Rotary phase converters are most commonly used in commercial, industrial, and residential settings to power three phase equipment when utility 3-phase power is either too costly or not available. Rotary phase converters convert single-phase power into balanced three-phase power. Rotary phase converters are a very cost-effective way to power three-phase CNC equipment, and they come with simple and easy to use installation manuals. Rotary phase converters are rated using the maximum horsepower that they can handle. Due to the consistent voltage balance, the electric motor will operate at or near its full horsepower capacity. The output is custom balanced to meet the requirements of CNC equipment as well as other loads.
A rotary phase converter, by itself, is in an idle state and draws only the amount needed to keep it energized. This is only a few kilowatts and in some cases is less than a kilowatt. Your true electrical consumption is based on what the load draws. The rotary phase converter is merely a device electricity passes through on its way to your load.
Yes, however, a transformer is also needed. A rotary phase converter produces a three phase voltage identical to its input voltage. For example, if your input is 240 volts single phase, then your output is 240 volts three phase. The rotary converter does not change voltages. In this case, a step up 3 phase transformer (240 volt to 480 volt) is needed after the phase converter.
An America Rotary phase converter is very dependable and maintenance free. Bearing grease may occasionally be needed.
Your single phase service required is dependent on the loads connected after the phase converter. America Rotary phase converters will run on a range of input amperage. As a general rule, determine your 3 phase load amps and double for your single phase feeder amps.
Generally speaking, you will need wire, conduit, connectors and a single phase power source, such as a circuit breaker or disconnect switch. More materials may be needed depending on how elaborate your output connection is between the load and phase converter. American Rotary offers a full line of electrical components to make your installation easy, professional, and safe.
CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. CNC equipment has a computer that can be programmed to run the operation of the machine. Computer operated machines are generally very voltage sensitive. The American Rotary Smart Series Rotary Phase Converter has +/-5% voltage balance to run these types of machines.
Absolutely not, provided the rotary phase converter is sized correctly. Our Micro-Smart controller generates a balanced three phase output allowing your equipment to furnish full rated power.
Most utility companies will recommend the use of a rotary phase converter. In fact, it is much more cost favorable compared to installing 3-phase power lines. With the American Rotary/Baldor induction generator and American Rotary's Variable Impedence Technology (VIT), utility companies prefer the American Rotary converter because it use 1/3 of the current at start up compared to other phase converters.
The truthful answer is no!” The only organizations we are aware of and adhere to are UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and the N.E.C.(National Electric Code) Article 455. These are the organizations and standards that America Phase Converters follows.
In this video, we show the basic installation techniques of the American Rotary Phase Converter Panel. The idea is to show how easy it is to install, and also to provide a video reference for our customers. The video is just under 4 minutes long.
Don Carlton, Chief Operations Officer / Florida Marine
So far so good. I had a unit that had been pieced together, was a pain to start, and noisy when it was running. I replaced it with the 5HP unit and could not be happier. I mounted the control box, wired it all in, and turned it on. I actually had to turn a fan off to hear the unit running because it was so quiet. I have only used it for about 45 minutes total run time but the ease of starting and quietness of operation are very much appreciated.