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MOTOR CHALLENGE 3: Synchronizing Speeds of Two Motors

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Johann Tang

Johann Tang

There are a variety of ways to synchronize the speed of multiple motors.  In this blog post, we will explain another advantage of using brushless motors systems, which is its ability to set speeds accurately and be able to synchronize speeds on multiple axes easily .  Brushless motors utilize built-in hall-effect sensors to regulate speed.  Even if the load, input voltage, or temperature fluctuates, the speed regulation will always be under +/-0.2% or better.

Grip conveyor with 2 AC motors

An ideal application example is shown below with a grip conveyor that has two belts on either side, driven by two 3-phase AC induction motors.  The speeds of the two motors are controlled by an inverter (VFD).   For a specific labeling operation where a specific side of the bottle has to be labelled, the speeds between the two motors must be synchronized.  Since AC motors do not use feedback speed control, the typical speed regulation of AC induction motors can be -3% to -15%.

CHALLENGE: Synchronize the speeds of two belts for consistent label/print application

Conventional Equipment: Grip conveyor with two belts on each side driven by two different 3-phase AC induction gear motors.  The speeds of the two motors are controlled by inverters (VFDs).  

Problems with Conventional Equipment:

  • An inverter (VFD) does not require feedback from the motor to operate.
  • Speeds of the two belts can vary due to load or friction and causes inconsistent labeling.
  • Fine speed adjustments are difficult with inverters (VFDs).

SOLUTION: BMU Series brushless gear motor + AC input driver

Use two BMU Series brushless gear motors with AC input driver to easily synchronize speeds of the 2 belts driven by the motors.  For example, when the speeds are set to 3,000 RPM at the motor, the speed regulation is +/- 6 RPM at the motor (or +/-0.3 RPM with a 20:1 gearhead).  The speed can be set digitally in 1 RPM increments at the motor.  The dedicated driver can also display speed in revolutions or meters per minute.  The last step is to make sure that both drivers receive the start input signal at the same time.

Grip conveyor with 2 BL motorsBMU Series right angle gear motor & driver

Advantages offered by BMU Series: 

 

  • Eliminates speed variation
  • Guaranteed speed regulation
  • Fine digital speed setting
  • No tuning
  • Quick setup
  • IP66 motor+cable

 

 

RESULT: +/-0.2% speed regulation is achieved between the 2 belts

Watch how easy it is to synchronize 2 motors with digital speed control

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Topics: Speed Synchronization, Conveyor, Improve Performance, Higher Efficiency, Speed Regulation, Feedback Control, Digital Data Setting, Hall-Effect Sensors, Labeling, Quick Setup, AC Motors, Brushless motors, IP66, Parallel shaft, Right-Angle Shaft, Improve Design, Reducing Footprint, Reducing Mass

Johann Tang

Written by Johann Tang

Johann Tang is a Product Specialist at Oriental Motor USA Corp. with over 15 years of expert knowledge and experience supporting applications of various types of electric motors, gearheads, actuators, drivers, and controllers.

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