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November News in Brief

01 November, 2007

º  The US-based Power Efficiency Corporation has filed two provisional patents covering its E-Save technology for reducing the energy consumed by fixed-speed single- and three-phase motors. The new patent applications relate to methods of supplying power to motors during rapid load fluctuations. Power Efficiency says it wants to control the key intellectual property for improving the efficiency of fixed-speed motors.

º  The EtherCat communications technology for Sercos and CANopen drive profiles has been accepted by the IEC for inclusion in its 61158, 61784-2, and 61800-7 standards.

º  GGB (formerly Glacier Garlock Bearings) is offering downloadable 2D and 3D CAD files of its polymer-based bearings. The files support more than a dozen CAD file formats, including DWG, DXF and SolidWorks.

º  Moog Controls has formed a training partnership with the UK`s National Fluid Power Centre, with which it has developed a training programme called Effective maintenance of hydraulic servo systems. The two-day course will be held at the NFPC site in Nottinghamshire.

º  A Hawaiian company, Phase 2 International, has developed a service that allows AutoCad users to share drawings and project data securely via the Internet. The ShareCAD for AutoCad service is based on Microsoft’s SharePoint platform and operates via any Web browser.

º  Pilz Automation Technology has published a checklist and application examples to help its customers to migrate from its PNOZ Classic safety relays to their replacement, the PNOZsigma relays. The Classic relays, which have been on the market for 20 years, will be discontinued next year.

º  International Rectifier has introduced a range of protected 600V three-phase gate driver chips with built-in bootstrap functions, for use in servo drives, micro inverters, and appliance motor controls. The IRS2336xD chips have built-in filters to reject noise and reduce distortion.

º  Hartmut Wallraf, Invensys’ chief technology officer and vice-president for the EMEA region, has been elected the chairman of the FDT Group, succeeding ABB’s Hartmut Wuttig.

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