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The Future of Motor Building

One hundred years ago, most engines and motors were built by hand. While this was indeed an impressive trade skill, automation and computers have largely replaced the “human” element involved in the production of industrial motors. However, the benefit here is that such mechanisms have become much more efficient and precise. This has enabled their […]

What is a Variable Frequency Drive?

What you need to know about variable frequency drives (VFDs) Let’s say you have a device driven by an electric motor such as a conveyor belt. Your electric motor has no throttle; it’s either all on or all off. But you don’t want your conveyor belt running at full speed all the time. This is […]

What are Maze-Solving Automatons?

Over the last few decades technology has come a long way, with more interest in funding and research than ever. So whilst certain difficulties in systems technology may be ever-present, researchers will always be able to come up with new and innovative solutions to deal with them. Open circuit faults are one of these innate […]

The Spiderfab!

‘SpiderFab’ is the name of suite of technologies currently being developed by Tethers Unlimited Inc. (TUI), under the auspices of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in the United States. As the name suggests, SpiderFab uses spiderlike robots to fabricate and assemble huge structures in space and is set to revolutionise the way in […]

Why Refurbished Motors are a Better Solution Than Replacing Motors

The motors within industrial machinery endure a considerable amount of wear and tear. Over time, they will naturally need maintenance. However, it is a simple fact that such mechanisms will eventually require a complete overhaul. These are the instances when an owner could be debating whether a refurbishment is the best option or it is […]

The Five Most Common Faults That Will Happen in AC and DC Motors

If an electrical motor is thought to have a problem, there are five common areas where the fault may lie. The initial problem (and most common issue with malfunctioning motors) may be with the power circuit or quality of the power supply. Breakages can also happen when there are faults with insulation or an air […]

Stop The Presses! How Does a Newspaper Press Work?

In 2008 News International built the largest printing works in the world at Broxbourne, a series of twelve presses that take up an area the size of twenty three football pitches, at a cost of £350m. The plant uses rolls of paper that each weighs two tonnes and processes three hundred and thirty thousand tonnes […]

Our Guide to Rewinding Servo and Spindle Motors

There are a number of steps that should be followed for rewinding spindle and servo motors, and adhesion to these is the most effective way to ensure success. • The old copper windings first need to be removed and this process starts in the burn out oven. Heating the old coils softens the enamel and […]

How Will Mechanical Equipment Work in 2020?

The landscape of mechanics within the industrial world has evolved in leaps and bounds during the past few decades. If this is any indication of things to come, it only stands to reason that profound changes will occur in the foreseeable future. What are some of the major trends and which challenges need to be […]

How Planned Maintenance Can Save Your Company Millions

Also known as predictive maintenance, planned maintenance on mechanical engines and other devices is one of the most effective ways to save a company a great deal of money while preventing potentially disastrous situations. There are four key reasons why planned maintenance can help your company save millions, alongside keeping major industrial equipment running smoothly… […]

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