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New control technologies reduce engineering time and component count

To compete with machine builders from regions where costs are inherently lower, designers in Europe are seeking ways to reduce both engineering time and component count. Jon Severn looks at recent product launches that will help design engineers to achieve these goals

Manufacturing facility includes purpose built climate controlled area

Advanced manufacturing facility to include a purpose built climate controlled area, among other improved resources

Developing the motors of the future at a time of crisis

Mads Vernon Jorgensen reports on how a Danish motion control specialist decided to focus on new development as the economic crisis took firm hold of global economies in 2008

Warning: Harmonics can ruin your power supply

Sanna-Kaisa Ehanto looks at the problems caused by harmonic distortion

Couplings have zero backlash

Zero-Max CD couplings withstand rigours of demanding servomotor systems

Electric drives: promise of profits and productivity

Market earned revenues of €184.4m in 2010 and is set to reach €272.6m in 2017, says Frost and Sullivan

Looking ahead to the next generation of energy-efficient motors

For buyers of plant and machinery who appreciate that the cost of ownership is more significant than the purchase price, energy efficiency is a very important factor. Alistair Rae reports on the European Minimum Energy Performance Standard scheme for electric motors, and highlights some of the most efficient motors currently available

Heavy-duty range for ball screw drives

High load capacity with long traverse distances, says Kammerer

HVAC Drives: environmental and economic concerns spur growth

Revenues to reach $611.9 million in 2017, with Eastern Europe emerging as new hotspot for manufacturers

High-performance motors dispense with expensive rare-earth magnets

Applications ranging from servo motors for industrial automation, through to electric and hybrid vehicles, are often reliant on rare-earth magnets. Jon Severn investigates why the price of these magnets has risen so much and reviews some developments that could help to alleviate the problem.

Linear progression: using linear motors

Machine builders often have to create linear motion, for which the default choice is generally the use of a rotary motor and mechanism to convert the output to linear. The option to use linear motors is often overlooked, so here Andy Parker-Bates looks at the features and benefits of the technology

Replace, upgrade or retrofit - a designer's AC drive dilemma

When redesigning a motor-driven application, a vital decision has to be taken: do you replace, upgrade or retrofit the application's drives? Heikki Kervinen looks at the choices

Diverting shaft currents away from the bearings

The Inpro/Seal Current Diverter Ring and Motor Grounding Sea divert harmful shaft currents away from the bearings to ground

AS9100 certification

Ondrives is currently working towards AS9100 certification, which is the most recognised standard within the aerospace industry

Tier 4 compliant industrial diesels

Kim Mulder outlines the benefits of a new range of engines which comply with latest emissions regulations

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