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Drives and Control Solutions' Bimonthly Digest is distributed on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
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2018 - 2020 Drives and Control Solutions Issues

Bearing Considerations/ Machine Safety/ Product News February 3, 2021
Special Product Issue January 28, 2021
Adapted Connectivity/ Machine Safety/ Product Focus January 20, 2021
Motor & Drive Systems 2021/ Upcoming Events/ Product News January 6, 2021
Special Product Issue December 30, 2020
Year in Review December 28, 2020
Special Product Issue December 23, 2020
Evolving Industry Considerations/ Siemens New Look MCC SIVACON S8/ Integrated Motor Drive December 16, 2020
Integrated Solution/ Advancing Motor Tech/ AC Microdrive December 2, 2020
Drives & Control Systems November Special Product Issue November 27, 2020
Importance of Bearing Selection/ Implications of Subpar Oil & Lubricant  November 18, 2020
New Case Study from Mohawk/ Facts Worth Knowing about AC Drives/ VFDs for High-Speed  November 4, 2020
Drive & Control Systems October Special Product Issue October 29, 2020
ctrlX Automation/ Smarter Path to Servo Press Optimization October 21, 2020

VFD Maintenance/ Designing MCC's/ Drive Mounting

October 7, 2020

Special Product Issue

October 1, 2020

AC Drive Facts/ MCC Corrosion Prevention/ Gear Motors

September 16, 2020

IIoT Sensors & Condition Monitoring/ Servo Motor Systems Webinar/ Cleaning Cycle Times

September 2, 2020

Drives & Control Solutions August Special Product Issue

August 27, 2020

Pumping Solutions/ AC Drive Facts Series/ Motor & Drives 2021

August 19, 2020

AC Drive Facts Series/ Selecting Braking Resistors/ All About Servo Motors

August 5, 2020

AC Drive Facts Cont’d/ Industrial Transformation/ Cybersecurity

July 15, 2020

AC Drive Facts Series/ Functional Safety/ Motor Applications

July 1, 2020

VFD's in Aeration/ Innovation Talks/ A New World of Automation

June 17, 2020

ABB to Upgrade Pulp Mill in Quebec/ Danfoss Series: AC Drives Part-1/ Talking Motion Control

June 3, 2020

Special Product Issue - Featured Products of May

June 1, 2020

Facts about AC Drives Part 2/ VFD's vs. Soft Starters/ Machine Safety in Canada

May 20, 2020

AC Drive Facts/ Motor Duty Cycles/ Mining Considerations

May 6, 2020

Special Product Issue

April 30, 2020

Power Quality/ VFD Upgrade Tips/ Using the Right VFD

April 15, 2020

Mining Control, Robust Connectors/ Product News

April 1, 2020
 March 18, 2020

Servo Drives/ Safety/ New Products

March 4, 2020

Motor Duty Cycles/ Smart Manufacturing/ Safety Tips for 2020

February 19, 2020

Yaskawa Assembly Facility/ Safe Control/ Hazardous Powertrain Monitoring

February 5, 2020

Maintenance/Autonomous Drilling/ Peer Profile

January 15, 2020

Featured Products of 2019

January 1, 2020

2019 Holiday Issue: Articles and Products of 2019

December 18, 2019

Convention centre VFD retrofit/ Automation Fair/ Proper Labelling

December 4, 2019

A New Age of OEM Value/Open Source Automation/Servo Drives

November 20, 2019

Motion Controllers/ Plant Safety/ Answering Your Questions

November 6, 2019

Motor Controller Adds Safety/ Preventative vs. Predictive Maintenance/ What happens if you don’t grease your motor

October 16, 2019

Powertrain for the future/ Improving Equipment/ Safety Becomes Standard

October 2, 2019

Powertrain and Drivetrain Operations/Machine Safety/Downtime Prevention

September 18, 2019

Cost Saving with VFDs/ Rolling Motion Industries/ Low-Voltage Motors and Drives

September 4, 2019

Discussing Automation/ Potash Mining/ Low-Harmonic Drives

August 21, 2019

Machine Gears/ Safety/ Advanced Motion Technology

August 7, 2019

Savings with VFD's/ Looking Back at Electric Motor Use/ Global Motion Industries Market

July 17, 2019

New Direction/ Industry 4.0 Hydraulics/ SEW-Eurodrive Pushes Boundaries

July 3, 2019

Industry Insights/ Process Standardization/ Market Report

June 19, 2019

Industry Insights/ Simple Motor Control/ Ring Drives

June 5, 2019

Industry Insights/ Rotary Indexers/ Eramosa Engineering

May 15, 2019

Improving Beer Production/ Cicular Connectors/ Stopping Distances

May 1, 2019

Yaskawa Case Study/Cost Reducing Pneumatics/Bridging The Skills Gap

April 17, 2019

Yaskawa Matrix Drives/ Why Sizing Matters/ Stellar Power & Control Solutions

April 3, 2019

Turbines or Drives/Linear Motion Technology/ABB Introduces ACQ580 VFD

March 20, 2019

Servo Motor Torque Ripple Explained/ Pneumatic Valves/ Cabinet-Free Drive Technology

