An Italian golf course has greater control irrigating its greens, thanks to the introduction of Invertek Drives variable frequency drive (VFD) technology, cutting water usage and reducing energy costs as a result.
Brushless DC (BLDC) motors have seen strong uptake over the course of the last two decades, supplanting traditional brushed motors. They are capable of delivering major advantages over their brushed counterparts - including significantly higher operational efficiency levels and longer working lifespans (as they are not as prone to mechanical wear and tear).
Servo motors are reliable workhorses that will typically operate virtually maintenance free on most applications for 10 to 15 years before they will eventually need to be replaced. In fact, it isn’t uncommon at all for quality servos to last longer and some operators are still running motors that are over 15 years old with no performance or maintenance issues at all.
More than ever before, machine and system manufacturers are being confronted with demands for increased productivity and availability. At the same time, pressure is constantly building to reduce the manufacturing costs for production machines.
Andy Preston, UK Drives Product Manager, ABB Limited, focuses on adaptive programming: a little known feature of a variable speed drive but one that offers a “get out of jail free card” when installations don’t quite go to plan.
When an automated packing and packaging machine manufacturer was searching for a compact, yet high-precision servo drive package, it found the ideal solution from Yaskawa.
Spending time evaluating and selecting the correct drive coupling for a specific application may seem like a source of frustration for designers and engineers, however the resultant benefits from this exercise greatly outweigh the initial effort.
KEB is rolling out its new Generation 6 products, including controllers and drives (F6, H6 & S6), and they have the standard option to be supplied with Functional Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE) but why it is important to machine builders?
The biennial co-located events - Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again returning to Birmingham’s NEC (Halls 8, 9 and 10) from 10-12 April 2018, alongside MACH 2018.