Motors, Drives

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Motors, Drives August 31, 2022

Acquisitions reveal motor supplier strategies

The top three suppliers of low voltage ac motors made waves in the motor and drives space with a string of acquisition announcements in early August. First, WEG announced its acquisition of Gefran’s motion control business.

By Blake Griffin
Figure 2: STXI Motion is a global designer and supplier of motion control and servo solutions. Recently, the company’s stepIM integrated stepper motors powered by Servotronix closed-loop servo drive were specified into a new series of sheet-metal-bending press brakes from Cincinnati Inc. To reduce design costs and maintain quick and precise positioning of backgauges before each metal-forming cycle, CI chose STXI Motion’s stepIM integrated stepper motors. Courtesy: STXI Motion
Motors, Drives August 5, 2022

Integrated stepper motors trim accurate metal forming costs

Backgauges are motorized multi-axis reference edges on press brakes and use smart steppers to reduce system complexity and improve the overall design.

By Yosi Balbul
Motors, Drives August 2, 2022

Industrial motor communications: Optimization

How to optimize industrial motor communications is the topic of an Aug. 4 RCEP webcast, and related advice about industrial networks for motors and drives follows.

By Bob Trask, Paul Brooks and Michael Bowne
Motors, Drives June 25, 2022

Energy-efficient drive launched

Yaskawa's ac industrial fan and pump drive solution is designed for all environments.

By Yaskawa America, Inc.
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors, Drives June 16, 2022

Direct-drive servo tutorial, application update

Solving low speed rotary servo applications with direct-drive motors avoids hidden initial costs, while saving money over the life of the machine. Example shows $73,000 annual savings on a widget-making machine.

By Matt Pelletier
Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives June 16, 2022

Questions answered to demystify servo sizing

Extra questions about servomotor sizing are answered here, from a May 17 webcast, archived for a year. More help includes related services and software, more servomotor sizing errors and information needed for servomotor sizing.

By Sixto Moralez
Motors, Drives June 14, 2022

Technique developed for fabricating transistors

Researchers are searching for the next great semiconductors—materials that can continue to improve and evolve microprocessors and other nanoelectric devices. Graphene nanoribbons, a one-atom-thick material just 3 nanometers wide, are one of the most promising candidates.

By Jason Daley
Yaskawa's GA500 AC Microdrive can operate a variety of motors, which include induction, permanent magnet (SPM and IPM), and synchronous reluctance (SynRM). Courtesy: New Products for Engineers, Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors, Drives June 6, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering content: May 30 to June 5, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered the Career and Salary Survey, induction motors, HMI design tips and improving remote operations. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives May 12, 2022

Servomotor help: Demystify servo sizing

Webcast has help for servomotor and servo amplifier (servo drives) sizing. Also get some advice below.

By Sixto Moralez
Yaskawa's GA500 AC Microdrive can operate a variety of motors, which include induction, permanent magnet (SPM and IPM), and synchronous reluctance (SynRM). Courtesy: New Products for Engineers, Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors, Drives April 25, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 18-24, 2022

Articles about induction motors, wireless instrumentation, heat engines, PWM effects and flue-gas monitoring were Control Engineering’s five most-viewed articles from April 18-24, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra