09/10/2018 - MOTION CONTROL & POWER TRANSMISSION: LAFERT AT THE PTDA SUMMIT
The PTDA Industry Summit in Colorado Springs dated 17 to 20 October is one of the most popular event of promotion and train in Motion Control and Power Transmission industry. “The 2018 program focuses on improving communication and interaction to develop successful relationships. The PTDA Summit in fact – the Lafert North America Management clarifies – is an opportunity for senior managers from participating distributor companies and manufacturing companies to gather and discuss future market requirements, challenges and opportunities, thanks to seminars and demonstrations that will be held during the Summit”.
Lafert will introduce new products and ranges to the market: the complete range of NEMA Premium Efficiency - IE3 Motors which meets the requirements of the EISA Directive; the range of IE4/IE5 Permanent Magnet Motors featuring an innovative design; the extended range of Brushless Servo Motors for industrial automation.
“The PTDA Conference is perfect for meeting with key personnel in important positions within the larger distribution companies in North America, and on the other hand, there’s still opportunity to meet with the smaller companies in the same space – the Management says. The goal for 2018 is the continued penetration of the Lafert brand into the market and a constant growth thanks also to our partners and distributors”.
24/09/2018 - WIND ENERGY: LAFERT IS EVEN MORE GLOBAL
The Global Wind Summit, which is a highly respected event for the Wind industry, will be held from 25th to 28th of September at the exhibition centre in Hamburg and will combine WindEnergy Hamburg and WindEurope Conference. “For our first participation”, explains the Sales Manager, Davide Bravin, “we have chosen to exhibit functional motors with solid existing applications, exemplifying our ability to meet the most diverse requirements and to adapt the technology of the asynchronous motor to the most specific needs. For example: Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled (TEFC), Totally Enclosed Non Ventilated (TENV) AC motors and failsafe brake motors in various frame sizes and powers. We will also exhibit a few permanent magnet and brushless motors often used for “Yaw” and “Pitch” applications, featuring Lafert’s know-how gained through many years of experience often in extremely demanding conditions, thus bringing the benefits of high-efficiency, reliability and high-control motors to the wind industry”.
Which are the flagship products? “Our self-braking YAW motor for rotating the nacelle will certainly be on display”, Bravin continues “along with the special power pack and cooling motor solutions, which have paved the way for us to become market leaders in this sector utilising cutting-edge technology and specific customised designed to fulfil the industries needs”.
“At the Global Wind Summit, we will focus on making high value-added, practical and operational contacts”, continues Bravin, “so that we can introduce our products and benefits to key players in the sector with whom we still have little or no contact. We hope to develop partnerships similar to the ones we currently have with other leaders in the wind industry. Another rewarding moment for us will be the opportunity to meet and expand discussions with some of our existing customers, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers and their system’s sub-suppliers, seizing the opportunity to discuss new products and projects with them.”
“The wind market for Lafert is global: we are a player that supplies its products worldwide by following the needs of manufacturers that are, in turn, globalised. The European market currently keeps our production facilities busy, however, we are also witnessing a strong development of the Chinese market that increasingly requires motors with a high technological content. Bravin continues, “Lafert is growing year by year in the wind industry and we think that we can continue growing in this sector with double digit percentages, particularly over the next five years. This is as a direct result of investments targeting technological development of the product intended to fulfil the requirements of our customers and their partners.”
“During the last year, we have noticed the trend to increase the megawatts produced from each installation and optimise efficiency in such cases. Changing from the traditional induction motors in favour of high performance and high efficiency solutions utilising permanent magnet technology is a key factor in achieving these targets. The wind market is, in fact, even more focused on more powerful turbine installations, this requires the need to optimise installation power consumption as much as possible, refining the controls, increasing system performance and efficiency and, consequently, the individual systems that it comprises of. Permanent magnet motors fit perfectly into this context allowing huge increases of efficiency from single components”, concludes the Sales Manager, “greatly reduced losses and increased energy outputs are then delivered to the consumers as a direct result”.
19/09/2018 - LAFERT ELECTRIC MOTORS SPECIALISTS AT THE PPMA 2018
From 25 to 27 Sept, the Lafert Group will take part in PPMA – Packaging Machinery and Manufacturing Show, in Birmingham, the annual trade fair for processing and packaging machinery: from processing equipment for food and chemicals industry to labelling, filling and packaging machinery.
We will be exhibiting a very wide range of products: the full range of Premium Efficiency IE3 Motors at 50Hz and Nema Premium Efficiency Motors at 60Hz verified by the Department of Energy of the USA. The innovative range of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors - IE4/IE5, at variable speed with sensorless drives. “There will be particular focus – states Brian Bannister, Managing Director - on the growing range of permanent magnet solutions for those that are dedicated to efficiency or need compact and light drive solutions”.
