Variable Speed Controls for 110 Volt Motors

Factories use variable speed controls for moving products.
Factories use variable speed controls for moving products. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Automated machines, such as conveyor belts and separators, use 110 volt motors to power the movement of products across a production area. Variable speed control devices provide precise control over how fast the products move on the machinery.


Variable speed control devices give control of a machine to one worker. The device activates through buttons or a floor pedal. By manipulating the speed control device, the worker can alter the speed of the 110 volt motor between a maximum and minimum rate for peak productivity.


The 110 volt motor driving the speed control device draws power from a wall outlet source of electricity. Since the motor operates at a standard voltage level, it can power many different kinds of devices. The pedal type of speed control allows a worker to keep his hands working on the product, rather than concentrating on working the speed control device.


The variable speed control device must be matched to the motor it controls. If a low powered speed control device is matched to a high powered motor, such as one that operates above 240 volts, the motor will not run correctly. Incorrect matching can damage the speed control device.

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