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PRESS RELEASE : New Fluke book helps technicians test and diagnose new generation motors and electronic drives

EVERETT, Wash. – Fluke Corporation, the global leader in handheld electronic test and measurement technology, has published a new book to help electricians and plant maintenance technicians test and repair increasingly common electronic motor drive systems.

The 112-page book, “Motor and Drive Troubleshooting: Basic Testing to Advance Diagnostics,” is available from atplearning.com and the iTunes store.  Fluke co-developed the book with American Technical Publishers and the renowned motor drive expert author, Glen A. Mazur.

In the past, most electro-mechanical systems relied on gearing changes, dampers and hydraulics to control output and speed. The simple AC electric motors driving these systems ran at a constant speed. With the introduction of variable frequency electric motor drives, designers can adjust motor speed to meet changes in system demands and save energy. These variable speed drives (VSDs) are energy-efficient and may make it possible to re-engineer an entire system for greater simplicity and cost savings.

However, for the technician who must keep them running, VSDs introduce new challenges. Motor drives generate high frequency square electrical waves that can bounce and radiate and create harmonics, causing problems in a deficient installation.

“Motor and Drive Troubleshooting” demonstrates the measurement techniques and tools needed to troubleshoot motor and variable speed drive systems quickly and safely. Starting with motor and drive fundamentals, the book discusses safety, tools, test measurements, and troubleshooting techniques from the basics — using digital multimeters and clamp meters — to understanding and fixing more challenging problems using such advanced test instruments as Fluke power quality analyzers and the Fluke ScopeMeter® portable digital oscilloscope.

The book covers:
1. Motor and Drive Principles
2. Safety and Test Measurements
3. Troubleshooting Principles
4. Motor and Drive Troubleshooting
5. Documenting Motor and Drive Condition

For More Information

Fluke test instruments are distributed in more than 100 countries. For information on Fluke tools and applications, or to find the location of your nearest distributor, contact Fluke Corporation, P.O. Box 9090, Everett, WA USA 98206, call (800) 44-FLUKE (800-443-5853), fax (425) 446-5116, e-mail fluke-info@fluke.com or visit the Fluke Web site at http://www.fluke.com.

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About American Technical Publishers

Since 1898, ATP has been a leader in quality training material required for securing employment and advancing in the field. Now providing industry with a growing list of print and digital training products, ATP employee-owners take great pride in working with renowned authors and industry leaders to continue a tradition of training material excellence. Information about Motor and Drive Troubleshooting: Basic Testing to Advanced Diagnostics by Glen A. Mazur and other ATP products can be obtained by visiting www.atplearning.com or by calling 1-800-323-3471.

About Fluke

Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke tools deliver the testing and troubleshooting capabilities that are critical to keep commerce and industry running smoothly. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, metrologists and building diagnostic professionals who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes for quality control and building restoration. In the past five years, Fluke tools have won more than 50 industry awards, including EC&M 2011 Platinum Product of the Year Award, Test and Measurement World Best in Test, Control Engineering Engineer’s Choice and Plant Engineering Product of the Year. Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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