Engine & Motor Controls & Controllers

Controls & Controllers

Future Electronics Promotes Zilog's ZNEO32! Line of 32-bit Cortex-M3

June 23, 2016

Pointe Claire, Quebec - Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components founded in 1968 by Robert Miller, recently announced immediate shipping availability of ZNEO32! 32-bit Cortex-M3 based programmable motor controllers from Zilog. Zilog's ZNEO32! uses high performance 32-bit computing, 3-phase PWM generators, and high speed ADC units to provide an effective,... Read More

Controls & Controllers, Electronic Components & Devices

Sensorless 3-Phase Motor Controller aids BLDC implementation.

June 22, 2016

Supporting 5.5–20 V operating range (4.5–40 V transient), AEC-Q100-qualified LV8907UW enables streamlined solutions for driving 3-phase brushless motors. IC, in base configuration, can operate without external MCU and does not require any programming. Open- and closed-loop speed control are possible. For more complex applications, LV8907UW can support MCU via integrated linear regulator, LIN transceiver, and watchdog timer. Integrated dual-stage charge pump allows 100% duty-cycle operation. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Electronic Components & Devices

Motor Drivers boost powertrain performance.

June 17, 2016

For powertrain applications, Model DRV8305-Q1 features programmable slew-rate control and operates down to 4.4 V to support start-stop functionality. Three-phase brushless DC gate driver operates from -40 to 150°C, meeting AEC-Q100 Grade 0 automotive specification. For design flexibility, 100 V Model UCC27211A-Q1 half-bridge gate driver supports brushed and brushless DC motor applications. Device features propagation delays of 15 ns, rise and fall times of 7 ns, and 4 A peak gate drive. Read More

Controls & Controllers

Hybrid Drives suit commercial and industrial applications.

June 16, 2016

Part of ACCU-Series™ line of variable speed and inverter duty products, U.S. MOTORS® brand Hybrid Drives™ are off-the-shelf digital AC drives that typically require no programming or commissioning, and can be up and running in 10 minutes. Units are rated 1–10 hp and come with analog interface. Available as IP20, NEMA 1/IP20 and 50, and NEMA 4X/IP65, drives can be equipped with basic enclosures as well as those used for indoor and outdoor watertight applications. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Mechanical Power Transmission

High Power Modular Drives minimize necessary component count.

June 14, 2016

Unidrive M and Powerdrive F300 variable speed drives, both available in frame size 11, provide flexible method of building compact, reliable, high-power solutions. When paralleled together, Unidrive M can control asynchronous and permanent magnet motors in systems up to 2.8 MW (4,200 hp). Frame 11, as 250 kW (400 hp) module, lets system builders to create high power solutions with minimal components and offers fast current control algorithms and high switching frequencies. Read More

Controls & Controllers

Motor Controller Redesign for a Leading Pump Manufacturer

June 10, 2016

Challenge Epec was approached by a leading pump manufacturer to redesign a pump motor controller. The company produces pumps that serve the Chemical, Industrial, Food, Beverage, Biotech, Pharmaceutical, and Automotive industries. They were experiencing pump failures where the motor controller was overheating and damaging the pump motor. The manufacturer did not have any technical data... Read More

Controls & Controllers, Transportation Industry Products

AGC Control Platform does not require reflectors or markers.

June 8, 2016

Compatible with all AGV types, NDC8 platform consists of navigation, hardware, and software components. This complete and scalable system, via its natural navigation capability, eliminates need for reflectors or markers to existing environment and offers OEMs as well as integrators freedom to arrange and rearrange way AGVs move in warehouse or factory. Multi-navigation support is useful when serving storage space using one type of navigation and production area using another. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Mechanical Power Transmission

Self-Protected Motor Controllers protect multi-motor applications.

June 8, 2016

Series KTV7 combination motor controllers are intended for use with VFDs featuring output frequency of 400 Hz or less in multi-motor installations for such industries as food and beverage, material handling, and factory automation. With fixed magnetic trip and interruption ratings available up to 65KaIC at 400 and 480 V, these current limiting devices provide disconnect function for motor branch circuits, branch-circuit short-circuit protection, and manual (ON/OFF) switching. Read More

Controls & Controllers, HVAC, Green & Clean

Variable Speed Control increases ventilation system efficacy.

May 25, 2016

Mounted internally within fan housing to eliminate voltage spikes that can contribute to motor performance issues/failure, Vari-Green™ Drive (Model VGD-100) optimizes energy savings and efficiency of ventilation systems in diverse applications. This preprogrammed, factory mounted and wired variable speed control, intended for 3-phase motors up to 10 hp, uses R3 filtering technology to reduce electrical harmonics back into building and does not require any field installation or start-up. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Portable Tools, Sensors, Monitors & Transducers, Test & Measuring Instruments

Automation Torque Control System increases productivity.

May 9, 2016

With digital adjustable torque setting, variable torque and speed control, and multiple I/O options for integration with PLC, SH-Series helps manufacturers optimize assembly area, reduce labor, and increase productivity. Windows®-based software allows customization for each fastening application, and multiple fastening strategies can be implemented for sensitive or difficult to assemble joints. Robotic fastening system also features built-in error proofing and screw counter. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Mechanical Power Transmission

MPU-Based Motor Controller extends device run time.

