May 2018

50 43 26 3 12 36 57 56 58 CONTENTS Drives&Controls is a controlled circulation publication. If you live in the UK and want to subscribe phone 0333 577 0801 or fax 0845 604 2327. Alternatively for both UK and overseas subscriptions please subscribe online at If you have any enquiries regarding your subscription, please use these numbers. The content of this magazine, website and newsletters do not necessarily express the views of the Editor or publishers.The publishers accept no legal responsibility for loss arising from information in this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be produced or stored in a retrieval systemwithout the written consent of the publishers. Paid subscriptions UK: £95 per annum Europe: £125 per annum Rest of World: £160 per annum Printing: Warners Midlands PLC., PE10 9PH ISSN 0950 5490 Copyright: DFA Media Ltd 2018 NEXT ISSUE The June issue of Drives & Controls will contain an exclusive in-depth report on the recent Hannover Fair, a look at what’s happening in the world of communications, networking and security, and a report on developments in brakes, clutches and couplings. UPDATE 11 Comment 50 Gambica Column 53 ABB Back to Basics 55 Design Data 55 Multimedia 56 New Products 60 Products & Service 64 Appointments IN DEPTH Follow us onTwitter @DrivesnControls Drives MagazineWeb site Drives ShowWeb site Join us on Facebook Drives & Controls Drives & Controls REGULARS DRIVES & CONTROLS MAY 2018 Vol 34 No 5 Editor Tony Sacks t/f: 01732 465367 e: Production Manager Sarah Blake t: 01233 770781 e: Customer Liaison Ewa Hodden t: 01732 370340 e: Financial Clare Jackson t: 01732 370340 e: ADVERTISING Director of Sales Damien Oxlee t: 01732 370342 f: 01732 360034 m: 07951 103754 e: Sales Manager Sara Gordon t: 01732 370340 f: 01732 360034 m: 07505 867211 e: DFA Direct Ian Atkinson t: 01732 370340 f: 01732 360034 e: Eastern US Karen C Smith-Kernc e: t: +1 717 397 7100 f: +1 717 397 7800 Western US & Canada Alan A Kernc e: t: +1 717 397 7100 f: +1 717 397 7800 Italy Oliver & Diego Casiraghi e: t: +031 261 407 f: +031 261 380 Commercial Director Ryan Fuller t: 01732 370344 e: Publisher Ian Atkinson t: 01732 370346 e: Reader/Circulation Enquiries Perception-MPS Ltd t: 01825 701520 e: HEAD OFFICE DFA Media Ltd 192 High Street, Tonbridge KentTN9 1BE t: 01732 370340 f: 01732 360034 e: 48 55 3 News A round-up of the latest business and industry developments from around the world. 12 Technology Cutting-edge innovations in motion, power transmission, controls and related technologies. 26 Drives & Controls Show A pictorial round-up of some of the highlights from last month’s record- breaking Drives & Controls Show which took place at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre. 43 Linear Motion Advice on replacing linear motion components, a report on how an intelligent transport system is helping to achieve high cartoning speeds from a small footprint, anda look at how linear actuators have helped a paraplegic engineer to get back on a motorbike. 48 Defence The turret controls for one of the world’s most advanced combat tanks have been upgraded using rugged, off-the-shelf servodrives, which had to survive a series of demanding set of laboratory and field tests. 29 Motors Supplement In a special 13–page supplement, we look at how motors are being used to drive two different transport technologies that have recently entered service in the Alps, we examine why DC motors use brushes, and report on how motors are saving money in a fish-food plant and being used to rotate an observatory dome in Hawaii. 29