Drives and motors

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Key criteria for industrial drive specification

Paul Streatfield explores the most recent criteria for industrial drive specification, which helps machine builders meet the challenges posed by today’s industrial requirements.
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Efficient motion system engineering reduces motor costs

Configuration using PC-based control software, EtherCAT networks, integrated drives, and one-cable technology (OCT) can simplify motion control system design and reduce servomotor costs, says Matt Prellwitz.
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Matching an air motor to an application

Franck Roussillon offers some advice on how to match the most suitable air motor to an application.


  1. 28/05/2019 Accuracy of floating crane hoist improved with variable speed drive

    The main hoist of a crane vessel capable of lifting more than 80 tonnes of load can now operate more precisely and accurately following the installation and commissioning of a heavy-duty Optidrive P2 variable frequency drive from Invertek Drives.

  2. 04/05/2018 Direct current to the rescue

    Control Engineering Europe finds out more about a new approach to energy efficiency and system cost optimisation through the use of a DC grid.

  3. 14/01/2018 Why your DC motor might fail

    Control Engineering UK finds out more about the factors that have a role to play in DC motor failure.

  4. 04/12/2017 Overcoming the barriers to energy efficiency

    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.

  5. 12/11/2017 What is the smallest speed increment that can be set on a servo motor?

    Andrew Fallows considers this frequently asked question on the issue of speed control and offers some advice to engineers.

  6. 30/10/2017 Motor efficiency: aiming high

    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.

  7. 22/10/2017 Drives smarten themselves up

    Mike Lomax examines the role of intelligent drive systems in optimising machine configuration and performance and aiding the adoption of Industry 4.0.

  8. 31/07/2017 Brushed or brushless? DC motor choices

    Amir Janjua offers advice on choosing a brushed or brushless DC motor.

  9. 03/05/2017 Remote services can improve drive maintenance planning

    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.

  10. 03/04/2017 Drum motors: conveyor system benefits

    Chris Middleton explains why you should consider replacing geared motors on conveyor systems with drum motors.

  11. 14/02/2017 Staying ahead of the regulations

    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.

  12. 06/12/2016 The importance of drive train efficiency

    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. 

  13. 15/11/2016 Drive solution overcomes costly EMC issues

    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.

  14. 07/11/2016 High precision components for gearbox test rigs

    French test systems experts BIA rely on multiple motors and drive systems to help achieve accurate results.

  15. 04/01/2016 Driving forward with efficiencies

    Control Engineering Europe looks at a selection of applications in which variable speed drives have offered production or energy saving efficiencies.

  16. 07/11/2014 Applications of the IEEE 519 standard for VSDs

    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. 

  17. 04/11/2014 Applications of the IEEE 519 standard for VSDs

    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. 

  18. 04/04/2014 Europe-wide drives and motors network

    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.

  19. 11/03/2014 The IE4 effect on the motor market

    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.

  20. 07/01/2014 AC drive offers a global solution

    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.