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07 August 2019

A combination of remoteness and lack of mains electricity meant a Lebanese agricultural business had to rely on a costly and inefficient diesel generator to power a water pump for irrigation. It was only with the introduction of a dedicated solar-powered variable frequency drive (VFD) that photovoltaic arrays (PV) could be introduced to power the 110kW submersible water pump.

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11 June 2019

ABB has expanded its all-compatible drives offering to include the ACS6080 medium voltage (MV) drive for critical applications. The new drive introduces a breakthrough control technology, developed by ABB, that brings high performance motor control to demanding processes used in industries such as mining, metals and marine. The drive also enables plants to operate more efficiently and produce higher quality output.

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13 March 2019

ABB has invested significantly in the rollout of a variable speed drive hire fleet across the United Kingdom and Ireland, with units extending from 3 kW up to several megawatts. Hire drives can be delivered the same day, and installed and commissioned within a matter of hours by engineers from one of twelve ABB authorised value providers.

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22 February 2019

RS Components has introduced an innovative frequency converter from Rexroth that delivers potential energy savings of up to 80% across industrial and automation applications. The EFC 5610 intelligent variable-frequency drive is reported to enable manufacturers and other industrial businesses to tackle rising energy costs and increased demand for environmentally friendly production.

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28 January 2019

When flood damage at a pumping station threatened to cut the water supply to 25,000 homes, 30 minutes before the water supply ran dry, an ABB authorised value provider commissioned a new variable speed drive, avoiding 67,000 people from being deprived of water.

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01 December 2018

Baxters Food Group is using an ABB variable speed drive (VSD) to help ensure consistent mixing of its range of sauces, dressing and marinades. The drive is used to adjust the mixer motor’s speed based on requirements for a particular product.

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13 August 2018

With monthly electricity bills in excess of £50,000, Engineering Manager at BioCity, the former Boots R&D centre in Nottingham city centre, Colin Whitelock consulted industrial energy efficiency experts from Luton based Dalroad Norslo to with the aim of reducing costs.

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23 April 2018

ABB has won Manufacturer of the Year at the Motion Control Industry (MCI) awards for the second year running.

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26 March 2018

Quantum Controls are proud to provide a genuine 24/7 emergency response when you’re faced with detrimental drive failure.

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12 March 2018

Quantum Controls has partnered with Carousel Logistics, one of the UK’s leading logistics companies, to provide UK Industry with instant access to ABB motors any time, day or night, for the first time in the UK.

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15 January 2018

Three distinctly different cloud-based remote services from ABB for drives offer instant alerts, rapid assistance and support before failure occurs. Remote assistance, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance are three remote services for variable speed drives being added to the ABB Ability digital platform.

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11 January 2018

A London office complex has saved £15,000 on electricity costs in six months following the installation of 18 ABB variable speed drives (VSDs). The drives, ranging from 5.5kW to 37kW, are used on hot water and chilled water pumps as well as air extraction systems.

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15 November 2017

Drive energy assessment leads to 60 percent fall in energy costs and 30 percent higher output for plastic container manufacturer.

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06 November 2017

Central to NORD Drivesystems' stand at SPS IPC Drives, the new NORDAC LINK series of field distribution systems, designed for networked intralogistics facilities with many drive axes, is reported to provide an especially good user experience.

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23 October 2017

A new range of drives suitable for outdoor use are to be previewed at sps ipc drives by UK-based variable frequency drives manufacturer, Invertek Drives.

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25 September 2017

Anglian Water is saving £2,000 a year on a borehole pump’s electricity costs following the installation of an ABB variable speed drive (VSD) on a submersible pump motor. The £7,000 project investment is expected to pay for itself within three and a half years.

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27 August 2017

A specialist manufacturer of bimetallic strips has improved the reliability of its production line by retrofitting two applications with ABB variable speed drives.

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22 June 2017

Acrivarn’s plant in Leeds produces a range of equipment for food manufacturers including rotating racking ovens in eight sizes. The turntable is built into the oven floor and is used to rotate racks around the oven during the baking process.

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25 May 2017

Parker Hannifin has added a resolver feedback option to the AC30P and AC30D units from its highly capable AC30 range of variable speed drives (VSDs).

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12 May 2017

A quick response from an ABB authorised value provider ensured that Anglian Water avoided the risk of a sewage leak by loaning a variable speed drive (VSD) at one of its pumping stations.

