B&D Technologies Applications Engineering Blog

B&D Technologies continues to grow and expand. Our Norcross, Georgia facility just completed a substantial expansion to include a new and state-of-the-art Design and Build Laboratory.  This sizable lab provides our customers with unlimited drive offerings, custom-built to...
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The Application A long-term customer of B&D Technologies had an interesting dilemma. The customer had an application were they needed to perform an unwind/wind design as well as a positional index. This compounds two of the more advanced...
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In the world of automation, many manufacturers brand label products. It is sometimes essential to round out a line based on sheer cost of development and also cost of manufacture. In the early 90s, I tried to develop...
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  Like a Quentin Tarantino movie, this case study is best examined from the end point. Result A chemical plant is back to running one of its key mixers less than 24 hours after the break-down. Challenge Marc...
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Background Last year, I posted a picture on LinkedIn that showed a test stand drive with the fan at the bottom of the enclosure. It amazes me that even one year after the post, I am still getting...
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It is interesting seeing the changes that happen over time with the National Electric Code (NEC). In the 2014 code, we saw the addition of Surge Protective Devices (SPD) combined with the word  “shall” be used on emergency systems....
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I’ve been around engineers, technicians and plant folks since I was sixteen and have heard some interesting requests and discussions over the years. Here’s to some fun, humorous tales. Political talk is not something I get involved with...
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  Challenge The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) researchers where pondering how to use an electric motor to load an engine and increase their ability/flexibility in different testing scenarios. They contacted ABB and ABB called...
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  Sometimes we get requests from customers who are out of viable options. In the case of a very large energy company, they simply gave us an assembly and asked us to replicate it twice. Then, they gave...
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  Over the years it has been interested dealing with major aerospace engineers as well as current and former NASA engineers. Most folks believe that these engineers walk around with pocket protectors, slide rules and stumble around like...
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Often, we as designers overlook the basic idea of lighting inside large industrial enclosures. To my knowledge, there is no OSHA, MSHA or specific regulation requiring lighting inside enclosures. Lighting is totally an afterthought.  The need only arises...
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Challenge A B&D Technologies customer has a vintage printing press which prints the paper utilized by sugar packets. The customer was seeking a way to effectively measure the finished yards per batch with an automatic stop command, yards...
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Challenge An OEM tasked the B&D Technologies’ Applications Engineering Group to devise a solution for an aerospace customer that required a lift table to be controlled smoothly— without the hassle or cost of a full blown hydraulic design....
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Application Challenge A B&D Technologies integrator working at a large paper mill in Savannah, needed a solution for bonding a very large exterior door to a piece of power distribution equipment. Among the challenges, the wire was too...
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A customer is using a wire-style belt that runs through an oven for paint curing. The problem is that the conveyor belt is damaging the newly painted surface of the products. This creates a great deal of re-work...
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We run into situations where a system is so critical that no down time, whatsoever, is tolerable. These are often hospitals, nuclear plants, chemical processes and the like. We had a nuclear plant call B&D Technologies’ Applications Engineering...
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The answer is straightforward.  To ensure safety compliance in our designs, there occasionally is a breaking point where single module safety relays become more expensive and harder to use than a programmable safety controller/PLC. This is the most obvious reason...
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A petrochemical company started getting a KVAR fault on their emergency CAT diesel generator set driving a critical pump system with a Danfoss FC302 VFD. The user generally runs off of plant power, but the system is designed...
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Control transformers have been around for as long as I have been designing panels. The majority of what we see in the field and our designs take single phase 460VAC to 120VAC. Folks sometimes forget to ground/bond the...
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Welcome to the primogenial blog post of the B&D Technologies Applications Engineering Group (AEG). The word “primogenial” defined by Webster’s means the primitive first. We choose this word to define this post because of how our group views...
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