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Dart Releases Revolutionary Digital Speed Pot DC Motor Control


The new 153D-PB Series from Dart Controls combines all the latest design and most popular features in DC drives today.  The heart of the 153D-PB Series is the 153D series control, our most complete DC SCR control.  Dual supply voltage (120/240VAC), dual output voltage (90/180VDC) with the output voltage user selected.  Said another way, while … Continued

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Dart Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Paul Penn, founder of Dart Controls, Inc., a manufacturer of motor speed controls for industry located in Zionsville, Indiana, was honored with the 2019 Indiana Manufacturing Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Indiana Manufacturers Association’s (IMA) 2019 Hall of Fame Luncheon, held on October 16, 2019, at the Biltwell Event Center, in Indianapolis. The award was … Continued

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Equipment Modernization Using Digital Controls


We see an increasing number of plants across the spectrum of industries that are upgrading their motion control systems.  Specifically, the need for increased productivity, quality product yield, and information (think validation) is driving demand for digital control.  Dart Controls has led innovation in the market for DC brush and brushless motor controls for years, … Continued

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Dart Controls Earns Another Supplier Award – Again


Dart Controls Inc. Recognized as Outstanding Supplier by Grainger Zionsville, IN USA (March 18, 2019) – Dart Controls, Inc. was presented with Grainger’s Partners in Performance Award for 2018 at the supplier recognition event recently held during Grainger’s National Sales & Services Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair … Continued

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Dart Controls Featured in ‘Manufacturing In Focus’


Dart Controls was featured in a recent article published by Manufacturing in Focus.  Learn more about the company, the early movers and influences.  Many Dart associates have been here for decades, which helps explain why we are able to serve so many customers above and beyond their typical supplier experience on a daily basis.  The … Continued

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Serial Interfaced Controls – Now Available From Dart!


Dart Controls has developed a ModbusRTU Serial Interface option for the 731BDC (brushless DC) and the 153D-25C/-200C (brush DC/SCR) motor speed controls.  We chose ModbusRTU for many reasons, not limited to: Significant North American installed base of plc’s, HMI and other controllers that support this protocol Low cost, simple installation (twisted pair) proven to withstand … Continued

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Dart Controls Recognized by Grainger 2016 Supplier Award


Dart Controls was presented with Grainger’s Partners in Performance Award for 2016 at Grainger’s annual supplier recognition event held recently in Chicago.  Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, presents the award annually to a select group of suppliers for outstanding performance throughout the year. Grainger’s … Continued

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DC Drives in an IIot Environment


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 … Continued

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Motor Speed Control Basic Training


This video describes in basic terms how the various types of motor speed controls work. SCR, PWM, AC VFD, brushless DC and Digital Closed Loop are all covered in this session, with the goal of establishing for the viewer a fundamental understanding of how each control type works, the advantages/disadvantages of each, and why one may … Continued

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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 … Continued

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