Siemens’ BT300 Variable Frequency Drive

BT300Siemens has upped their game in the Variable Frequency Drive market with the new BT300 series drives.  Siemens engineers have retooled and field tested their VFD portfolio to ensure it delivers optimum results.

Available in frame sizes up to 250 hp, the BT300 is well-suited for demanding HVAC environments. Using the BT300 helps save 20-50% of energy compared to equipment with little or no control. Built-in features like a real-time clock, energy savings optimization programming and a sleep function help measure energy savings.

Highlights:
Energy savings up to 50% when operating fans and pumps
Drives up to 250 hp
User-friendly control panel with intuitive interface
Reliable control for a wide range of HVAC applications, including special control option in the event of fire
Complete system integration with Siemens expertise
Ethernet capabilities include BACnet IP and Modbus TCP
Environment safe – RoHS compliant

Click here to learn more about the BT300 VFDs.

Yaskawa Nominated for the 2013 ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year

For the second year in a row, the Yaskawa Z1000 has been nominated for the ControlTrends Variable Frequency Drive of The Year.

Yaskawa provided the Control Trends Community this video on their Z1000 Series. The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of the Z1000 variable speed drive designed specifically for commercial HVAC applications.

The Z1000 Variable Speed Drive is designed for building automation applications such as fans, pumps, and cooling towers [Read more…]

Can Honeywell Win Variable Frequency Drive of The Year Again?


Not if Teco Westinghouse, Siemens, Johnson Controls, ABB, and all the other self respecting VFD manufactures have anything to say about it. Click here to see Honeywell bring home the award at the 2012 ControlTrends Awards, and click here to register to nominate and vote for the 2013 ControlTrends Awards.

Best Practices For Installing Variable Frequency Drives

Thanks to Johnson Controls for their very informative breakout session for showing us their new variable frequency drive and showing us on best practices in starting up and setting up a variable frequency drives. Great information for anyone that works with variable frequency drives.

The 2012 Variable Frequency Drive of The Year and the winner is…..

Hint, it is not ABB. The winner of the 2012 Variable Frequency Drive of the Year was chosen by our world wide ControlTrends Community. This VFD beat the best of the best in this very competitive category to be crowned the 2012 Variable Frequency Drive of The Year.

So just how cool is this drive?? Click here and see for yourself. Want to get training on the 2012 Variable Frequency Drive of the Year without leaving your computer?
Click here and you can get access to a video of a training class held at Stromquist & Company.

Variable Frequency Drives : Why you don’t need a bypass

When I think about variable frequency drives (VFDs) and bypasses I am reminded of the story of the family of women cooking a ham at Christmas. The young girl notices that her mother cuts each end of the ham off before [Read more…]

Variable Frequency Drives : Why you don't need a bypass

When I think about variable frequency drives (VFDs) and bypasses I am reminded of the story of the family of women cooking a ham at Christmas. The young girl notices that her mother cuts each end of the ham off before [Read more…]

Greener Buildings : Why Variable Frequency Drives Are The Optimal First Step

The technology behind variable frequency drives (VFDs) has been around for over forty five years and involved in HVAC for over twenty five years. However, many people remain in the dark as to how much energy and money VFDs save. The truth is VFDs are one of the best ways to make a building greener and save energy. Half the electricity used in a building is a direct result of pumping air and water through the buildings HVAC systems. [Read more…]