Protecting Digital Control Equipment from Electrical Transient Damage

Robert F. Weir, P. E., Hartford Steam Boiler

[Editor’s Note: Since this article first appeared (The Locomotive Spring 1996), business and industry has become more dependent than ever on sophisticated electronics. This revised version is intended to help you improve the installation and protection of electronic control devices so they perform properly and are less likely to be damaged by electrical power problems.]  Business and industry is more dependent than ever on sophisticated electronics. Modern electronic control devices are frequently the most cost effective way to achieve real improvement in the performance of production machines and processes. Devices such as Computer Numerical Controls (CNC), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), as well as the various programmable motion controllers currently available for robotics applications offer unprecedented functionality and power, and are available at attractive prices. »more

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