Basic motor control technology: essential knowledge for industry workers

Industrial electrification is creating new skill requirements for workers.

A new industry-focused training package provides skills training for workers who work with electric motors.

Motor control systems are critical to the performance and protection of industrial equipment powered by electric motors. Devices like sensors, drives, and PLCs can be used, but basic motor control technologies like switches, relays or contactors are widely used.

Skilled workers are required to install, maintain, and troubleshoot control circuits and their components.

Development of expertise through extensive hands-on experimentation

To support vocational and technical education teachers and students, Festo created a new course aligned to professional skill requirements, along with training equipment for hands-on experimentation. It is most relevant for students in the fields of mechatronics, electrotechnology, industrial maintenance, instrumentation and process control, and more.

The course – available on our digital portal Festo LX or as a workbook – guides students step by step through study and practical experimentation. It addresses the following topics:

• Lockout/tagout procedure

• Symbols and schematics – understanding and implementing

• Troubleshooting components and circuits

• Control and pilot devices

• Protections (breakers, overloads)

• Manual starters

• Two- and three-wire control

• Reversing starters

• Jogging control

• Time-delay relays

• Primary resistors starters

• Star-delta starters

• Motor testing and troubleshooting

Hands-on exercises are performed on the training package TP 1221 Basic Motor Control Technology, available as a modular system to be used in a workstation, or as a portable system housed in a suitcase.

Discover more about this new learning solution

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Franziska Hentschel

Festo Didactic SE