Drives and Control Solutions

Motors, Control Solutions, Power Transmission and Advanced Motion Technology                                                                 

Drives and Control Solutions' Bimonthly Digest is distributed on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
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2018 - 2022 Drives and Control Solutions Issues

Functional Safety / Industrial Innovations / Product News May 18, 2022
Industrial Connections / Efficiency / Product News May 4, 2022
Keeping Industry Turning Efficiently / Product News April 20, 2022
Driving Industry Success / Product News April 6, 2022
Monthly Product Issue - March 2022 March 30, 2022
Solutions for Drives and Controls / Product News  March 16, 2022
Driving Industries Forward / Product News  March 2, 2022
Monthly Product Issue February 22, 2022
Driving Motion / Product News February 16, 2022
Industrial Motor Insights/Product News February 2, 2022
Monthly Product Issue January 27, 2022
Ready for Manufacturing/Product News January 19, 2022
Progressing Forward/New Products January 5, 2022
Featured Products of 2021 December 28, 2021
Featured Articles of 2021 December 15, 2021
Monthly Product Issue December 2, 2021
Servo Considerations / Product News December 1, 2021
 Smart Solutions / Drive Programming November, 17, 2021
Spartan Controls and Mechanical Advantage Announce New Agreement / Product News November, 3, 2021
Monthly Product Round-Up October 29, 2021
VFD's Reduce Cavitation Risks / Product News October 6, 2021
Motor Upgrades / Machine Safety September, 15, 2021
Control Systems/ AC Motors September, 1, 2021
Monthly Product Round-Up August 30, 2021
Siemens 2-Pole Electric Motor / Condition Monitoring August, 18, 2021
New Partnerships/ Product News August 4, 2021
Monthly Product Round-Up July 29, 2021
Made in Canada/ Powertrain Considerations July 7, 2021
Monthly Product Round-Up June 29, 2021
Motor Operation & Technical Review / Reducing Emissions June 16, 2021
Energy Efficiency/ Performance June 2, 2021
Special Product Issue – May 2021 May 28, 2021
Condition Monitoring/ Legacy Upgrades May 19, 2021
Connection Challenge/ IT-OT/ Motor FAQ May 5, 2021
Special Monthly Product Issue April 27, 2021
VFD Cables/Modularity/Canadian Shifts April 21, 2021
Motor Maintenance/ HVAC and IT/ Product News April 7, 2021
Special Monthly Product Issue March 26, 2021
Proper Motor Selection/ A Look Into a Rewinding Shop/ Product News March 17, 2021
Winch Control/ Unplanned Downtime/ Product News March 3, 2021
Special Product Issue February 25, 2021
Predictive Maintenance/ Motor Maintenance Video/ Product News February 17, 2021
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


DCS HELUKABEL Critical Keys to Selecting Right Cable Manufacturer 1 400

As we began 2022, global material shortages and rapidly increasing costs have now become the new reality. The types of materials that have suddenly become difficult to procure are wide-ranging and include computer chips for automotive manufacturing, wood for new construction, and electrical components – just to name a few.

These shortages have created great uncertainty, which is reflected in a recent poll of contractors in the U.S. by the Chamber of Commerce. They reported:

  • •83% are experiencing product delays.
  • •71% are struggling to meet schedule requirements.
  • •68% are experiencing delays expected into 2023.
  • •58% are putting in higher bids on projects.
  • •53% are saying major project shutdowns/delays are a top concern.
  • •41% are saying material shortages continue.
  • •39% are turning down work opportunities.

One of the major material components that affect the cost and availability of wire and cable is copper. This widely used metal, which traditionally has been a volatile commodity, has been steadily increasing in price, which is due to several supply and demand issues.

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Motors for RoboticsTradeoff 1: Torque Density vs. Size 

When calculating the torque requirements for robotic joints, you may run into the first tradeoff: How can you increase the torque in a robotic motor without increasing its size? 

In the frameless motors used in robotic joints, torque increases in direct proportion to an increase in motor length, or as the square of an increase in diameter. In other words, doubling the diameter produces a fourfold increase in torque, known as the D2L rule. In order to achieve the torque required to move and hold substantial loads, the most common approach is to use a larger-diameter robotics motor rather than a longer one, which would make the joint too large and difficult to integrate into your overall design. 

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Hydrogen EnginesHydrogen is an increasingly popular energy carrier. It can be readily produced from water using renewable electricity, and it burns without any greenhouse gas emissions. It is colorless, odorless, and does not spill. It’s no wonder there is a great interest in hydrogen engines as a part of destination zero. 

In this article, Cummins explains how hydrogen fuel can power a vehicle by comparing the similarities and differences between hydrogen and diesel and gas engines and provides some examples of hydrogen engines in mobility and transport. 

 

 

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Augmented Intelligence Platform for Oil and GasEZ Ops, the provider of oil and gas operations software that identifies top priorities to produce the cleanest and most profitable hydrocarbons in the world, has announced the second release of its augmented intelligence operations platform with new capabilities for dynamic routing and day scheduling. 

EZ Ops latest platform release helps operators efficiently plan their daily schedule in under three minutes with certainty they are doing highest value work during their shift, with the least drive time and lowest greenhouse gas emissions. Intelligent schedules and routing draw on algorithms that compute millions of internal and external data including production data, inspection schedules...

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Omron Whitepaper - MVRC: Mark, Verify, Read and Communicate

Utopias are common in fiction, from Plato’s The Republic to The Federation in Star Trek. For manufacturers, a world without unplanned downtime would be the perfect utopia. The question is, is abolishing unplanned downtime a far-fetched dream, or is it closer than we think? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial equipment supplier, EU Automation shares his vision for a downtime free age.

According to research by Oneserve, machine downtime is costing British manufacturers over £180 billion a year. Unplanned downtime halts production, but can also lead to wasted raw materials or damage to the system itself – amplifying the cost beyond loss of production. Further research conducted by GE Digital found that 70 per cent of companies lack full awareness of when equipment is due for maintenance, upgrade or repair..

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