Sewing may not be widely regarded as glamorous, but it is literally what holds the very fabric of society together. All of the clothing we wear can be found to contain neat stitching, but have you ever wondered how bulkier items like mattresses, cushions or upholstery are sewn together? The highly-sophisticated machines that make the intricate designs and quilted patterns on the surfaces of these items are very different from the simple sewing machines of yesteryear.
Although the textile industry still largely requires skilled human hands to guide and sew material, automation is steadily increasing. Now, automated stitching, quilting and embellishing for larger textiles is showcasing the possibilities for automation technology to the rest of the textile sector as a whole. Automation has a lot to offer the industry, including fast, high-volume production, excellent versatility and superior repeatability.A long-standing partnership
Nestled beneath the mountains in the town of Arth, near Lucerne, Switzerland, the factory of ASCO Bettwaren AG is highly regarded for its CNC-controlled quilting machines and services the company provides to high-end decorators and manufacturers of furniture, mattress covers and bedding. Seeing themselves as creative craftsmen eager to take on projects that others think are impossible, the ASCO team has developed increasingly sophisticated hardware, software, intuitive programming and graphical user interfaces to retain their competitive edge.
This innovation is thanks in part to the close partnership Parker developed with ASCO over the past 30 years. Parker has helped the textile specialists to develop increasingly sophisticated product offerings and designs for a wide variety of quilts, bedspreads, curtains, mattress covers, upholstery, decorative pillows and synthetic blankets.
“Our mutually beneficial partnership with Parker now extends to over 30 years, and the SNA quilting machines we currently use, including frame and QLA cross-cut machines, have proven to be solid, long-lasting and highly reliable,”
Daniel Staub, Managing Director at ASCO
The technology behind the designs
ASCO relies on Parker’s Automated Sewing Systems (SNA) for a variety of different operations, including cutting, stitching and quilting. The SNA machines offer a multitude of single-needle quilting options in a modular concept, meaning the customer can first select the best configuration for their requirements and later add to the system as needed.
The machines cut the materials to the exact size required and feed them into the sewing area, often layering together multiple layers of fabric and padding, ready to be stitched. The edges of the material are securely clamped and the needle moves continuously across the material via a moving bridge, making the desired geometric quilting patterns or bespoke designs on the textiles. All this is done by a single operator at the graphical user interface.
Behind all this technology are a number of modules and systems from Parker, including Compax3 digital servo controllers combined with SMH low inertia servo motors, HLE linear actuators, Moduflex valve islands and the P31 global air preparation system. These essential pieces of advanced motion control technology help to control the smooth movement of material by providing pneumatic clamping on the in-feed system, automatic sensing, straightening and tensioning as well as automatic cutting and unloading operations.
The latest addition to the range of SNA machines at ASCO is the SNA 4200 – a frameless, continuous sewing system with moving bridge, allowing ASCO to fully automate their quilting projects from reel to pallet. The only need for hands-on operation is ensuring the multiple material reels are ready for feeding into the machine. This makes it possible for one operator to run several machines at once, further reducing operation costs.
With a speed of up to 4,500 stitches per minute, the SNA can generate transport speeds of 23m/min during sewing (55m/min without sewing). The Windows-based software allows users to easily create or modify quilt patterns, even on the most challenging contour designs, meaning that innovative new designs can become the norm instead of the exception.
Article contributed by Philipp Jäger, systems sales manager, Electromechanical and Drives Division Europe, Parker Hannifin Corporation
Electrification remains one of the primary trends in the automotive sector, as vehicle makers push hard to introduce cleaner technologies which result in lower emissions.
According to a recent report from global professional services company PwC, over 55% of all new car sales could be fully electrified by 2030. Cars of the future will be electrified, autonomous, shared, connected and yearly updated, it says, in what represents a new era of flexible mobility.
This trend towards electrification isn’t restricted to the passenger car market. Construction and mining vehicles, city buses and refuse trucks have all been developed with hybrid electric powertrains, as authorities look to reduce pollution by introducing more stringent environmental regulations.
