Drives and motors

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A control cabinet inverter all-rounder

Nord Drivesystems has expanded its NORDAC PRO inverter family to include sizes with powers of up to 22 kW. All five sizes in the product series have an integrated multi-protocol Ethernet interface and a slim, compact design.
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AC servo motor equipped with location detection technology

Nidec Corporation has jointly developed an AC servo motor equipped with Zignear, position detection technology that can replace encoders.
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Smart asset condition monitoring tool

WEG has launched Motion Fleet Management (WMFM), a control and monitoring tool for the operation and maintenance of industrial assets.


  1. 28/03/2022 Bringing smarter drive capabilities to more applications

    Rockwell Automation is expanding the PowerFlex AC variable frequency drive portfolio to support a broader range of motor control applications to offer more flexibility, performance and intelligence in the next generation drive through TotalFORCE Technology.

  2. 21/02/2022 App helps calculate motor and drive efficiency

    WEG has developed the EcoDrive app to allows engineers to calculate the efficiency of their variable speed drive (VSD), motor or a combination system. It is available for free download accessed via the App Store and Google Play.

  3. 17/01/2022 Adding dynamism to robotic drives

    maxon has introduced a frameless BLDC motor with matching encoder for use in dynamic applications.

  4. 04/01/2022 Drive data helps improve availability

    Fast, efficient and comprehensive evaluation of data by the PLC in the NORD drive technology is said to form the basis for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, to maintain machinery and equipment and detect changes, reduce downtimes and increase plant efficiency.

  5. 30/12/2021 Compact AC multidrive helps cut cabinet size

    Industrial automation group, Inovance Technology Europe, has released the MD800 – an AC multidrive designed to meet the needs of European OEMs for more flexible, compact and scalable multidrive performance.

  6. 29/10/2021 Robust new variable speed drives

    Invertek Drives has launched a high-powered variable frequency drive in both the Optidrive P2 and Optidrive Eco ranges with an IP55 / NEMA 12 enclosure for direct mounting and IP20 for control cabinet mounting.

  7. 17/08/2021 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.

  8. 06/04/2021 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. 

  9. 26/10/2020 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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).

  16. 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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  18. 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.

  19. 23/09/2018 Electronic motor controller for RiLine busbar

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

  20. 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.