May 4, 2016

Suited for mobile equipment and linear actuators, DCR Series provides control of PMDC motors. Ability to maintain variable speed control while batteries discharge increases run time for battery-powered devices. Along with 12–48 Vdc input and 1/100–7.5 hp ranges, this 4-quadrant drive features microprocessor-based design that offers flexibility for customized OEM solutions with multiple I/O configurations, wired and wireless control capabilities, and packaging options. Read More

Controls & Controllers

Motion Control Solutions for Any Mission, for Any Environment

May 2, 2016

Ultra-High Current, Ultra Rugged, Ultra Small Servo Drives Meet us at XPONENTIAL 2016, New-Orleans 3-5 May, 2016, Booth #537 Elmo Motion Control USA, Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - a leading provider of advanced and cost-effective motion control solutions, will introduce its new world-class motion controller and exhibit a variety of servo drives with advanced networking and high intelligence... Read More

Controls & Controllers, Material Handling & Storage

It's Hands-on Action at Magnetek's AISTech 2016 Exhibit

April 28, 2016

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. – Visitors to Magnetek’s display at the 2016 AISTech   Iron Steel Technology Conference and Exposition being held in Pittsburgh, Pa, May 16-19 will have an opportunity to try their hand at a variety of the Company’s material handling control solutions. Attendees will be able to recreate variable torque control on a mill duty crane through a hands-on demonstration... Read More

Controls & Controllers, Electronic Components & Devices, Mechanical Power Transmission

Stepping Motor Driver can run 2 motors simultaneously.

April 28, 2016

With 2-channel drive function, Model TC78S122FNG can run 2 stepping motors independently in high-voltage, low-power MOS process. Bipolar IC also provides interface for driving brushed DC motors, enabling use of stepping motors and brushed DC motors together in 6 combinations. Channels can be paralleled to double power handling. Housed in HTSSOP package with max ratings of 40 V and 2 A, device offers singe-, half-, and quarter-step driving capability for torque-speed tradeoff flexibility. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Mechanical Power Transmission

Three-Phase Soft Starters suit water pumps up to 75 hp.

April 26, 2016

With RSWT Series, all 3 phases are controlled to achieve current balancing, minimizing inrush current as well as vibration during starting/stopping of centrifugal pumps. Through dedicated self-learning algorithm, series achieves smooth starting/stopping with minimal setting adjustments. V00/V01 type provides single adjustment setting for soft starting/stopping time, whereas V10/V11 type includes Class 10 overload protection and soft starting/stopping times that can be individually set. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Mechanical Power Transmission, Green & Clean

WEG Motors and Drives Play Key Role in Lille's New Wastewater Treatment Plant

April 20, 2016

Lille’s new facility comprises two separate treatment trains, one for wastewater and one for stormwater. Complying with EU standards is one of the key challenges that wastewater treatment plants face. For this reason, more and more water treatment facilities across Europe are investing in ambitious optimisation projects aimed at enhancing energy efficiency and productivity. One example of... Read More

Controls & Controllers, Green & Clean

WEG Improves the Environmental Impact of the La Corona Sugar Mill in Argentina

April 15, 2016

WEG Manufacturing in San Francisco, Córdoba, recently installed the largest low voltage variable frequency drive (2280A) controlling a WEG 900kW, 6-pole, 380V electric motor at a sugar mill in Argentina. This new solution will replace an existing diesel engine, resulting in significant productivity and environmental benefits. WEG is investing continually in technological innovations for... Read More

Controls & Controllers, Mechanical Power Transmission, Test & Measuring Instruments

Rockwell Automation Brings SAB Maltings Into The Connected Enterprise

April 8, 2016

MILWAUKEE – Rockwell Automation recently supplied South African Breweries’ (SAB) first fully automated and networked EtherNet/IP-based control system for its new maltings plant in Alrode, South Africa. The new control system will integrate traditionally disparate, malt-production processes into a single, networked, EtherNet/IP-based solution to provide plantwide visibility and actionable... Read More

Controls & Controllers, Materials & Material Processing, Mechanical Power Transmission, Green & Clean

Retrofit of Controls at Ulbrich on Steel Rolling Mill Increases Power Factor from 0.2 to 1.0

April 1, 2016

Advanced motors and drives replace old equipment, with estimated total cost of upgrade being recouped in less than two years of energy savings alone, thanks to regenerative drive technology from Siemens    Most coil steel companies spend considerable time repairing and replacing their line equipment, owing to all the factors one would expect in the heavy-duty world of coil processing. ... Read More

Controls & Controllers, Mechanical Power Transmission

Drop-In Truck Engine Starting System eliminates stranded trucks.

April 1, 2016

Available for Class 3–6 vehicles, uSTART™ provides jump start system that lets users charge capacitor from adjacent "dead" batteries. Ultracapacitor-based, drop-in product does not require any special wiring and provides vehicle with a start regardless of condition of existing batteries or external temperature (-40 to +85°C). In addition to increasing vehicle bus voltage by >10% during crank, 2-terminal product reduces peak current to starter by >15% and reduces cycling seen by battery by >40%. Read More