An Inside Look At Our New Motor Control Components Module

An Inside Look At Our New Motor Control Components Module

 

It is hard to imagine an industrial building or factory of any type that does not have motors operating various functions – from conveyor belts to lifts, cranes, and garage doors. One of the most ubiquitous motors is the 3-phase squirrel cage motor. Working with and troubleshooting motors is an incredibly common task in any plant or factory. That is why at Simutech, troubleshooting motor controls is part of our core learning modules.

Motors bring added complexity to troubleshooting. For example, how a 3-phase motor is wired, and how load affects a motor introduces a new level of complexity to the troubleshooting process. So does the fact that current is now an added consideration when troubleshooting.

Our approach to troubleshooting motors allows the learner to explore all topics related to motor operations and troubleshooting in a virtual lab environment, and proceed to practice what they learned in a troubleshooting simulation where several faults are introduced to a garage door setting.

The Motor Control Components Learning Lab is a comprehensive overview of 3-phase motors, how they operate, and how they are wired, and it teaches the learner how to approach problems related to 3-phase motors.

 

Simutech Motor Control Components Module

 

The learning lab has five main sections. In the first four sections, the learner is provided with the learning along with practice exercises required to operate and troubleshoot motors. In the last section, the learner is given hands-on experience by interacting with motors in a virtual setting.

 

Windings and Resistance

 

In the first section, time is spent understanding the difference between Wye and Delta configuration and learning how to measure winding resistance. This is achieved using video, images and virtual interactive workbenches.

 

LLMCC - Workbenches

 

The workbenches are used in several exercises and allow the user to interact with the components, take measurements using a virtual meter, read schematics, adjust and change components as needed. The virtual benches allow the learner to apply load to a motor and observe the impact, take amperage measurements, observe how contactors and overloads behave, etc.

 

LLMCC - Workbench 1

LLMCC - Workbench 2

 

The lab also allows a user to understand how current and motor behaviour are related. For example, the learner is shown and is able to measure inrush current and compare that to running current using their virtual multimeter.

 

Simutech Motor Control Components Module

Motor Behavior

 

Load plays a major part in the performance of a motor. We dedicate a section in our learning to understand how load impacts motors and components that interact with it. The learner is introduced to Overloads and Contactors in this section. The learner is also taught how to read schematics and wiring diagrams related to motor operations.

 

Simutech Motor Control Components - Hallway

LLMCC - Diagram

 

In the final section, the learner is shown the typical issues related to motor failures, from mechanical issues to opens, shorts, malfunctions circuits, and more. This section provides a lot of interactivity with the virtual workbenches and by the end of it, the learner show has all the tools needed to troubleshoot motors.

 

Determining Causes of Failure

 

In the next module, our troubleshooting simulation, a learner puts all of these skills to the test by troubleshooting over 40 faults related to motors in our garage door simulation, but more on that soon!

How do you approach troubleshooting 3-phase motors, what are some of the common issues you see and how do you go about fixing them? Let us know at [email protected]

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An Inside Look At Our New Troubleshooting Electrical Circuits Module

An Inside Look At Our New Troubleshooting Electrical Circuits Module

The troubleshooting electrical circuits module is one of the important in our series. It forms the building block for all the modules that follow it. In this module we simulate a simple circuit with push buttons, a relay, and a couple of lightbulbs.

For those familiar with our traditional Troubleshooting Electrical Circuits module, this new web based module seems to be similar, but under the hood there are many new features and updates that make this experience quite different. The main intention of this module is to make sure trainees understand the basic concepts of electrical troubleshooting, and are able to read wire diagrams and schematics, put into practice our 5-step troubleshooting process, and use a hands on approach to learning. Let’s take a deeper look.

Getting started with the troubleshooting electrical circuits module

When you first launch you’ll notice one major change: the troubleshooting electrical circuits module is run right out of your browser. To ensure you get the full experience we created a browser test tool to check if your computer and browser are compatible. After launching, you’ll notice our brand new design and the two ways you can access the software: you can explore the circuit, or start troubleshooting.

Exploring the circuit allows you to first become familiar with the software, the circuit, and understand how it is wired up.

The other way to access the modules is with the Troubleshooting tab. Once you start troubleshooting, you will be given a work order. For those familiar with our existing product, the option to select between Basic, Intermediate, Advanced or Genius level faults has been replaced with our new algorithm that decides which fault to present you with next. The algorithm is based on your history and skill set. If you are an experienced troubleshooter, you will progress fast through the modules. Beginner troubleshooting who need added training will get extra faults to keep them learning.

Once you begin, you will also notice that system is rendered in 3D, which allows for more interactivity with the system and for you to immerse yourself fully in the training.

The system is designed to allow you to navigate to each component and explore them in 3D, orbit around them, and learn about their specifications.

Of course no electrical troubleshooting module is possible without a multimeter and some additional tools. Our system is designed to allow you to take measurements and interpret their results.

For an example, in this fault when I press the push buttons I have voltage to the relay, it has picked up but the light bulbs are not on.

With the aid of my wiring diagrams, I am able to trace the problem to the relay itself and proceed to replace it, in this case and as always, I must follow proper safety and lockout/tagout/verify for dead.

With the circuit locked and safety is verified, I can now change the relay, turn the power back on and confirm that the issue is resolved.

Now that my work is complete, and after putting everything away, on exit, I am provided a score. The new scoring method is slightly different from our existing product. In our new product we present a lot more information for trainees to learn from. The scoring is still based on the same principles: Make sure you are following safety rules, don’t change parts you’re not supposed to, and make sure you are following our systematic approach to troubleshooting.