But technological progression doesn’t come overnight. The shift to electrification needs to be viewed as an evolution rather than a revolution, delivered through the continued refinement of a broad range of on-board systems and components. These incremental achievements allow the industry to manufacture greener vehicles without having to compromise in areas such as performance and reliability.A high-power density motor for traction applications
Here at Parker, our global teams of scientists and engineers are supporting these environmental efforts, designing and developing new systems that accelerate the pace of electrification. For instance, we recently extended our Global Vehicle Motor family of high-power density, permanent magnet AC motors with the GVM310, which comes with a 310mm square frame. This new product provides a traction solution for a broad range of on-road and off-road commercial electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
So, let’s look at some of the benefits that GVM310 brings to the market. Primarily, when used in conjunction with Parker’s hydraulic pumps, the GVM family helps customers realise electro-hydraulic pump solutions that allow the electrification of formerly purely hydraulic applications.Higher performance motors for your electric or hybrid vehicles
The high efficiency / lower energy consumption of the motor helps vehicle makers comply with stringent emerging energy legislation. It reduces CO2 footprints, is extremely quiet, and its high reliability results in reduced maintenance and downtime for operators. Options with peak power values ranging from 147 kW to 409 kW are available – with high power density meaning the size and weight of overall solutions can be minimised easing design-in for customers.
In addition to operating as a high-power motor, the GVM310 can also be run as a generator enabling effective battery management, longer duty cycles and energy savings of up to 30% compared to induction technologies. Availability as low-flux versions for high-speed applications, or high-flux derivatives for high torque applications enhances versatility.
Furthermore, the GVM family incorporates a wide range of technical features that improve performance. These include a new thinner lamination design to reduce losses, a patented cooling system and a clean, oil-free design.
The introduction of the GVM310 is an example of how Parker is providing the building blocks for electrification, developing turnkey technologies that cut time to market while reducing supply chain complexity. It offers the industry with an optimized solution for the on-road and off-road commercial electric and hybrid electric vehicles of tomorrow.
Article contributed by Bruno Jouffrey, market development manager - Mobile, Electromechanical and Drives Division Europe, Parker Hannifin Corporation.
Many industries are now being required to drastically reduce carbon emissions as a consequence of rising global temperatures, and the automotive industry in particular is a focus of much regulatory pressure.
Parker helps guarantee performance for vehicle electrification
Fundamental to the need for original equipment manufacturers to meet the rigorous safety requirements of an entirely new generation of electric vehicles is the ability to implement repeatable quality testing using the most advanced technology in test rigs.
The Electric Vehicle (EV) market now needs specially-adapted high-speed motors for test benches that will offer sufficient speed, power and acceleration to meet the tough qualification process for electric engines, pumps and powertrain transmissions. Over the past few years, Parker has received numerous requests for test rig motor speeds above 22,000 rpm, with torque levels above 400 Nm and high dynamic performance. This has led Parker to develop a new high-speed MGVA motor to extend the MGV series of brushless synchronous servomotors with, which features water cooling and electromagnetic optimisation to offer increased service lifetimes, reduced maintenance and optimum performance to meet market expectations.
Test stands don't just require expertise in high-speed motors
Typically, any high-speed application will require a specialist integrator who will design the test rig system, looking for the right combination of products that will endure the rigours of the test campaign. This expert will need to decide on all the various mechanical factors of the system, such as ensuring the correct dimensions and rigidity of the test bench chassis to avoid resonance-relation vibration, choosing the best type of coupling according to the line shaft, speed, torque and acceleration, and ensuring that the temperature is controlled to avoid failure.
After this is complete, the specialist integrator will need to find an appropriate drive solution for controlling the MVGA servomotor, such as the Parker A30 drive. Above nominal speeds, the permanent magnet AC motor will need to be controlled under a ‘field weakening’ mode to protect the rig from overvoltage in case the power supply goes down.
