Seminar Overview

Available in both virtual and in-person, instructor-led formats, this two-day hands-on Variable Frequency Drives course introduces the student to the world of variable frequency drives and their applications in industrial plants and commercial buildings. Students will learn how to improve VFD control and efficiency, troubleshoot and fix VFDs, reduce equipment downtime, and eliminate chronic VFD problems. Students will perform hands-on activities with a real-life variable frequency drive. Students will input motor data into the variable frequency drive, set parameters for speed control and overcurrent protection, and check fault codes. Students will complete this VFD training course with the ability to lower the cost of VFD operation, thus alleviating the need for hiring costly outside service contractors, all while establishing a culture of safe work practices among employees.

This 2-day seminar is just $1,195. 

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What is Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT)?

Onsite and offsite instruction are not the only options for variable frequency drive training. Online courses provide equally effective instruction. Known as VILT, or Virtual Instructor-Led Training, such courses are taught in a live audiovisual classroom with 100% instructor interaction. An internet connection, microphone, and webcam are all you need to take part in live virtual variable frequency drive training. You can join the session from anywhere, including your workspace or the comfort of your open home. 

Practical, hands-on experience with variable frequency drives helps you retain learned skills. VILT may include simulation training, in which you interact with variable frequency drives in an immersive virtual environment. Hands-on interaction with VFDs in simulation training allows you to see firsthand how different processes work while providing you with practical experience you can apply on the job immediately.

Visit our Virtual Instructor-Led Training page to learn more about the benefits of VILT.

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Day One - Discussion Topics

VFD Safety Review

  • Electrical Hazards
  • Establishing an Electrically Safe Work Condition
  • Personal Protective Equipment & Insulated Tools

Electrical Basics Review

  • Multimeter, Clamp-On, Megohmmeter
  • Single Phase and Three Phase Motors
  • Motor Troubleshooting and Replacement
  • Basic Control Circuits & Troubleshooting

What VFDs Do

  • Motion Control / Motor Speed
  • Air Flow / Liquid Flow / Pressure Control
  • Eliminates the need for: 
    • Variable Transmission or Sheave
    • Variable Vanes or Dampers on Fans
    • Variable Valves on Pumps

Benefits of Using a VFD

  • Energy Savings
  • Easier Maintenance
  • Enhanced System Monitoring

Load Types

  • Constant Torque – Conveyors, Positive Displacement Pumps, Superchargers
  • Variable Torque – Centrifugal Fans or Pumps, Saws, Routers, Planers

VFD Options

  • Bypass – Two or Three Contactor Style, Disconnect Switch Style, Soft Starter
  • Fusing – VFD or Bypass Protection
  • Input / Output Reactors
  • Motor Overload Device
  • Transient Protection
  • Auxiliary Relays
  • Power Line Phase Reversal Detection

Day Two - Discussion Topics

Installation of a VFD

  • Environmental Concerns
  • Clearances
  • Conduit Entry

Customer Connections

  • Safety Circuit
  • Start / Stop
  • Jog
  • Status Indication
  • Fault Indication
  • Remote Speed Reference
  • Monitoring of Motor Parameters

Wiring & Grounding VFDs

  • Induced Signals
  • Inductive, capacitive
  • Incoming Power (line) Wiring
  • Motor (load) Wiring
  • Control Wiring
  • Proper Grounding Methods

Controlling a VFD

  • Keypad Controls
  • Terminal Strip Control – Automatic, Manual
  • Bus Communication Control
  • Open Loop Control
  • Manual Operation
  • Automatic Operation
  • Sensorless Flux Vector
  • Closed Loop Control
  • PI Loop Configuration
  • Sensor or Transducer Feedback
  • Motor Shaft Encoder Feedback

VFD Setup, Programming, & Troubleshooting

  • Language & Display
  • Control Modes
  • Open Loop, Closed Loop
  • Motor Data
  • Power (kW) and RPM
  • Voltage, FLA Current
  • Service Factor, Power Factor
  • References & Limits
  • Motor Speeds – Min, Max and Preset
  • Ramp Times
  • Speed Reference
  • Skip Frequencies
  • Limits for Alarms or Faults
  • Inputs / Outputs – Analog, Digital, and Relay
  • Application Functions
  • Reset
  • Flying Start
  • Sleep Mode
  • Switching Frequency
  • No Load
  • Phase Loss
  • Closed Loop Functions
  • Normal / Inverse
  • Anti Windup
  • Start-up Frequency
  • Lowpass Filter


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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Upon completion of this seminar, the student will receive a certification of completion with 8 classroom hours (.8 TPC Training CEUs) per day attended. Visit our continuing education units page to determine if this class is accepted by  your state licensing agency.

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