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PID, APC July 1, 2005

Exclusive: High-temp superconducting wire aids motor development

Rockwell Automation reports it successfully demonstrated in June 2005 the first use of second-generation (2G) high-temperature superconducting (HTS) wire in a 2-hp Reliance Electric HTS motor. The firm adds that HTS wire remains key to making HTS technology practical for use in large, industrial motors.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Mechatronics and Motion Control June 1, 2004

‘Relaunched’ Hannover Fair promotes business optimism, innovation

This year's Hannover Industrial Fair on April 19-24 added the process automation show Interkama to its format of eight "fairs within a fair," attracting 180,000 visitors to products and technologies from 5,040 exhibitors worldwide. Led by Factory Automation and Interkama, the "relaunched" show's 2004 lineup also included sectors on Energy, Digital Factory, Surface Tech...

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Industrial PCs March 1, 2004

Hannover Fair 2004 widens scope, adds Interkama

Each year, Hannover Industrial Fair brings together multiple tradeshows covering a gamut of automation technologies. In 2004, the fair widens its scope by adding well-known process automation show Interkama+ to its "eight shows in one" format. Interkama and the seven other shows are scheduled for April 19-24 at the Hannover Fairgrounds.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Energy, Power December 1, 2003

Transformer anatomy

Among the most common passive electromagnetic devices in use, transformers enable very efficient change of alternating current (ac) voltage from one value to another at constant frequency. Providing different input voltages to multiple power supplies in industrial equipment is a frequent application.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Asset Management November 1, 2003

Honeywell’s Industry Solutions reasserts growth

Calmer, more predictable times are ahead for Honeywell, according to Jack D. Bolick, president of the Industry Solutions business in Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions group, who spoke Oct. 21 during an evening media event at ISA Expo 2003. "Turmoil at Honeywell is over; the company is not for sale," said Bolick, during his presentation that centered on calmer, more ...

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Mechatronics and Motion Control August 23, 2002

Servo Motion Spreads Integration, Applications

This article is an Online Extra to the Electric Servos Go for Ease of Use, Integrate with All the Plant .' Click on the title to read the entire article. Sidebar: Servo motion applications Integration of components that comprise an electric servo system is growing, alongside an overall integration of servo motion systems into manufacturing processes. Several complementary factors are helping to expand applications, hence the servo motion market.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
PLCs, PACs February 4, 2002

Sprecher + Schuh introduces compact combination starter

Houston, Tex. - A "simple, compact alternative to traditional combination starters" is how Sprecher + Schuh refers to its newly introduced CX7 enclosed combination starter.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Motors and Drives January 28, 2002

ABB medium-voltage drives and motors power wind tunnel

New Berlin, Wis. - ABB has recently been awarded a $29-million order from the U.S. Air Force for large drives and motors at the Arnold Engineering & Development Center's (AEDC) Propulsion Wind Tunnel facility (Tullahoma, Tenn.).

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Motors and Drives January 24, 2002

New contactors, overload relays from Siemens

Alpharetta, Ga. - Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. recently introduced three sizes of large-frame contactors and overload relays with ratings in the 115-500 A range for both ac or dc motor control.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Diagnostics, Asset Management January 15, 2002

2001 edition of Miconex a success

Shanghai, China - Miconex, International Fair for Measurement, Instrumentation, and Automation, drew 389 exhibitors from 14 countries and 45,000 visitors during its October 23-26, 2001 run.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Industrial PCs January 1, 2002

SPS/IPC/Drives 2001 show exceeds expectations

SPS/IPC/Drives, the growing, "special interest" electrical automation show, just concluded another successful run, Nov. 27-29, 2001, in five exhibition halls at Nuremberg's Exhibition Center.SPS/IPC/Drives focuses on PLC/ industrial PC technologies, electric drives, as well as fieldbuses, communications, software for control and visualization, sensors and informat...

