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Commissioned by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Control Techniques has launched the 2nd edition of the Drives and Controls Handbook, edited by Prof Bill Drury.

The handbook gives an insight into the technology and techniques of AC and DC motor control, from basic theory through to practical solutions.

This book replaces the edition published in 2001.

‘Very little of the last edition has made it into the new one without at least some modification, and there has been a lot of entirely new subject material included,’ said Prof Drury.

The book has more than 750 pages and draws upon Control Techniques’ engineering expertise in this field, as well as encompassing all aspects of variable speed control applicable to all manufacturers’ equipment, including AC/DC industrial motors, servo control, communications and system design.

Recognising that the handbook is used in a number of universities as well as by industrial users, Drury has added new sections covering basic electromagnetic and motor theory.

Developments in areas including power semiconductors, functional safety and control have also been included.

A detailed consideration is given to the ambient conditions that influence the specification of a drive and associated equipment through to the characteristic impacts of drives.

Guidance on EMC, harmonics, thermal management, cabling and fusing have all been updated, including changes to international regulations.

The applications section has also been expanded, though given the breadth of this publication, it has been recognised that only core technologies and exemplars of use could be included.

The structure of the handbook has been redesigned into four parts: drive types and core technology; the drive in its environment; practical applications; and appendices.

The index has also been revised to make it easier to find information in the handbook.

Control Techniques

Control Techniques, an Emerson Industrial Automation company, is a world leader in the design, production and marketing of electronic variable speed drives for the control of electric motors. Our strategy is to concentrate on delivering drives and servo products that enhance the productivity of our customers’ machines and processes.

We operate through a global network of drive and application centres that both distribute product and add value by building our drive products into custom designed systems and by offering the highest levels of customer service.

Our Control Techniques drive centres also provide us with invaluable feedback and market intelligence so that we can further improve our products and service. This customer focused strategy will enable us to continue to grow profitably.

Our competitive edge is based on our unique focus on drives, our strength in research and development, our investment low-cost manufacturing and an effective worldwide marketing strategy.

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