Industry readies itself for Drives & Controls

01 June 2010

The industry is gearing up for next week’s Drives and Controls show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. A seminar programme, that will address engineering and financial issues, will run alongside the exhibition, held June 8 to 10, 2010.

Entrance to the NEC, Birmingham
Entrance to the NEC, Birmingham

Drives and Controls is co-located alongside Air-Tech, The International Fluid Power Exhibition (IFPEX), Plant & works Exhibition, Electrex, Subcon and MACH. The combined shows hope to attract more than 40,000 visitors.

The seminar programme will be spread across two theatres and run across the three days. Organisers say the sessions will cover topics ranging from compressed Air safety, fluid power, energy management and plant safety to manual handling, Ethernet communications and gearbox maintenance.

Energy saving will be a key theme of the event with speakers emphasising the need for savings. The topic will be highlighted by the fact that electric motors use 65 per cent of electrical energy in industry and one area of potential savings is with variable speed drives. Stephen Barker of Siemens and a representative of the Gambica Trade Association will use his seminar to look at maximising cost reductions and improving competitive advantage.

Barker explains: “Reducing costs and improving productivity are key goals for most organisations in these economically challenging times. Some clear thinking supported by a systematic approach can provide substantial benefits - therefore my presentation will explain the benefits of a ‘value based’ approach, clarify how to develop a ‘best practice’ energy, cost and carbon reduction strategy and also demonstrate how to lever success from innovative financing models.”

He also highlighted: "The good news is that even in today's challenging environment, most organisations have considerable scope for business improvement and I am therefore pleased to have this opportunity to highlight some of the most important techniques that clients can deploy to improve profitability, enhance corporate image and simultaneously reduce cost and carbon"

The Carbon Trust’s head of financial services Paul Higgins will also be presenting at the event. He will be focusing on practical advice on how to obtain money from the organisation. While Chris Dee, executive director of the British Compressed Air Society will be looking at the importance of leak detection to help save end user energy cost.

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