A turnkey cabinet will then need to be built to enclose the rig. The cabinet should provide overvoltage protection and a four-quadrant active front end (AFE) solution if necessary, depending on the particulars of the test cycle. To complete the project, a water chiller is then installed for precision cooling.
Parker can provide custom solutions tailored to meet even the most challenging technical specifications. The expertise of our technology-focused engineering team allows the OEM to decide how much or how little support they need. Parker’s extensive portfolio, which includes motors, drives, controllers, HMIs, actuators and gearheads ensure the right combination of application-compatible products will be selected every time.
The high-speed electric vehicle test bench plays a vital role towards ensuring the safety and performance of vehicle electrification, which in turn will allow us all to enjoy cleaner air free of fine particles in the future.
Article contributed by Jean-Philippe Olry, application engineer industrial market, Electromechanical & Drives Division Europe, Parker Hannifin Corporation.
Data acquisition in the modern, digitally-driven production environment can result in better product quality management than ever before.
The ability to collect, evaluate and react to data in real-time is the basis for excellent oversight of production processes to highlight problems and deviations. Anomalies can be quickly addressed, guaranteeing product quality without causing downtime or delays.Push-to-fit provides the answers
The efforts to use data as a means of improving products quality have been given a significant boost by the launch of a new Parker solution for press and joining applications. Push-To-Fit is an innovative electromechanical kit combining a process control unit, servo drive, motor and electro cylinder connected through software into a joining module - that can be quickly integrated into general industrial and automotive assembly lines.
The hub of the solution is a process control unit that provides simple parametrization, visualization and operation. The monitoring method used ensures that real-time quality control is guaranteed, with the process control unit fully compatible with, and prepared for, third-party device connectivity with dual LAN networks and options for Profinet, Ethernet IP and Modbus. Numerous operating options such as web visualisation, digital I/Os and communications interfaces, e.g. OPC UA are available to facilitate integration.
Ease-of-use is boosted through real-time control information, historical/trend data, adjustable error response, definable motion profiles, and monitoring via tolerance windows or tolerance curves. Measured values and complete curves are provided in real time and permanently saved to a database. The creation of such valuable data allows immediate intervention and correction in case of deviations via any HMI with a web browser. The production management system can then take care of automatically generating an error notification message which can be sent SMS or by email to the relevant member of the production team.
The availability of long-term data for each production cycle can also be used as a means of proving product quality - even several years after production has taken place.IPM Process Data Management
The IPM protocol in the Push-To-Fit system provides the Integrated Process Data Management Software with data for each production cycle, automatically recording physical process and measurement information. This data can be accessed at any time, perhaps as a means of responding to any legal provisions or supporting internal requirements.
The IPM Process Data Management Software and the IPM protocol are products of the company CSP GmbH & Co. KG, Germany.
Many of these characteristics - instant quality assessment, fast error logging, automatic notification and integrated archiving – can act as potent drivers of product quality inside a modern production facility. The collection of meaningful data can also provide benefits in other areas, such as helping to reduce product recalls and eliminating any unnecessary and costly downtime.
Push-To-Fit is, therefore, a welcome addition to the Parker range of electromechanical solutions. Visit our product page to learn more about the advantages it can bring to your industrial assembly projects.
This article contributed by Johan Oberle, Applications Engineer, Electromechanical and Drives Division Europe, Parker Hannifin Corporation.
Motors and sensors go hand in hand. The EX range of motors already feature a wide range of sensors that deliver feedback on various parameters and, now, Parker has added a HIPERFACE DSL® encoder to the EX range of motors with explosion-proof enclosures. This makes it even simpler to control and monitor the EX servo motors using a Parker Servo Drive controller.
The High Performance Interface Digital Servo Link protocol runs on a standard RS485 connection to add the level of robustness needed to use it in almost any application. This includes industrial machinery, robotics and chemical and waste processing plants.
