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PLCs and PACs – which one is right for you?

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial obsolete parts supplier, EU Automation explores the pros and cons of using traditional programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and newer programmable automation controllers (PACs).

PLCs and PACs – which one is right for you?

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial obsolete parts supplier, EU Automation explores the pros and cons of using traditional programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and newer programmable automation controllers (PACs).

Drives pump up the savings for water supplier

The UK’s largest water-only supply company Affinity Water, implemented a project with one of its framework contractors for replacement of the existing vertical turbine pumps with submersible pump sets manufactured by Bedford Pumps. PWE reports.

The road to energy efficiency

Tony Young, owner director of supply and repair specialist CP Automation, explains how easy it can be to make industrial applications more energy efficient by using regenerative braking.

The future of inverter drives…

Oliver Endres, European product manager Inverter, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Factory Automation European Business Group explains how inverter drive technology is evolving to help the water industry where equipment may be expected to run for 25 years and judging by current evidence, could be in operation for a century or more.

What causes variable-speed drive trips and failures?

Alan Jones, sales director for APDS, and one of ABB’s authorised value providers based in Bristol, gives an insight into why drives fail and how to prevent such occurrences.

The need for clean compressed air

In the world of classic cars the E-Type Jaguar would probably be among the first to be mentioned by anyone asked to name a design classic and today this is certainly one of the most prestigious and sought after models. Demand for the car, famously described by Enzo Ferrari as ‘the most beautiful car in the world’ continues to grow and the restoration and re-engineering of E-Types has become a highly specialised process requiring exceptional craftsmanship, expertise and a great deal of time. PWE takes a look at how HPC Compressors is helping with re-engineering of the iconic E-Type.

25 things you may not know about drives

Drives have been a key technology for industrial engineers for many years but Matt Handley of Mitsubishi Electric thinks they can be underappreciated. Here he highlights some of the interesting facts about them.

Extending life expectancy

When addressing the operating costs of a modern heavy industrial production facility, most industrial processes will involve electric motors and all will need the services of a generator, either directly on site or indirectly through the electricity supplier. Prolonging the service life of these vital pieces of equipment can deliver significant improvements in their life cycle cost as well as operational savings for the production facility. Richard Emery, head of technical services at the Sulzer Birmingham Service Centre, looks at the issues and some potential resolutions.

Motor and drive efficiency – a collective approach!

Efficiency, reliability and total cost of ownership are all terms that are at the forefront of engineering considerations, however looking at items of equipment on an individual basis may not deliver the maximum benefits. By looking at the wider picture and combining the best technology from individual areas it is possible to achieve much more significant savings and efficiencies. Markus Kutny, product manager, energy efficiency solutions at Bauer Gear Motor, explains.

Listening for trouble!

Plant and maintenance engineers often seem to have an intuitive nose for trouble, so are able to predict pending problems with machinery and take pre-emptive action to prevent them. It is not the result of magical powers, rather of long experience with plant and machinery. Bill Bertram of motor maker Marathon Electric explains how different motor sounds can be interpreted.

Automation on the upswing

GAMBICA’s deputy director and convener of the organisation’s Variable Speed Drives group, Steve Brambley, explains why the invention of the wheel provides valuable insight for succeeding in today’s growing automation market.

Drives help stem the tide

With much of the country experiencing severe weather conditions and flooding. PWE reports on a London flood defence system that was refurbished using a motor drives system from Bosch Rexroth.