Phase Converters
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Rotary Phase Converters We accept Visa credit cards for up to $25,000.We accept Mastercard for up to $25,000.American Express accepted here
We sell the Phase-A-Matic rotary phase converters because of their reliability. Made in USA.
We also sell the Phase Perfect brand of digital phase converters that seem to work better with lathes and CNC controlled machinery. Made in USA.
These converters with change your 220 volt 1 phase electricity into 220 volt 3 phase current.
When using a rotary phase converter we recommend choosing one with at least twice the capacity of the largest HP motor you will connect to it.
We do not sell Static Converters because they do not provide reliable enough 3 phase power.

Choosing the size rotary phase converter:
TYPE 1 Load: May be used up to the HP rating of the converter.* For instant reversing (as for rigid tapping), size according to TYPE 3 LOADS *Many restrictions apply. Most applications require sizing the converter at least 50% larger (see all load types).
TYPE 2 Load: These include domestic & European lathes without a clutch, some pumps, wheel balancers, paper cutters, flywheel driven equipment, air conditioners, blowers, woodworking band saws, dough mixers, meat grinders, motors rated below 1000 RPM, etc. Use a converter with HP rating of at least 50% larger than HP of the motor.
TYPE 3 Load: These include Design "E" motors, Taiwanese, Chinese, Brazilian, Mexican motors, or pumps starting under load, etc. Use a converter with at least twice the HP rating of the motor.

When using a phase converter for a lathe you may not get the top speeds especially lathes 7.5 HP or larger, so we recommend a digital phase converter for larger lathes. When using CNC machines, there can be problems with the controllers so we recommend a digital phase converter. Since Digital phase converters can be used close to their maximum HP rating they are not as expensive as they seem. A 10 HP Phase Perfect digital phase converter can handle a 7.5 HP machine and is only a little more expensive than than the 15 HP rotary you could need for 7.5 HP.

Below are prices of Phase-A-Matic rotary phase converters:

220 Volt
models
HorsePower
PRICE
Shipping
Weight
Shipping
Dimensions
Photo of Phase A Matic Rotary Phase Convertor.
R-1
1
$495.00
33 lbs.
15x10x10"
R-2
2
$595.00
41 lbs.
15x10x10"
R-3
3
$695.00
62 lbs.
19x12x13"
R-5
5
$895.00
70 lbs.
19x12x13"
R-7
7.5
$1195.00
106 lbs.
16x16x16"
R-10
10
$1595.00
125 lbs.
16x16x16"
R-15
15
$2195.00
208 lbs.
31x24x21"
R-20
20
$2595.00
240 lbs.
31x24x21"
R-25
25
$3095.00
296 lbs.
31x24x21"
R-30
30
$3595.00
320 lbs.
31x24x21"
R-40
40
$4395.00
448 lbs.
32x24x25"
R-50
50
$5295.00
480 lbs.
32x24x25"

TYPE 4 Load: These include laundry extractors, hoists, elevators, etc. For these start-up loads use a converter with three times the HP rating of the motor.

TYPE 5 Load: Often hydraulic pumps, which come under a momentary load during use will be loaded well beyond their rated HP for the brief period of maximum PSI. Examples includes bailers, compactors, paper cutters, shears, pumps, etc. The HP of the converter must be at least as high as the actual HP developed by the motor. To calculate the HP developed, you must first find the actual amperage drawn during maximum PSI. This is different from the rated amps of the motor. Next you would divide the maximum amperage by 2.8 to find the actual HP being developed by the motor. That figure is the minimum size of converter to be used. Example: A 10 HP compactor with a motor rated at 28 amps but draws a peak of 40 amps momentarily at maximum compression. Divide 40 by 2.8 = 14.3 HP being developed, use model R-15 Rotary Converter.

Resistive Loads: Resistive loads must use the Rotary type converter, the Static type should never be used because it would be damaged. There are two methods to determine the HP of the converter to be used. One method is to take the amperage rating of the equipment and divide by 2.8 to find the equivalent HP. The other method is to take the KW rating and multiply times 1.34 or divide by .75 to find the equivalent HP of the equipment.

Computer, Rectifier & Transformer Loads: Transformers and electric equipment (welders, lasers, EDM machines, CNC equipment, computers, plating rectifiers, power supplies, etc.) can operate on the Rotary Converter. Use the same formula as for resistive loads to determine the proper size converter to use. If a 4-wire wye input is required (all lines equal voltage to ground), a three phase delta-to-wye isolation transformer must be installed between the converter and the equipment to change the delta power to wye power.

