Machinery Speed Controls
When you are running equipment that cuts, shapes, turns and otherwise operates at high speeds, you might need to think about installing a motor-speed controller. This device helps to preserve the lifespan of your tools without much programming or additional effort. In fact, motion-control equipment makes work easier and safer in many cases.
What are Some Features of an Industrial Speed Controller?
Depending on the model and brand of variable speed controller you purchase, you'll find that they all offer a basic interface in the form of an on/off switch and a motor speed switch in the form of a knob or a button that adjusts rotational speed up and down. Some higher-quality controllers offer a digital display that shows the RPMs though these are meant more for use on industrial motors and equipment where the potential for overheating can cause extensive to repair damage. The controller helps to keep the motor from working too hard. Some other features consider in a machinery speed controller include: the ability for the power to cut off to the machine in case of a short circuit or fault occurring; the ability for the power to cut off if the AC voltage goes above or below the desired operating range; and LED lights to indicate when the power is on/off, the drive status or even a power overload.
What is a Router Speed Controller?
Developed primarily for use on routers and other brushed motors, the router speed control is an inexpensive device that is handy for carpenters and other shop workers. It connects to your standard router motor to turn it into a variable speed drive. This controller is meant more for small shops and DIYers, rather than for industrial applications. As a result, the operation is very simple with just a speed-control knob and an on/off switch. You can use this device to control how much electricity is sent to your motor, to preserve the lifespan of blades and drill bits and to adjust your equipment to the best speed for the material you are using.
How Is the Speed Control Installed?
An industrial speed controller features terminals on the back that are connected to the power source and the motor separately. A router speed controller has a heavy-duty plug that you connect to your wall outlet, and a standard wall outlet connection on the box into which you plug the router. These devices are very simple, so they shouldn't need any extra work after installation, but be sure to follow the installation instructions carefully.