Drives & Controls Magazine September 2023

50 CONTENTS n 22Drives & 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 October issue of Drives & Controls will contain a special section devoted to developments in machine-building, as well as round-ups of recent applications in precision engineering and motion control, and news from the water industry. UPDATE 14 Comment 15 ABB Back to Basics 46 Gambica column 47 New Products 49 Multimedia and Design Data 50 Products & Services IN DEPTH Follow us on X @DrivesnControls Drives Magazine Web site Follow us on LinkedIn @ Drives & Controls Join us on Facebook Drives & Controls Drives& Controls REGULARS DfAmedia group 38 30 24 16 5 49 DRIVES & CONTROLS September 2023 Vol 39 No 8 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 Peter Sayer t: 01732 370341 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: 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. 24 Motors A race is on the find alternatives to controversial rare-earth materials whose supply and prices are currently controlled by China. What are the options for these materials which are vital for high-performance permanent magnet motors used in electric vehicles and elsewhere? 27 Energy efficiency Three experts examine the changing responsibilities of energy managers as a new generation of engineers brings fresh ideas and attitudes to the role. Plus we take a look at new energy-saving-as-aservice business model for selling VSDs. 35 Food and beverage How a Carlsberg brewery has slashed its energy consumption by up to half, as well as saving water and cutting carbon dioxide emissions, by upgrading its VSDs. Plus how a Japanese confectioner is saving the equivalent of £50,000 a year by monitoring its energy use. 42 Maintenance, Service and Repairs How the rapid replacement of a failed mixer drive at a Baxters food factory helped to avert costly downtime. And a case study from Oman on how a meat processor tackled power supply problems caused by soft-starters on its refrigeration screw compressors. 44 PPMA Show preview The PPMA processing and packaging machinery show takes place at the NEC later this month, with more than 300 exhibitors promoting the latest manufacturing technologies from 2,600 brands. 48 40 21,157 Average net circulation January to December 2022 46 44