my father recently purchased a used piece of equipment. After plugging it in one of the relays stuck. A repairman said it was because he had the wrong form of 3 phase power. I'm a new to this but from the best I can understand, I think he has 3 phase delta and the machine requires wye.
Is there an easy way to test this, and what is the easiest fix?
Someone told him the power can be converted by using three transformers but I havne't been able to find any information on how this is done, or if it's even possible.
Please provide the information from the equipment name plate and I do mean all of it. Is the equipment is 240 volt, 3 phase or is it 208 volt three phase or perhaps something else all together. Also provide the configuration and voltage of the buildings power system.
The problem that you have, if any, is that the voltage of the equipment is 220v and not 240v. Normally this is not a problem, but since it is CNC equipment it could be. Usually this occurs if the equipment is rated 208v.
You will need to obtain 3 buck/boost transformers or find a vendor that produces one in one enclosure.
Your description sounds like your supply is 3 wire like this
/- 240V -\ A - 120V - N - 120V - B with 3 wires: A, B, N then your supply is single phase.
Looks like the lathe requires 3 phase that is supplied as a delta (as Don said it the machine doesn't require a delta, but that is how 240V is normally supplied). Essentially repeating from the post above, if you measure voltage between any 2 of 3 hots it should be 240V (there are 3 measurements).
Deltas mostly have the center point one one side as the neutral and grounded. From 2 of the hots to neutral the voltage is 120V. From the
3rd hot to neutral the voltage is 208V - the high leg, orange wire, B phase in but old panels.
3 phase 3 wire shouldn't require a neutral.
It is possible the transformers were necessary but I would doubt it. There should be terminal bars for transformer connection if they are required. There should be a control transformer to supply relays and the numerical control. Be careful - with not a lot of effort the computer control could wind up fried.
Might be worth asking the repairman what he was talking about now that you are a 3 phase expert.
My understanding of the difference between 240V and 220V is that 240V is nominal at the supply (service) and 220V is nominal at the load. The lathe manufacturer sounds non-US which may be different.