Higher Education

Electric Motor Control, 10th Edition

  • Stephen Herman Retired, Lee College, Baytown, Texas
  • ISBN-10: 1133702813  |  ISBN-13: 9781133702818
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2003
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $119.25
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Updated with the latest technology, machines, and controls in the industry, ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL, 10E delivers comprehensive coverage and practical insight for anyone who will install, monitor, and/or maintain motor controls. Concise, self-contained units provide ultimate flexibility, making it easy to match content with teaching and learning needs. Units begin by introducing the simplest of equipment and then help readers build upon their knowledge step by step as they learn how to draw and interpret motor control schematic diagrams. Subsequent units offer detailed coverage of motor control components and how they are connected to form complete control circuits, and the text ends with troubleshooting techniques for real-world practice. New for the Tenth Edition, the instructor companion website offers a wealth of online resources.

Features and Benefits

  • Succinct, self-contained units remain a signature feature of this popular text. At about 4-10 pages each, the units are easily matched up with teacher and learner needs-offering instructors optimum flexibility to meet your students' unique needs.
  • A wealth of up-to-date photos, line illustrations, artwork, and schematic diagrams vividly illustrate chapter concepts.
  • Extremely reader friendly, the text provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the voltmeter, ammeter, and ohmmeter when troubleshooting a control circuit.
  • Updated content includes coverage of mercury bulb float switches.
  • The text is popular for its heavy industrial orientation and focus on electromechanical controls.
  • After delivering comprehensive coverage throughout, ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL, 10e concludes with unit 60: Troubleshooting Techniques, which effectively equips readers with real-life tools for real-world practice.

Table of Contents

1. General Principles of Electric Motor Control.
2. Fractional and Integral Horsepower Manual Motor Starters.
3. Magnetic Line Voltage Starters.
4. Symbols.
5. Interpretation and Application of Simple Wiring and Elementary Diagrams.
6. Push Buttons and Control Stations.
7. Relays.
8. Contactors.
9. Timing Relays.
10. Pressure Switches and Regulators.
11. Float Switches.
12. Flow Switches.
13. Limit Switches and Proximity Control.
14. Phase Failure Relays.
15. Solenoid Valves.
16. Temperature Switches.
17. Two-Wire Controls.
18. Three-Wire and Separate Controls.
19. Hand-Off-Automatic Controls.
20. Multiple Push Button Stations.
21. Interlocking Methods for Reversing Control.
22. Sequence Control.
23. Jogging (Inching) Control Circuits.
24. Time-Delay, Low-Voltage Release Relay.
25. The Motor and Starting Methods.
26. Primary Resistor-Type Starters.
27. Autotransformer Starters.
28. Part Winding Motor Starters.
29. Automatic Starters for Star-Delta Motors.
30. AC Solid-State Reduced Voltage Controller.
31. Controllers for Two-Speed, Two-Winding (Separate Winding) Motors.
32. Two-Speed, One-Winding (Consequent Pole) Motor Controller.
33. Four-Speed, Two-Winding (Consequent Pole) Motor Controller.
34. Wound Rotor Motors and Manual Speed Control.
35. Push Button Speed Selection.
36. Automatic Acceleration for Wound Rotor Motors.
37. Automatic Speed Control for Wound Rotor Motors.
38. Solid-State Adjustable Speed Controller for AC Wound Rotor Motors.
39. Synchronous Motor Operation.
40. Push Button Synchronizing.
41. Timed Semiautomatic Synchronizing.
42. Synchronous Automatic Motor Starter.
43. About DC Motors.
44. Use of Reduced Voltage for Starting.
45. Across-the-Line Starting.
46. Compensating and Definite Time Control Starting.
47. Solid-State Adjustable Speed Control.
48. Plugging.
49. Electric Brakes.
50. Dynamic and Regenerative Braking.
51. Electric and Electronic Braking.
52. Direct Drives and Pulley Drives.
53. Gear Motors.
54. Variable-Frequency Mechanical Drives.
55. AC Adjustable Frequency Drives.
56. Magnetic Clutch and Magnetic Drive.
57. DC Variable-Speed Control-Motor Drives.
58. Programmable and Motion Control.
59. Motor Startup and Troubleshooting Basics.
60. Troubleshooting Techniques.

What's New

  • Completely up to date and more comprehensive than ever, the new Tenth Edition includes expanded coverage of push-buttons and selector switches, relays, contactors pressure switches, temperature switches, temperature sensing devices, hand-off-auto switches, and much more.
  • The new edition uses a detailed schematic diagram to more clearly illustrate how a circuit is connected.
  • Updated schematics provide thorough explanations of part winding starting.
  • Coverage of direct current motors has been expanded.
  • Additional discussions of control transformers are now included.
  • Dynamic braking for AC squirrel cage motors is explained in detail.
  • In addition, ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL now includes an instructor companion website that provides a PDF of the IML, PowerPoint slides, an image gallery, and a test bank-all at your fingertips.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Stephen Herman

Stephen L. Herman is a retired electrician and teacher with more than 30 years of experience to his credit. A seasoned author, his reader-friendly textbooks on electricity and mathematics are popular with students and instructors alike. For two decades Mr. Herman was lead instructor for the Electrical Technology Curriculum at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, where he received an Excellence in Education Award from the Halliburton Education Foundation. He also taught at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, N.C., for nine years and helped establish an electrical curriculum for Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, Texas. His additional publications include ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL, ELECTRICITY AND CONTROLS FOR HVAC/R, INDUSTRIAL MOTOR CONTROLS, UNDERSTANDING MOTOR CONTROLS, ELECTRONICS FOR ELECTRICIANS, ELECTRICAL WIRING INDUSTRIAL, ALTERNATING CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, DIRECT CURRENT FUNDAMENTALS, ELECTRICAL STUDIES FOR TRADES, ELECTRICAL PRINCIPLES, ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS AND ROTATING MACHINES, EXPERIMENTS IN ELECTRICITY FOR USE WITH LAB VOLT EQUIPMENT, THE COMPLETE LABORATORY MANUAL FOR ELECTRICITY, and PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN MATHEMATICS FOR ELECTRICIANS.