Drives and motors

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Compact and energy saving decentralised drive package

WEG has introduced a decentralised drive package, consisting of WG20-series gear units, EUSAS motors and a MW500 variable speed drive (VSD). Compared with traditional drives, this compact package is said to provide lower energy consumption and a compact footprint, as well as improved flexibility.
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Hygienic synchronous drum motor performance extended

Interroll has introduced its most powerful synchronous drum motor for belt conveyor systems which offer an output of 1.8 kilowatts. 
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Servo drive system joins ‘automation without cabinets’ range

Beckhoff Automation UK has launched the AMP8000 servo system – the latest in its ‘automation without cabinets’ range.


  1. 01/06/2020 HD TFT display as standard on VFDs

    Invertek Drives has updated its panel-mounting Optidrive P2 IP20 variable frequency drives (VFD) to include a high definition TFT display as standard.

  2. 26/05/2020 Discovering the full potential of servo drives

    A new developer kit from Festo enables system designers and machine builders to familiarise themselves with the functions and application possibilities of the company’s CMMT servo drives.

  3. 16/03/2020 Integrated motor drive promises efficiency gains

    ABB’s Baldor-Reliance EC Titanium product line utilises Ferrite Assisted Synchronous Reluctance (FASR) technology with non-rare earth magnet materials to exceed IE5 efficiency requirements. Said to be suitable for constant and variable torque applications, it promises up to 16% efficiency gains when compared to alternative motor designs.

  4. 23/02/2020 Robust, space-saving drive designed for maintenance-free long-term operation

    RS Components has introduced the Q2V series of compact inverter AC drives from Omron. Typical market sectors expected to benefit from its use include food and beverage and packaging, along with many industrial motor-control applications in general.

  5. 03/02/2020 Decentralised IP66 frequency inverter with IO-Link

    The latest addition to the Lenze i500 inverter range, the i550 protec, has been designed for decentralised drive tasks and comes with IP66 protection class, IO-Link connectivity and a power range of up to 75 kW.

  6. 27/01/2020 Variable speed drives with high IP ratings

    WEG has launched two extended versions of its CFW500 series of variable speed drives (VSDs).

  7. 28/07/2019 ODVA conformance for EtherNet/IP-enabled drives and integrated motors

    A range of servo drives, stepper drives and integrated motors from Applied Motion Products now conform to the ODVA specification for EtherNet/IP communications.

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  9. 30/10/2018 Entry-level solution for motor management via Profinet

    Siemens has extended the Simocode pro motor management system to include a new basic unit for standard motor applications.

  10. 23/09/2018 Electronic motor controller for RiLine busbar

    A new electronic motor controller is now available for Rittal's RiLine Compact busbar system.

  11. 10/09/2018 Energy-efficient explosion-proof motors

    WEG is now offering explosion-proof induction motors in its W22Xd series, including all motors over the full stated power range, which conform to the IE classification standards, up to and including energy efficiency class IE4.

  12. 19/03/2018 Hybrid motor starters for I/O-Link

    Phoenix Contact has added new network-capable versions of its Contactron hybrid motor starters product range, with an I/O-Link interface.

  13. 19/03/2018 Real time motor monitoring to increase process efficiency

    WEG is set to launch an Industry 4.0 compatible motor scanning device targeted at engineers tasked with monitoring the health of their installed motors to help increase production uptime and efficiency of processes.

  14. 18/12/2017 Water-cooled megawatt-class motor offers space savings

    ABB’s new water-cooled M3LP 500 motor offers a solution in space constrained applications, not just in the marine environment.

  15. 24/11/2017 NEMA23 integrated stepper motors – the next generation

    JVL Industri Elektronik A/S has introduced a completely new generation of the ServoStep NEMA23 integrated stepper motors that have proved their value for many years.

  16. 30/10/2017 Variable speed drive gains wireless HMI module

    Designed for more convenient set up, monitoring and commissioning, the Danfoss VLT® FC102-series variable speed drives are now available with a new wireless HMI module.

  17. 08/06/2017 Compact AC servo drives help maximise machine performance

    YASKAWA has introduced a new range of AC Servo Drives which are said to provide consistently simple and fast commissioning, maximum machine throughput and outstanding operational reliability.

  18. 10/05/2017 Outer rotor motor for pump and medical applications

    Allied Motion has introduced  a new outer rotor motor for pump and medical applications. The KinetiMax 42 EB is a member of the existing family of KinetiMax brushless outer rotor motors it is a bidirectional brushless DC motor with integrated drive and it features a robust bearing system capable of handling high side loads.

  19. 03/05/2017 Inverter gains advanced condition monitoring capabilities

    Mitsubishi Electric has extended the diagnostics capabilities of its variable speed drives by integrating smart condition monitoring (SCM) technology in a new version of the FR-A800 inverter series.

  20. 03/04/2017 Ultra-compact brushless dc motor with gearbox and controller

    The Dunkermotoren ultra-compact BGA 22 Ironless brushless DC motor is now available with a gearbox, encoder and controller. This BGA 22x22 dCore option benefits from the innovative ironless, BGA axial flow design and provides users with advantages such as zero-cogging torque, low vibration and very low audible noise.