Multiple Motor Applications: Due to the high in-rush current required to start a motor (5 to 10 times the normal running current), most applications require sizing the HP of the Rotary Converter 50% larger, or more than the horsepower of the largest motor, or any combination of motors started at exactly the same time. The first motor started, if not running heavily loaded, generates additional 3-phase power back into the circuit. You can then run additional motors, provided they are not running heavily loaded and not all started at the same time. A maximum of up to 3 times the HP rating of the Rotary Converter can run at the same time, if not heavily loaded, and not started simultaneously. For example, a 30 HP Rotary Converter potentially could run motors totaling up to 90 HP. Contact factory for verification of sizing.

Model
Largest
Motor
HP
Multiple Motors Lightly Loaded
Approx. Idle Current
Disconnect Switch Fuse (Time Delay Fuses)
NEMA Starter Size
Starter Heater Amps
Minimum Single Phase Supply
R-1
1
3 HP
1.5 AMPS
10 AMPS
00
4.8 A
15 AMPS
R-2
2
6 HP
2 AMPS
10 AMPS
0
7.7 A
15 AMPS
R-3
3
9 HP
2.5 AMPS
15 AMPS
0
10.4 A
20 AMPS
R-5
5
15 HP
3 AMPS
30 AMPS
1
15.9 A
30 AMPS
R-7
7.5
22 HP
5 AMPS
40 AMPS
1
26 A
40 AMPS
R-10
10
30 HP
7 AMPS
45 AMPS
2
35 A
60 AMPS
R-15
15
45 HP
8 AMPS
60 AMPS
3
48 A
100 AMPS
R-20
20
60 HP
10 AMPS
80 AMPS
3
63 A
125 AMPS
R-25
25
75 HP
11 AMPS
100 AMPS
3
80 A
160 AMPS
R-30
30
90 HP
12 AMPS
125 AMPS
3
94 A
200 AMPS
R-40
40
120 HP
13 AMPS
150 AMPS
4
117 A
250 AMPS
R-50
50
150 HP
15 AMPS
200 AMPS
5
145 A
300 AMPS

1. Largest Motor HP: Almost all machines require sizing the converter 50% larger or more than the largest HP motor of your machine. See paragraph #4 above. Also refer to Sizing For Load Types.

2. Multiple Motors Lightly Loaded: HP shown in chart reflects maximum HP allowable under specific conditions. EXAMPLE: Multiple machinery not started at the same time and that is running lightly loaded. Also refer to Multiple Motor Applications.

3. Minimum Single Phase Supply: Single-phase supply shown is for absolute maximum output of the Rotary Converter. Most of the time the converter is oversized to provide the high starting current for the motor. It is not always necessary to use single-phase breakers sized this large. See the following formula. Formula: Total three-phase amperage (running load amperage) the machine(s) will ever draw multiplied by 1.5 (extra single-phase needed to generate the third leg), then add the idle current of the Rotary Converter. That will give you the total single-phase amps that will ever be drawn from the single-phase lines. Size the single-phase breaker minimum 20% above that total amperage draw and size the wire accordingly.

Rotary Phase Converter Connection Diagram

General Information:
CAUTION: Always start converter before applying load.

1. Magnetic controls or single-phase loads (including electronics, microprocessors, etc.) must always be energized by lines T-1 and T-2.

2. Never connect a ground or neutral to line T-3 (manufactured phase), which can easily be identified as the line with the highest voltage to ground with the converter running.

3. It is essential that careful consideration be given to your wiring length and size to prevent slow starting due to a voltage drop . Consult National Electrical Code for proper wire sizing.

4. Due to the high starting current (in-rush current) common to electric motors, a drop of starting torque may occur when using a converter that is too small. Because of this, it is NOT advised to size an application HP for HP. The vast majority of applications require sizing the converter 50% larger or more than the largest HP rated motor of your equipment. See Application Notes for sizing considerations, or call 1-800-962-6976.

5. The tables below show the approximate idle current at the specified voltage. Higher line voltage will cause idle current to increase. Excessive amperage could also be caused by incorrect installation.

6. Voltage sensitive equipment (CNC/PLC, 3-phase powered electronics, etc.) may require a Phase-A-Matic™ Voltage Stabilizer designed to reduce phase voltage imbalance. See Voltage Stabilizer, or call 1-800-962-6976.

7. Properly ground all electrical equipment.

8. Converter should reach full speed within 2 to 3 seconds.

9. Lubricate every 12 months for normal operation, or every 6 months for continuous (24 hour) operation. Use high temp bearing grease: "Exxon POLYREX®EM" polyurea grease or equivalent available from Phase-A-Matic, Inc.

10. Converters are intended for use in clean, dry locations with access to an adequate supply of cooling air. In addition, there should be protection from or avoidance of flammable or combustible materials in the area of converters as they can eject flame and/or metal in the event of an insulation failure.

11. 230V "R" series Rotary Converter is 230V single-phase in and 230V 3-phase out.

 

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