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Motor Driven Systems conference speakers: latest

21 September 2011

The Motor Driven Systems (MDS) Conference, which takes place on November 9 and 10 2011 in Solihull, has confirmed the latest additions to its roster of specialist industry speakers and has given details regarding the UK government’s keynote address speaker. The line-up is as follows:

Mike Walker, of DEFRA, (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), is the Head of Sustainable Energy Using Products at the Department, and, as such, could hardly be a more appropriate official to open the Conference.
Mike Walker has been with DEFRA (or its predecessor DETR) for 12 years and is acutely aware of the challenges facing industry in meeting the need for energy savings. In the past he has managed the Envirowise resource efficiency programme and negotiated Climate Change Agreements with 13 sectors.

John Inskip, of Siemens will look at the question of ‘The Modern Trends of Integrating Safety Systems into Technology’.  With the pending introduction of changes in safety legislation and machinery directives, more emphasis is being placed on safety systems, and the requirement for integrated safety technology is being specified as the state of the art solution. In his paper John will seek to introduce variable speed drive based safety technology; explore a safety integrated solution and traditional safety methods; demonstrate return on investment when implementing safety integrating technology and show practical examples of cost savings and application examples.

Sebastiao Lauro Nau, WEG Electric Motors will discuss technologies for energy efficient motors. Several technologies of motors are available to the market, from the most affordable in terms of cost to those with the highest efficiency. Additionally, motors have to be able to meet many specific requirements, such as variable speed, installation, safety, low level of noise and vibration, long life, maintenance etc.

This paper presents a comparison between the various types of motors available today (for variable speed or not), among them induction motors, switched reluctance motors, and permanent magnet motors, emphasizing characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of each one from the point of view of energy efficiency, but not neglecting other important features as mentioned above.

The most recent technologies of motors will also be discussed and what is expected to be the most affordable technologies for high efficient motors in the future.

Geoff Lockwood of ebm-papst will focus on the need for a Standard for the energy classification of fans.  In his 22 years in the fan industry he has pioneered the use of EC technology to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in building service and refrigeration equipment.  Geoff is an active supporter of the fan industry through his past Chairmanship of the Fan Manufacturers Association.  He is the President of the Federation of Environmental Trades Association (FETA) and President of the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Manufacturers Association (HEVAC). 

From a European perspective he represents the ebm-papst group in Brussels and is the Chairman of the fan working group of the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA).  In 2010 he was recognised by the Refrigeration Industry with the RAC Cooling Industry Awards Environmental Pioneer of the Year.

Frank Griffith of ABB has been with ABB 23 years, rising from Applications Engineer to Consultant in the Drives Applications Group.

Prior to ABB he was employed as Principal Design Engineer with GEC Industrial Controls, after graduate training with Brush Electrical Machines (Control Gear). During this time he has been responsible for two ‘world first’ and four ‘UK first’ designs; all variable speed drives applications.  He also has been an external lecturer for Cranfield University and EA technology.  Main interests are power system quality (harmonics) and the use of Variable Speed Drives to pumping applications.

His theme will be co-ordinating motor driven systems for best efficiency.

Pat Hayton of Siemens is a member of the ‘Institute of Engineering and Technology’, and for the past 23 years has supported the specification and installation of control systems for asynchronous motors, from Energy Optimising Soft Starters to the PWM variable speed drive technology.

Prior to this, he spent 22 years with the Royal Air Force operating a range of military fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Pat is now a Technical Support Manager for Siemens responsible for the application and support of the latest variable speed drive technology within industry. He will be examining retrofitting VSDs to Borehole and Wet-Well pumps.
For further information on the Motor Driven Systems Conference and for delegate booking details contact Andrew Castle at Touchwave Media on 07785 290034 or by email at

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