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March 2017




Feature Article



Switched Reluctance: How Intelligent Motor Control Improved a Technology
Jennifer Calantone, Marketing Executive • Striatech
Sabrina Latimer, Business Development Associate • Striatech

Companies that ignore innovation and avoid technological progress are the ones that fall behind. In an increasingly connected world driven by smart devices consumers seek sophisticated products that maximize efficiency and ease of use, and the electric motor industry is no exception. Those seeking to buy and use an electric motor typically seek high efficiency, wide variable speed range and compactness,  characteristics that make a product drastically better but result in a high price tag. <read more>























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  New Products

Yaskawa Releases U1000 iQpump Low Harmonic Intelligent Pump Drive
The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. has announced the release of the U1000 iQpump drive.  The U1000 iQpump provides extremely low harmonic distortion in a space-saving design, along with the same on board intelligent pump-specific features and protection as the standard iQpump1000. <read more>


Siemens Introduces Sinamics V20 Smart Access Web Server Module

Siemens has announced the launch of its Sinamics V20 Smart Access web server module, designed to mount directly onto the drive, transforming a mobile device or laptop into a virtual operator panel for drive control.  By providing a Wi-Fi hot spot, the wireless connection on this module facilitates setup, programming, commissioning, production monitoring and maintenance on a variety of machines and production equipment. <read more>


Low-Cost Tin-Can Stepper Motors from Nippon Pulse Feature High Torque and Compact Size

The PF/PFC series tin-can stepping motors are conventional magnet-driven rotary stepper motors with a permanent magnet in their rotor core.   Rotating in proportion to the number of pulses sent to the motor, the stepper motor is frequency synchronized and can change speed depending on the frequency of the pulse signal. <read more>


Microchip Debuts Advanced Motor Control Tool with Auto Tuning and Self-Commissioning Capability
An advanced motor control software plug-in for Microchip’s MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with auto tuning and self-commissioning capability is now available from Microchip Technology, Inc., a  provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. The plug-in, called motorBench Development Suite, is a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based tool with automatic tuning of feedback control gains and offline accurate measurement of critical motor parameters such as resistance, inductances and the back electromagnetic force (EMF) constant. <read more>


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  Industry News

MCMA Launches Motion Control Certification for Professionals
The Motion Control and Motor Association (MCMA), the largest association in North America dedicated to advancing the global understanding and use of motion control and related automation technologies, recently launched the MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional program. <read more>


Updated Short Circuit Current Ratings for ABB Combination Motor Controller Components Now Available
ABB’s recent launch of Tmax XT molded-case circuit breakers (MCCB) and AF contactors led to retesting its UL Listed combination motor controller products and an updating of their files, including short circuit current ratings (SCCR). <read more>







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