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How Small Drives Can Play in IIot Environment – and Beyond

The Internet of Things (IoT) is generating a lot of buzz.  Basically, the IoT concept is to add ‘smarts’ to a device for the purpose of getting it connected to the internet.  Once connected the benefit is the ability to monitor or control it. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a more specific application […]

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Motor Speed Control Basic Training

This video describes in basic terms how the various types of motor speed controls work.

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The Value of Digital Motor Speed Control

Digital motor speed controls (‘digital controls’) are for the purposes of this discussion microprocessor based, user configurable speed controls for DC permanent magnet (DCPM) motors or digital speed potentiometers¹ for use with AC VFD’s.  The digital concept was developed in the mid-80’s to solve a customer need for accurate, repeatable speed control of a pizza […]

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What Is the Big Deal About Closed Loop?

Closed Loop in the vernacular of motor speed control involves the verification of the motor’s actual speed back to the drive, for automatic adjustment to maintain constant speed under changing motor load, ambient and drive supply voltage conditions. Phew! So what is the big deal about closed loop? There are many applications where speed accuracy […]

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The Least Understood Critical Component

The explosion of motor use in retail and commercial products is staggering.  Example – a luxury automobile today may use as many as 120 electric motors!  Stop and think about all the items in your home that have a motor – your toothbrush, kid’s Lego set, garage door, window shades, Roomba vacuum, pet food dispenser, […]

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DC Motors: Why and How Brushless is Better

No matter the application, when it comes to motor technology there are several options. Within DC technology one of the first—and biggest—decisions is whether to choose a brushed or brushless DC motor. More and more designers are choosing brushless DC (BLDC) motors for a variety of reasons, as this option has become more economically feasible […]

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AC Or DC Drive- Which is Best for Small Motors?

Variable speed motor controls (‘drives’) have been around for many decades.  In the early years, application and budget were the primary decision criteria for choosing between a DC motor/drive package and AC equivalent.  While this practice continues, the advances in AC drive technology have made the decision more complex to where either AC or DC […]

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Keeping Up With Changing Drive Technology

One of the hallmarks of Dart Controls and its ability to remain a leading supplier of small drives to the market is its success incorporating new technology into its product designs.  Customer needs are constantly changing and thus the requirements of the products they use.  These requirements include better speed regulation, less energy waste, tougher […]

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Surprising (And Revolutionary!) Applications for our Controls

Since 1963, Dart Controls’ motor drives, controls, and accessories have been used by customers for all sorts of applications, providing dependable solutions. But there are some very surprising and unique applications for our controls, as well.  From perfect beach views to perfectly cooked pizza, check out some of the interesting things our controls are providing: […]

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AC and DC Motor Drives: Is One the Clear Choice?

When engineers are looking to buy a motor, the question most often asked:  Is AC or DC technology better? The answer isn’t that one is better than the other. Rather it is application and cost dependent.  Here we will discuss the options and specifically the advantages and disadvantages of each. Furthermore, it is often a […]

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