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#62221 - 02/11/06 12:35 AM 480 or 460 volt secondary ?  
bigrockk  Offline
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The company I work for has ordered a large machine from the USA. Its nameplate nomenclature specifies the voltage as 460 3Ø. Our supply voltage is 600 3Ø
My question is; when ordering the transformer I believe what we require is a 600-volt to 480-volt transformer. Based on the fact that I believe 480 volts is a nominal supply voltage in the US and the 460 specified on the "nameplate" is just taking voltage drop into consideration. Am I right in my way of thinking?

I'm fairly confident that I have this right but another electrician I was speaking with figures if the nameplate specifies 460 volts then I should order the transformer to match that voltage.....and for some reason unbeknownst to me the "boss" does not want to contact the manufacturer with this question.

Appreciate any advice


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#62222 - 02/11/06 12:44 AM Re: 480 or 460 volt secondary ?  
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Normal utitliy voltage is 480 volts. Why not order a motor rated for you voltage supply?


#62223 - 02/11/06 12:56 AM Re: 480 or 460 volt secondary ?  
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Why not order a motor rated for you voltage supply?


Apparently this machine was being used as a demonstrator at trade shows so unfortunately we have to take it as is.


#62224 - 02/11/06 01:01 AM Re: 480 or 460 volt secondary ?  
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I always see motors with ratings of 110/220 volts on the talley plate.

They are hooked up to 120V or 240V.


I don't think that hooking up the 460V motor to 480V is going to be a problem.


#62225 - 02/11/06 01:08 AM Re: 480 or 460 volt secondary ?  
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I don't think that hooking up the 460V motor to 480V is going to be a problem.


This machine is alot more than just a motor, it consists of many motors,brakes,PLC's,control transformers etc.

Thanks for the replys!


#62226 - 02/11/06 07:07 AM Re: 480 or 460 volt secondary ?  
iwire  Offline
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You are correct 480 is one of the US nominal supply voltages.

I would order a 480 transformer without a second thought.


Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
Massachusetts

#62227 - 02/11/06 08:09 AM Re: 480 or 460 volt secondary ?  
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Your within a 5% voltage difference so you definitely have no worries Some machines can start have issues above 10%.Our plants 600v system is at 640v and we have never had any problems.We did call the POCO and found they had run out of taps when we opened the kiosk.All plc's.drives and motors should be happy as long as your within 10%.The machines manual will probably recommend a 5% variance in voltage.Many Canadian built machines get sent to the U.S for the Big Three wired just as you describe.
cheers



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#62228 - 02/11/06 09:54 AM Re: 480 or 460 volt secondary ?  
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"Our plants 600v system is at 640v and we have never had any problems.We did call the POCO and found they had run out of taps when we opened the kiosk"

Here's a possible problem.

As you know, most devices can "tolerate" plus or minus 10%. And the 460 to 480 is within that (approx. 4%).
But as you noted, what voltage are you actually getting?

We supply nominal 480 volt systems too. But if you are close to one of our substations, where we are allowed to boost the voltage by 5% to compensate for line loss, we are actually supplying closer to 504 volts.

If your utility is giving you 640 instead of 600 volts, you already have about a 6% higher voltage than nominal. Add that to the 4% that your transformer is off and you are pushing your luck.

If nothing else, when you buy your 600/480 volt transformer, see if you can get one with taps so you have a few options.


#62229 - 02/11/06 10:42 AM Re: 480 or 460 volt secondary ?  
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While I'm at it I thought I would throw another question out there. The machine draws 60 amps, so is a 50KVA Xformer large enough or do you add a "safety factor", and if so how much?
Thanks again guys for the replies.


#62230 - 02/11/06 11:34 AM Re: 480 or 460 volt secondary ?  
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In Canada and the US motor voltages are always listed differently than the nominal supply voltages from generators and utilities. General purpose transformers also are rated with the nominal supply voltage while dedicated motor/drive isolation transformer are rated with the utilization voltage.

I have never heard a good reason why this difference exists. I do not agree with the idea that it has to do with voltage drop. I just take it as fact and get on with my life. (There is also another rating quirk, in that heating equipment is often rated for higher than nominal voltages)


Supply - Utilization (always 4.17% lower)
120 - 115
208 - 200
240 - 230
480 - 460
600 - 575


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