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PLC Upgrade Using the Existing IO Rack

Oct 14, 2020

Are you wondering how to tackle your PLC retrofit project and avoid hours of rewiring?  Here’s a strategy you can use when upgrading from a legacy PLC to the same manufacturer’s latest and greatest CPU. In the video above, we show you how to save substantial time and cost in a PLC upgrade.  Can’t listen?  […]

Project Profile: Adhesive Coating Line Upgrade

Sep 14, 2020
Holland Manufacturing contracted with EDC to upgrade their coating line that applies the adhesive to the reinforced backing for their Reinforced Water Activated Tape. Working with Todd Holland, EDC updated the machine that was developed by his grandfather, Holland’s founder and machine designer in the 1960’s. EDC provided a state of the art drive and [...]

How To: Rockwell Automation Allen-Bradley PLC-5 to ControlLogix Conversion

Jul 17, 2020

Electronic Drives and Controls, a nationwide recognized Rockwell Automation systems integrator showcases a real-life Allen-Bradley PLC-5 to ControlLogix conversion in the video below.  Using this space-saving kit allows the upgrade to exist in the same footprint and with minimal rewiring. Follow along with the directions below. Equipment shown in this tutorial: Conversion base plate I/O […]

Battery Manufacturer Case Study – Siemens S210 Servo Drive

Jun 03, 2020

Not all systems integrators are created equal.  Apart from raw talent within the organization, the industry concentration of the firms varies. Some are good at process control; some specialize in food and beverage and others are adept at creating customized assembly machines, like what may be employed to assemble a ballpoint pen.  While EDC has […]

A Custom Solution for a Food Paper Manufacturer

May 05, 2020

EDC recently worked with a customer that had a desire to increase productivity, automate processes, and cut down on the cost of labor. Let’s take a look at their case study and how EDC was able to help them achieve their goals, stay on the cutting edge of technology, and take their company to the […]

We are a VFD and PLC Critical Services Provider

Mar 31, 2020

Dear valued clients and partners, In light of coronavirus or COVID-19, I am reaching out to reassure you that we qualify as a Critical Services Provider. As such, Electronic Drives and Controls is fully staffed with 12 Service Engineers available 24/7/365 to service your PLC and VFD needs by calling 973-428-0500. Ensuring business vitality is […]

Project Profile: Single Loop Slitter with New Tension Stand

Feb 13, 2020
Click to view gallery of larger pictures. Old Equipment: GE 90-70 PLC with Genius Module Remote IO GE DC Drives   New Equipment: Siemens 1500 PLC Siemens ET-200SP Remote IO Siemens 15"+7" Confortpanel Siemens 6RA80 DC Drive (DCM) Siemens S120 Drives system for tension stand   Reasons for Upgrade Obsolete Hardware Functionality Improvements Upgrade Tension [...]

Our Newly Designed Calendars

Jan 16, 2020

  The 40th edition of our calendar has a new look!  Featuring our fleet of at-the-ready service vehicles and with clearly marked weekends, this year’s calendar will be gracing your office walls with a bit more style as well as function.  You can read about this popular tradition when we gave the story behind the […]

Controls upgrade boosts machine productivity 40%

Nov 12, 2019

In the metals industry, converting lines change the size and shape of metal alloys strips, including copper. As the product moves through machines, speed must be carefully controlled. Depending on the process, product velocity on one end of the roll of metal can vary considerably from the other end. One recent machine retrofit of machine […]

Reducing Energy Consumption Through VFDs

Aug 06, 2019

If reducing your energy bill wasn’t enough to have you improving efficiency… boy, has the New York City Council lit an environmentally-friendly fire under the building industry’s motivation!  As part of NYC’s recently passed Climate Mobilization Act, large commercial buildings will be required to cut emissions 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, with expensive […]

A Drive Service Call We Planned for During The Reagan Administration

Jul 18, 2019

Earlier this year, we received a service request that was both unusual and came about completely by design. The call was coming from over 1,000 miles away from our New Jersey facility – in Florida.  The customer had a custom drive that we had built over 30 years ago – and it was still in […]

EDC Service Spotlight: Eric Dillard

Jun 17, 2019

EDC Service Specialist Eric Dillard is a third generation Dillard working in the family business helping to keep his grandfather’s legacy alive and thriving 50 years after it all started! Eric loves his work with the family business as he noted, “There’s nothing better than seeing your Grandma at work!” A day at work in the life of Eric Dillard is anything but typical; it’s […]

A Custom HVAC Vibration Safety Solution for a Large Commercial Property

May 28, 2019

EDC has worked with many high-profile buildings in NYC for decades and has the necessary security clearances to access sensitive facilities.  This is a case study of one client with whom we worked to create a custom solution to a potentially very dangerous problem. Problem: A prominent commercial property in NYC was periodically experiencing severe […]

Things to Consider When Selecting a Systems Integrator

May 14, 2019

Are you asking enough of the right questions when choosing a systems integrator to modify your critical systems? Simply asking whether someone is familiar with the hardware and software is not enough. Do they know my application? Is there a production schedule to assure on-time delivery? Is the software robust? Do they have complete control […]

EDC Supports Local Charities Through Golf Tournament

May 03, 2019

  Electronic Drives and Controls is a sponsor of the first annual golf tournament held by American Legion Post 86 in Newton, NJ.  The company is sponsoring hole competitions for most accurate drive, closest to the pin, and longest drive in the tournament. On Friday, May 10, 2019, the tournament will be held at the […]

Need an Expert on Control Techniques, Emerson or Nidec Drives and Motors? EDC is Your Go-to-Resource!

