Siemens' Micro Master Vector and Midi Master Vector Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) are reportedly the first to integrate sensorless vector control into the small dimensions of a standard frequency controller. The two units are smaller in size and offer more standard features than their VFD predecessors. They are also compatible with standard induction motors ranging between 1/6 to 100 hp. Introduced in 1993, the Micro/Midi Master drives were among the first VFDs to offer breakthrough technologies, such as flux current control for automatic current load adaption. In their latest iteration, the controllers' sensorless vector inverter capability derives from a new ASIC that quickly calculates rotor speed and position. This enables the rotor and stator current to be controlled for optimized performance. Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. Product Code 4362 (P)
Days after a massive, distributed denial-of-service attack took down dozens of major websites around the country, ARM Holdings plc is rolling out a pair of new processor architectures aimed at shoring up IoT security.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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