Posted by: Edmund Glueck | February 13, 2015

Bodine Gearmotors are Designed for Uptime!

Our team of MEs and EEs has the experience and knowhow to work on challenging applications across a wide range of industries. We are proudly celebrating 110 Years of “Quality in Motion” in 2015.

Our team of MEs and EEs have the experience and knowhow to work on challenging applications across a wide range of industries. We are proudly celebrating 110 Years of "Quality in Motion" in 2015.

Posted by: Sarah Prais | February 4, 2015

Model 2999 New Rugged AC Motor Speed Control

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Bodine expands its extensive line of AC, PMDC, and BLDC speed controls with the new Model 2999. Featuring an industrial-grade NEMA-4X/IP-65 watertight aluminum die-cast enclosure, the model 2999 drives 230 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz, inverter-duty, 3-phase gearmotors rated up to 1 HP (746 W). It operates from single-phase 115 or 230 VAC, and it is GFCI compatible. The PWM output provides high motor efficiency and low noise. This control is ideal for applications that require adjustable speed, reversing, and stand-alone operation.

  • User-friendly, easy to set up design
  • Built- in on/off, reversing, and start/stop switches
  • Provides up to 200% starting torque
  • Drives 230 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz, inverter-duty, 3-phase gearmotors up to 1HP (746 W).
  • Extended 2-Year System Warranty – When a Bodine gearmotor and control are purchased together

To download the product brochure, click here.
To download the installation, operating, and mounting instructions, click here.

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Posted by: Sarah Prais | January 14, 2015

Sizing a Fuse for a Bodine Gearmotor, Motor or Speed Control

Benefits of Fuse Protection

1. A fuse between the motor and AC line (to be used with single phase AC motors/gearmotors) provides motor protection under stall conditions and protects personnel from ground faults in the motor. It may not protect the motor from overheating under overload conditions.

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2. A fuse between the motor and its control provides motor protection under stall conditions and protects personnel from ground faults in the motor. It does not protect the control during overload/stall conditions, and will not necessarily protect the motor from overheating under overload conditions.

3. A fuse between the control and the AC line provides protection against fires in cases where the control maybe damaged.

Please note that the suggested fuse values are only general guidelines. Take into consideration any unique safety requirements for your application, local safety codes or any other applicable installation rules for your equipment.

Specifying a Fuse -

AC Motor and Control ApplicationsSizing a fuse between the AC line and a Split Phase motor/gearmotor.

  • Use a time-delay fuse. The fuse current rating should be 200% of the motor nameplate current rating, or the next highest standard fuse rating. Fuse all ungrounded line leads. Split phase motors draw higher starting currents than PSC motors.
  • For 115V motors, one line lead should be fused if the neutral lead is grounded.
  • For 230V and higher voltage ratings, all line leads should be fused (applies to US installations only).

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  • Use a time delay fuse. The fuse current rating should be 120% of the motor nameplate current rating, or the next highest standard fuse rating. Fuse all ungrounded line leads.
  • For 115V motors, one line lead should be fused if the neutral is grounded.
  • For 230V and higher voltage ratings, all line leads should be fused (applies to US installations only).

Sizing a Fuse between an AC inverter (AC speed control) and a 3-phase AC inverter duty motor/gearmotor.

  • The kind of fuse required depends on the inverter manufacturer. Some inverter manufacturers’ instructions state the motor leads must not be fused.
  • If motor fusing is appropriate, use a time delay fuse with a current rating of 120% of the motor’s current nameplate rating or the next highest standard value fuse.
  • The current limit of the inverter should be set appropriately to protect the motor.

Permanent Magnet DC (PMDC) Applications

Bodine Electric - Sizing a Fuse - 3Sizing a Fuse between a PMDC motor speed control and a PMDC motor/gearmotor. Use a time delay fuse. Refer to the user manual of the control for fuse sizing information. In some controls, the fuse is provided with the control, and the control has an on-board fuse holder. In cases where the control manual does not specify sizing guidelines, the fuse current rating should be 115% of the motor nameplate current rating or the next highest standard fuse rating. Fuse both motor leads.

Brushless DC (BLDC) Applications Sizing a Fuse between a BLDC control and BLDC motor/gearmotor. Use a time delay fuse. Refer to the user manual of the control for fuse sizing information. Bodine’s filtered and unfiltered type ABL 130V controls are supplied with a motor fuse, which is placed into a fuse holder on the control board. The ratings of the fuses are specified in the user manual.

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  • Some of Bodine’s type ABL3906C 12V and 24V control manuals have fuse rating guidelines specified in the manual. The fuse current rating should be 120% of the motor nameplate current rating, or the next highest standard fuse rating. Install a fuse in two of the three motor phase connections, as shown in the control manual.
  • In cases where fuse specification information is not provided in the manual, use a fuse with a current rating of 120% of the motor nameplate current rating, or the next highest standard fuse rating. Fuse two of the three motor leads.

Selecting a Fuse between a Speed Control and the AC line

Use a fast acting fuse. Fuse each AC line conductor that is not at ground potential. Do not fuse neutral or grounded conductors. Refer to each control’s manual for the recommended sizes.
In the cases where specific information is not provided in the manual, use a fuse with a current rating of 125% of the typical input current (as referenced in the manual), or the next highest standard fuse value.

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To download a PDF version of this article, click here.

Copyright Bodine Electric Company © 01/2015. All rights reserved.

Posted by: Edmund Glueck | December 15, 2014

Our Team Wishes You a Great 2015!

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Posted by: Edmund Glueck | October 21, 2014

Answers to the Most Common Customer Service Questions

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1. Where and how can I learn more about Bodine Electric Company and your products?

  • bodine-electric.com – Our web site provides all critical information with just a few clicks! Enter a serial number on our support page, or a model number in our ‘item search’ tool to start.
  • Online Store – Do you need a quick gearmotor sample to test your new design? With over 1,200 standard products to choose from we’ve got you covered, or contact one of our many distributors in your area.
  • Custom Solutions - If a stock gearmotor, motor or control does not fit your application, our team of application engineers will help design one that perfectly fits your needs.
  • Facebook – If you are looking for a quick snapshot of who we are, check us out on social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  • Catalog S17a – For offline discussions. Our paper catalog features over 1,200 standard products and includes many new stock items.
  • Selection Guide – Want to learn more about sizing a gearmotor? Our 1-2-3 selection guide walks you through the necessary steps to specify the right gearmotor for your application.

2. How do I get a quote or contact someone to learn more?

  • Our customer service and technical support team is available 5 days a week from 7:15am to 5:00pm CST. We are happy to discuss your application requirements or product selection. Feel free to call at 773-478-3515 or email us at info@bodine-electric.com.
  • You can also identify your local Bodine distributor by using our online distributor locator tool. Simply enter your zip code on the homepage to see a list of authorized distributors and solution partners in your area.
  • Our regional sales managers (RSM) are seasoned gearmotor experts that will help you find the right solution and best quote. Just enter your zip code on our home page and we’ll connect you to one of our RSMs in your area.

3. Do you offer 2D or 3D CAD files and how can I get one?

  • Yes, you can download AutoCAD 2D drawings, SolidWorks STEP (3D) files, or 2D drawings as PDFs from our web site.
  • Preview a 3D model of the gearmotor or motor you’re looking to purchase on our ThomasNet CAD site and download, e-mail, or directly import the 3D model in various formats.
  • To download or search for a CAD drawing or 3D model of our stock products, click here.

 Copyright Bodine Electric Company © 10/2014. All rights reserved.

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