The main benefit of this technology is that it uses just one cable to deliver all of the motor control functions. This cable, which can be up to 100m long, can be bundled with the power cable, making it simpler to provide power and control to machines, robots and other equipment. With just one, smaller cable required, the umbilical for industrial machinery is lighter and more flexible, making them more reliable while delivering greater freedom of movement.
The EX motors, now equipped with the HIPERFACE DSL® interface, feature an explosion-proof enclosure and are certified for use in explosive atmospheres (CE/ATEX and IECEx). This includes use in atmospheres where explosive gases or dust are present.
As only one cable is needed, the EX motors have a lower total cost and provide a more reliable solution than a motor that requires two connections for control and feedback. These permanent magnet motors have a torque range of 1.75 to 35 Nm and come with a 2-pole resolver as standard and now an optional HIPERFACE DSL® encoder. This offers up to 20 bit resolution per revolution and a maximum of 4,096 revolutions in a multiturn system. Thermal protection is covered by the thermoswitches and thermofuses that are integrated into the motor's windings.
EX motors are compatible with the Parker Servo Drive (PSD) series, providing a complete solution for motor control in ATEX applications.
We can also offer a complete drive solution for ATEX applications with ETH the actuator and GXA gearbox (ATEX).
Finally, Parker’s well-known ETH electro cylinder range for explosive atmosphere is certified for use in explosive gas atmospheres (device group II, category 2G).
The advent of the smartphone and tablet has had a dramatic impact on the types of media we consume. Whereas in the past we might have been wedded to printed sources such as newspapers or magazines, the ubiquitous nature of electronic devices means video has emerged as a highly popular visual means of accessing information and entertainment.
Video perfectly suits the hectic pace of modern life. A tightly edited and well-produced video can be informative, engaging and easy to digest - even on the go - making that this type of format a good match for today’s always-on, 24/7 society.
It comes as no surprise, therefore, to find that video has become an increasingly popular form of media in B2B markets. Many industrial organisations are now in-step with their tech-savvy customers, creating high-quality videos that encapsulate the technical capabilities of the systems and components they produce. Indeed, according to recent research (video marketing statistics 2020 by Wyzowl), 85% of businesses now use video as a marketing tool, proving what a convenient and accessible medium it has become.Supporting maintenance activities
Maintenance is particularly suited to this type of format. It is often easier to show how to prevent or fix a problem than it is to explain in a wordy repair manual. That’s why most companies have established YouTube channels as valuable knowledge resources for technicians and engineers responsible for maintaining equipment, both in plants and out in the field.
Here at Parker, video has been used to provide maintenance support for the new HLR range of electromechanical linear actuators. These three-minute productions cover a broad range of topics including ‘How to re-lubricate an HLR actuator’, ‘How to re-tension the HLR toothed belt’ and ‘How to replace the HLR steel strip cover’.
They also detail the assembly of the HLR within an application, covering areas such as ‘How to mount a gearbox to an HLR’, and ‘How to set up an HLR two axes configuration’. In each case, the videos have been made to get technical information across in a clear and concise manner that supports the more productive working of the maintenance professional.
Going forward, Parker is committed to using video as a means of talking to our customers. That doesn’t mean the end of the printed word in technical manuals: it is about using the power of technology to complement more traditional types of media to communicate in the most effective way that we can.
Parker’s Electromechanical and Drives Division offers specific tutorials to facilitate maintenance and improve the user experience. The video channel, has been enhanced with five new videos relating to the HLR range to help maintenance professionals carry out common operations.
Visit Parker EMDE YouTube support to see the various tutorials already online. You can see here the most popular HLR electromechanical linear actuators maintenance video.
This article contributed by Olaf Zeiss, product manager - Actuators, Electromechanical and Drives Division Europe, Parker Hannifin Corporation
In the manufacturing sector, anywhere that humans mix with machinery is a potential danger zone. Even in the modern production line, people are often still an essential element of the production or packaging process, but moving conveyor belts, robotic arms, chopping blades and other moving machinery nearby can cause serious injuries or even loss of life.
