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This course is a MUST for anyone who is involved in the selection, applications, or maintenance of motors &variable speed drives. The main part of the course concentrates on many guidelines & requirements that must be followed for successful application.

Course Outline
Variable speed drives (VSD’s) have become an essential part of our life today.  They are used in pumps, fans, compressors, heat pumps in homes, and process lines in industry.  This course is a MUST for anyone who is involved in the selection, applications, or maintenance of motors and variable speed drives. 

This course provides the latest in technology.  It covers how modern motors and variable speed drives operate and the various options available.  It also provides guidelines and rules that must be followed for a successful application.  All maintenance issues are covered in detail. DC drives are quickly being replaced by AC Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) inverters powering AC induction motors due to lower maintenance requirements. 

These new PWM drives have many more application guidelines that must be strictly followed to avoid disastrous results.  Participants are quickly led through the basic principles involved in PWM inverters so that the technical background is well understood.  The main part of the course concentrates on many guidelines and requirements that must be followed for a successful application.

There is also a section on how to select from the many options that you will see in the literature   what they will do (or not do), and why you might want them.  A section on common problems and troubleshooting is also very helpful for anyone who must diagnose or fix any of the problems that might occur.

  • To provide a comprehensive understanding of motors, variable-speed drives, and protective relaying.  Participants are enabled to specify, select, commission the proper motors, and variable speed drives for their applications
  • To achieve reduced capital, operating and maintenance costs along with increase in efficiency

Who Should Attend: Manufacturing plant engineering and purchasing personnel, manufacturing plant maintenance personnel, consulting engineers

Program Outline Faculty: Andy Stevenson, UYK Technologies

DC and AC Motor Fundamentals
A review of motor fundamentals to bring everyone up to speed

DC and AC Variable Speed Drive Fundamentals
A review of DC and AC drive details to ensure that everyone understands the basic principles

Applications for Fixed and Variable Speed Drives

Details of many different motor and drive applications

Drive System Selection Criteria

Do you really need a variable speed drive?
If you do need a variable speed drive, which type would best fit your requirements

Drive System Power Line Effects

• Power factor – what effects will the new system have on the rest
  of the plant
• Harmonics – what are they, and how will they affect you

Motor and Drive System Installation and Maintenance Aspects
What special installation efforts are required to ensure a successful application?
What are the typical motor and drive system failures
What routine maintenance should be followed?

Drive System Application Workshop

Go through a drive selection process to apply a drive system. This will reinforce all the course material and can be directly applied back at your plant

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

After participating in this course, you will be able to:
  • learn about the various types of motors, variable-speed drives, and their protection requirements
  • understand diagnostic testing and inspection, advanced fault detection techniques, critical components, and common failure modes of motors and variable-speed drives
  • study selection criteria, commissioning requirements, vibration analysis, troubleshooting, predictive and preventive maintenance, reliability, testing and cost
  • discover the maintenance required to minimize their operating cost and maximize their efficiency, reliability, and longevity

Daily Schedule: 8:00         Registration and coffee (first day only)
8:30         Session begins
4:30         Adjournment


Andy Stevenson, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., graduated with first class honours in Electrical Engineering in 1960.  He then spent 3 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force in charge of the Pine Tree Line radar sites and later joined Canadian General Electric in Peterborough in 1965 to work on the development of thyristor field supplies and analog controls.  From 1965 to 1990, he also worked on packaged DC drives, AC synchronous motor starting and protection, then graduated to cycloconverters and high power multibridge DC drives.  In 1990, he moved to General Electric in Salem Virginia USA, where he has specialized in the design and application of power conversion for large DC drives, cycloconverters, LCI’s and 3 level PWM drives.  He holds 10 patents and is a senior member in the IEEE, a member of the IAS group of the IEEE and Chairman of the IEEE 444 and 597 standards.  He has given many technical courses in North America and Japan.  He has authored many technical articles and is presently writing a Power Converter Application Handbook and a history.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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