Quad Plus Company Blog

A collection of news and articles

Retrofit Kit for Legacy Quad Plus Drive Systems

There may be some risks associated with newly or soon-to-be discontinued drives on your legacy Quad Plus drive system.
Here are some common questions many of our customers have asked, along with answers, solutions, and next steps for you to take.

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Understanding ANSI RIA R15.06:2012

The Robotics Industry Association (RIA) standard for robots and robot systems (ANSI / RIA R15.06:2012) created a significant impact on all businesses using robotic automation by comparison to the previous standard (R15.06:1999). Although it’s now more than six years after its effective date of January 1, 2015, these standards remain important to the safety of production workers using and working around robotic systems. While not legally mandated, they represent best practices in robotic safety and a significant step to minimize legal liability in the future.

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Electrical Distribution Design: Low Voltage and Medium Voltage

Whether retrofitting an existing facility or selecting equipment for a new location, the components and configurations are chosen based on the client’s technical, economic, and performance goals. A major consideration for any project is planning for the electrical power required to run the facility. Coordination with the local power utility can affect many choices in the design phase, including proximity to major transmission lines to address capacity constraints.

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Expertise Needed for Repeat DC Contactor Failure

We recently received a call from a customer regarding the failure of a DC contactor that Quad Plus replaced less than a month prior to this call. Our industrial repair team was dispatched to the site to perform a post-failure analysis to determine why the contactor failed again and how to resolve the issue for the customer permanently.

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New Building, New Capabilities

Now that the new Quad Plus headquarters has been completed, our medium voltage capabilities have been expanded, along with the capabilities of the Quad Plus shop. Here’s a look at a few of the new features that we are most excited about.

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The Importance of Shielded Power Cable Testing

Your electrical cable system provides critical links throughout your operation, and cable faults can cost your operation in repair costs and downtime. Proper shielded cable assembly and power cable testing are crucial for a safe, reliable power system. New shielded cables must demonstrate that they are reliable and will hold up during use. Cables in service must be tested to gauge their remaining useful life while also ensuring ongoing reliability. A NETA certified technician will deploy the proper power cable testing methods and have the skill to identify corrective action quickly and efficiently.

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NETA-Certified Electrical Acceptance Testing

When electrical equipment is put into service for the first time, it is a unique experience for the equipment. To avoid costly downtime, it is necessary to ensure that components and systems are ready to get to work. Electrical acceptance testing is designed to test equipment in conditions that closely resemble actual processes. The goal is to reduce the possibility of failure and ensure workers are safe and protected.

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LWC Robotics: 2020 - 2021 Season

The Lincoln-Way Central High School Robotics 2020-2021 season is in full swing. This is Quad Plus’s third year of involvement in the Robotics Club and my second year as a coach. The turnout this year is fantastic, with more than thirty members and lots of new faces, and we are excited to have something positive to look forward to each week.

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Industrial Manufacturing Retrofits: What You Need to Know

When talking about manufacturing equipment that can cost several hundred thousand dollars to purchase, an extended life for your machine is a must for any company that wants to stay ahead of the competition. However, making large capital investments in new machinery can have an extended payback period, making them not cost-effective in the immediate future. Still, many new technologies exist that can be strategically integrated into your existing machine, making it easier and safer to operate, more productive, and efficiently use energy. To make the most of these hefty equipment purchases, industrial manufacturing retrofits can be the key to accessing new features and prolonging the working life of a machine.

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Announcing Enhanced Capabilities for Web Gauging Systems

We are excited to announce our new vertically integrated services for gauging measurements for extrusion, coatings, calendering, converting, and paper production lines. The hardware and software included in our web gauging systems include a scanning frame custom-built for the specific line, web gauging sensor technology ideal to the application, and web gauging system software with proven control algorithms. Utilizing our extensive process knowledge and commitment to highly efficient installation and commissioning practices, we can design and implement these online thickness gauging solutions with minimal interruption to production lines and with optimal performance configurations.

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Announcing Exclusive North American partnership with MKS Anlasser

Quad Plus and German-based MKS Anlasser are proud to announce their North American strategic partnership developed to bring the best of both organizations together to provide superior service for MKS’s North American customers.

MKS is known internationally for their extensive portfolio of world-class control systems, including liquid rheostat (LR), wound rotor induction motor (WRIM) control systems, and medium voltage (MV) switchgear. Tightening competition in mining, cement, metal recycling, power, and manufacturing industries has intensified the pressure for a highly reliable production environment. Read More


How Continuous Thickness Measurement Improves Production Quality

What is an Online Thickness Gauge?

Automated production processes have allowed companies to manufacture items at high speeds and with fewer interventions from operators. Ensuring that a product’s quality remains within tolerance limits and that waste and defects are minimal requires a similarly automated quality inspection process.

An online thickness gauge is an ideal method for process control as it delivers not only speed, but also a high degree of accuracy. An online gauge is always scanning, as opposed to manual spot measurements with a handheld scanner or a lab sample. Non-contact displacement sensor methods are the optimal choices as no contact with materials are required allowing for the fastest speeds and fast adaptations to different materials or surface types being measured.

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How a Web Gauging System Improves Your Bottom Line

Manufacturers of every industry have a need to follow tight production controls and quality demands. Dispatching a worker to obtain samples of in-process material and finished goods that are then sent for lab measurement may help inform the process. However, a faster and more reliable method is necessary for modern production schedules. A web gauging system will provide real-time results and accuracy that manufacturers need to meet production and cost goals.