The European Machinery Directive is heavily focused on safety, and one of its key targets is to lower the number of accidents in the industrial workplace. In areas where close cooperation between humans and machines are required, life and health must always take first priority, and risks must be minimised. Machinery and systems therefore need to be designed to leave no room for mistakes or defects which may cause hazards to humans.
Many European countries have built their reputations on the production of safe, reliable and sophisticated industrial machinery and systems, and these machines are almost always designed, installed and maintained with elements of functional safety in mind. Even so, there are still many pieces of machinery that do not put the interests of the user at the forefront of the design process. These machines are often impractical and hinder the operators in the execution of their work, which can often increase the safety risks, particularly if the operator bypasses or avoids essential safety functions.
Broadly speaking, it is the automatic safety function that either ensures that the intended function is performed correctly or where this is not possible, ensures that the system will shut down in an orderly, and therefore safe, way. Functional safety is governed by two main industry standards addressing the safety lifecycle and the different types of failures from faults: IEC61508 and IEC61511.
For machine designers, it’s clear that following the Machinery Directive is not just about simply buying components that offer safety certification. Comprehensive hazard and risk assessments must first be carried out to ensure not just the operator’s safety but also ease of use. Once the design process is complete, technical safety measures can be implemented, such as placing guards around the machine and selecting components that offer excellent functional safety features.
Process shutdown in motion control machinery such as servo motors and drives are becoming increasingly important, particularly for critical elements such as brakes on vertical axes. Ensuring that the stopping reaction time is fast enough to protect body parts from the force of the motion is essential, and this needs to be tested very regularly.
Shutdown systems must be additionally responsive and flexible in applications such as packaging and production machinery which require a high extent of machine safety. Functional safety components can be connected via safety input-output (I/O) or other proprietary bus systems, but the most advanced solutions are based on safety fieldbuses which are flexible and powerful.Functional safety over EtherCAT
Parker now offers an advanced PSD line of products with Functional Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE), providing a complete, centralised functional safety solution that requires no additional wiring.
A powerful, freely-programmable FSoE master, the Parker Safety PLC, addresses all safety components via the network such as safety inputs and outputs as well as PSD drive controllers with integrated safety technology. External components such as light curtains, emergency buttons and safety shut-off mats are connected through the safe I/O-Modules.
When functional safety is done correctly, the operator is not constrained in any way and should have no reason to avoid any safety devices. Similarly, machine uptime will not be negatively impacted due to safety techniques, ensuring smooth and efficient operations on the processing line.
Overall, the benefits of using servo drives with integrated safety functionality are hard to ignore; such as a reduction in wiring and components, ease of use and increased productivity. Functional safety also has much to offer Industry 4.0. Not only is safety going to become increasingly important in automated factories where there will need to be a greater level of trust between machines and humans, but safety systems will also improve diagnostics, efficiency and reliability.
To discover all the safety features offered by the PSD drive watch the animation.
This article contributed by Patrick Knebel, product manager - servo drives & controllers, Electromechanical and Drives Division Europe, Parker Hannifin Corporation
In a hospital or clinical environment, personal protective equipment (PPE) is important and necessary to decrease staff and patient exposure to airborne ailments. Unfortunately, custom equipment may not be available on short notice. On the other hand, T-slot aluminum framing, best known for modular workstations, machine guarding, and tables, is configurable and can lend itself to any type of structure such as protective shielding and screening equipment. Parker IPS T-slot framing is readily available from authorized Design Centers and distributors, with all the accessory panels and parts to make your healthcare-related design a reality.
