Motors, Drives & Controls

Danfoss sharpens profile to strengthen market position

Danfoss, a supplier of technology for refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, engine management and mobile hydraulics; has launched a new global brand image and is proud to present their new corporate visual identity "Engineering Tomorrow". Danfoss has a strong position in several key growth…

🕘 04/11/2014

The top five things that cause inverter failure

Following up on the previous blog post on the top five things that go wrong with electric motors, the next component we will be looking at in the series is the humble drive. By Jonathan Wilkins … Inverters, drives, VSDs, variable speed drives, variable frequency drives – the category of…

🕘 27/10/2014

Textile company cuts yarn production energy costs

A specialist manufacturer of yarn for sports equipment is saving £18,000 a year on energy costs with the installation of variable-speed drives (VSDs) from ABB. WSP Textiles replaced a mechanical speed control system (Variator) on its spinning machines with an ABB high efficiency motor and…

🕘 27/10/2014

Motor and drive efficiency – A collective approach for better results

Efficiency, reliability and total cost of ownership are all terms that are at the forefront of engineering considerations, however looking at items of equipment on an individual basis may not deliver the maximum benefits. By looking at the wider picture and combining the best technology from…

🕘 24/10/2014

Servo users should not be seduced by power density alone

Servomotors are high-performance devices and represent all that is best in motor technology. Many engineers will feel a natural inclination to specify top-of-the-range servos, every time, but clearly performance comes at a price. Gerard Bush of motion control specialist INMOCO offers some thoughts…

🕘 15/10/2014

Altra precision ensures performance in new World Trade Center lifts

The ultra-high-speed passenger lifts that serve the penthouse storeys of One World Trade Center NYC, one the world’s most desirable properties, rely on perfectly crafted drive engineering components to provide flawless operation, 24 hours a day. Many of these were made to exacting standards…

🕘 13/10/2014

”One VLT for all motors” now includes synchronous reluctance

A new control algorithm for Danfoss VLT frequency converters now opens up for synchronous reluctance motors. High efficiency synchronous reluctance is one of the newly-emerged motor technologies offering optimum energy utilisation. At the same time, it is a robust technology and maintenance…

🕘 03/10/2014

New motor cures reliability challenges for Synseal

A company producing extruded PVC-U profiles for double glazing product applications is using ABB’s synchronous reluctance (SynRM) motor to cut the number of motor failures on two of its main extruders. The SynRM replaced ageing servo motors, ensuring high reliability and maximum production…

🕘 30/09/2014

Bauer gear motors for steel mill overhead crane

When Kranbau Köthen, a European manufacturer of overhead cranes, was commissioned to develop a new series of cranes for use in the scrap yard of a global steel producer’s mill in Luxembourg, it turned to gear motor specialist, Bauer, part of Altra Industrial Motion. Scrap yard cranes…

🕘 29/09/2014

Managing motor and generator repairs at nuclear power stations

In the nuclear energy industry more than most, safety is paramount and the design and specification used for equipment involved in nuclear generating plants are governed by a series of stringent regulations. The maintenance programs follow strict timetables with only certified contractors permitted…

🕘 29/09/2014