Drives and Control Solutions

Motors, Control Solutions, Power Transmission and Advanced Motion Technology                                                                 

 

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Whether you call them cord grips, cable strain reliefs, or cable fittings the cable gland is an important piece within the cable system. Several factors need to be considered when choosing the correct type of cable gland for industrial applications.

 

 

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The main requirement when retrofitting the points controllers for the urban railway and trams in several of Poland's major cities was safety and reliability. That's because the control systems in use were obsolete and sensitive to temperature variations. In many places, points could only be passed at 10 km/h, which prevented attractive, clock-face scheduling. The Polish company ZUE S.A. is an expert in the field of modernizing rail infrastructure and took charge of modernization.

 

 

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Considerable investments are made with respect to industrial gear units so one expects excellent system availability and productivity. It is not always possible to predict downtime and be able to prevent unscheduled maintenance. What if there was a way to get a clear view ahead, achieve proactive maintenance, and avoid costly breakdowns and even preventative maintenance? What if this solution was possible for not only new industrial gear units, but existing ones as well? DriveRadar® from SEW-EURODRIVE is that solution and more.

 

 

 

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The strain placed on global supply chains this year continues to make headline news, from semiconductor shortages to labour and equipment availability, all exacerbated by geopolitical uncertainty. One cobot is typically comprised of around 600 different parts, sourced from more than 100 separate suppliers. Any one of those not being available would lead to delays in completing production and delivering a finished arm to customers.

 

 

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When it comes to power transmission and motion control, SEW-EURODRIVE needs no formal introduction. Counted among the industry leaders in drive technology, SEW-EURODRIVE makes drive-based automation its business. SEW-EURODRIVE, founded in 1931, is a global company that specializes in gear motors, frequency inverters, drive systems, industrial gears, and control software. SEW-EURODRIVE products are distinguished by their modular components and customer-centric philosophy. Their modular components can be built in a multitude of configurations, durable gear housings, offer flexible mounting capabilities, and provide advanced electronics that ensure equipment continuously operates efficiently.

 

 

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RFID: Noncontact identification based on radio waves is considered a versatile technology and one of the keys to production environments based on the Industry 4.0 principle. The range of applications is by no means limited to discrete manufacturing—RFID is also becoming increasingly popular in process plants due to the ever more extensive requirements for marking product and work equipment. However, explosion protection requirements often have to be taken into account, because wherever flammable gases, vapors or dusts are generated, electrical equipment poses a significant safety risk. In this blog article, you will gain insight into three application examples that will help you understand the successful and safe use of RFID in hazardous areas.

 

 

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High-rise buildings in France, tunnels in Switzerland, prestressed concrete ceilings in Germany – one source of their stability is wire products from Kehl in Baden-Württemberg. Badische Drahtwerke GmbH (BDW) supplies reinforcing steel mesh, reinforcement cages, lattice girders and many other rebar and reinforcement products to the region and neighboring countries. When the machines used to produce lattice girders had to undergo a safety update, the engineers took advantage of the communication capabilities of an intelligent power supply from WAGO to improve process efficiency.

 

 

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To protect against internal moisture buildup, many NEMA wash-down motors have weep holes in the mounting face. But when a motor is in a wash-down environment, those weep holes become a liability. The gearbox can retain liquids when water and other cleaning chemicals enter through the weep holes. Over time, this will rust the internal components and affect the lubrication within the gearbox, which results in premature failure.

 

 

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Palletizing solutions are mission-critical components for end-of-line packaging operations at manufacturing plants around the world. They can range from lightweight – food, beverage, consumer packaged goods – to heavyweight, such as bulk goods like concrete bags. Some specific application examples include breweries, water filters, diapers, and many more packaged items for retail or industrial use that require palletizing and/or shrink wrapping prior to shipment or warehouse storage.

 

 

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Together, shipping, receiving, and storage count for less than half of all warehouse activity costs. The lion’ share of expenses – a whopping 55% - is bound up in order picking. Breaking down the various activities associated with order picking, Omron finds that over 60% of time is spent walking, with writing, searching, and picking tasks comprising the other 40%. Omron’s Logistics Strategic Account Manager Yaqing Sun recently discussed some strategies for using autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for this purpose at Automate 2022 in June.

