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Thu, Sept 26


The Carriage House Inn

Course 3 - Electric Motors and VFDs

This course will cover AC electric induction motor design and applications, as well as the applications of VFDs.

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Course 3 - Electric Motors and VFDs

Time & Location

Sept 26, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail, Calgary, AB T2H 0M4, Canada

About The Event


This course will cover AC electric induction motor design and applications, as well as the applications of VFDs.

Course Outline:


  • Motor Basic Types​
  • Common motor types used in pumping industry - squirrel cage induction motor
  • Basic principle of operation
  • Motor contruction/testing and operation as applicable to pumping industry
  • Basic introduction to common industry standards
  • When to select IEEE-841, API-547, or API-541
  • Vibration issues in motors
  • Most common problem areas with examples - as applicable to the pumping industry

Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

  • VFD basics - system architecture, introduce terminology​
  • Why is a VFD required?
  • Typical benefits
  • Pump application considerations - includes process control aspects, energy savings, and advantages of VFDs in process control
  • Mechanical effects of VFD on pump motor train
  • Installation/selection considerations as applicable to the pumping industry
  • Size/speed limitations​ for VFD application
  • Industry standards applicable to VFD
  • Challenges and gaps in the standards
  • When to use VFDs vs when it is not economical?
  • Common problem areas with case studies (Reliability aspects of VFDs in the pumping industry)


Jochem Kamstra

Business Development Manager Large Motors & Drives, Siemens Canada

Jochem Kamstra is a Mechanical Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in manufacturing from the Saxion University in The Netherlands and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Thermofluid Dynamics from the Osnabrueck University of Applied Sciences in Germany. 

Jochem started his career with Ingersoll Rand in 2002 and joined Siemens in 2008 as an application engineer. Jochem has extensive application engineering knowledge of motors and drives, most recently as a business development manager responsible for supporting customers across Canada for their motor and drives requirements.

Jochem’s focus over the years has been application support in the Process Industries with the main focus on Oil & Gas, Mining and Pulp & Paper.

Patrick Robinson

Senior Partner, Altelec Technical Services

​Patrick Robinson is senior partner in Altelec Technical services. Patrick graduated with honors as a mature student from NAIT in Edmonton in 1995, in Electrical Engineering Technology. Patrick started working with Altelec the next day and has worked in the field of motor control and protection in the intervening 24 years. Patrick has presented to the IEEE and other forums many times including participating in technical papers, and is involved in design considerations of VFDs with Siemens.

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