Parker designed prototype applications* Ventilator/Defibrillator cart
With a growing need for thousands of portable respirators and other emergency equipment such as defibrillators to be used by healthcare providers in the fight against COVID-19, Parker has designed modular rolling carts to be built using IPS t-slot aluminum profile and standard accessories. These carts can easily be used in hospitals, emergency rooms or any temporary medical facilities treating patients with COVID-19. The finished assembly is easily cleaned.Emergency room/Aisle stretcher protector
Constructed from light but strong aluminum extrusion material, this partition features a lightweight profile and a polycarbonate panel to protect neighboring beds in the room. It is approximately 6 feet by 4 feet and is equipped with adjustable leveling feet for stability. Alternatively, it can be fitted with casters for ease of portability. The durable polycarbonate panels are easily spray-cleaned, for a comfortable environment for patients and staff alike.Patient shield
For use when intubating patients with Coronavirus, this prototype shield is constructed from 20 x 20 aluminum profile. The design is modular and easy to assemble on site. The top polycarbonate panel is attached to the extrusion, and the three framed panels are attached to a straight plate. One panel features pre-cut holes for patient intubation. The assembled shield is easy to clean as needed.
Modular hospital room
This free-standing 12’ x 12’ room is made from 40x40 light aluminum IPS profile and 9 white opaque PVC panels that are pre-assembled. Each panel is approximately 4’ x 7’. The front opening can be closed for privacy with two 84” x 84” hospital cubicle curtains that slide on the extrusion track. The finished assembly is easily cleaned. Either standard slotted profile or the smooth face style may be usedTandem modular hospital room
12’ x 12’ hospital room modules can be ordered in multiple quantities to be assembled in tandem. Constructed of 40x40 light aluminum IPS profile, they are easy to assemble on site since the 9 white opaque PVC panels are shipped pre-assembled. Front opening for each room can be closed with two 84” x 84” hospital cubicle curtains that slide on the extrusion track. The finished assembly is easily cleaned. Either standard slotted profile or the smooth face style may be used.Concept to completed structure - quick and easy
With these examples in mind, we would like to help make your process from concept to completed structure quick and efficient. When you have your initial idea for building with t-slot framing, how do you convey the concept? Do you use a piece of paper, CAD or even the famous napkin to sketch out your thoughts?
Traditionally, and still today, the “napkin sketch” method is how most t-slot aluminum framing companies encourage the user to send in information. It is very effective and allows the customer to quickly convey their ideas. But with the right software, customers can use electronic tools to create their designs.
Imagine a tool that gave you template libraries that can be downloaded from the web and all the parts and components available to build a design, with the capability to export files into various 3D CAD formats. That’s Parker TADA (T-slot Aluminum Design Architect) and it’s available now as a free download.
To get your copy of TADA and learn more about IPS aluminum profile, please visit http://parker.com/DesignArchitect
To find out more about prototype medical and health care applications, please visit Parker T-Slot Aluminum for Healthcare
* These devices are not capable of preventing the transmission or contraction of COVID-19 or other ailments.
This article was contributed by Mario Mitchell, product manager for IPS T-Slot Aluminum Framing, Electromechanical & Drives Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation.
Is safety your number-one priority? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is dedicated to helping companies across the country understand and establish proper safety standards for workers, employers and even temporary workers. They set and enforce safety standards and provide training, outreach, education and assistance.
OSHA publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Most Cited Violations. Companies typically have a specified amount of time to rectify the OSHA safety violations (not just the ones included in the Top 10 list) or risk being assessed fines, which can escalate quickly to very high amounts depending on the violation. The goal of this blog is to provide information on Machine Guarding and where it ranks on the Top 10 list. Within the Machine Guarding category, we’ll dig a little deeper and share some of the most-cited sections.
We’ve included a link to the Top 10 OSHA Most Cited Violations for the past five years. You’ll notice that over this time, Fall Protection, Hazard Communication and Scaffolding were the top three safety violations. Although there is an opportunity to improve and educate in those areas, we want to see where Machine Guarding is on the list. Our goal is to help you, where we can, eliminate this violation from the list and avoid fines.
