Motors, Drives
Energy losses for motors include core losses in the stator and rotor and friction and windage according to the Nov. 30 webcast presentation "Repair Best Practices to Maintain Motor Efficiency." Courtesy: CFE Media, EASA
Motors, Drives December 12, 2018

Repair Best Practices to Maintain Motor Efficiency: Your Questions Answered

Webcast presenter Tom Bishop answered questions about topics such as measuring efficiency of installed motors, common difficulties, and power factor (PF).

By Tom Bishop, PE
CFE Media file photo.
Motors, Drives December 6, 2018

Roller bearings and predictive analytics

Predictive maintenance is a powerful tool to keep the noise down with roller bearings and can reduce costly repairs.

By Scott Moeller
Selecting the right motor is crucial as it can provide performance, cost, and maintenance advantages. Design engineers also can combine motors to gearheads for increased reliability and convenient ordering processing. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
Motors, Drives December 6, 2018

Picking the right motor size

Finding the right size is crucial for choosing a motor as well as balancing torque, speed, and inertia for optimal application performance.

By Andrew Skidmore
Applications ranging from CNC machines to material handling require accurate and durable linear motion systems. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
Motors, Drives December 4, 2018

Eight factors to consider when implementing a linear motion application

When implementing and specifying a linear motion application, users should consider many aspects including the required accuracy, speed, and the duty cycle to ensure the best possible performance.

By Richard R. Knotek, Niklas Sjostrom
Applications ranging from CNC machines to material handling require accurate and durable linear motion systems. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
Motors, Drives December 4, 2018

Maintenance, installation guidelines for linear motion applications

Consider these installation, maintenance, and operating tips and advice for a linear motion system.

By Richard R. Knotek, Niklas Sjostrom
Figure 3. Typical speed torque curves. Courtesy: EASA
Motors, Drives November 26, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles November 19-25

Articles about the important parts of a nameplate, five modern warehouse innovations, five ways data can improve assembly, digital twin collaboration, and the beginning of the digital journey were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 19-25, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Motors, Drives November 11, 2018

Four potential futuristic attributes of collaborative robots

Collaborative robots will continue to evolve and future research may allow them to become more interactive and adaptable to human behavior.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Figure 3. Typical speed torque curves. Courtesy: EASA
Motors, Drives November 9, 2018

What’s in a nameplate?

Information helps the selection of the right motor regardless of application.

By Jim Bryan
Courtesy: CFE Media
Motors, Drives November 8, 2018

2018 Product of the Year Finalists

Get connected to manufacturing's future: The official ballot is open for voting for Plant Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Cast your vote using CFE Media's New Products for Engineers platform.

By CFE Media
Figure 1: Shown is a typical analog positioning system with the PLC on the left and integrated motor on the right. An analog output from the PLC wires directly to the integrated motor, which converts the analog signal into a position at the output shaft. Courtesy: Applied Motion Products
Motors, Drives November 7, 2018

Keeping the noise down

Ethernet-enabled motor integration offers an automation solution.

By Eric Rice