What are motors and drives?

Motors transform electrical and magnetic energy to motion and include a wide array of technologies, designs, sizes, form factors and standards for many applications. Drives control the motion of motors and other actuators and can be integrated with the motor or other actuator, stand alone, and can exist as a software application in a controller.
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Motors, Drives May 17, 2020

10 essential maintenance and troubleshooting tips for VFDs

A properly maintained variable frequency drive (VFD) can provide decades and cost-effective service. Making VFD inspections and maintenance part of facility oversight can improve outcomes.

By Lori Wade
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Motors, Drives April 10, 2020

High-performance motor designs

Motor innovations: Advanced motor technologies influence motor form factors, performance, and efficiencies. Examine how these technology advances can help with your next set of applications.

By Dan Jones and Mark T. Hoske
Motors, Drives September 6, 2019

2019 Motor Drives Study research

Five trends on buying and, specifying motor drives for industrial automation applications.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Figure 2: EASA and Plant Engineering (CFE Media) research included asset management strategies for motors and rotating equipment. Those who lag in adopting asset monitoring technologies may risk losing business to those who do. Courtesy: EASA and Plant Engineering
Motors, Drives August 16, 2019

Motors, fans, pumps, compressors: IIoT avoids downtime

Think Again: Remote monitoring, sensors, analytics and real-time intelligence is helping those who manufacture, use, and repair motors and attached critical assets to avoid downtime with prescriptive maintenance technologies, says EASA and Plant Engineering research.

By Mark T. Hoske
When conducting a motor analysis, it’s important to measure a number of key factors, starting with motor temperature, power quality, and torque. Courtesy: Fluke Corporation
Motors, Drives January 30, 2019

Diagnosing motor health: Start with the basics

Temperature, power quality, and torque all are strong indicators of a motor's health.

By Frank Healy
Motors, Drives March 26, 2018

Stepper motor torque basics

Stepper motors remain popular for industrial motor applications because they are low-cost, rugged, simple, have high torque at startup and low speeds, require little maintenance, and they can operate in an open loop control system.

By Eric Rice, Applied Motion Products
Motors, Drives January 4, 2018

Three major VFD trends

Variable frequency drive (VFD) development is shifting focus away from general-purpose motor controls that are already meeting market demands toward reduced installation costs. Consider industrial VFD installation time, VFD installation space and VFD harmonics.

By Jason Wellnitz, Yaskawa America Inc.
Figure 1: DC motors work well in low cost, low speed or constant-torque applications such as on this belt-driven roller conveyor. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Business of Engineering February 8, 2017

How to select a motor for an industrial application

Cover Story: Understanding the main types of loads, motors, and applications can help simplify industrial motor and accessory selection.

By Bryan Sisler
Motors, Drives September 24, 2012

Permanent magnet motors outperform induction motors in many applications

Permanent magnet synchronous motors offer significant advantages on high-energy-consuming and high-dynamic applications, compared to induction motors. See table, photo gallery.

By Harald Poesch
Motors, Drives June 23, 2012

Making good motor decisions

Correct motor sizing is critical for maximum efficiency, as is making the right rewind-versus-replace determination.

By Joe Kimbrell