When we look at the data, it is very promising in that each year the amount of Machine Guarding violations is in decline! See Figure 1 below:
So, what are some of the top specific sections that have been cited within the Machine Guarding category? We looked at safety data from 2015 to 2018 and listed below the top four sections cited during that time:
· 1910.212(a)(1) Types of Guarding
o One or more methods of machine guarding shall be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine’s area from hazards, such as those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks. Examples of guarding methods are barrier guards, two-hand tripping devices, electronic safety devices
o Top section most cited
o Number of citations are decreasing: 1575 to 1289 (18%)
· 1910.212(a)(3)(ii) Point of Operation Guarding
o The point of operation of machines whose operation exposes an employee to injury shall be guarded. The guarding device shall be in conformity with any appropriate standards therefore, or, in the absence of applicable specific standards, shall be so designed and constructed as to prevent the operator from having any part of his body in the danger zone during the operating cycle.
o Second most sited section
o Number of citations are decreasing: 629 to 475 (24%)
· 1910.212(b) Anchoring Fixed Machinery
o A machine designed for a fixed location must be securely anchored to prevent walking or moving.
o 3rd most cited since 2015: 165 to 76 (54%)
· 1910.212(a)(2) General Requirements for Machine Guards
o Guards shall be affixed to the machine where possible and secured elsewhere if for any reason attachment to the machine is not possible. The guard shall be such that it does not offer an accident hazard in itself.
o 4th most cited section over 2016 and 2017: 58 to 46 (21%)
We’ve all heard the saying that knowledge is power. If you didn’t already know some of these statistics, we hope that you are now more aware of common OSHA safety violations and some of the specific machine guarding violations that can occur. According to Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, penalties for 2019 were more than $11 million. It is very important for each person in the organization to have a safety-first mentality. Having this kind of attitude will ultimately create a much safer working environment and positively impact your bottom line.
When reviewing ways to guard your machine, consider using T-slot aluminum framing. Parker can help through our Design Center and Authorized Distributor network throughout the country. You can also electronically sketch your ideas with TADA, our free design tool. Visit www.parker.com/designarchitect to download TADA, view help tutorial videos and download templates. Also, visit www.parker.com/ips to learn more about Parker’s T-Slot Aluminum Framing Products and how they can enhance safety.
This article was contributed by Mario Mitchell, product manager for IPS T-Slot Aluminum Framing, Electromechanical & Drives Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation..
Thanks to our loyal followers for all of the interest in the topics covered in this blog over the past year. In examining the most-read blog posts over the course of 2019, it becomes obvious that there is quite a diversity of products under the electromechanical umbrella, but the common threads of precision, innovation and purpose tie them all together.
Energy savings, an important initiative for now and the future, was highlighted in two top posts: 5 Reasons to Control Your Compressor With a VFD and How VFD Technology on Hydraulic Power Units Helps Improve Performance.
The new and rapidly growing field of mobile electrification was covered in Series Hybrid Vehicle System Design.
Providing advice for selecting the right components for a great system was found in three posts:
2019 saw some impressive growth in social media interaction. Our most popular platform remains the Parker Electromechanical Technology Showcase on LinkedIn, which attracted many new followers in the past year. Popular posts covered a variety of topics including motorcycle racing, featuring an electric bike powered by our GVM motor, participation in a number of industry trade shows including our first Cybershow, and shared content from our Parker Distributors. Please follow us and feel free to share and comment - and don't forget, we are also on Twitter @ParkerElectro.
The past year also included some new product announcements, like extended power range for the AC30 VFD, now available through 600 HP, new PAC and PACIO accessories, and most recently the availability of the ACR7000 multi-axis motion controller.
Parker sees its purpose as a platform for growth, change and positive impact to the world. As we enter 2020, watch for more new innovative solutions from the Electromechanical & Drives team as we focus on these values and on engineering your success.
This article was contributed by Lou Lambruschi, marketing services manager, Electromechanical Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation.