While motor manufactures give their sizing software away, users can only access the particular vendor's products. This company instead sells motor sizing software that returns motor recommendations from a bank of multiple manufacturers. Engineers wishing to evaluate the software can use a
trial version which includes everything but the manufacturers' data. Motion control engineers using VisualSizer input their system characteristics to the software and define a duty cycle, then let the program churn out appropriate motor/drive combinations from as many as 3,600 possible options. To download a trial version, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/4911-515.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.