Tactical Brief published by Automation World Magazine, November 2012, with featured article written by Doug Meyer. Contains 4 articles: - Designing your first PackML implementation for machine control. - P&G puts PackML through its Pace. - Evolving strategies for packaging machinery specifications - Nestlé makes packaging a strategic priority
Prepackaged retrofit for centrifugal compressor chiller also said to reduce required maintenance and extend operating life. Article written by Michael Grant. Originally published in Control Engineering Magazine, April, 2012
Through the addition of automatic systems, engineers at Glassline Corp., Perrysburg, Ohio, helped their customers achieve an average 33% more throughput with their processes. Glassline specializes in glass-processing machinery and diamond tooling for the automotive, architectural, furniture, and appliance industries. Customers wanted more flexible, faster and easier to change equipment, so the engineers added automatic systems that reduce the number of manually changed parts and physical adjustments. Read more details inside. 3 pages.
Yaskawa America, Inc. - Drives & Motion Division is changing the way in which it manufactures its drives. The company is beginning with a new assembly process for the V1000-series ac micro drives. Production equipment being installed this fall will contain more automation, including MOTOMAN robotics. The drives will be manufactured by robotics cell production, a process capable of producing three million units per year. That's more than a 50% increase compared to traditional methods. Additionally, they meet the regional needs of Europe, North America, and Asia.
There are well-known benefits of using variable-frequency drives (VFDs) to reduce energy consumed by induction motors. Federal, state and local agencies in the U.S. now all give incentives for installing VFDs, as do many utilities. The energy saved by using VFDs can be compelling, and taking advantage of these programs can add considerably to their savings.
One of the most beneficial ways to increase efficiency and lower energy costs in a cooling tower design is to utilize a variable frequency drive (VFD). This article will discuss the different aspects of designs in which VFDs are used to improve performance and how this performance differs from conventional cooling tower designs.
As published in the January 2011 issue of HPAC Engineering, this case study discusses reducing energy cost, maintenance, noise, and vibration at the University of Rochester utility cogeneration plant using Yaskawa variable frequency drives.