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Using a real-world systems approach to learning motor control devices, UNDERSTANDING MOTOR CONTROLS, 3rd Edition teaches you to install, troubleshoot, and test electrical motors like the pros! Starting with basic control circuits and components, this book covers all must-know applications and procedures to ensure your success in the more complex topics. From safety and development to operations and problem solving, UNDERSTANDING MOTOR CONTROLS prepares you for a career as an industrial electrician with a strong foundation in basic control circuits, sensing devices, solid-state controls, variable speed drives, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and more. In addition, hands-on lab experiments give you practice putting what you learn into real-world practice.
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Preface. Safety. Section I: BASIC CONTROL CIRCUITS AND COMPONENTS. 1. General Principles of Motor Control. 2. Symbols and Schematic Diagrams. 3. Manual Starters. 4. Overload Relays. 5. Relays, Contactors, and Motor Starters. 6. The Control Transformer. Section II: BASIC CONTROL CIRCUITS. 7. Start-Stop Pushbutton Control. 8. Multiple Pushbutton Stations. 9. Forward-Reverse Control. 10. Jogging and Inching. 11. Timing Relays. 12. Sequence Control. Section III: SENSING DEVICES. 13. Pressure Switches and Sensors. 14. Float Switches and Liquid Level Sensors. 15. Flow Switches. 16. Limit Switches. 17. Temperature Sensing Devices. 18. Hall Effect Sensors. 19. Proximity Detectors. 20. Photodetectors. 21. Reading Large Schematic Diagrams. 22. Installing Control Systems. Section IV: STARTING AND BRAKING METHODS. 23. Across-the-Line Starting. 24. Resistor and Reactor Starting for AC Motors. 25. Autotransformer Starting. 26. Wye-Delta Starting. 27. Part Winding Starting. 28. Direct Current Motors. 29. Single-Phase Motors. 30. Braking. Section V: WOUND ROTOR, SYNCHRONOUS, AND CONSEQUENT POLE MOTORS. 31. Wound Rotor Motors. 32. Synchronous Motors. 33. Consequent Pole Motors. Section VI: VARIABLE SPEED DRIVES. 34. Variable Voltage and Magnetic Clutches. 35. Solid State DC Motor Controls. 36. Variable Frequency Control. Section VII: MOTOR INSTALLATION. 37. Motor Installation. Section VIII: PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS. 38. Programmable Logic Controllers. 39. Programming a PLC. 40. Analog Sensing for Programmable Logic Controllers. Section IX: DEVELOPING CONTROL CIRCUITS AND TROUBLESHOOTING. 41. Developing Control Circuits. 42. Troubleshooting. Section X: LABORATORY EXERCISES. Appendix. Glossary.

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Stephen L. Herman is a retired electrician and teacher with more than 30 years of experience to his credit. A seasoned author, his reader-friendly textbooks on electricity and mathematics are popular with students and instructors alike. For two decades Mr. Herman was lead instructor for the Electrical Technology Curriculum at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, where he received an Excellence in Education Award from the Halliburton Education Foundation. He also taught at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, N.C., for nine years and helped establish an electrical curriculum for Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, Texas. His additional publications include ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL, ELECTRICITY AND CONTROLS FOR HVAC/R, INDUSTRIAL MOTOR CONTROLS, UNDERSTANDING MOTOR CONTROLS, ELECTRICAL WIRING INDUSTRIAL, ALTERNATING CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, DIRECT CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, ELECTRICAL STUDIES FOR TRADES, ELECTRICAL PRINCIPLES, ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS AND ROTATING MACHINES, EXPERIMENTS IN ELECTRICITY FOR USE WITH LAB VOLT EQUIPMENT, THE COMPLETE LABORATORY MANUAL FOR ELECTRICITY, and PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN MATHEMATICS FOR ELECTRICIANS.

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"The sections on the various controls are good for the most part." "There is a wonderful number of schematics! My students are technically minded and that will help them picture what is really going on inside." "Location and community needs dictate particular emphasis on certain areas of the Motor Control Industry; UNDERSTANDING MOTOR CONTROLS is a well-balanced text that should meet the needs of any area." "The questions are presented in a way that requires thought yet at the same time are not as though their content is out of bounds with the information within the particular unit."

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