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Worm gearboxes produce high torque at low cost
Worm gearboxes are low-cost options for producing high torque from relatively small electric motors. Their output shaft is at a 90 degree angle to the motor input shaft and higher reduction ratios are obtained compared with conventional gearbox designs. Tony Young, director of electrical and automation maintenance company, CP Automation, explains the benefits of worm gearboxes.
Reports of fieldbuses’ usage disappearing are premature
Although Industrial Ethernet is the clear future direction of the industrial network market it’s also clear that it will be many years before we finally say goodbye to fieldbuses. Michael Volz, General Manager of HMS Industrial Networks GmbH in Germany, says fieldbuses will be popular for many years to come, but that Ethernet will gain ground where it has something extra to offer.