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Manufacturing IT, MES December 12, 2001

PLCopen’s Function Blocks add order to motion control

Zaltbommel, Netherlands - Applying various, often incompatible motion control systems can be complex, confusing, and costly to users.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Industrial PCs December 3, 2001

SPS/IPC/Drives 2001: European electric automation show exceeds expectations

Nuremberg, Germany - SPS/IPC/Drives, the growing "special interest" electrical automation show, just concluded another successful run, Nov. 27-29, 2001.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Motors and Drives November 5, 2001

11 new sponsors boost ‘Motor Decisions Matter’ campaign

Boston, Mass. - The national campaign to develop an overall management plan for electric motors, known as "Motor Decisions Matter" (MDM) was bolstered at the end of October 2001 by 10 motor manufacturers and an organization that focuses on improving energy investment returns-Advanced Energy (Raleigh, N.C.).

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Motors and Drives November 1, 2001

The 3 (or more) faces of ac variable-speed drives

P robably the most versatile among motor control methods, ac variable-speed drives (VSDs) are available in three principal flavors. Open-loop control, sensorless vector control, and flux vector control provide increasingly sophisticated command of induction motors [and permanent magnet synchronous motors]. Comparative VSD Characteristics V/Hz Control Sensorless Vector Control Flux Vector Control* Speed regulation 1% 0.5% 0.001% Speed range 40:1 100-120:1 >1,000:1 Torque regulation - +/-5%* +/-2% Starting torque 150% 150-250%** 150-400%** *Field-oriented FVC base Source: Control Engineering with data from Danfoss, GE Toshiba, Rockwell Automation, and Schneider Electric Open-loop ac drives employ the simplest motor control, the so-called Volts per Hertz (V/Hz) method. Also known as "scalar" control to differentiate it from vector control methods, V/Hz runs in open loop without a formal feedback device.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Energy, Power October 18, 2001

ART offers novel infrared test and inspection system

Montreal, Quebec, Canada - ISIS (Infrared Screening and Inspection Solution) for printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), from ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc., applies the company's advanced laser and thermal imaging methods.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Industrial PCs October 1, 2001

SPS/IPC/Drives 2001: Major European electric automation show coming

SPS/IPC/Drives, the growing "special interest" Electrical Automation show, is heading for another run on Nov. 27-29. Five exhibition halls at Nürnberg's Exhibition Center will be used for the first time to accommodate the event.Besides the show's mainstays of PLC/industrial PC technologies and electric drives, SPS/IPC/Drives will focus on wider, related...

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Robotics June 1, 2001

E-business, usual technologies mix at Hannover Fair 2001

Hannover, Germany —E-business, industrial information technology (IT), system solutions, microsystems, and mechatronics were joined in the spotlight at Hannover Fair 2001 by its traditional themes of factory automation, robotics, drives, and motion control. Approximately 260,000 visitors attended the six-day run, April 23-28.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Vision and Discrete Sensors May 1, 2001

Simplifying torque measurements

Livonia, Mich.— Embedded Magnetic Domain (EMD) torque sensors, developed by Fast Technology, promise to ease torque measurement in shafts compared to complex strain-gage methods or those requiring specialized instrumentation. EMD technology is a non-contact method that combines magnetic induction and electronic processing to obtain direct torque readings in real time.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
HMI, OI April 1, 2001

Linear feedback devices control motion precisely

Scan heads for open linear encoders can be made very small to fit tight machine spaces. Component-style construction and a separate interface board go along with miniaturization, as in this RGH34 read head from Renishaw Inc. (Schaumburg, Ill.). L inear motors and motion systems depend on position feedback for best performance.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Mechatronics and Motion Control April 1, 2001

Linear feedback devices offer variety

Feedback devices for linear motion and position sensing continue to evolve. More product varieties and enhanced features can be expected.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Motors and Drives March 16, 2001

Baldor highlights servo motors, soft starters at NMW

Baldor Electric Co.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Mechatronics and Motion Control March 16, 2001

