The global site of the UK's leading magazine for automation, motion engineering and power transmission
5 December, 2019

Product and Supplier Search

Facebook
Blogs & Opinions » Back to Basics

Where is fieldbus heading for drives?

20 November, 2019

Fieldbuses give variable-speed drives the ability to control processes rapidly and accurately, while accessing data to determine how applications are performing. ABB’s Liam Blackshaw offers some insights into fieldbus developments for VSDs.


What you need to know about SECR

04 November, 2019

With the first deadline approaching for SECR (Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting), ABB’s Stuart Melling takes a look at what companies need to do to prepare for the new regulations.


Hazardous area motors join high-efficiency trend

17 September, 2019

The trend in motors is for higher efficiencies and the spotlight is now falling on hazardous area motors intended for explosive atmospheres. Rob Wood, ABB’s business line manager for motors and generators, describes what forthcoming legislative changes are likely to mean for motor users.


Monitoring the condition of large MV motors

29 August, 2019

In last month’s column, Rob Wood, ABB’s local business line manager for motors and generators, looked at predictive maintenance strategies for LV motors. This month, he examines what predictive maintenance means for larger motors.


Predictive maintenance for LV motors

24 July, 2019

In last month’s column, Rob Wood, ABB’s UK sales manager for LV motors and generators, looked at three types of maintenance strategy. This month, he examines what predictive maintenance means in practice for maintaining LV motors.


What is the best maintenance plan?

13 May, 2019

Rob Wood, ABB’s UK sales manager for LV motors, describes three types of maintenance strategy, and explains the circumstances in which they should be used.


Why electric motors need servicing

25 April, 2019

Rob Wood, ABB’s UK sales manager for LV motors, examines the factors that can cause motors to age.


Commissioning motors safely

12 March, 2019

Rob Wood, ABB’s UK sales manager for LV motors, looks at how to install and commission motors properly to boost their reliability, minimise breakdowns, and cut operating costs.


Selecting the right motor environment

04 February, 2019

Rob Wood, ABB’s UK sales manager for LV motors, examines aspects of an electric motor’s operating environment that you need to consider when choosing and specifying a machine.


The Rise of motor applications

02 January, 2019

Rob Wood, ABB’s UK sales manager for LV motors, continues to work through the Rise acronym – Requirements, Infrastructure, Standards and Environment – used to choose the best motor for your application. This month he looks at infrastructure and standards. 


Digging into motor application needs

01 November, 2018

In the second part of his series looking at the steps involved in choosing a low-voltage motor, Rob Wood, ABB’s UK sales manager for LV motors, continues to examine the “requirements” for such choices.


The four steps to choosing the right motor

01 October, 2018

Rob Wood, ABB’s UK sales manager for low-voltage motors, kicks off a new series that will examine the steps you need to go through when choosing a low-voltage motor.


What is the real cost of owning a motor?

01 September, 2018

Rob Wood, ABB’s sales manager for LV motors in the UK, examines the true cost of owning and operating an electric motor over a typical 20-year lifespan. His conclusions are startling.


The global importance of motor efficiency

01 July, 2018

Two thirds of the electrical energy used in industry is consumed by electric motors. Rob Wood, ABB’s sales manager for LV motors in the UK, explains how motor designers can reduce losses in their machines to boost efficiency and thus limit CO2 emissions.


Managing the reliability of VSDs

01 June, 2018

Martin Richardson, ABB’s water framework manager for the UK, examines and assesses various approaches to maintenance to determine which is the most cost-effective for variable-speed drives.


Magazine
  • To view a digital copy of the latest issue of Drives & Controls, click here.

    To visit the digital library of past issues, click here

    To subscribe to the magazine, click here

    To see the latest Products & Services Directory, click here

     

Exhibition

Birmingham 2020The next Drives & Controls Exhibition and Conference will take place in Birmingham, UK, from 21-23 April, 2020. For more information on the event, visit the Show Web site

Poll

"Do you think that robots create or destroy jobs?"

Newsletter
Newsletter

Events

Most Read Articles