 


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When it comes to power transmission and motion control, SEW-EURODRIVE needs no formal introduction. Counted among the industry leaders in drive technology, SEW-EURODRIVE makes drive-based automation its business. SEW-EURODRIVE, founded in 1931, is a global company that specializes in gear motors, frequency inverters, drive systems, industrial gears, and control software. SEW-EURODRIVE products are distinguished by their modular components and customer-centric philosophy. Their modular components can be built in a multitude of configurations, durable gear housings, offer flexible mounting capabilities, and provide advanced electronics that ensure equipment continuously operates efficiently.

Drives & Control Solutions' sibling, Mechatronics Canada, had the opportunity to speak with Shane Carnegie, Electronics Product Manager at SEW-EURODRIVE Canada, to learn more about MOVI-C, a modular automation system that offers a full solution for automation tasks. MOVI-C has been continuously expanding its reach into the mechatronics space, offering an encompassing solution for machine builders and integrators. Below Shane walks us through some of MOVI-C’s unique features and real-world applications.

Can you explain what MOVI-C does?

MOVI-C is an all-in-one modular automation system. Building on the familiar SEW modular gear motors and previous generation inverters, we now have modular inverters, controllers and associated software which ties everything together. For example, you can have a gear box with an AC induction motor, a permanent magnet motor, or a servo motor based on your application requirements. Attached to that we can provide a motor controller which can be mounted in a panel or directly on or near the gear motor. The positioning or velocity control software can be pre-loaded into the motor controller at the factory and all that is required is to send the same standard process data words from your main PLC to the drive system to perform your desired motion. The software interface looks identical no matter what controller or underlying gear motor system is attached.

What are some of the major features that MOVI-C has to offer?

 

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The 3RV29 infeed system is based on a basic module complete with a lateral incoming supply unit (three-phase busbar with infeed). Expansion modules (three-phase busbars for system expansion) are available for extending the system.

 

 

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The HPS Power Quality Lab allows customers to experience real time testing of line side HPS power quality products such as transformers, line reactorsactive harmonic filters and passive harmonic filters as well as load side products such as load reactors and different types of dV/dT filters with various cable lengths. The power quality products can run at full load using either 10HP, 25HP and 100HP VFD systems and associated motor/load. 

The HPS Power Quality Lab will be available for booking starting in October.

HPS Power Quality Lab FAQs

Where is the HPS PQ lab located?

The HPS PQ Lab is located at our Headquarters in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

What products can be tested in the HPS PQ lab?

The main products that can be tested are line/load reactors, passive harmonic filters, active harmonic filters and dV/dT filters.

How long is a typical session in the lab?

It is expected that a session will typically be completed within 1 hour depending on how many products, sizes and operating conditions are to be addressed.  

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Introducing the Revolutionary New MP8000 Bluetooth® Enabled Overload Relay. This smart, universal relay can communicate directly with your smart phone via Bluetooth®. No need to open the control panel. Monitor and control unlimited relays through the Littelfuse App on the smartphone you already own from a safe distance.

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"This is a HUGE opportunity. During a new installation, I can be right next to the motor at start up to see if it’s binding (or other problems).”



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DCS With Breakthrough 4 Tube Technology and Larger Sizes Endress Hauser Promass Q Finds New Roles in Oil and Gas 1 400x275

Promass Q 300/500, the high-tech Coriolis flowmeter series from Endress+Hauser for demanding fluids, now boasts revolutionary 4-tube technology, opening up numerous additional applications in the oil and gas industry in particular – for example, as a highly accurate duty meter for custody transfer and fiscal metering, or as a precision reference device (master meter) for on-site verification measurements. Furthermore, Promass Q now is available for three larger pipe sizes: DN 150 (6”), DN 200 (8”) and DN 250 (10").

Compared to Coriolis flowmeters with two measuring tubes, four-tube measurement allows up to 25% higher flow rates. This accelerates all transactions and ultimately saves money. For example, it reduces standstill times for loading and unloading oil tankers, resulting in lower charges.


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