How Heat Causes Indramat Failures

Summer brings to mind, sunglasses, ice cream, hot days and heat-caused failures to Indramat servo drives. Heat can lead to different problems with drives, but the most common is failure of the powered fan. Fan failure can be a big deal. If the fan stops working the drive will age at an accelerated rate. Every week that… Read more »

3D Printing, Sensors, and the Future of Servo Motors

Servo motors are different from your ordinary motor because they are controlled by feedback. The most basic type of motor provides power so that a machine will run: the motor is switched on, it provides the kind and amount of power it was built to provide, and the machine uses that power to do whatever… Read more »

Speeding Up the Line

Most people think that speed is the name of the game. Fast cars, fast internet fast pizza delivery. For some things faster is better, but that’s not always the case. Let’s say that you want to increase the speed in your plant. Speeding things up isn’t a problem, but is your current equipment capable of supporting… Read more »

Brushless Servomotors

The brushed DC motor was invented in 1856 by Ernst Werner von Siemens (famed inventor and founder of the electronics brand Siemens). This type of motor uses metal brushes to carry the current, and can use direct current. For over 100 years, brushed DC motors were the go-to until the brushless motor was introduced in the… Read more »

Altitude and Your Indramat Components

At sea level, air pressure is about 14.7 pounds per square inch. At 50,000 feet above sea level, air pressure is only about 1.6 pounds per square inch. Gases under higher pressure are hotter than gases under lower pressure. Thus, elevation can also affect ambient temperature. The power specs for an Indramat servo motor are… Read more »

Automation and Nike

Nike has cut some 106,000 jobs and closed 125 factories, thanks to increased automation in shoe manufacturing. The result: a cut in their workforce of nearly 10%, along with a rise in profits and revenue. The company says they’re looking to work with “fewer, better” manufacturing partners. Sounds like a happy ending, doesn’t it? The… Read more »

Industrial Feeders

Indramat servos are used for plenty of different tasks, but one that’s interested us lately is metal feeding. Feeders often use Indramat servomotors. Press feeders push and pull sheets of metal up to six feet or more wide, often from coils of sheet metal, up to where they can be stamped and cut and crimped… Read more »

Indramat on Location

We talk to a lot of frustrated people in the course of our work, as you can imagine. One of the top sources of frustration starts with the effort to find the right Indramat support region. When you’re brushing sparks out of your hair, you don’t really want to go through an interactive form that… Read more »

When to Upgrade

Upgrade. The word just sounds so good. Up is always a good direction to be going right? Even if upgrading your machinery sounds like the right thing to do, that’s not always the case. Sometimes people get caught up in the latest and greatest and they waste money upgrading a piece of equipment that is still fully functional…. Read more »

Indramat’s S1 Button

In the 6 minute movie CTRL Z, the hero discovers that he can apply his keyboard’s CTRL Z function to his life, not just his computer. The S1 button on Indramat Ecodrive drives is something like that — it resets all the parameters. Actually, the S1 button does several different things: It’s a reset button for… Read more »