Drives & Controls November/December 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 January issue of Drives & Controls will contain our annual supplement on variable-speed drives, and a look at what’s been happening in the worlds of gears and gearboxes, and packaging, printing and paper. UPDATE 14 Comment 17 ABB Back to Basics 48 Gambica column 50 New Products 56 Design Data and Multimedia 56 Appointments 57 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 34 30 18 5 56 DRIVES & CONTROLS November/December 2023 Vol 39 No 10 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 m: 07802 583726 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. 18 Technology Cutting-edge innovations in motion, power transmission, controls and related technologies. 30 Food and Beverage Barriers to automating food and beverage plants are falling away and the latest technologies offer clear business advantages for manufacturers in the sector. An industry insider believes that these developments are a recipe for change. 32 Controls and Software Is there still a role for Scada systems as digitalisation goals become more ambitious, and the technologies used for data capture and analysis evolve? And should you choose historian or relational databases to store and analyse your manufacturing data? An expert shares his opinion. 36 Safety A specialist in alarm systems explains how SIL ratings work and identifies the dangers of some of the misconceptions that exist around them. Plus we outline the steps required to comply with legislation designed to ensure that workplaces minimise the possibility of combustible dust creating explosion risks. 42 Electrical and Enclosures We report on how a German manufacturer of bathroom equipment has slashed the energy consumption of cabinets on six of its production lines by installing a hybrid cooling technology that combines active and passive techniques. Plus how technologies such as supercapacitors and inductive charging offer many potential benefits for powering warehouse shuttle systems. 46 Motors WEG’s recent purchase of Regal Rexnord’s low-voltage motors business was one of the biggest in the sector for many years. A research analyst considers the deal’s implications and whether WEG could overtake ABB to become the world’s largest supplier of these machines. 52 44 21,157 Average net circulation January to December 2022 48 46