This module has over 40 faults to learn from and is a fun interactive way to learn the basics of troubleshooting. It is also the building block for learning how to troubleshoot more complex components such as control circuits, motors, PLCs, and more.

If you would like to see this module and others reach out at [email protected], we would love to hear from you!

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Product Update July 2019: a message from Warren Rhude

Product Update July 2019: a message from Warren Rhude

There are some big things planned for the Troubleshooting Industrial Sensors 3D training system! Simutech Multimedia Founder and Chief Product Officer, Warren Rhude, took some time to discuss the recent updates and how they enhance user experience. He also provided some insight into the future plans for the software. 

Some of the updates include improved navigation in the greenhouse and updated environmental controls. With new sounds, there is a more realistic feel to the environment. As well, all components, including wires, can now be replaced. Get a taste of the software with a free demo!

About Simutech Multimedia
Since 1995, Simutech Multimedia has helped over 500 global manufacturing companies and 200 schools onboard electrical maintenance staff, in a safe, software-based environment. Using a proven systematic method, their simulation software has helped these companies hire and train maintenance staff faster—leading to increased safety, lower rates of injury and reduced downtime on the factory floor.

For media inquiries, contact:
Debra Schug
Marketing Communications Manager, Simutech Multimedia
Phone: 312.818.8876
Email: [email protected]

For sales inquiries, contact:
Simutech Multimedia at [email protected]

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Product Updates July 2019

Product Updates July 2019

We’ve told you all about our new 3D simulation training tool, Troubleshooting Industrial Sensors (TIS), but the news is about to get more exciting. We’ve updated the software to make the user experience that much better. Like previous Simutech training modules, the TIS instructional simulation allows users to encounter real-world situations in a controlled and safe environment.

So what’s new? 

  • Improved navigation in the greenhouse
  • Updated environmental controls 
  • Improved wiring 
  • Brand-new sounds 
  • Enhanced right-click menu
  • Message opt-outs 
  • Specifications for all components 
  • Calibrate the light and humidity sensors
  • Ability to replace all components, including wires
  • Adjustable overload settings 
  • Louvers repair functions 
  • Help system implemented
  • Options menu to change screen resolution

Stay tuned for more updates in the upcoming weeks.

Still deciding if this software is the right training tool? The software is designed to help users understand analog inputs, increase troubleshooting efficiency, and decrease downtime all in a safe and fun environment. Get a taste of the software with a free demo!

About Simutech Multimedia
Since 1995, Simutech Multimedia has helped over 500 global manufacturing companies and 200 schools onboard electrical maintenance staff, in a safe, software-based environment. Using a proven systematic method, their simulation software has helped these companies hire and train maintenance staff faster—leading to increased safety, lower rates of injury and reduced downtime on the factory floor.

For media inquiries, contact:
Debra Schug
Marketing Communications Manager, Simutech Multimedia
Phone: 312.818.8876
Email: [email protected]

For sales inquiries, contact:
Simutech Multimedia at [email protected]

Get started with your demo

All-new 3D simulation training for troubleshooting industrial sensors

All-new 3D simulation training for troubleshooting industrial sensors

We are thrilled to officially launch our all-new simulation training tool, Troubleshooting Industrial Sensors (TIS)! Our latest and greatest troubleshooting module features all new graphics built on a 3D platform.

This fully-immersive instructional simulation is designed to teach electrical, manufacturing and maintenance professionals about advanced automation devices. Designed to help equip workers with the skills needed in an increasingly digitally-connected manufacturing environment, the TIS module provides an important tool to close the skills gap and develop the next-generation of manufacturers.  

With over 2.4 million manufacturing jobs going unfilled according to a recent Deloitte study, Simutech Multimedia’s new platform equips manufacturers with the tools and data needed to identify, assess, onboard and train the next generation of skilled labor. The new platform is designed to help bridge the skills gap related to automation, PLCs, sensors and industrial controls.

“This fully-immersive setting allows users to reap the benefits of better retention rates attained by simulation training as well as learn in a realistically-replicated environment they are accustomed to,” says Warren Rhude, CPO of Simutech Multimedia. “The new instructional simulation teaches professionals how to configure and troubleshoot industrial PLC analog inputs, PLCs and associated devices growing more prevalent in the modern production plant.”

Enabled by the 3D training platform, users will be able to explore a typical industrial environment and learn how to anticipate results occurring from changing temperatures, humidity and light.

“It’s becoming clear that AI and VR technology will play a critical role in educating the modern factory worker,” says Simutech Multimedia CEO Samer Forzley. “Our technology has taken a massive leap forward to meet the demands of today’s operations and anticipates the manufacturing training absolutely necessary in the future fully-connected manufacturing world.”

In addition to continuous improvement performance data available to management, future updates of the platform are set to incorporate leading AI technology that would identify the weaknesses and strengths of a user and plan the best route of learning to reach their goals.

Other activities included in the new TIS will include the hands-on ability to take voltage, current and resistance readings to identify problems with sensors, transmitters, wiring and output components.

Although this is the first Simutech Multimedia module to be released in 3D, the company will be building all six of their existing modules on the 3D platform.

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Product Update July 2019: a message from Warren Rhude

Troubleshooting Industrial Sensors module is coming soon!

In his latest video, Simutech Multimedia’s CEO Samer Forzley discusses the all-new Troubleshooting Industrial Sensors module. The latest and greatest simulation-training tool will be available soon, and we know you are going to be blown away by the redesigned, 3D world!

“We already know simulated training is the best way to retain knowledge,” says Forzley. “But this design takes it to the next level because it’s so immersive.”

The realistic look of the components, such as the relays and the contactors, engage the user and enable a much more interactive experience. And this is just the first step in our new look and feel that’s going to transform the way you train!

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