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How the unified converter family Unidrive M from Control Techniques lowers the engineering expenses - current interview in the Quest Trend Magazine

The engineering expenses of the machine-builders for machine automation rose distinctly since 2007. In the interview Control Techniques describes how Unidrive's M uniformity and modularity are lowering the engineering expenses.

(PresseBox) (Bochum, ) In the context of the market survey from Quest TechnoMarketing about the engineering of machine automation 70% of the machine-builders indicated that engineering expenses rose by about 50% since 2007 until today.

Rainer Crevecoeur, General Manager Germany, underlines mainly three points in the interview how Unidrive M is reducing these engineering expenses.

Unidrive M is a modular structured, six-level frequency converter family for 0.25 kW to 2.8 MW with scalable hardware adapted to applications, technologies and a standardized software to control asynchronous, synchronous, servo drives as well as linear actuators or to use them as AFE. A broad range of option modules are provided to optimize the applications; programming is made by standardized software based on Codesys. The crucial factor at this point to reduce engineering expenses is consistent complete uniformity.

Secondly the uniformity of Unidrive M puts second and third suppliers aside and the related higher engineering expenses. The market survey revealed that machine-builders are more willing to change drive converters. An observation could contribute to the explanation Rainer Crevecoeur stated in the interview that machine-builders see themselves forced to use second and third suppliers because none of the suppliers concerned covers all required applications. So the broad range of the converter family and its complete uniformity saves two and three-way engineering of external solutions.

Finally the third point to lower engineering expenses is related to the fact that the machine-builder can cover standard applications through standard technologies up to complex adapted solutions by only one converter family with unified software. Also at this point the machine-builder is not forced to change over to other makes causing additional engineering expenses.

Rainer Crevecoeur confirms that Control Techniques is well-known for drive technology and is in addition at the same time a part of the worldwide Emerson enterprise resp. Emerson Industrial Automation. In the near future Emerson Industrial Automation will become, beyond the drive technology, a supplier of automation solutions. So Emerson Industrial Automation will provide automation solutions, i.e. PC-based control technology, HMI, I/O level. Individual frequency converter modules provide already now integrated control technology and motion control, i.e. distributed control technology. So the enhancement will ensure central and distributed automation solutions for the machine-builder.

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Quest Trend Magazine publishes trends in automation from the users's point of view mainly in machinery industry, automotive and F&B industry. The economic backdrop of these trends are highlighted as well.

The trends are based on market surveys by Quest TechnoMarketing, Bochum, London, specialized in market surveys and marketing for the automation technology for more than 20 years and the publisher of the Quest Trend Magazine in English and German language.

About Control Techniques:
Control Techniques is a subsidiary company of Emerson and a worldwide leading manufacturer of frequency converters and DC drive as well as of systems for renewable powers for commercial and industrial applications. Our innovative products are implemented for the most demanding applications in regard to performance, reliability and energy efficiency.
Control Techniques maintains production, technology and development departments in Europe, the USA and Asia. Additionally 93 drive centers and sales partners in 70 countries support our customers on-site with expert knowledge regarding technical sales force, service and system design. Beyond that many drive centers also offer a comprehensive service for construction and system design.

About Emerson Industrial Automation:
Emerson Industrial Automation is a business unit of the Emerson enterprise. Emerson supports its customers with the maximization of productivity, efficiency and quality in many industrial areas as a worldwide active technology provider. Its products cover components of the electrical drive technology, electric motors and drive converters, energy distribution, gearboxes, components for automation in the fluid area and ultrasonic components. Emerson's marks provide enterprises such as Appleton, ASCO, Branson Ultrasonic, Browning, Control Techniques, Kop Flex, Leroy Somer, McGill, Morse, Numatics, O-Z/Gedney, Rollway, SealMaster and System Plast. In 2013 Emerson Industrial Automation employed worldwide 25,000 employees and achieved a turnover of $4.9bn with a 19% share at the turnover of Emerson.

About Emerson:
Emerson's headquarters is in St. Louis, Missouri (USA). Emerson is a manufacturer and technology enterprise that is worldwide acting and broadly positioned. In 2012 Emerson proved rank 120 in the yearly published listing of the largest American enterprises, called Fortune 500®. The enterprise contains 5 industrial areas: Process technology, industrial automation, network power, air condition technology as well as building engineering. It has worldwide about 133,000 employees and achieved a turnover of $24.2bn in 2011.