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Common causes of electric motor failure

Motor failure can cause downtime, an inconvenience for all manufacturers. Martin McGuffie explains three common causes of electric motor failure: weakened insulation, contamination and lack of maintenance

Overcoming the challenges of the packaging industry

Graham Mackrell looks at the cost and efficiency benefits of selecting the right servo actuators for packaging machines

The brake chopper size conundrum

John Mitchell looks at the dangers of manufacturers taking their insulated-gate bipolar transistor for granted

Getting into gears

Graham Mackrell explores the diversification of a time-tested technological staple

Changing bad gear oil habits

Mark Burnett, explores how plant managers can ensure that machinery oil is changed at the right time. This includes looking at things such as the Total Acid Number of the oil, as well as identifying signs of problems like oxidation

Ushering in a new age of robotics

Precision gearing specialist Harmonic Drive UK has launched its new CSF-2UP range of gearboxes for medical, robotics and measuring applications

Centralised motion control

Siemens has added PROFINET connection to its SINAMICS V90 servo drive system

New adhesive for e-motors

DELO's new two-component adhesive is suitable for electric motors with a medium temperature range and provides flexibility and reliability in their assembly

Servomotors for use in challenging ATEX Zone 2 environments

EY series servomotor series supports dynamic movement with torque, speed or positioning control

Magnetic plugs

Collect ferrous/magnetic particles inside machinery such as gearboxes, engines, pumps

Microstep drive for OEM applications

New miniature stepper drive for step and direction control from from Applied Motion Products

Two-speed gearboxes bring flexibility to machine tools

Getting the most out of machine tools means providing the ability to process a range of different materials and to be able to perform both high and low speed cutting. Ian Carr describes how two-speed planetary gearboxes allow the cutting edge power of modern machine tools to be fully realised

Worm gearboxes produce high torque at low cost

Tony Young explains the benefits of worm gearboxes in an industrial context, including their cost, portability and precision

Metallised film motor run capacitor

Allows designers to maximise motor life by matching the capacitor value with the motor’s characteristics

New gears get going when the going gets tough

Precision gearing specialist Harmonic Drive UK has launched its new CobaltLine series of high torque gear component sets

Planetary gearheads – their time is now

As industry becomes more automated and robotised the need for high precision gearboxes in machinery and plant engineering grows. Ian Carr explains how planetary gearheads have precision and power designed into them.

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