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SPONSOR: Schneider Electric Aug 8, 2012 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Simply your complex motion applications >>

Simply your complex material working, packaging, and handling motion applications with one network on a single, scalable platform, integrating the Sercos™ III automation bus for motion, safety, and I/O. Learn how to integrate systems to work both cost effectively and efficiently by reading this “Simplifying Motion" guide.

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Free White Paper: The future of motion centric machine automation >>

Build high-performance packaging machines up to 50% faster, and maximize your machine and business performance with MachineStruxure solutions. Learn more by downloading the FREE white paper, “The future of motion centric machine automation.”

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Collaboration turns horizontal flow packer into GREEN machine >>

ACMA's SP2-NG horizontal flow pack machine can reduce energy up to 30%, and is the first of their ‘Green Machine’ sustainability concept machines. “We have made it our goal to sell machines that require less energy and use energy in a more transparent way,” says Stefano De Maria, Business Development Manager at ACMA.

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New technology for machine builders cuts design/build time by up to 50% >>

Learn how MachineStruxure can help packaging machine builders and their customers design integrated, cost-effective machines based on validated, tested and documented architectures.

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From oven to packaging with 5,000 biscuits a minute >>

Cavanna was selected to supply the transport system and packaging line for one of the largest biscuits producers of Japan. The order includes 4 production lines for a total capacity of more than 5000 biscuits/min.

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Market for servos and steppers to grow in Europe

Increasing investments in end-user segments such as automotive, industrial automation, and packaging will enhance growth prospects for servo and stepper systems in Europe.

That’s the key finding of a recent study by Frost & Sullivan, a consultancy that helps develop growth strategies for a wide variety of manufacturers and other businesses.

Several key factors are promoting market expansion for European servo and stepper systems, including compact design, reduction in installation time, enhanced efficiency, and the move towards decentralized motor drive systems The Frost & Sullivan study, “Strategic analysis of servo and stepper systems market in Europe,” finds that the market earned revenues of 1,623.3 million Euros ($2,016 million) in 2010 and estimates this to reach 3,385.4 million Euros ($4204.66 million) in 2017.


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“The drive for energy efficiency and decentralized systems is highlighting the need for efficient servo and stepper systems,” notes Frost & Sullivan research analyst Raaj Thilak Raveendran. “This shift towards energy efficiency will boost demand levels over the next seven years.”

In addition, the end-user need for customized and energy-efficient products is creating demand for integrated drive solutions. The potential increase in functionalities of servo and stepper systems is projected to expand the range of applications across various end-user segments, which in turn will increase overall revenues. The benefits of integrated servo and stepper systems, such as networking capabilities and application-oriented programming, will underpin market growth over the forecast period.

“The major challenge faced by manufacturers will be to provide integrated package solutions for servo systems,” states Raveendran. “Integrated solutions can be used directly for specific applications. This is a challenge for both end users and OEMs, since they have to find the best fit for existing servo motors/servo drives.”

For more information on this study, contact Anna Zanchi

NEW Automation Products

Servo amplifier has EtherCAT connectivity

Mitsubishi’s MR-J3-xA-RJ158, offered as part of the MELSERVO MR-J3 family, is an AC servo drive designed to provide users with connectivity to Mitsubishi Electric high-performance servo amplifiers over EtherCAT communication. ...Read more

Control, computing platform

GE Intelligent Platforms’ PACSystems RXi new control and computing platform is supported by an emerging ecosystem of cloud-based support tools to provide improved performance, integration into the Industrial Internet, greater uptime ...Read more

Drive system expanded

Siemens Sinamics S120 drive system has been expanded to include Profinet, Ethernet TCP/IP and EtherNet/IP connectivity, providing maximum flexibility for industrial Ethernet communication while offering ...Read more

Data acquisition device integrated with motion controller

Aerotech’s Sensor Fusion is a 3U data acquisition device integrated with the Automation 3200 (A3200) motion controller that provides precise time alignment of motion and data acquisition ...Read more

Variable speed drive

Designed for industrial fans and pumps, the P1000 variable speed drive from the Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. provides simple, reliable, cost-effective control for variable-torque loads through 500 HP and planned expansion through 1000 HP. ...Read more

EtherCAT box for incremental encoder connection

Designed for the direct connection of incremental encoders with differential inputs (RS485), Beckhoff’s EP5101 EtherCAT Box is an IP 67-rated I/O module that synchronously reads encoder values via high-precision EtherCAT distributed clocks, and supports I/O ...Read more

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