Drives and motors

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Driving connectivity for conventional I/O equipped assets

Control Techniques has introduced the SI-I/O 24 Plus module which provides a plug-in high density I/O expansion solution for its Digitax HD servo drives and Unidrive range.
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Servomotors with functional safety

Brusatori Electric Motors (part of the KEB Group) has introduced a new mechanical mounting system for safe encoders for its DL4 series of servomotors that meets the requirements with safety functionalities and can assume Functional Safety functions together with the approved drive system. The functionalities then depend on the encoder type used.
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Servo drive becomes FSoE compatible

Mitsubishi Electric is expanding the capabilities of its MELSERVO MR-J5 drives with the addition of Fail Safe over EtherCAT (FSoE) compatibility which enables interconnectivity with industrial automation devices that are compatible with EtherCAT.


  1. 11/09/2023 IE5 ultra-premium motor efficiency for explosive environments

    ABB has extended its IE5 SynRM (synchronous reluctance motor) series with the IE5 SynRM Increased Safety motor which is designed to ensure safety, while boosting energy efficiency in hazardous areas.

  2. 07/08/2023 Expanded range of ATEX and IECEx/cETLus high-voltage servo motors

    Kollmorgen’s EB series of ATEX Certified and IECEx/cETLus Listed servo motors now includes the 480 Vac Goldline EBH.

  3. 13/07/2023 Integrated AC drive solution

    OMRON has released a new integrated AC drives solution which is said to offer advanced system integration capabilities, enabling machine design with enhanced flexibility, higher efficiency, and space-saving advantages.

  4. 09/05/2023 Conveying solution for Courier Express Parcel sector

    Interroll has introduced its High Performance Conveyor Platform (HPP) to cater to the unique belt conveyor requirements of the courier-express-parcel (CEP) market.

  5. 20/09/2022 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.

  6. 13/06/2022 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.

  7. 19/04/2022 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 17/01/2022 Adding dynamism to robotic drives

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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. 

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.