Engineering & Mining Journal

APR 2018

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MOTORS AND DRIVES APRIL 2018 • E&MJ 67 The SMC-50 smart motor control- ler with internal bypass provides access to several communication modules, in- cluding EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet net- works. This connectivity, combined with its microprocessor platform, brings ener- gy-monitoring capabilities and protection features that make applications easier to troubleshoot and fix. A New Spin on Motor Couplings With electric motors being the almost exclusive source of power for mine con- veyor belts, motor performance — and the capability to tune performance to the demands of a given conveyor system — is a principal factor in conveyor ef- ficiency and productivity. Consequent- ly, choosing the appropriate coupling mechanism for transmitting motor pow- er to the conveyor is a crucial design consideration. Voith Turbo Inc., a specialist in drive solutions, systems and comprehensive services, recently introduced their Turbo- Belt 500 TPXL hydrodynamic fluid cou- pling as the first model in its TPXL fam- Voith Turbo introduced the 500-kW TurboBelt 500 TPXL fluid coupling in 2017 and plans to follow up with 850- and 1,250-kW units later this year.

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