Guide: Soft starters for electric motors
This guide introduces the basic principles of soft starters and highlights the most important benefits of using a soft starter for various types of applications.
The first step toward success is making the right start. When designing an application, it is always worth considering exactly what happens when you start the electric motor. A soft starter provides a better start, avoiding overvoltages and sudden movements. Soft starters also allow applications to perform a soft stop.
Electric soft starters operate by sending voltage through a series of connected semiconductors. During a soft start, these components can be configured to gradually allow an increasing amount of current to pass through. By reversing the process, it is possible to gradually reduce the voltage, which ultimately brings the motor to a soft stop.
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