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How to be cool: life lessons for electric motors

Improving the efficiency of electrical conversion and new methods of thermal management may mean that in future motors run far cooler than they do today

Permanent magnet motors: Why engineers should be familiar with the technology

One technology set to redefine expectations is the permanent magnet AC motor, which is an increasingly attractive alternative to the currently ubiquitous induction or squirrel cage motor. Rick Munz assesses its advantages

Motors now include synchronous reluctance

Danfoss VLT frequency converter operates optimally with a wide range of motor types

Hygienic motor-gear combination

Kollmorgen AKM can be used in most machine-drive and precision-positioning applications in the food and beverage industries

Keep the complicated simple with user experience design

User experience design is becoming a norm in industrial product design, providing users with competitive advantages such as time and money savings with minimum environmental impact. Marjukka Mäkelä reports

Space: the final frontier for stepper motors

Alexander Hatzold explains why a new stepper motor standard for space is hitting the spot

Grease: how to avoid economic meltdown

A tub of grease costs next to nothing. A seized motor can bring a production line to a standstill, resulting in enormous accumulating losses. Magda Bartosova says that remembering to lubricate electric motors will probably get the company accountant whining about trickle-spending, but...

Product platform expands to 1,700V range for industrial motor drives

1,700V modules with six-pack and CIB circuit topologies help to develop cost-effective inverters

New hollow shaft actuators

Range of lightweight hollow shaft servo actuators announced by UK-based manufacturer

Easy clean washdown motors

The new Kollmorgen AKMH stainless steel motors, available in the UK from INMOCO of Daventry, are designed for quick and easy cleaning CIP (clean-in-place)

Sensing expert expands portfolio with Hall effect magnetic sensors

Easy-to-use reference designs simplify industrial motor applications

Merits of DC technology

DC drives regenerate energy under braking without the need for complex intermediate storage or power bridges

AC drives registration service launched

Drive registration service via smart device app and online now available

Cost and time savings with drive-based functional safety

Significant advances in drive technology now allow for safety functions to be built directly into the drive which controls motor and machinery movements

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