Andy Hodgson, head of Siemens Drives and Motion Control in the UK, says it makes operational sense to link geared motors with motion control, because it will allow the company to offer complete systems based on its TIA (totally integrated automation) and IDS (integrated drive systems) portfolios. Unlike some of its competitors, Siemens can supply all of the components needed for an industrial drivetrain – including motors, gearboxes, couplings and controls.
“We are able to provide the complete drive system including PLCs, drives and motors, and take away the customer’s concerns about sourcing different components through different manufacturers and then hoping these components will function well together,” says Hodgson. “We’re removing the gamble from the equation and providing the secure assurance of a properly designed system, with all its associated benefits of higher and more reliable performance over a longer timespan.”
In her new role as UK business manager for geared motors, Julie Ferguson, will balance Siemens’ expanding geared motors business with its Leeds-based assembly centre for geared motors.
Ferguson brings 27 years of experience to the job. She joined Siemens in 2005 when Siemens bought Flender Power Transmission, where she had worked previously. She was closely involved in integrating Flender with Siemens, and her role now includes strategic work aimed at doubling the size of Siemens’ geared motor business within the next three years.
“It’s a very exciting time for geared motors, with our new Simogear range providing not only a high-quality standalone product, but also the benefits of being fully compatible with all the other Siemens components in the drivetrain,” says Ferguson. “This provides great reassurance to our customers and is already being reflected in the business we are now doing.”
The Simogear range of standard geared motors is replacing the older Motox range.