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Meeting: Thursday, March 21, 2019
at the Salem Civic Center

One continuing education credit will be awarded for attending this presentation.


Variable Frequency Drive Applications

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A Variable Frequency Drive presentation to assist engineers and Owners in selecting the correct engineering solution for VFD’s. Presentation will focus on VFD input solutions to limit input harmonics, and output solutions to prevent motor operating issues while keeping a focus on both performance criteria and budget considerations.

Speaker's Bio: James Coppage, P.E.
James Coppage, P.E. is an Application Engineer with Eaton Corporation. Eaton Corporation manufactures electrical distribution components for worldwide applications with electrical sales of approximately $14 Billion. Mr. Coppage started his career with the United States Navy as an Electronics Technician in the Nuclear Power Field, serving aboard the USS Enterprise as a Reactor Operator. He has his Associates Degree of Engineering from Reynolds Community College and his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Mr. Coppage spent 15 years as a Consulting Electrical Engineer with CCRD (now WSP) designing electrical distribution systems for the Hospitals. His career began as an electrical designer, and gained experience as a lead electrical engineer leading to a project management role where he learned about whole building design including mechanical and plumbing systems.

Mr. Coppage is also a member of IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Please join us for this presentation.

Meeting Details:
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
Social:   6:15 - 6:30 PM
Dinner:   6:35 - 7:00 PM
Social:   7:10 - 8:10 PM

Members and Guests:   $20.00, Educators and Students $10
Please let us know if you have special dietary restrictions (vegetarian, dairy or gluten allergy, etc.)

Salem Civic Center
1001 Roanoke Blvd
Salem, VA 24153

Directions :
MAP to Salem Civic Center

Reservations:  Please RSVP to Andrew Tribbett, Sec/Treas, at

Credit: • One continuing education credit will be awarded for attending this presentation..

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