“There are many new additions to products - Bannister continues - that will be shown. Our Motor Specialists will be present at the show to explain all of these technical and commercial benefits and how they can help to fulfil ever demanding business needs of potential customers and partners. We will ensure that all customers and visitors are aware of the latest legislation“.
“The permanent magnet technology of Lafert is without doubt the leading range as far as growth for the Group business – says the Managing Director. This growth is due to a combination of more factors: our customisation ability, the knowhow of our engineering department and just as important the commitment and investment of all of our people into the product. This is why so many major OEM's are desperate to adopt our market leading technology so to be the best in class.”
“Of course we have a significant distribution network here in the UK on a national basis that includes motors repair centres and power transmission distributors. In 2019, we are also looking to expand our team again to assist in further educating the UK market regarding the strengths and products of the Lafert Group. Last year was an excellent year for Lafert both here in the UK and as the Group, with continued growth in turnover and significant infrastructure and capital investment led improvements in plants and facilities”.
Next projects? “We are attending the Appetite for Engineering event – ends the Managing Director - which is all about encouraging engineering and sharing solutions within the food processing sector”.
04/09/2018 - IMTS 2018: TOWARDS INDUSTRY 4.0 AND COLLABORATIVE ROBOTIC
The 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will host more than 115.000 visitors and 2.400 exhibitors from 117 countries, during September 10 – 15 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. IMTS is the largest manufacturing trade exhibition in North America, with a specific focus on machine tools, aerospace, automotive, and medical industries.
“The Lafert exhibit” states Matthew Temple, Outside Sales Manager for Lafert North America “will be strongly focused on Brushless Servo and High Performance (HP) permanent magnet IE4/IE5 motor products, which represent the latest innovative solutions for automated manufacturing equipments and are engineered to drive advancements in the capability, productivity and reliability of manufacturing systems. Visitors will be presented with a complete range of standard and custom Brushless Servo Motors (0.25 to 390 Nm) with demonstrated performance and reliability in robotic applications.”
“Lafert experience and expertise in the design, manufacture and supply of motors for ‘Collaborative Robotic’ or ‘Co-bot’ equipment will be of particular interest to machine builders as concept of Industry 4.0. Interaction with OEMs and system integrators on the show floor” Matthew Temple continues “will yield opportunities to apply Lafert Servomotor technology to robotics equipment designed to work hand-in-actuator with human manufacturing staff.”
“The traditional focus for HP motor range has been the HVAC market, also pumps, fans and compressors, largely due to the primacy of energy efficiency performance. IMTS” ends Matthew Temple “provides a valuable opportunity for Lafert to engage with North American machine builders and develop understanding of their contemporary motor requirements. Increased Lafert exposure to machine tool and automated equipment applications will highlight opportunities for HP motors to bridge the capability gap which lies between induction and brushless servo motors. Low inertia, high power density and cost-efficient construction make the HP range a unique and compelling motor solution for this ‘Servo Light’ market segment”.
31/08/2018 - INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION: NEW CHALLENGES AND NEW APPLICATIONS
Lafert’s excellence is internationally acclaimed and this year they shall be exhibiting, once again, at the IAS, Industrial Automation Show in Shanghai from the 19-23 September.
For the occasion, Lafert will present its full range of Industrial Automation motors: the new series of compact motors with specific mechanical components (40, 60, 80, 130 and 180 mm flange) and special electrical designs (230V and 400V) that will meet the needs of a vast range of robots with a loading capacity between 5 and 450 kg. The extensive range of Brushless Servomotors now reaches torque values up to 390 Nm, for applications with high dynamics and acceleration (ideal, for example, for presses, paper printing, etc.). Plus, Lafert will present the ATEX Motors, a full range of Servomotors certified ATEX Zone 2-22 for use in potentially explosive environments.
“All these products,” says Paddy Zhou, Country Sales Manager, “demonstrate the Group's strong customisation capacity. The availability and uniqueness of the full range should attract producers with special requirements in terms of performance, feedback, speed, torque density, inertia, etc. These characteristics also fulfil the needs of many manufacturers wishing to upgrade their low-end machines to high-end machines and meet the requirements of an increasingly demanding market. Indeed, Lafert motors help customers stand out and, therefore, establish a competitive advantage”.
“In addition to the classic applications in robotics,” says the Country Sales Manager Paddy Zhou, “we have also made progress in laser cutting, a sector that is growing rapidly in China, which, according to MIR forecasts, will report a +16% growth rate in 2018. Lafert has also developed partnerships with system integrators specialised in this application. Up until now, the products are mainly in the sampling and pre-series phase, but we will make the most of well-established channels and targeting to win over big OEMs in the near future.”