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Farm Technology at the WPS Farm Show

In this video, we take you to the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Farm Show on the EAA grounds in Oshkosh, WI. Here we talk with a handful of companies regarding farm technology and how data is being used to yield better returns by minimizing expenses and maximizing efficiency.

American Rotary phase converters are built for the demands of agricultural equipment and applications from grain dryers to pivot irrigation systems.  Often, farms are located in areas which do not have access to the 3-phase power grid.  Paying the power company to bring 3-phase power onsite is expensive, and often cost-prohibitive.  American Rotary phase converters provide reliable and cost-effective phase conversion for any agricultural setting.

How to Get Affordable Three-Phase Power on Your Farm

Look for a Rotary Phase Converter with These Three Fundamentals

Most farms lack access to the three-phase power grid, and paying the power company to bring three-phase power onsite is expensive.

However, there is a cost-effective way to gain three-phase power for irrigation pumps and tower pivots, hullers and balers, grain dryers, and any other heavy-duty agricultural equipment your operation requires. A phase converter can give you the precise power you need while keeping your costs low.

So, what makes a good rotary phase converter? The right solution should provide these three advantages:

1. Durability to Withstand Extreme Conditions
2. Voltage Balance
3. Automated and Wireless Control Options

1. Durability to Withstand Extreme Conditions

As with all your equipment, you need your phase converter to handle the rugged physical conditions, swings in temperature, etc. on your farm. A few things to look for in a durable phase converter include:

— The ability to withstand temperatures ranging from -50 to 120 degrees
— The ability to tolerate rain and snow
— The ability to combat wind and dust
— Fully enclosed housing with rodent screens
— Heavy-duty mounting capability

2. Voltage Balance

It’s important to look for a phase converter that has variable impedance technology built directly into the idler/generator. This will drastically reduce inrush (starting) current for reliable starts, every time, with no voltage drop.

Unfortunately, many phase converter manufacturers claim that they have such technology, when they instead use a regular stock motor, rewire it for low voltage and cut off the exposed rotating shaft, which is also a huge safety hazard. If you’re not sure whether a particular phase converter actually provides variable impedance, feel free to contact us.

Additionally, a phase converter should be rated to run single or multiple motor loads. This capacity is only limited by the single-phase current available. By selecting a converter with precision balanced from a “no-load” condition, you can easily run a small motor together with larger ones using the same phase converter. More importantly, it should also be able to operate with no load engaged for an indefinite period, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your converter while your equipment loads are not operating.

3. Automated and Wireless Control Options

When you’re running a physically demanding business like a farm, you don’t have time to waste. Having to constantly start-up or check the performance of your machinery throughout the day can really drag down your operation.

Options to add wireless remote starters and SDDO (Start Delay, Delay Off) timers can alleviate these issues regarding your phase converter. A long-range radio frequency remote starter can allow you to simply start your phase converter without having to go out to the converter itself, wherever it may be on your land. An SDDO timer lets you take the convenience a step further, automating when your machines turn on and off — a feature that can be valuable with a pivot irrigation system, for example.

With these three key attributes in mind, you have a good head start toward finding a rotary phase converter that best suits the demand of your equipment and output on the farm. But if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

In the meantime, here’s an example of how a 30-acre pickle farm in Indiana is running their entire irrigation system with the help of rotary phase converters.

Young Farmers at the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show

While down at the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show, it was clear that farming and agriculture is becoming more of a technology-based industry. In this video we speak with some future farmers of America to see what drew them to the show, as well as talk with some seasoned industry veterans to see what bits of advice they had to offer young farmers looking to make a career in farming and agriculture.

American Rotary phase converters are built for the demands of agricultural equipment and applications.  Often, farms are located in areas which do not have access to the 3-phase power grid.  Paying the power company to bring 3-phase power onsite is expensive, and often cost-prohibitive.  American Rotary phase converters provide reliable and cost-effective phase conversion for any agricultural setting.

Chief Industries at NFMS 2016 with American Rotary Phase Converters

In this video, we speak with Chief Industries at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Chief Industries is a 3rd generation, family owned business who prides itself on providing the best product possible for farmers to maximize their profit when it comes to grain storage and handling from harvest to end use.

