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The trends that are driving electric drives

What does the future hold for electric drives in the industrial automation sector? Currently there are three trends which are dictating development – speed and ease of specification, simplified control and maintenance, and machinery safety. Here, Nigel Dawson looks at these trends

Demo shows controlled release of 5,000Nm

Having recently launched its new RDBK releasable backstop, Stieber Clutch has demonstrated its performance by developing a test rig in partnership with Bauer Gear Motor

Challenges and chances: solutions for the extended energy-efficiency directive

The European Commission has initiated a significant tightening of the energy-efficiency directive for electrical devices, leaving more users of drive technology faced with new challenges

‘Off-the-shelf’ variable frequency drives

Bosch Rexroth has unveiled its new series of variable frequency drives for general automation, materials handling, pumps, fans and conveyors

Servomotors bridge gap between stepper and induction motors

New Kollmorgen VLM series servomotors from Heason Technology suit value conscious applications

Ethernet communications capability added to integrated stepper motor/drives

Applied Motion Products has added six integrated drive+motors to its line of Ethernet and EtherNet/IP motion control products

USB stepper motor evaluation kit

Aimed at OEMs and machine builders wishing to assess the many benefits of Arcus’ integrated motor technology

90° mounting for ultra compact drives

Vincotech flow90 0 enables 90-degree mounting for ultra slim bookshelf inverters

Latest models increase torque flange’s capabilities

HBM has launched two new models of its T40B digital torque flange with 50Nm and 100Nm torque measurement ranges making the transducer suitable for a wider range of applications

Plastic recycler goes greener by swapping to AC drives

Recycling plant converts discarded plastic into high density polyethylene (HDPE) pellets. Amaechi Oduah reports

Micro drives – drives that can make a big difference

Compact drives that cover small industry and even household applications. They help improve everyday life by helping reduce noise, save energy, and are so easy to use. Jussi Rantanen reports

Grinding machine produces quality gears

Ondrives Ltd has recently taken receipt of a new gear grinding machine which enables them to gear grind to precise measurements

Motor efficiency depends on logic control

There is more to motors than just switching them on or off. The IEC 61131 standard provides for five general methods, some more textual and some more graphical, according to Boris Sedacca

Mini motors make swarm robots more economical

Researchers at Southampton University have used low-cost motors from mobile phones to create a swarm of miniature robots

New AC motors successfully replace 30-year-old favourites

Designing a new series of motors to replace an established range that has enjoyed global success for over 30 years can be daunting. Jon Severn finds out how SEW-Eurodrive rose to the challenge by embarking on a five-year, multi-million-euro project

IP65 rated step motors

Suitable for applications in wet factory environments such as the food and beverage industry or outdoor use

Custom-tailored high voltage special motors

High voltage squirrel cage motors from Menzel for a fundamental research laboratory

Renewed channel network delivers enhanced quality and availability

Rauno Ahola explains the philosophy behind the new ABB Value Provider Programme, with insight from programme members around the world

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