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Drives and motors

Overcoming the barriers to energy efficiency (04/12/2017)
Article image The drive towards energy efficiency is not as straightforward as it might appear and it is important to recognise and overcome any barriers to reap the benefits, says Heikki Kervinen.
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What is the smallest speed increment that can be set on a servo motor? (12/11/2017)
Article image Andrew Fallows considers this frequently asked question on the issue of speed control and offers some advice to engineers.
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Motor efficiency: aiming high (30/10/2017)
Article image Brian Bannister argues that it is better for OEMs to build in compliance to electric motor energy efficiency requirements now, to avoid the need for future product redesigns, and to provide customers with immediate energy saving benefits.
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Drives smarten themselves up 22/10/2017
Mike Lomax examines the role of intelligent drive systems in optimising machine configuration and performance and aiding the adoption of Industry 4.0. Full Story...

Brushed or brushless? DC motor choices 31/07/2017
Amir Janjua offers advice on choosing a brushed or brushless DC motor. Full Story...

Remote services can improve drive maintenance planning 03/05/2017
Control Engineering Europe reports on how increasing use of the Internet of Things (IoT) concept by a drives manufacturer is offering advantages for its customers – including improved data analysis, increased productivity and enhanced reliability. Full Story...

Drum motors: conveyor system benefits 03/04/2017
Chris Middleton explains why you should consider replacing geared motors on conveyor systems with drum motors. Full Story...

Staying ahead of the regulations 14/02/2017
All new motors placed on the market – between 0.75 kW to 375 kW – are now required to meet the IE3 efficiency level. Control Engineering Europe finds out what needs to be done to stay ahead of the regulations. Full Story...

The importance of drive train efficiency 06/12/2016
Manufacturers today are chasing efficiency figures which could only have been dreamed of 10 years ago. However, it is important to look beyond the motor for increased drive train efficiencies.  Full Story...

Drive solution overcomes costly EMC issues 15/11/2016
When a winch controlling a high-powered drill broke down on a ship mining samples off the coast of Japan a rapid solution was needed because downtime was costing the company $30,000 every day. Full Story...

High precision components for gearbox test rigs 07/11/2016
French test systems experts BIA rely on multiple motors and drive systems to help achieve accurate results. Full Story...

Driving forward with efficiencies 04/01/2016
Control Engineering Europe looks at a selection of applications in which variable speed drives have offered production or energy saving efficiencies. Full Story...

Applications of the IEEE 519 standard for VSDs 07/11/2014
Jonathan Wilkins, of European Automation, discusses the intricacies of the IEEE 519 standard and how it affects plant maintenance strategy and operations, especially those sourcing obsolete components.  Full Story...

Applications of the IEEE 519 standard for VSDs 04/11/2014
Jonathan Wilkins, of European Automation, discusses the intricacies of the IEEE 519 standard and how it affects plant maintenance strategy and operations, especially those sourcing obsolete components.  Full Story...

Europe-wide drives and motors network 04/04/2014
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. Full Story...

The IE4 effect on the motor market 11/03/2014
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. Full Story...

AC drive offers a global solution 07/01/2014
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. Full Story...

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...



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