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The Planet Motor: TU Wien's Innovative Electric Drive

The electric motor is a tried-and-tested concept. This, however, does not mean that there is no more space for revolutionary improvements. Usually, motor and gearbox are two separate functional units. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have developed a novel motor concept, which enables the integration of these two components. Instead of a single rotor, four mechanically linked rotors are used. Thereby, a so-called “planet motor” comes into existence, which is characterized by its high power density, energy efficiency, simplicity of use and failure safety.<read more>






















  Sponsored Announcement

MDS18Help Shape the 2018 Conference Program

Motor & Drive Systems 2018 is currently accepting presentation abstracts. Being held February 8-9 in Orlando, Florida, the 2018 event will explore the important topics impacting motor and drive systems from design consideration and emerging technologies to intelligent motion control systems and boosting energy efficiency. Other topics include regulatory and safety issues, power modules, environmental protection and mounting features.


The conference provides an excellent forum for companies to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements.


Deadline to submit an abstract is August 3rd.


StanMagnetics Bootcamps: Basic and Advanced
August 8th
Denver, Colo.


MAGNETICS Magazine is pleased to announce workshops beyond those held in conjunction of our annual conference. Join us August 8th in Denver for a one-day Magentics Bootcamp, presented by Dr. Stan Trout. The Magnetics Bootcamps focus on teaching the basics of Magnetics with an emphasis on permanent magnets. If you need to understand magnets better for your job or are new to the field, the Basic Bootcamp I is the perfect place to start. Assumes that one has little or no background in magnetics. The Bootcamp I workshop will cover the essential fundamental magnetic concepts such as hysteresis, the nature of magnetism, units, basic magnet processing, magnetizing and thermal effects. If something more advanced is what you are looking for, attend Advanced Bootcamp II. Assumes someone has either taken a previous Bootcamp, (Bootcamp I), or has some technical understanding of magnetics. After a brief review of the basics, covered topics include self-demagnetization and loadlines, rare earth raw materials and their pricing, advanced processing techniques, manufacturability, design basics, case studies and what’s new on the horizon.

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  New Products

Roboteq Introduces Dual Channel AC Induction Motor Controller for Mobile Robots
Roboteq, Inc. has introduces the FIM2360, the world’s first and only dual channel Variable Frequency Drive capable of simultaneously driving two AC induction motors. Each motor can draw up to 60 Amps at up to 60 V, or 3.6 kW per channel.

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EPIC Covers and Products Provide Improved Corrosion Resistance
Lapp Group USA has introduced enhancements to its EPIC ULTRA rectangular connector housings with new covers and models aimed at the food and beverage industry or any other application that requires electrical connectors with high levels of corrosion resistance.<read more>


Toshiba Adds Dual-Sided Cooling to Power MOSFETs for Motor Control, Power Supplies
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) has extended its range of high-efficiency U-MOS IX-H MOSFETs. The new 60V TPW1R306PL is an N-channel device in a DSOP Advance surface mount device (SMD) package that offers dual-sided cooling.<read more>


TI GaN Power Design Drives 200-V AC Servo Drives and Robotics with 99 Percent Efficiency

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced a three-phase, gallium nitride (GaN)-based inverter reference design that helps engineers build 200-V, 2-kW AC servo motor drives and next-generation industrial robotics with fast current-loop control, higher efficiency, more accurate speed and torque control.<read more>

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  Industry News

ABB Achieves Almost 100 Percent Energy Efficiency with Synchronous Motor
Tests carried out on a 44 megawatt 6-pole synchronous ABB motor shortly before delivery showed an efficiency 0.25 percent greater than the 98.8 percent stipulated in the contract, resulting in the world record for electric motor efficiency. This efficiency improvement could save approximately $500,000 in electrical energy costs over the course of a 20-year lifetime for each motor. <read more>


Siemens Mechanical Drives Unit to Become Flender GmbH
Starting October 1, 2017, the Siemens Mechanical Drives unit (MD) will be operating in the market as Flender GmbH, a Siemens Company. Branches will also take on the new name worldwide. Earlier this year, Siemens had announced that it would be running the unit as a stand-alone company under the Siemens umbrella, to expand its leeway for action and provide a sharper, business-specific focus.<read more>








MDS18Motor & Drive Systems 2018
February 8-9, 2018
Orlando, Fla.

Motor & Drive Systems 2018 is focused on the latest technical advancements impacting the design and integration of motor, drive systems and motion control for manufacturing, industrial and packaging, as well as automotive/EV applications. The 15th annual conference will be held February 8-9, 2018 in Orlando, Fla.

Conference topics will include improving motor efficiency and reliability, regulatory and safety issues, testing standards and programs, emerging and high growth applications, developing and pairing motor & drive systems and improving loss prediction and calculation. Join leading OEM design engineers and discover how new technologies are improving performance, energy efficiency and providing cost savings in a variety of applications.


New to 2018 – the Motor Testing Summit. This track of sessions will feature presentations on how to improve motor performance and efficiency, power quality and the importance of identifying potential issues before they become a problem.




Mag18Magnetics 2018
February 8-9
Orlando, Fla.

Magnetics 2018, will focus on the latest advancements in magnetic applications, technology and materials. Serving OEM developers of products that utilize magnets and magnet systems, design engineers, OEM developers involved in EMC technology and magnetic effects, magnetics manufacturers and integrators, and material suppliers in the magnetics industry. Magnetics 2018 is an opportunity to learn from technical experts and network with peers, professionals and potential business partners involved in a variety of applications. Learn about advancements in magnetic materials, as well as the latest technical innovations and application developments in the field of magnetics. Learn the outlook for pricing and economics. Discover the latest techniques, equipment and materials involved in the performance and control of magnetics. Learn from leading technical innovators the latest developments in how magnets are being applied, and magnetic effects utilized, to help optimize system and product performance in diverse applications.



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