Drives and Controls Magazine
Home
Menu
Eastern Europe offers growth potential for packaging machinery

The European packaging machinery market was worth more than $12.62bn in 2012 and will reach $14.63bn by 2016, according a new report from the market analyst, Frost & Sullivan.

Toshiba buys Canadian motor-maker

Toshiba International (TIC) is acquiring the assets and intellectual property of Elettra Technology (ETI), a Canadian manufacturer of custom industrial motors, including assets of the former Westinghouse Motor Company Canada.

EU demand for gearboxes and geared motors set to slump

Sales of industrial gearboxes and geared motors in the Emea (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region will fall by 4.2% this year, according to a new report from IMS Research, now part of IHS.

German merger could revolutionise panel-building

A merger between two German engineering companies could revolutionise the way that control and switchgear cabinets are designed and built, with much of the process being automated – from the initial circuit design to final assembly of the wiring using robotic machines.

Car-makers turn to brushless DC motors

Car-makers are turning increasingly to brushless DC motors instead of brushed DC and stepper motors, according to a new study from IMS Research, now a part of IHS. It predicts that shipments of brushless DC motors will increase by 52% between 2012 and 2017 to reach a total of more than 462m.

ODVA plans standards for exchanging machine information

ODVA is forming a special interest group (SIG) to develop standards for exchanging information between machines, and between machines and supervisory systems. The resulting standards will provide data models and network services that optimise the exchange of machine information for purposes such as production, energy and condition monitoring, business intelligence, batch and recipe management, and multi-machine line control.

Moog buys Aspen Motion Technologies from Pentair for $34m

Moog has acquired Pentair’s Aspen Motion Technologies subsidiary for about $34m in cash. US-based Aspen, founded in 1996, designs and manufactures high-performance permanent magnet brushless DC motors, integrated digital controls and motorised impellers for motors. Its revenues for 2012 were worth around $36m. 

Free tools help to specify drives and calculate energy savings

Eaton has released several free hardware and software tools to help specify its variable speed drives and work out how much energy they will save in a particular application.

GM is first US car-maker to build its own motors

General Motors has become the first US car-maker to manufacture electric motors and drives for electric vehicles in America. Until now, it has mostly relied on imported motors to power its EVs.

Oil and water drive demand for MV MCCs and soft-starts

The fastest growth in applications for medium-voltage motor control centres (MCCs) and soft-starters in the next few years is likely to come from the oil and gas, and water and wastewater industries, says a new report from IMS Research, now part of IHS.

Technology that unites PLCs with IT wins Hermes Award

Bosch Rexroth has won the 2013 Hermes Award for its Open Core Engineering, which unites the previously separate worlds of PLCs and information technology (IT). The award, made annually at the Hannover Fair, singles out outstanding innovations pioneered by individual companies. This year’s shortlist included Ebm-Papst and Hirschmann Automation and Control.

Machine-builders turn to direct-drive torque motors

The global market for direct-drive torque motor modules almost doubled from $98m in 2008 to $195m by 2012, and will be worth nearly $300m by 2016, according to a new report from IMS Research, now part of IHS.

High-efficiency motor sales head towards $100bn

The global market for high-efficiency motors will almost triple from $31.79bn in 2012 to $91.46bn by 2018, according to a new report from the analyst MarketsandMarkets. It predicts that revenues will expand at a CAGR of 19.67% between 2013 and 2018.

Smart manufacturing project could halve energy intensity in the US

A group of US organisations including Rockwell, Honeywell, Invensys and Emerson has won $7.8m of Government funding for a $10m project to develop an “open smart manufacturing technology platform for collaborative industrial networked information applications”.

China’s rare-earth stranglehold spurs rise in alternative motor technologies

China’s move to corner the market for rare-earth minerals (REMs) has prompted manufacturers of low-voltage industrial motors to adopt alternative technologies that reduce or eliminate the use of these materials, spurring new growth in the motors market, according to a forthcoming report from IMS Research, now part of IHS.