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Wiring a Single Phase Motor Through a 3 Phase Contactor

Single phase power is typically reserved for lower power requirements, however in some cases powering a small motor with single phase input power is practical. Single phase motor starters are not commonly available since this is a rare case, and with a little bit of know-how, a 3-phase motor starter can easily be wired for… Read more »

How to Select and Size an IEC Contactor

In previous blog posts, we talked about the differences between IEC vs. NEMA and discussed the basics of a motor starter. Today we’re going to talk about selecting a contactor for your application requirements. There are 5 main things to consider when selecting and sizing a contactor for your application (click to jump to a… Read more »

Springer Controls Offers New Explosion Proof Signal Lamps

Yulee, FL – Springer Controls, in partnership with Texelco of Italy has introduced a new line of explosion proof signal lights certified to ATEX specifications for installation in zones 1, 2, 21 and 22. Multicolor lights are available in both domes and stack light styles. All can be set to provide a steady on signal… Read more »

Springer Controls Offers New Explosion Proof Pendant Controls

Yulee, FL – Springer Controls, in partnership with Tecno Elletrica Ravasi of Italy now offers explosion proof pendant controls certified by IECEx and ATEX for installation in zones 1, 2, 21 and 22. This allows them to be used in environments where combustible gasses and dusts are likely to be found during normal operation. Two… Read more »

Magnetic Motor Starters: The Basics

A magnetic motor starter is an electromagnetically operated device that starts and stops a connected motor load. Magnetic starters consist of an electrical contactor and an overload which provides protection in case of a sudden loss of power. Contactor vs Relay The contactor is similar to a relay but is designed to switch a larger… Read more »