ABB has published a guide to help UK motor users to cut through the jungle of terms and definitions used in the new ATEX directive, which came into force on 1 July. The ATEX Jargon Buster is a comprehensive A-to-Z of ATEX-related terms and contains links to Web sites with more information. The free guide comes as a PDF file, which you can request by emailing email@example.com with your name, company and postcode.
DeviceNet has been approved as national standard in China where it has been included in the first Chinese standard covering fieldbus technologies. The GB/T 18858 standard is equivalent to the global fieldbus standard, IEC 62026.
Colorado-based UQM Technologies has been awarded a two-year, $750,000 contract by the US Department of Energy to continue developing a modular line of high-performance motors for hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles. The work will focus on integrating electronic controls and a recently patented rotor sensing technology for the permanent magnet machines.