Drives & Controls Magazine May 2023

50 CONTENTS n 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 system without the written consent of the publishers. Paid subscriptions UK: £110 per annum Europe: £145 per annum Rest of World: £180 per annum Printing: Warners Midlands PLC., PE10 9PH ISSN 0950 5490 Copyright: DFA Media Group 2023 NEXT ISSUE The June issue of Drives & Controls will contain a look at what’s happening in the world of communications, networking and security, and reports on developments in mechanical power transmission, and smart warehouses. UPDATE 14 Comment 15 ABB Back to Basics 45 Gambica Column 54 New Products 56 Design Data and Multimedia 57 Products & Services IN DEPTH Follow us on Twitter @DrivesnControls Drives Magazine Web site Follow us on LinkedIn @ Drives & Controls Join us on Facebook Drives & Controls Drives& Controls REGULARS DfAmedia group 40 34 26 20 5 56 DRIVES & CONTROLS May 2023 Vol 39 No 5 Editor Tony Sacks t: 01732 465367 e: Consultant Editor Andy Pye t: 07808 137312 e: Production Manager Sarah Blake t: 01233 770781 e: Operations Manager Emma Floyd t: 01732 370340 e: Marketing Executive Hope Jepson t: 01732 370340 e: Financial Finance Department t: 01732 370340 e: ADVERTISING Sales Director Damien Oxlee t: 01732 370342 m: 07951 103754 e: Sales Manager Andy Wylie t: 01732 370341 m: 07939 607855 e: DFA Direct Ian Atkinson t: 01732 370340 e: Italy Oliver & Diego Casiraghi e: t: +39 031 261407 f: +39 031 261380 Managing Director Ryan Fuller t: 01732 370344 e: Chief Executive Officer Ian Atkinson t: 01732 370346 e: Reader/Circulation Enquiries Perception-MPS Ltd t: 01825 701520 e: HEAD OFFICE DFA Media Group 192 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1BE t: 01732 370340 f: 01732 360034 e: 48 5 News A round-up of the latest business and industry developments from around the world. 16 Technology Cutting-edge innovations in motion, power transmission, controls and related technologies. 26 Robotics With sales of industrial robots hitting record levels, ABB Robotics president Marc Segura identifies three key trends that he predicts will drive the global robotics market this year, and in the future. 29 Motors In a special 10-page supplement, we examine topics including whether repaired motors can be made more efficient, how to protect machinery by monitoring motor loads, and when to use closed-loop controls for small DC motors. 40 Linear Motion An expert offers advice on which types of bearing to choose for roundrail linear guidance systems, plus we report on how a Staffordshire manufacturer is using linear motion components in a machine designed to coat PCBs in the presence of corrosive vapours. 46 Scientific and Medical How the digital transformation of pharmaceutical operations is key to achieving more dynamic, agile manufacturing, plus how a German machine-builder that specialises in machines for the medical sector has cut its cabling costs by up to 20%. 50 Manufacturing & Engineering Week A wide-ranging series of events and exhibitions are planned for the Manufacturing & Engineering Week taking place at the Birmingham NEC in June. The show will include a Drives & Controls zone, following the organiser’s acquisition of the D&C Show and allied events last year. 55 50 45 36