you’d probably never know

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The KBVF drive has the ability to operate a 230 VAC motor from either 115 or 230 VAC single phase supplies, and can also be ordered to operate on GFCI circuits. 

The economical design lets the customer imbed our product into their system and adapt it uniquely to a particular environment.

 

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The KBVF Hybrid Drive offers all the technology

of a digital drive

with the simplicity of an analog drive –

The Best of Both Worlds!

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Founded in 1967, KB Electronics, Inc. prides itself in producing, stocking and distributing (to a network of over 800 locations in over 30 countries) over 200 models of off the shelf and customizable motor drive controls that are easy to operate, cost effective, and offer the exact control for the application.

 

More Information:

To find out more about how KB Electronics range of AC Hybrid Drives and other drives that may assist in your application, please visit www.kbelectronics.com

 

Hybrid Drives

KBAC Hybrid Drive For a Knife Grinder - Case Study

KB Electronics, Inc. Manufacturer of AC Drives, DC Drives & Variable Speed Controls

 

KBAC Hybrid Drive for a Knife Grinder

Customer: Knife Maker

Location: USA

Application: Knife Grinder

Drive: KBAC Hybrid Drive

Ratings: 230 VAC motor from either 115 or 230 VAC single phase

Horsepower: 2 or 3

Enclosure: NEMA 4X

Drive Review: Industry Standard for Knife Grinders

 

Knife making is the process of manufacturing a knife by a combination of processes.  Professional knife makers shape pieces of steel into blades as part of the knife making process.  They typically use a large industrial belt sander or grinder, made specifically for knife making. The belt sander or grinder is used to remove the excess metal from the blade and then hone it into the shape they need.  The knife making machine needs to run quickly when the knife maker is first starting on the blade, so they can remove the maximum amount of material.  It then needs to run more slowly when putting on a fine finish.  In addition to variable speed, the machine needs to provide controlled starting and fast stopping of the belt or grinder wheels.

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KBAC Hybrid Drive is the solution to provide variable speed control
 
of 2 HP or 3 HP motors commonly used on knife grinders.
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The KBAC Hybrid Drive has:

  • Controlled acceleration
  • Fast deceleration of the high inertia load
  • Smooth slow speed operation

Producing a reliable finishing of high quality knives

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KBAC Hybrid Drive from KB Electronics

Is the

industry standard for knife grinders everywhere!

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The KBAC Hybrid Drive drive has the ability to operate a 230 VAC motor from either 115 or 230 VAC single phase supplies, and can also be ordered to operate on GFCI circuits. 

 

The NEMA 4X dust tight enclosure keeps out the metal dust and shavings created during the knife grinding operations. 

 

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The KBAC Hybrid Drive offers all the technology of a digital drive

with the simplicity of use of an analog drive –

 

The Best of Both Worlds!

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Founded in 1967, KB Electronics, Inc. prides itself in producing, stocking and distributing (to a network of over 800 locations in over 30 countries) over 200 models of off the shelf and customizable motor drive controls that are easy to operate, cost effective, and offer the exact control for the application.

More Information:

To find out more about how KB Electronics range of AC Hybrid Drives and other drives that may assist in your application, please visit www.kbelectronics.com

 

Complete Line of Hybrid AC Drives

Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) for a Commercial Convection Oven

KB Electronics, Inc. Manufacturer of AC Drives, DC Drives & Variable Speed Controls

 

Application:

A convection oven utilizes a stirring fan to circulate heated air which substantially reduces cooking time. The customer was purchasing an expensive drive manufactured in Europe which they desired to replace with a low cost drive manufactured in the USA.

In the application, the drive receives serial communication commands from a PLC that provides the user with various cooking recipes. A standard drive could not be used because the communication protocol, although similar to Modbus, was unique and proprietary.

KB Solution:

The low cost KBVF Series VFD, with the DIDF Serial Communications Module, was chosen for this application. KB engineers were able to decode the proprietary serial communications protocol and reprogram the standard DIDF Communications Module.

The result was exactly what the customer desired-a low cost VFD assembled in the USA with proprietary serial communications. 

KBVF Series Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) for a Commercial Convection Oven

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