Motors & Drives

Motors & Drives August 25, 2023

Advantages of using adjustable speed drives, part 1: Energy efficiency in motors

Tim Albers and John Malinowski discuss energy efficiency in motors and synchronous motors and the benefits engineers can realize.

By Plant Engineering
Motors & Drives August 8, 2023

Maintenance and management strategies for better-performing electric motors

Developing a strong motor maintenance strategy can provide companies with many benefits long-term as it reduces downtime and can help companies avoid large repair or replacement costs.

By Timothy Albers and Scott Hopkins
Motors & Drives March 2, 2023

Your questions answered: Motors and drives: Advantages of using adjustable speed drives

Advantages of using adjustable speed drives vary, and different applications may require different options.

By John Malinowski and Tim Albers
Motors & Drives February 15, 2023

Energy management with variable speed drives, Part 1

Scott Sullivan walks through the basics of motors and safety, variable frequency drives, the three sections of a drive and how pulse width modulation works.

By CFE Media
Motors & Drives January 26, 2023

Benefits of repairing versus replacing a motor

Significant savings can be made by upgrading old motors to more efficient modern alternatives, but sometimes it isn't always possible, which can lead to companies repairing the motor instead.

By Thomas Marks
Image courtesy: Advanced Energy
Motors & Drives November 9, 2022

Your questions answered: The impact of power quality events on motor driven equipment

What power quality events are, how they happen, and what to do

By Plant Engineering
Image courtesy: Brett Sayles
Motors & Drives August 31, 2022

Acquisitions reveal motor supplier strategies

The top three suppliers of low voltage ac motors made waves in the motor and drives space with a string of acquisition announcements in early August. First, WEG announced its acquisition of Gefran’s motion control business.

By Blake Griffin
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Motors & Drives August 21, 2022

About engines and motors

The present and future for a most ubiquitous of technologies

By Kevin Parker
Figure 2: STXI Motion is a global designer and supplier of motion control and servo solutions. Recently, the company’s stepIM integrated stepper motors powered by Servotronix closed-loop servo drive were specified into a new series of sheet-metal-bending press brakes from Cincinnati Inc. To reduce design costs and maintain quick and precise positioning of backgauges before each metal-forming cycle, CI chose STXI Motion’s stepIM integrated stepper motors. Courtesy: STXI Motion
Motors & Drives August 5, 2022

Integrated stepper motors trim accurate metal forming costs

Backgauges are motorized multi-axis reference edges on press brakes and use smart steppers to reduce system complexity and improve the overall design.

By Yosi Balbul
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors & Drives June 16, 2022

Direct-drive servo tutorial, application update

Solving low speed rotary servo applications with direct-drive motors avoids hidden initial costs, while saving money over the life of the machine. Example shows $73,000 annual savings on a widget-making machine.

By Matt Pelletier