Motors, Drives and Automation Systems

Motors, Drives and Automation

This 2-Day Electric Motor Automation training course will discuss application and installation issues related to motors, variable frequency drives and related automation products in three important sessions.

The course will conclude with an operating demostration that will illustrate the three types of equipment tied together into one system via communication cabling, as well as over air via radio transmission.

The Motors, Drives and Automation Systems course will provide the delegates with a solid base of Motor, Drive and Automation theory. The course will also make delegates aware of issues concerning the proper application, installation and maintenance of these types of equipment. The material handouts will cover a wide range starting from the basics and moving on to more complex issues.


  • Application issues
  • Speed range
  • Torque Capability
  • Min Speed
  • Max Speed
  • Reversing
  • Stopping/Braking



  • Learn the Fundamentals of motors, drives and automation systems
  • Update Yourself on the Latest Advancements in VFDs
  • Learn the Latest Improvements in Motor Efficiency
  • Practical Approaches and Problem-Solving Solutions
  • Learn How to Solve Common Motor and VFD Problems
  • Learn Practical Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Learn the Automation Considerations Between Motors, Drives and PLCs
  • Reduce Reliance on Outside Service Companies
  • Make Sure Your Equipment is Up and Running


WHO should attend

  • Industrial, Commercial, Institutional Electrical Engineering and Maintenance Technicians
  • Electric Motor Operations staff
  • Other electrical personnel involved in the operation and control of electric motors.


Students receive

  • FREE 130-Page Electric Motors And Drives Handbook Volume 5 (Value $20)
  • $100 Coupon Toward Any Future Electricity Forum Event (Restrictions Apply)
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits
  • FREE Magazine Subscription (Value $25.00)
  • Course Materials In Paper Format

SPECIAL NOTE: Along with the above Electric Motor handbook material:

Each Electric Motor Training student will receive a detailed Electric Motor specification and Check list to use to ensure that all their Electric Motor issues are addressed.

The student will also receive an electronic copy of the Basics of AC Drives and the Basics of AC Motors. These two books are more than 1,000 pages, providing valuable information for the student for future reference.


Related Courses

Electric Motor Training,

Motor Control Training,

Motor Testing Training,

Variable Frequency Drive Basics,

VFD Training




Session One: Electric Motors

  • Electromagnetism
  • Developing a Rotating Magnetic Field
  • NEMA Rotor Characteristics
  • Motor Specifications
  • NEMA and IEEE standards
  • Enclosures
  • MG! Part 30 and Part 31 differences
  • Impregnation Systems
  • Stator Failures and preventative measures
  • AC Rotor Construction
  • Rotor Failures
  • Enclosures, Frames & Cooling
  • Bearings
  • Bearing Failures
  • Insulation Classes
  • General Motor Testing Methods
  • Motor Overhauls
  • Motor Rewinds
  • On-line Condition Monitoring
  • Information Management for Decision-making
  • Qualifying Repair Facilities


Session Two: AC Drives

  • VFD Overview
  • Voltage And Frequency
  • Basic AC Drive
  • Constant Torque Applications
  • Variable Torque Applications
  • Constant Horsepower Applications
  • Multi-motor Applications
  • Input Filtering requirements
  • Line transients
  • Power Factor
  • Harmonic mitigation
  • VFD Demonstration
  • Output Filtering Requirements
  • Long Cable runs
  • DV/DT voltage rise
  • Peak voltage
  • Bearing Currents




Session Three: Human Machine Interface and Automation Considerations

  • Introduction
  • PLCs
  • Number Systems
  • Terminology
  • Basic Requirements
  • Connecting External Device
  • Programming a PLC
  • Ladder Logic
  • Statement List
  • Function Blocks
  • Discrete Inputs/Outputs
  • Analog Inputs and Outputs
  • High-Speed Instructions
  • Communications
  • Network Communications
  • ASI
  • Data Highway
  • Profibus
  • Device net
  • TCIP
  • Demonstration


Review of expectations
Questions and Answers



Both days:

Start: 8:00 a.m.
Coffee break: 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 noon
Finish: 4:30 p.m.





On-Site Training Available

We can present this Motors, Drives and Automation Systems Course to your electrical engineering and maintenance staff, on your premises, tailored to your specific equipment and requirements. We are ready to help design this program for you. Click on the link below to request a FREE quotation.

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