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More Drives & Motors features

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    Future proofing your motor management strategy(02/09/2019)

    Manufacturers sit at the cutting edge of the Industry 4.0 revolution. Technology is changing the industry as we know it – and manufacturers need to prepare for the impact advancements in tech are set to have. To do so, manufacturers need a clear vision as to how digitalisation is going to impact their sector.

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    Why motor size matters(02/09/2019)

    From common household appliances like electric toothbrushes and fans, to larger applications in locomotives and industrial plants, motors are ubiquitous. Some of the smallest motors can be found in the defence industry, where precision, efficiency, reliability and compactness are essential. Here, Stewart Goulding, Managing Director of EMS Ltd, explains why small precision motors are essential in the defence industry.

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    How to use servo motors with the Arduino Uno(02/09/2019)

    In this ‘how-to’ article, you will learn what servo motors are, where you may use them, and how to use them!

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    Nidec ASI supplies the complete power management system for the mega yacht(01/08/2019)

    Nidec ASI has developed and installed the Power Management System on the mega yacht Wider 165, optimising power management on the vessel and distributing it between the staterooms, propulsive system and recharging of batteries.

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    Analogue to digital DC drives(01/07/2019)

    In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s if you wanted to vary the speed of an industrial motor the only way to do this was with a DC motor and a DC drive. It was the industry norm. But at the same time this technology was analogue. Even when the first AC inverters came along the setup was analogue. So, what do we mean by analogue?

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    KEB supports e-mobility and the vehicle drive of the future(01/07/2019)

    Engineers of the future have built an electrically driven racing car for Formula Student. For the "Speeding Scientists Siegen" Racing Team (S3) KEB Automation is supporting the vehicle drive of the future: e-mobility in an endurance test. But how does this relate to auxiliary power drives for buses?

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    Electrifying the aerospace industry(01/07/2019)

    The electrification of transport industries is not a new development. In fact, automotive manufacturers have spent the last decade investing in the development of electric powertrains. Aerospace companies, however, have not been so quick to follow suit. Here, Graham Mackrell, Managing Director of Harmonic Drive UK, explains the design challenges for electrifying aviation.

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    Using variable speed drives with standby generators(19/06/2019)

    Many industries, utilities and public service buildings have a critical requirement for continuity of power supplied to them to ensure that their operation is not compromised in the case of a supply failure.

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    Keyhole surgery using robots(03/06/2019)

    The Bristol Robotics Laboratory are incorporating maxon products as part of a project to develop Robot Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery (RAMIS).

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    Why DC? It’s not dead yet(03/06/2019)

    Thirty years ago, as AC inverters improved their reliability, several well-known companies and big names in the automation business announced that DC was dead.

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    Brushless motors: All you really need to know(03/06/2019)

    Oriental Motor have been trading since 1885 when they were founded in Tokyo. The company is now a well-established worldwide business with experience in the development, manufacture and marketing of compact electrical motors and drive systems.

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    Suppress interference and ensure your drives work smoothly, safely and in harmony(03/06/2019)

    To ensure the stability and safety of drive assemblies, OEMs and machine builders can choose from a variety of mains- or motor-side suppression accessories – or combinations of the two – to ensure drives comply with specific EMC requirements of the application, says Mark Checkley of KEB Automation.

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    Highly integrated gate drivers in motor control designs save space(03/06/2019)

    High power density, high-efficiency, three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motors powered by Li-ion batteries enable development of cordless power tools, vacuum cleaners and e-bikes. However, to save space for even more compact electromechanical devices, designers are under pressure to further shrink their motor control electronics, which is no simple task.

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    Five crucial questions all serial OEMs should ask(03/06/2019)

    There can be few businesses that understand the importance of collaborative working relationships as well as OEMs – after all, their products are the engines of their customers’ success.

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    Joining the Industry 4.0 dots: The IO-Link encoder(03/05/2019)

    IO-Link is a breakthrough technology that has achieved rapid and widespread acceptance over the past five years and helped ‘join the dots’ for many industrial processes working towards Industry 4.0.