Europe's electric motor efficiency regulations that came into force at the start of 2015 have not resulted in the expected boost to sales of high-efficiency IE3 motors. Under the Ecodesign regulations, common types of motor with ratings from 7.5–375kW placed on the market since 1 January 2015 must either meet the IE3 efficiency level, or meet the lower IE2 level and be fitted with a VSD (variable-speed drive).
ABB, Parker Hannifin and Gambica have become sponsors of the UK's new Motion Control Industry Awards, which will be presented for the first time at a dinner at the National Conference Centre on 12 April, 2016 – during the same week that the Drives & Controls Show is taking place at the nearby National Exhibition Centre.
The engineering sector generates more than 27% of the UK’s GDP and is 68% more productive than the retail and wholesale sectors, according to a new report published by EngineeringUK – the non-profit organisation that promotes the role of engineers and engineering in the UK.
The Japanese drives and motors giant, Yaskawa, is one of the latest exhibitors to sign up to appear at the Drives & Controls Show at the UK's National Exhibition Centre in April. As well as sharing a large stand with its Vipa controls subsidiary, Yaskawa will also take part in the show’s robot demonstration zone.
An interdisciplinary research hub has been created in the UK to drive research into the Internet of Things (IoT). A consortium of nine UK universities will work together over the next three years to explore issues affecting the IoT in terms of privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security (Petras).
Siemens is integrating its geared motors and motion control divisions more closely in the UK, and has promoted Julie Ferguson to be the new manager of its geared motors business with the aim of doubling the business within three years.
Exhibitor bookings for the upcoming Drives & Controls Show are continuing to stream in. One of the latest to sign up is Schneider Electric which is returning with an even bigger stand than it had in 2014, as well as an application display at the front of the hall.
The Taiwanese automation supplier, Adlink Technology, is buying the British IoT (Internet of Things) specialist PrismTech for a reported $16.6m. PrismTech, established in 1992, has about 70 employees and a turnover of around $10m. It will operate as a “semi-autonomous” business within Adlink.
Schneider Electric’s planned reverse takeover of the UK-based industrial software developer Aveva has been abandoned after the two parties were unable to agree on the terms of the transaction.
UK manufacturers have become less confident in the Government’s ability to create a more balanced economy by expanding the sector, according to a new survey by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the accountants and business advisers, BDO.
Simon Goodwin, general manager of B&R Automation in the UK for almost ten years, has been appointed managing director of Weidmüller in the UK and Ireland. He will be responsible for developing and driving the business, providing strategic leadership, and overseeing the company’s activities in the UK and Ireland.
The Swedish industrial conglomerate, Axel Johnson International, has acquired the UK industrial parts distributor, Acorn Industrial Services Group, for an undisclosed sum. The deal strengthens Axel Johnson’s position in the UK market and expands its bearings and transmissions business.
Investing an extra £1.2bn in automation and robotics could add more than £60bn to the UK economy over the coming decade – a £49 return on every £1 invested – according to a new report from Barclays bank. Such an investment, it adds, would expand the UK manufacturing sector to reach a value of £191bn by 2025 – a £38bn increase on the current value – as well as safeguarding 105,800 jobs across the economy.
Group HES, the Gloucester-based hydraulics engineering company, is expanding into the industrial automation and motion control market with the help of a £350,000 government grant which it will match, resulting in a total investment of £700,000 over the coming three years.
The Northern Ireland drives, motors and gears supplier JJ Loughran, is investing £2.2m to expand into new industry sectors and regions across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The investment – including a £281,090 contribution from Invest Northern Ireland – is expected to create 37 new jobs at the company’s Cookstown, County Tyrone, headquarters over the coming three years.