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Drives and motors

Europe-wide drives and motors network (04/04/2014)
Article image Andy Love, service channel manager at ABB, explains the rationale behind the company’s new Authorised Value Provider programme and what this initiative means to industry across Europe.
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The IE4 effect on the motor market (11/03/2014)
Article image The IE2 regulations effectively cleaned-up the lower efficiency end of the market – if an application requires a motor to operate rarely, then its energy consumption is not so critical and users will want the cheapest machine they can buy that will be reliable. The IE2 regulations are intended to make sure that new motors being supplied into these conditions still meet a minimum standard of efficiency.
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AC drive offers a global solution (07/01/2014)
Article image When Mixing Solutions, a supplier of industrial mixing machinery, needed a test system that would allow it to accurately determine the current consumption and other electrical characteristics of its products, two AC variable speed drives from Vacon provided a solution.
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An increasing drive towards integration 05/11/2013
Control Engineering Europe finds out more about the benefits offered by integrated drive systems. Increasingly, automation and drives systems are being integrated to form system solutions with the aim of optimising the value added along the entire process chain. "Drive systems, sensors, and automation are now becoming a driver for change," explains Ralf-Michael Franke, CEO of Siemens Drive Technologies Division. Full Story...

The trends driving electric drives 14/08/2013
Currently there are three trends dictating the development of electric drives in the industrial automation sector – speed and ease of specification, simplified control and maintenance, and machinery safety. Nigel Dawson, Festo GB’s Product Manager for Electric Drives, looks at these trends. Full Story...

Upgraded motor control solutions for compressed air system 13/08/2013
Avelair, a compressed air system manufacturer, is seeing improved motor management control, data availability and safety enhancements, thanks to Simocode Pro V motor control solution from Siemens Industry. Full Story...

Drives eliminate production stoppages for circlip maker 29/07/2013
Variable speed drives have helped a manufacturer of circlips to cut production stoppages – from typically three a week to none – as well as saving £11,000 a year in energy costs. Full Story...

Drive system for World's most powerful cement mill 28/05/2013
The Siemens Drive Technologies Division has developed a new drive system for a cement mill as part of a joint project with Gebr. Pfeiffer SE. Full Story...

Drive and motor help develop marine renewable energy systems 28/05/2013
A medium voltage drive and matched 12-pole motor are providing the motive power for a new test facility for proving marine energy generating systems. Full Story...

Super premium motors offer even greater energy efficiencies 21/05/2013
Suzanne Gill reports on some ‘super premium’ motors, designed with IEC’s IE4 requirements in mind, for those looking for greater energy efficiency today. Full Story...

IE4 motor and drive package goes into action 30/04/2013
ABB’s IE4 synchronous reluctance motor and drive package (SynRM) has replaced an induction motor-based variable-speed drive package at South Staffs Water in the UK, resulting in an additional 6% energy saving. Full Story...

An open future – the move to standard Ethernet 17/04/2013
In the past, Ethernet was not considered suitable for high performance machine control, leading to the design of closed chipsets by many automation vendors, effectively creating their own versions of Ethernet, unable to communicate with other systems. Things are now changing. Full Story...

Motor efficiency rating reflects motor performance 30/10/2012
The introduction of Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS) has re-focused attention on the energy use of electric motors, but the age-old habit of over specifying motors still persists. If the motor is oversized, efficiency gains achieved by using energy efficient motors are not as relevant, as the motor runs less efficiently at partial load. However, there will soon be a regulation to address this type of wastage too, says Ian Allan of ABB. Full Story...

Sweating assets overlooks the energy efficiency gains 17/08/2012
There is no question that the same austerity versus growth political argument in the Eurozone is spilling over into boardrooms too. At the microeconomic level of individual companies, the decision is whether to expand or cut back, and investment in new machinery always hangs in the balance, especially in the aftermath of staff cuts. Steve Brambley, deputy director of GAMBICA and convener of the organisation’s VSD group, outlines the situation with regard to industrial automation. Full Story...

Precision control from variable speed drives 10/07/2012
Variable speed drives supplied by Control Techniques have been chosen for use on drying and coating lines supplied by Phoenix Dryers. Full Story...

Medium voltage drives in oil & gas 06/12/2011
2011 will see medium voltage drives sales into the oil & gas industry outpace the market owing to the high oil prices seen in 2010 and early 2011, increasing investment for production capacity expansion, according to a new study from IMS Research, ‘The World Market for Medium Voltage Motor Drives’. Full Story...

AC drives for largest ever active heave-compensated winch system 14/11/2011
AC drives manufacturer Vacon is to deliver liquid-cooled AC drives with a total power of 2.7 MW for active heave-compensated winches onboard a Norwegian-built Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) ship. The delivery will take place in March 2012. Full Story...

Motor control – Making a case for intelligence 08/11/2011
Conventional low-voltage Motor Control Centres (MCCs) are ubiquitous in the oil and gas sector and in general, meet industry requirements for safe, reliable and efficient operation. So, are there any real benefits to be gained by choosing the new generation of Intelligent Motor Control Systems (IMCSs) for future projects? The answer is undoubtedly yes except, perhaps, for the most undemanding of projects. Full Story...

Efficient drive solutions complement IE2 and IE3 motors 18/10/2011
More than two thirds of the total energy spend for industrial automation is consumed by electric drive technology and that an individual electric motor’s energy consumption makes up about 98% of its total cost of ownership over its average life. Full Story...

Integrated motor and process control solution put to work on oil sands project 30/08/2011
Grizzly Oil Sands, a Canadian, independent oil sands company is to use the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx process automation system to help it produce more than 5,000 barrels of oil per day at the first phase of its Algar Lake Project. Full Story...

Intelligently making energy savings with drive optimisation software 09/08/2011
The new version 3.0 of the Lenze Drive Solutions Designer (DSD) is able to analyse motion profiles from simple point-to-point to complex cam profiles or dynamic reversing. Full Story...

High efficiency motor/inverter package saves energy on furnace cooling system 02/08/2011
Engineering Steel Belgium (ESB) is saving €45,000 per annum on the operation of three cooling pumps on one of its electrical steel furnaces, since the installation of three WEG W22 132 kW, IE2 high efficiency motors, controlled by WEG CFW-09 variable speed drives. Full Story...

Safe shutdown of motors up to SIL 3/PL e 12/07/2011
Two new fail-safe digital modules from Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies (IA&DT) have been implemented with the motor management system, Simocode Pro for safe shutdown of motors in process automation. Full Story...



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