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17 April, 2024

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Engineering Handbooks

Drives & Controls and its sister magazine, Hydraulics & Pneumatics, publish a series of handy, pocket-sized booklets on a variety of topics. The booklets provide practical information in an easy-to-read format. They cost £4.99 each.

Drives and Controls Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Servos and Steppers


A technical book on motors and drives, it addresses the subject of precision motion in a customary entertaining and digestible style.

Covering from first principles to using formulae, the book takes the reader through all aspects of motor and control selection and is an essential tool for engineers of all abilities.

The author has had more years in the hydraulics field than most having worked on everything from aircraft to machine tools.

In this single slim volume, it takes the reader from basic hydraulic principles to specific types of systems and components. Essential formulae and other specifying information is provided to help engineers with selecting the best solutions for them.

Industrial Motors


The second in a trilogy of industrial motors and controls books  it examines the practical selection and design of both AC and Dc motors.

The text is an invaluable aid to engineers at all levels and is written in an inimitably readable and entertaining style. The book is a must for everyone using electric motors.

the author is a long standing expert in the pneumatics has worked for Festo for 17 years, explores the growing field of fluid power using air.

This excellent little book takes the reader from basics to the components of a pneumatic system to a peek of the future in a lively and interesting style with "bite sized" chapters that unravel the complexities of the subject.

Industrial Electric Drives

Compressed Air

This is probably one of the clearest and most concisely written books about the specification and use of variable speed drives ever written.

The author is not only an authority of the subject, but manages to convey a great depth of technical detail in a style that is both full of wit and immensely readable.

The author's suggestion that air is tasteless, colourless and odourless merely leads the reader into a tour of the fundamentals of compressed air technology through to the control, monitoring and regulation of air systems.

Of particular value are the fittings calculations and conversion tables that alone would justify the use of this excellent book.

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