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FEATURES

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18 April 2019

As the demands on food & beverage production become higher, and margins become tighter, ABB’s Andrew Bould, explains why focusing only on the energy efficiency of variable speed drives (VSDs) and low voltage motors loses sight of the bigger picture of potential savings

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05 December 2018

The demand for greater efficiency and productivity within industrial and automation applications are the principle drivers in the growth of the global variable frequency drives market.

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20 November 2017

Energy consumption is a major factor for most industries. From reducing the financial burden to minimising their environmental impact, companies are constantly seeking ways to increase efficiencies within their processing and manufacturing operations. This article from Invertek Drives looks at the role variable frequency drives can play in achieving this

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08 May 2017

While variable speed drives provide an important energy saving technology, Mitsubishi Electric’s Matt Handley questions how many of the installed base of drives are actually set up to run at their maximum efficiency

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22 October 2016

In more demanding operating environments, it can be difficult for complex electronic assemblies to continue functioning correctly. Exposure to the elements such as moisture, salts, and corrosive chemicals such as oils or fuels take their toll, reports Andy Pye

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23 August 2016

Variable speed drives (VSDs) and soft starters can both be used to protect expensive equipment and extend the life of the motor and coupling devices. Andy Pye reviews information supplied by Fábio Gonçalez, European Automation manager at WEG and James Archer of Aucom

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24 June 2016

Europe’s first Dodge controlled start transmission (CST) drive system, is helping prevent repeated breakdowns of a 700m conveyor at a Norwegian mine, saving up to NOK 1 million ($120,000) in lost production each time.

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24 June 2016

The next phase of the Energy-related Products Directive (commonly referred to as ErP), which comes into force in January next year, is set to play a pivotal role in ensuring energy efficiency across the industrial and process sectors, as Mark McCall, product marketing manager at Newey & Eyre, explains

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15 December 2015

Development work by leading manufacturers is centring on the customisation of both the mechanical and electronic elements of electric motors, as well as the advancement of high efficiency motors. Furthermore, the introduction of special inverters, frequency converters and other electronics that fit directly into the electric motor is ongoing, resulting in intelligent motor technologies

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20 October 2015

The ErP Directive - the second stage of the EU motor efficiency regulations - took effect at the start of this year. Until now, industry has mainly focused on electric motors, but that no longer enough, says Eaton UK's Stuart Greenwood,

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14 October 2015

Production managers in the food and beverage industry face a number of headaches, yet with the right approach, electric motors can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem, as Dave Hawley, ABB, explains

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13 July 2015

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.

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17 June 2015

With the market for variable-speed drive (VSD) based motor control is growing rapidly, there is a concerted effort by leading VSD manufacturers to undergo collaborative development for further product innovation

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05 January 2015

Quintex Energy Management Systems, a leading developer and supplier of demand based ventilation control systems for commercial kitchens, has now used more than 6000 Vacon AC variable speed drives (VSDs) in its Cheetah range of energy management and safety control systems

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24 April 2014

The ability of DC drives to regenerate energy under braking without the need for complex intermediate storage or power bridges is just one of the benefits of DC technology, says Gary Keen, sales director at Sprint Electric

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01 November 2013

Kevin Lacey from Brammer UK looks at what to consider when specifying variable speed drives

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17 January 2013

Two major industry events took place in November. Following hard on the heels of the Motor Drives Systems Conference (MDS) in Solihull was the SPS Drives exhibition in Nuremberg. Andy Pye visited both and reviews the trends and key developments

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31 October 2012

Many businesses are still not taking advantage of the production benefits of Variable Speed Drive compressors. Paul Clark, industrial air manager for Atlas Copco Compressors, argues that large strides are on the horizon for energy savers.

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12 October 2012

Energy optimising soft starters have received mixed reviews, partly due to a lack of understanding of their capabilities, coupled with some over-selling on the part of a few commercial suppliers. But in the right circumstances, is it time to take another look?

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COMPANIES

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10 January 2017

Focused on ease of use, Optidrive E3 provides unrivalled simplicity of installation, connection and commissioning, allowing the user to benefit from precise motor control and energy savings within minutes.

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10 January 2017

The Optidrive P2 offers the perfect combination of high performance together with ease of use to allow even the most demanding applications to be tackled easily.

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10 January 2017

Compact OEM Drive for all motor types – Induction, Brushless DC, Permanent Magnet & Synchronous Reluctance.

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10 January 2017

The Elevator Variable Frequency Drive is the 2nd generation dedicated elevator drive from Invertek Drives, designed to provide smooth, reliable carriage control in all elevator applications.

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10 January 2017

Optidrive Eco Variable Frequency Drives provide efficient, reliable and quiet control of motors for HVAC and pumping applications.

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