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Get schooled: AC motor basics

In this installment of Automation Zone, understand how AC motors work to figure out which motor and drive will work for you.

By Jeff Payne, AutomationDirect
Jan 9, 2019

Alternating current (AC) motors are widely used in industry, primarily because of their high efficiency and ability to produce constant torque up to rated speed. AC motors have replaced DC motors in many instances and are now the preferred solution for many manufacturing applications, but how exactly is an AC motor able to function as it does? Let’s review that question and consider some common industrial applications of AC motors.

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