March 6, 2019
Pneumatic Air Cushioning/ JMP Solutions/ Advanced Certification from Fanuc February 20, 2019
Mulit-tasking motion/ CSA webinar/ VFD's use in greenhouses

February 6, 2019

Efficiency and Connectivity/ Partnerships/ Hazardous Locations January 16, 2019

2018 Product Review

January 2, 2019
Maximizing Throughput/ Learning from Nature, Holiday Gift Guide December 19, 2018
Products and Trends from SPS IPC Drives 2018/ Automation and Education/ Festo videos December 6, 2018
Product Efficiencies/ Multi-tasking/ Schneider Demo Trailer November 21, 2018
 Drive Efficiency/ Waste Water Facility Upgrade/ New ProductsDrive Efficiency/ Waste Water Facility Upgrade/ New Products  November 7, 2018

 

 


Editor's Pick: Featured Article


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New woodlands are being created in the UK with the help of Mid Wales-based Invertek Drives through the Forest Carbon project to offset its carbon footprint. The company, which manufactures variable frequency drives (VFD) at its global headquarters at Welshpool, Powys, has worked with a local printing company to purchase ‘carbon balancing’ paper for all of its in-house printers, including the printing of its products’ handbooks.

Forest Carbon plants woodlands for companies wanting to mitigate the impact of their greenhouse emissions, as well as making a contribution to wider environmental benefits. It is the only UK-based carbon standard and is supported by the government.

The woodlands are planted at locations where they would not otherwise be commercially viable. The paper purchased by Invertek Drives is currently helping plant trees on land near Carlisle, Cumbria.

The new woodlands will not only help capture CO2, but also provide benefits for local biodiversity, landscape, flood management, water quality and recreation.

Referring to companies like Invertek Drives, Carbon Forest states: “These are companies who already avoid and reduce their emissions as far as they can and want to finish the job by capturing the remaining balance.”

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Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) was recently pleased to announce that Electrocomponents plc, a global omni-channel solutions partner for electronics, industrial and automation customers and suppliers has joined the association as a global member, along with its subsidiaries Allied Electronics & Automation (Allied), a distributor of automation and control, electronic, electrical, mechanical, and maintenance products in North America and RS Components (RS), a global distribution partner for industrial customers and suppliers involved in designing, building or maintaining industrial equipment and facilities.

Electrocomponents will be represented on the ECIA by Chris Beeson, Senior Vice President of Electronics at RS. Peter Malpas, EMEA Regional President for RS; Sean Fredricks APAC Regional President for RS; and Ken Bradley President of Allied in the Americas will represent their respective regions.

“We recognize the importance of partnering with other industry leaders in electronics manufacturing and distribution to stay on the cutting edge of technology for the wide-ranging benefit of our customers,” said Beeson. “Membership in ECIA allows Electrocomponents, Allied and RS to have a seat at the table with other global distribution and manufacturing leaders to solve problems and advance our industry.”

“We are excited to work alongside our distributor peers and suppliers as ECIA tackles critical industry issues and global technical standards,” said Bradley. “This is an excellent opportunity to focus our collective power on customer-facing challenges we can solve together.”

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Product News

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New Product

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The second generation of safety light curtains, PSENopt II, provide safe access to the production process and provide finger, hand and body protection, depending on the requirement. The first Type 3 safety light curtains are specifically designed for applications up to PL d of EN/IEC 61496-1. Type 4 light curtains are also available for applications up to PL e of EN/IEC 61496-1/-2.

As the units are so robust, PSENopt II sensors provide protection against shock, collision and vibration and so are suitable for use in rugged industrial environments. The operator can evaluate the essential causes and system defects responsible for the machine stop by means of the LEDs. Downtimes are reduced as a result.

The safety light curtains are available in lengths from 150 mm to 1800 mm. In combination with the configurable control system PNOZmulti 2 you have a safe, complete, one-stop solution. Compatible accessories range from installation assistance through to mirror columns.

New: Accessory for the light curtain PSENopt II to prevent restart

With our new accessory PSENopt II lockout for the PSENopt II range of light curtains you can prevent the machine restarting. This is necessary, for example, when carrying out maintenance work within the danger zone. PSENopt II lockout consists of an assembly unit that is attached to the side of the light curtain like a swivel arm. If the danger zone is accessed, the swivel arm can be folded out in front of the light curtain’s field of vision and fitted with a lock. As a result the light curtain no longer has a free field of vision, so start up is prevented.

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