The Spindle System of Power Engineering, Second Edition, by Frank E. Vitelli, Jr., discusses and explains a broad range of topics related to the subject of power engineering, ranging from the fundamentals to the advanced aspects. As an engineering text, the book presents both theoretical information and practical advice on how to design and test motorized spindles for various applications, as well as offering a wealth of technical data for engineers in the field.
The book is divided into six chapters, each of which is divided into four sections that cover specific topics, such as mechanical engineering principles and terminology, motor and device technologies, applications, and maintenance procedures. Chapter one covers general topics, such as engineering principles and terminology, mechanical engineering principles, engineering concepts and devices, electrical engineering principles and terminology, and maintenance procedures. Chapter two focuses more on the mechanical engineering topics, including engine systems, gearboxes, drive train components, clutches, generators, and shaft drive systems.
Chapter three includes topics on generator drive systems. Chapter four covers power electronics and systems, including battery-powered motors and electronic components such as controllers, sensors, servos, relays, etc. Chapter five focuses on power distribution and load management, including the role of load cells, voltage regulation systems, motor control systems, and other device features. Chapter six discusses battery-powered motors and other devices, including electrical motors, and the various battery types.
The final three chapters of the text cover the different types of spindles available, their functions, performance, maintenance, and safety issues. Each chapter addresses topics such as spindles, motor performance, and maintenance procedures, such as spark and friction, lubrication, etc. The book is also rich in illustrations of actual devices, rather than graphs and illustrations in the traditional style.
One of the strengths of this text is the fact that it is written with a layman’s perspective, and is clearly written for those who are already trained in the realm of mechanical and electrical engineering. The author has an engineering background, but he emphasizes more on how the reader can apply these principles, rather than on the technical knowledge of the engineer. Thus, many of the topics presented are applicable to mechanics as well.
This book is an excellent text for a technical or mechanical engineer’s perspective on motorized spindles. With its clear explanations and illustrations, this text provides the engineer with practical insight for using the motorized spindles for their intended applications. While the text does have some theoretical information, it is also written in an easy to understand fashion and provides a practical application of technical terms.