As predicted, the Drives & Controls exhibition that took place last month at the Birmingham NEC, proved to be a busy, vibrant and well attended event.

Just some of the key products and solutions on show included Schneider Electric’s new Modicon M580 – the next generation PAC (Programmable Automation Controller) with open Ethernet technology at its core, (full details on page 34), plus WEG’s updated portfolio of standard industrial motors to incorporate advanced technology, resulting in the W40, W50 and W60 motor series.

In addition, Danfoss created a stir around its stand as visitors had the opportunity to see the VLT OneGearDrive and the VLT Decentral Drive FCD302 in action, and B&R showed how new dimensions can be opened up for machine builders with its Scalability+ philosophy (see our cover story feature on page 8).

Other features in our May issue include an industry focus on packaging, plus further coverage on energy management, manufacturing software and robotics & motion control.

Joe Bush – Editor