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Different Sensor Technology for Web Gauging Applications

Web gauging systems are the key to meeting tight customer specs while also reducing waste and the overall expense associated with a production line. Which sensor technology to use depends on the substrate being measured as gauges are used to measure everything from the adhesive applied to tape to roofing products to soup bowls. Use this guide to help understand some of the technology that is available and let a Quad Plus expert help you find the right one for your production line.

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What Are The Benefits of a Web Gauging System For Manufacturers

No matter what sector of manufacturing your company is in, from automotive to medical to consumer products, balancing quality control and manufacturing costs will always be a priority. Manually gauging or visually inspecting products or even small groups can be costly and inefficient. A web gauging system may provide the key to improving quality and productivity without sacrificing efficiency and expense.

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Preventive Maintenance Guidance for Industrial Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers form the foundation of safety for any industrial electrical system as they protect both your equipment and your crew from harm caused by overloaded circuits, short circuits, and other electrical problems. All protective systems should have a routine maintenance system in place to make sure everything is working as it should, and preventive maintenance will help you avoid costly breakdowns and industrial circuit breaker repairs.

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Getting the Most from Your Industrial Circuit Breakers

Industrial circuit breakers are a necessary component of every electrical system to protect your crew and equipment from danger. When they become damaged or broken, an immediate replacement is required to prevent downtime. Still, the cost to replace industrial circuit breakers can range from several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. In many cases, companies can save a considerable amount of cash over the lifetime of their equipment by reconditioning breakers for reuse rather than replacing and discarding.

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What Do Robots, Kids and Couches Have in Common?

The Lincoln-Way Central Robotics Club enjoyed a fantastic 2019-2020 season, including making it to the last round of state qualification in the international FIRST Tech Challenge. Quad Plus is proud to support this talented group of young builders, and we’re excited to tell you more about their successful year and what they’re looking forward to in the upcoming months.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Response

To maintain a healthy and safe business environment and do our part to control the spread of COVID-19, Quad Plus has created a pandemic response plan so we can safely continue providing essential services to our customers. The plan is based on up-to-date CDC and Federal Administrations guidelines as of March 26, 2020. But because the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation with different restrictions and requirements for each state, our specific policy must remain flexible. We continue to monitor the situation daily and will communicate changes to our policy as they become necessary.

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Industrial Circuit Breaker Repair Experts

Power distribution and switchgear equipment are critical to the operation of your business, and the heart of every power distribution system are circuit breakers. These devices are responsible for protecting your crew from injury and your equipment from damage, so it’s easy to see why spotting signs of trouble is critical.  Here are three signs it’s time to repair your industrial circuit breaker.
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Shredder System Off and Storage

If you need to disconnect power to your Quad Plus Auto Shredding system, this removes the heater logic from the motor. In such cases were power is to be isolated longer than one month, temporary 240v (or specified voltage) must be run to the point of termination at the motor.

For all other inquiries regarding storage and/or idling, please see the following Quad Plus Motor Storage Instructions.
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Why do I need special cables for VFDs

Choosing the right cable for your variable frequency drive is critical to the operation of your system and avoiding costly downtime. To better understand why special cables are necessary, we’ll take a look at both the immediate and long-term impact that improper cables and configurations can have on your equipment along with ways to minimize problems.

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Corporate Social Responsibility - Quad Plus UK

In the United Kingdom, Corporate Social Responsible takes many forms ranging from supporting charitable causes to helping out the next generation of young people to improve their future work prospects. Quad Plus is proud to have received the “Greater Manchester – Chamber of Commerce” Social Value Award for 2019. Ian Trow, our United Kingdom business lead, received the Social Value Award from Lucy Mulligan - Head of Patron Development. The recognition is for the hard work that Ian has donated towards a good cause that benefits the wider community of Greater Manchester.

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March Madness Free Throw Competition Winner 2019

The 2019 March Madness free-throw contest was hosted in the inclement weather of Joliet, IL. The Siberian wind howled as the players battled to make uncontested shots!!! When the dust settled, Ubaldo Perez had won the 2019 March Madness free-throw contest. Ubaldo was in town from our Houston office and graciously did not gloat or boast even though he laid the smackdown on all of us northerners.

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Robotics and Engineering Competitive Team

The 2018/2019 robot season has begun for the Lincoln-Way Central Fighting Knights! With the help and support of Quad Plus, the team is in the final stage of prep for their first competition this weekend. Frantic robot modifications and program tweaks are keeping team members busy after school and on the weekends. Go Knights!

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SIEMENS K-Frame Rebuild

A complete teardown and rebuild of a SIEMENS MasterDrive K-Frame caused by an improperly placed IGBT within the U phase leading to a dangerous arc-flash event. Our in-house expert Scott, documents the steps that Quad Plus takes to rebuild from this costly issue. Make sure to always have your drives serviced and maintained.

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Medium Voltage Drive Topology Primer

Recent semiconductor technology advances have resulted in an increase of medium voltage drive models on the market. Unlike the low voltage market, these drives offer a variety of power circuit topologies. This video primer reviews the most common topologies available from major vendors, along with key advantages and challenges.

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Siemens Masterdrive Servicing

I have received many notifications about the discontinuation of the Siemens Masterdrive. As an owner of this drive system, this is the type of communication that causes anxiety. Questions such as How am I going to get parts, repairs, and service immediately start swirling in your head. And the biggest question of all is, if I have to remove and replace these drives, how much will it cost, how long will it take, and are their implications to my automation system.

So, what exactly does this notice mean?

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Machine Safety Standards

With so many rules and regulations related to industrial safety, it can be confusing to figure them all out.

To help clear things up, we do our best to explain the ISO 12100:2010, ISO 14121-1:2007, ISO 13849-1:2006 Safety Standards

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