Apr 23, 2019

EDC believes in investing in continuing professional development; keeping employees educated with the latest VFD and automation technology advances of the more than 40 brands we service and are factory trained and/or authorized on is a top priority. We appreciate the dedication and commitment our employees show in upholding our high standards. Our EDC service […]

EDC Systems Spotlight: Shawn Leichliter

Mar 18, 2019

Meet Shawn Leichliter, EDC Systems group’s dedicated engineering manager.  Shawn has been an integral part of the EDC team for a decade and a half; celebrating his 15-year anniversary with the company in May 2019.  Chosen for the spotlight by the executive team, Shawn is described as an intelligent, logical, and hard-working employee who puts […]

Controls System Upgrade Reduces Waste, Saving Thousands of Dollars in Revenue for Potato Chip Manufacturer

Mar 13, 2019

In this blog post we are sharing how a manufacturer of premium potato chips resolved an unacceptable amount of food waste in the manufacturing process. A premium potato chip manufacturing company had grown substantially since the company opened nearly 3 decades ago., As the company grew its product line and volume, its founding passion for […]

An Annealing Upgrade Cuts Waste and Improves Quality for Wire Manufacturer

Mar 11, 2019

A high-end wire and cable manufacturer in Connecticut had several older Syncro wire drawing lines with continuous-resistance annealing.  Some of the lines had a fixed voltage process consisting of a contactor, transformer, and manually-set voltage taps while others had variable voltage supplies.  With fixed voltage, the annealing process cannot begin until the line is at […]

EDC Repairs “Unfixable” Elevator VFD, Saving Customer 90%

Jan 04, 2019

  For facility managers, an elevator being down is always an annoying issue to deal with. But when that elevator is one of just two in a major pharmaceutical headquarters’ 6-story parking garage serving multiple office buildings, the inconvenience for facility occupants’ commute exasperates the annoyance exponentially. This is exactly the situation Ken Prokop, facility […]

Popularity Soars for Annual EDC Wall Calendar, 38th Edition Coming Soon

Dec 14, 2018

Dane Radford, son of an EDC employee, was recently at the bus transfer station in Secaucus, NJ, and on the wall in the back of the ticket office was a 2018 EDC wall calendar. “I asked the ticket agent where the calendar came from, because EDC doesn’t work with New Jersey Transit at this location,” […]

EDC Welcomes Tom Frangieh and Anthony Fasolo

Nov 02, 2018

Our team is growing!  We would like to introduce a couple of new faces you will be seeing on the Systems Team at Electronic Drives and Controls (EDC). “We are very excited to have Tom Frangieh and Anthony Fasolo join the EDC team, both bring unique talents and skillsets which will help our team meet […]

Spare Equipment Needs Maintenance Too

Aug 29, 2018

Failure to maintain spare equipment can cost you money and downtime, as well as being a safety issue. Blog post by Scott Sullivan, electrical engineer at Electronic Drives and Controls who specializes in on-site field service of AC drives. Nobody likes downtime. In industry, you lose money every minute that product isn’t going through a […]

A NYC Building with No A/C in the Middle of a Summertime Heat Wave!

Aug 09, 2018

On June 13th 2018 EDC received a worried call from Jack Resnick + Sons’ Chief Engineer Scott Stefanski, with a problem on the company’s property, One Seaport Plaza in New York City. Scott had discovered that the drive powering the building’s lobby air conditioning had gotten wet and was destroyed. As the heat in the […]

Behind the Scenes of EDC Emergency Services with Service Manager, Gregg Martin and Service Coordinator, Sal Zannino

Jul 26, 2018

Ever have a damaged VFD, PLC, or HVAC affect your business’ operations? Ever experience costly downtime due to equipment failure? Ever have this happen on Christmas Eve during the night shift in the middle of a snowstorm? We know this feeling. We understand the detrimental impact any of these situations could cause to the operations […]

When the Problem Isn’t the Motor, It Doesn’t Mean It’s the Drive

Jul 11, 2018

Blog post by Scott Sullivan, electrical engineer at Electronic Drives and Controls who specializes in on-site field service of AC drives. Recently, I was called in to troubleshoot a customer’s air handler drive. This particular unit was blowing fuses on its input from the main line. The customer’s in-house electrician correctly determined that something was […]

Film Coating Line Downtime Resolved with EDC’s Successful Drives & Controls Upgrade Using Rockwell Automation Products

Jun 26, 2018

Manufacturers across the country are faced with the challenges of costly downtime related toaging equipment with obsolete drives and control systems. At some point, trying to patch and repair outdated systems becomes unrealistic. The good news is that investing in new advanced drive and control system technology can breathe new life into your equipment and […]

Traverse Spool Winder Mechanical and Control System Upgrade Results in 40% Productivity Gain

May 09, 2018

A customer who is a premier manufacturer in the metals industry came to us hoping to increase productivity and decrease downtime.  The company markets strips made of innovative copper alloys, serving the electronics industry and other demanding markets that require the highest quality copper-based alloy strip available. This customer was experiencing downtime with its multi-strip […]

Top 4 Reasons to Implement a Control System Preventive Maintenance Program

Mar 22, 2018

What is Preventive Maintenance? Preventive Maintenance (PM) is a program designed to maintain optimal function of your control systems (Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), PLCs, etc.) in real time while also preventing deterioration and failure in the future. With regularly scheduled maintenance, PM allows users to realize the greatest return on their investment. How does Preventive […]

BOMA NY Members Wowed by One World Trade Center

Feb 27, 2018

Last month, the Building Owners Management Association (BOMA) of New York hosted their first off-site Brunch N’ Learn at One World Trade Center, highlighting the latest technology in vertical transportation from ThyssenKrupp Elevator. Electronic Drives and Controls, Inc. (EDC) has been a BOMA, NY member for 11 years.  EDC’s Deborah Deluca, Vice President, serves as […]