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.
Please download any of our past issues using the links below.

 

2018 - 2022 Drives and Control Solutions Issues

Leadership in Energy Efficiency / Product News September 21, 2022
Changes and Strategies / Product News September 7, 2022
Industrial Controls - Canadian Focus / Product News August 17, 2022
Driving Innovation and Excellence / Product News August 3, 2022
Monthly Product Issue – July 2022 July 28, 2022
Safety Integrity Level Update / Product News  July 20, 2022
Efficiency, Safety, and Expertise / Product News July 6, 2022
Monthly Product Issue – June 2022 June 29, 2022
Efficient Solutions for Industry / Product News June 15, 2022
Complete Drive Systems / Product News  June 1, 2022
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


 

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When it comes to power transmission and motion control, SEW-EURODRIVE needs no formal introduction. Counted among the industry leaders in drive technology, SEW-EURODRIVE makes drive-based automation its business. SEW-EURODRIVE, founded in 1931, is a global company that specializes in gear motors, frequency inverters, drive systems, industrial gears, and control software. SEW-EURODRIVE products are distinguished by their modular components and customer-centric philosophy. Their modular components can be built in a multitude of configurations, durable gear housings, offer flexible mounting capabilities, and provide advanced electronics that ensure equipment continuously operates efficiently.

Drives & Control Solutions' sibling, Mechatronics Canada, had the opportunity to speak with Shane Carnegie, Electronics Product Manager at SEW-EURODRIVE Canada, to learn more about MOVI-C, a modular automation system that offers a full solution for automation tasks. MOVI-C has been continuously expanding its reach into the mechatronics space, offering an encompassing solution for machine builders and integrators. Below Shane walks us through some of MOVI-C’s unique features and real-world applications.

Can you explain what MOVI-C does?

MOVI-C is an all-in-one modular automation system. Building on the familiar SEW modular gear motors and previous generation inverters, we now have modular inverters, controllers and associated software which ties everything together. For example, you can have a gear box with an AC induction motor, a permanent magnet motor, or a servo motor based on your application requirements. Attached to that we can provide a motor controller which can be mounted in a panel or directly on or near the gear motor. The positioning or velocity control software can be pre-loaded into the motor controller at the factory and all that is required is to send the same standard process data words from your main PLC to the drive system to perform your desired motion. The software interface looks identical no matter what controller or underlying gear motor system is attached.

What are some of the major features that MOVI-C has to offer?

 

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HPS Power Quality Lab FAQs

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