NMW show briefs

Siemens

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Motors and Drives March 15, 2001

Servo drives to hydraulic hose, all part of system solutions at Parker

Parker Hannifin Corp.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Motors and Drives March 14, 2001

Low-cost motor controller, programming unit from Anacon

Anacon Systems

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
PLCs, PACs March 8, 2001

Micro PLC and operator panel combination expands functions

Unitronics Ltd.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Mechatronics and Motion Control February 20, 2001

Danaher Motion Debuts at NMW

Danaher Corp.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Mechatronics and Motion Control February 1, 2001

SPS/IPC/Drives 2000 offers something for everyone

Measurable statistics, such as number of visitors and exhibitors, display floor space, and a conference program that totaled over 100 lectures, all indicated continuing momentum for SPS/IPC/Drives Exhibition & Conference, held here on Nov. 28-30, 2000. (See details in "Up Front," CE, Jan.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Vision and Discrete Sensors January 1, 2001

Momentum continues for SPS/IPC/Drives 2000

Notch another successful run and continuing momentum for SPS/IPC/Drives, the Electric Automation Technology Exhibition & Conference, held here Nov. 28-30. Visitors increased 14% to 18,700, while 642 exhibitors (98 more than in 1999) occupied 33,400 m² of floor space—a growth of 11% —at Nürnberg's Exhibition Center.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Motors and Drives December 1, 2000

Miconex 2000 continues growing

Beijing, China—Miconex 2000—International Fair for Measurement, Instrumentation, and Automation—grew to nearly 500 exhibitors and drew 45,300 visitors during its Sept.11-14 run here. Messe Düsseldorf China Ltd. (MDC, Shanghai) reported nearly all exhibitors indicated satisfaction with number of visitors (98%), quality of visitors (94%), and their overall participa...

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Manufacturing IT, MES October 1, 2000

Miconex 2000 mirrors China’s move into new millennium

With less ceremony than previous editions, Miconex 2000—International Fair for Measurement, Instrumentation, and Automation—opened with renewed vigor here on Sept. 11 for a four-day run. This year's event was the largest overall of 11 Miconex shows, which began in Shanghai in 1983.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Motors and Drives September 1, 2000

MV drives flex muscles, widen applications

Wider applications for medium-voltage (MV) drives are opening due to the substantial increase in power output of ACS 6000 drives, introduced by ABB Industrie AG in late May 2000. ACS 6000 expands power output with a 3-27 MW range at 3.3 kV (up to 6.6 kV for high-speed units).

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Asset Management July 1, 2000

Miconex 2000: A portal to the world’s 7th largest economy

It's showtime again in the "Northern Capital." Miconex 2000—International Fair for Measurement, Instrumentation, and Automation—returns with high expectations, after the last show in 1998, to the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, Sept. 11-14. [For additional worldwide developments, see the "Global Update" department in this issue.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Workforce Development June 1, 2000

Siemens’ Dr. Krubasik sees growth, IT innovation, “payback” teams

Shortly after conducting German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's Mar. 21 visit to Siemens' stand at Hannover Fair, Edward G. Krubasik, Siemens' executive vp, spoke with Control Engineering. Dr. Krubasik focused on overall growth plans for Siemens, including its industry segment, which he described as its Automation & Control (A&C) business.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
May 1, 2000

China enters a crucial ‘New Year’ for trade

Two notable speakers made presentations on Feb. 9 at a U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce event. Wei Ruixing, consul general of the People's Republic of China in Chicago, spoke on "Economic Outlook and Business Opportunities in China upon the Entry of China into the World Trade Organization (WTO).

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Mechatronics and Motion Control January 1, 1998

Terminology in Motion

Motion control, as other technologies, has its fair share of special terms. Not all of them are rigorously defined; some require blending to suit the specific audience. Here's a sampling of some well-known and not-so-well-known terms.A motion control system typically consists of a controller to process motion algorithms and signals; an amplifier to boost signals to a level needed to p...

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor