Drives & Controls January 2024

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 2024 NEXT ISSUE The February issue of Drives & Controls will look at what’s happening in the world of robotics and automated manufacturing, report on developments involving sensors and encoders, and bring news from the process automation and hazardous areas sectors. UPDATE 14 Comment 15 ABB Back to Basics 44 Gambica Column 46 New Products 48 Design Data and Multimedia 49 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 32 26 18 5 48 DRIVES & CONTROLS January 2023 Vol 40 No 1 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: emma.’ 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 O•cer 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. 26 Robots What does 2024 hold for the world of robotics and automation? A leading Šgure from the collaborative robots industry gazes into his crystal ball to o‹ers four predictions for the year ahead. 28 Variable-Speed Drives Remote VSD monitoring is helping Italian apples to keep their cool. Plus how a Chinese machine-builder has improved the reliability and performance of its sludge dewatering machines by changing their drives. And how UK-built drives are powering a 24-storey automated parking tower in India. 36 Gears and Gearboxes Hypoid gearboxes are becoming increasingly popular for transferring power and torque e”ciently. An expert looks at the key advantages that makes them attractive for a variety of applications. Plus an analyst examines trends in the global market for industrial gearboxes and geared motors over the past year. 40 Printing & Paper We report on how a Spanish manufacturer of •exographic printing machines has turned to an Chinese automation supplier for highperformance controls. And how a Finnish supplier of thermal papers has upgraded its drive controls to boost its operating e”ciency. 42 Talking Industry The last Talking Industry online panel discussion of 2023 revisited one of the series’ most popular topics: robotics and automation. Consultant editor Andy Pye, who chaired the session, reports some of the issues that were debated. 43 Southern Manufacturing The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition is returning to its Farnborough venue next month. We look at what visitors can expect to find when they attend the exhibition. 46 42 41 21,157 Average net circulation January to December 2022 44 43