Motors & Drives, A New Book From ABB Training Instructor Dave Polka |

Motors & Drives, A New Book From ABB Training Instructor Dave Polka

Motors & Drives, A New Book From ABB Training Instructor Dave Polka
NEW BERLIN, Wis., 2003 . . . Dave Polka, manager of ABB University - Drives Training, ABB Inc., Automation Technologies, Drives and Motors, New Berlin, Wisconsin, has authored Motors & Drives: A Practical

Technology Guide.
The book, published by ISA (Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society), introduces engineering concepts of motors and drives in a way that can be easily understood by both engineers unfamiliar with the technology, and technicians who are technically literate but not accustomed to complex theory and mathematics. It features simple explanations, summaries, review questions, glossaries, and reference tables for formulas and conversions.

Publication of such technical information by an ABB author/instructor adds a little of appeal, when you source training and expertise, note ABB training customers such as Texas State Technical Colleges, which use the book as part of their curriculum.

Motors & Drives begins with an explanation of the principles of DC and variable frequency AC drive technology, and provides an overview of drive components and types of drives, with special emphasis given to common motion control applications for each. The text goes on to cover DC and AC motor and drive operation, step motors, AC vector motors, brushless servo motors, linear stepper and linear servo motors, and drive innovations such as vector drives, PWM stepper and servo drives. Feedback devices such as tachometers, resolvers, and encoders are also addressed. Later chapters cover drive systems control methods and the maintenance and troubleshooting of drive systems.

“It’s great to be through the project and see this in print,” said Polka. Early reception to the book, he noted, has been “very satisfying.”

The book is available both through the ISA at 919-549-8411, via customers service. Online, order the book via at:

ABB Inc., Automation Technologies, Drives and Motors, is the world's largest manufacturer of electric motors and drives. In the USA, an integrated channel of sales representatives, distributors, and system integrators allow ABB, New Berlin, Wisconsin, to supply a complete line of energy-efficient electric drives, motors and engineered drive systems to a wide range of industrial and commercial customers. Products manufactured include AC and DC variable speed drives for electric motors from 1/8th through 135,000 HP, large AC machines and drives, medium-voltage drives, power electronics and rectifier systems, AC & DC motors, and application-specific drive system solutions to meet diverse customer needs (

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 133,000 people. The company's U.S. operations employ about 10,000 in manufacturing and other facilities in 40 states.
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