American Rotary phase converters are built for the demands of agricultural equipment and applications from grain dryers to pivot irrigation systems.  Often, farms are located in areas which do not have access to the 3-phase power grid.  Paying the power company to bring 3-phase power onsite is expensive, and often cost-prohibitive.  American Rotary phase converters provide reliable and cost-effective phase conversion for any agricultural setting.

Drones For Farming: Precision Drone at the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show

This is the first video from our trip to The 2016 National Farm Machinery show. In this video, we talk with Adam from Precision Drone, who provide a turnkey software solution to help farmers optimize their production. Unlike many other solutions out there, customers own 100% of the data with the purchase of their drone.

This is really helpful technology that will be of incredible use from now going forward for those farmers looking to increase their yield each year. Take a look for yourself…

Whether it’s water damage, insects, feeding, or nitrogen deficiencies, by utilizing their system, farmers can easily upload the maps to their own management systems to begin to collect data that can help them locate and implement prevention plans where their field may not be producing as they should. As a result, farmers can optimize production better than they could in the past.

Industrial PAD Mount Phase Converter For Farm Irrigation

A while back Chris and Jacob from our team went out to a Customer’s Pickle Farm to oversee a 150hp AI PAD Mount Phase Converter system. The system was put in place to power the farm’s irrigation system just in time for spring.

This video is just a glimpse into how three phase power can offer unique benefits to the many systems of operating a farm. Additionally, the farm owner offers his first hand experience and explanation for using a phase converter over other alternatives.

From tower pivots to grain dryers, balers and much more, many farmers have relied on the quality and satisfaction they get from using an American Rotary phase converter over and over again.

For more information on how we can help you with your agricultural-related needs click here. And as always, we are also available 24/7 by phone at 1.888.743.6832.

Low Cost 3 Phase Power

Low-Cost 3-Phase Power

by Farm Show Magazine

Gentec American Rotary’s phase converters supply 3-phase power without 3-phase service or cost. Motors wired for 3-phase power, run smoother, draw less power and last longer than single-phase motors, but retrofitting 3-phase service is costly.

“A primary benefit of our converters is that we use VIT generators instead of a 3-phase motor,” says Chris Feavel, Gentec American Rotary. “We provide a true soft-start application and require only a third the starting power of others. We also use a patented microstart controller that provides precise control and monitors voltage every 50 milliseconds. It offers fail-safe features unavailable with other converters. They prolong the life of the phase converter and the equipment it powers.”

Rotary phase converters can be an economical alternative, whether for a single irrigation pump or one or more 3-phase motors in a shop.

“Our phase converters are often packaged with 3-phase equipment by the manufacturer or as part of an OEM application,” says Feavel. “Irrigation equipment companies may build in a phase converter so the equipment can be used with either single or 3-phase power. We also have customers who simply got great deals on 3-phase equipment.”

Gentec American Rotary offers a wide variety of phase converters from the EZ line for home hobbyists and small businesses to the newly introduced AI industrial line. EZ converters range from $297 for a 1-hp unit to $379 for a 5-hp unit.

“Our new AI industrial line is rain, dust and snow proof,” says Feavel. “It operates in temperatures from minus 50 degrees to 120 degrees. It has dust filters, a sun shield, rodent screens, and comes with automated and wireless control options.”

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Sizes in the AI line range from 3 hp to 300 hp and start at $879. In all lines, final price depends on upgrades and accessories, such as wireless remote start, internal breakers and delay on/delay off timers.

Gentec American Rotary sells only American-made equipment and offers an extensive warranty and 24/7 customer support and sales.
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Source: Farm Show – 2015 – Volume #39, Issue #2, Page #20

Phase Converter w/ Center Pivot Irrigation

In an environment such as agriculture there is often no three-phase power or the cost to run it in can be quite expensive. So what do you do? You have equipment and machinery you need to run to operate your farm. American Rotary Phase Converters digitally controlled analog three-phase power is perfectly suited to run multiple motors that greatly vary in size and run at different times as in the case of a 7 tower center pivot and irrigation pump.

American Rotary phase converters are built for the demands of agricultural equipment and applications from grain dryers to pivot irrigation systems.  Often, farms are located in areas which do not have access to the 3-phase power grid.  Paying the power company to bring 3-phase power onsite is expensive, and often cost-prohibitive.  American Rotary phase converters provide reliable and cost-effective phase conversion for any agricultural setting.