Magnax Unveils A New Electric Motor for Hybrid Cars

Magnax, a Belgium startup unveils a new axial flux BLDC motor specifically designed for electric vehicles (EV) or hybrid cars. Electric vehicles commonly use electric motors that are powered by lithium batteries to drive. Other EVs use solar energy, but the mechanism is the same since electric motors are the primary drivers of these cars.           

Magnax is considering mainstream hybrid cars, aviation as well as motorcycles as the primary targets when it introduces its new axial flux electric motor. The new type of engine is short, and it can operate as a hub inside the wheel or on the car's chassis. The critical feature of this new gadget is that it does not require permanent magnets.

Many sectors that rely on electric motors for their power requirements can significantly benefit from the axial flux motor. Wind turbines, for example, can help through the removal of the complicated and expensive gearbox that many radial flux motors require. On the other hand, axial flux motors can improve efficiency by up to 10% and many general industrial applications can benefit.

In short, the most significant thing is that an electric motor is the heart of an EV. The motor drives the vehicle, and its efficiency determines the level of performance. Unlike conventional cars with varying sizes of engines, this new electric motor is small and reliable. 

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How to Cool Your Repair Shop - Safely

A repair shop, workshop, man cave, or garage is traditionally the place to park your car. However, the typical garage is not just for cars anymore. And, a lot of people prefer to park their vehicles in the driveway. No car in the garage creates an untapped goldmine of additional space.

Think about the endless possibilities and a wide range of uses that your garage can offer. For some people, it is an additional storage space, workshop, a home office, or even a gym. If your garage doubles up as your workshop, then chances are you probably spend a lot of your time in there. It becomes challenging to work during the hot summer months if your garage does not have a cooling system.

Generally, without air conditioning and insulation, your garage’s temperatures can soar up to 10 degrees higher than the outside temperatures. In the hot summer months, that’s a lot of sweltering heat that will slow you down and make it impossible to carry out your daily tasks.

Whether you are dealing with a humid climate or just plain dry heat, it may be the right time for you to consider some garage/ workshop cooling solutions. Most people wonder, why does the garage get so hot? What is the right size to install in the workshop/garage?  If, for example, you use a portable air cooler in your shop then you need to know how to vent it properly?

Here are a few reasons why your shop may get so hot:

  • Your garage is not insulated
  • Darker garage colors will conduct heat, and brick walls absorb heat.
  • West-facing garages are exposed to the late afternoon sun’s blaze
  • Your garage may not have any ventilation system
  • Small windows or windowless garages can be hotter
  • Parking your car in the garage immediately after using it – your car will radiate heat raising your garage’s temperature.

repair shop working in garage

 

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Off-Grid Water Pumps: Same Old Challenges, New Solutions

Local, clean water sources, with reliable pumps, are essential for the health and well-being of many communities. First of all, there are places where city water supplies are not accessible. For example, this includes remote farmsteads and ranches without grid power. Then there are the areas in developing countries that rely on wells and other underground sources.

A well with a reliable pump is appealing to all kinds of users. Users include aid workers, farmers, preppers, and those that merely want to be as self-sufficient as possible. The question is, what is the best approach to pumping that water? The increasing potential of solar power generators – according to Solar Generator Guide – means that solar has to be the best option. 

In this article about the best off-grid well water pump solutions we will look at the following:

  • Different options available for pumping wells and water sources
  • Reasons why solar powered solutions are more appealing than the alternatives
  • Applications for these solar powered solutions 
  • Selecting the right pump with the correct generator, solar panel set-up, and storage batteries.

 

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The Benefits Of Using Thermal Imagers For Predictive Maintenance Of Rotating Equipment

thermal Camera : Rotating Equipment

Maintaining Industrial Equipment: Thermal Imagers

Thermal imaging systems are an important tool for determining heat transfer and changes in temperature. New, inexpensive thermal cameras and imagers detect infrared radiation emitted from an object – in other words, heat – and relate that to an understandable image. Abnormal patterns of heat cannot be seen with the naked eye. Also, we often cannot get close enough to a subject to sense any differences. This all means that thermal imaging can be a big help for companies reliant on rotating equipment.

 

How Do These Thermal Systems Work?

Thermal cameras turn these heat signals into visual images that we can understand. The image shows a piece of machinery in colors that represent the heat produced. Some will be cold and blue; others will be warm and red, and there are bright while areas of extreme heat.

The key to understanding a problem with these images comes in knowing the difference between a normal and abnormal color for a particular area. Some will automatically be hotter because they are rotating and creating energy. However, there will be tonnes that are too hot and indicate a problem. The more sensitive the system, the better the chance of detecting faults.

 

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Concentric Ab's Innovative New Pumps Unveiled At IAA 2016

2016 New Design And Style Pumps

Concentric AB is a company that is highly regarded by industry leaders across the world. They manufacture high-grade pumping systems at plants across Europe, China, India the US and Argentina. These pumps are then used by top names in construction, mining, and agriculture. The company has been celebrated in the past for its ability to create useful products for numerous benefits. 

These include fuel efficiency, noise reduction, system efficiency, and high power density. They have created products that are highly innovative in the way that they create proprietary systems for flow control and fluid power. This all means that leading companies in the world of mechanics and pumping technology want to hear what Concentric AB have to say. In September 2016, they were treated to an unveiling.

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The Best Approach For Accurate, Efficient Shop Floor Scheduling

Cleaning Shop Floor

The importance of being able to implement a strong shop floor schedule cannot be over-exaggerated. All elements of a busy shop floor need to be on the same page. This means a strong assembly line to create an effective system and smooth movement of items. A good scheduling system will allow shops to deal with raw materials as soon as they arrive. They will also put machines and staff to work to process them and start the next production.

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Could Mechanics Use Solar Generators For Their Tools In Motor Repairing?

Repairing Motors With Solar Powered Tools

Industrial Motor Repairing Tools - Solar Generators

The whole world seems to be trying to get off-grid these days. Homeowners are installing solar panels, and even the tall wind turbines, for renewable energy sources. Some are using this as a means of cutting down on energy bills or providing back-up in an emergency. Others are going further and can create a fully-working campsite or an eco-friendly home without commercial electricity.

These achievements raise questions about the potential of off-site mechanics and electricity use in different fields. For example, could workers use power tools with solar generators alone for motor repairing?

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The Potential Impact Of The First Doe Pump Efficiency Standards

DOE Industrial Pump

DOE Pump Efficiency 

In 2015, The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a series of new standards on energy efficiency for certain pieces of equipment. They were commercial air conditioners and pumps. The primary aim here is to save energy, and money, through new regulations on the parts used. This is the first set of national efficiency standards ever to be published for pumping technology. This means that there are some high hopes for the outcome.

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Why Its Time For A New DOE Motor System Market Assessment

DOE Motor

Industrial Motor- DOE Motor System 

In 1998, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a comprehensive Motor System Market Assessment. The study was responsible for the way that the country looked at motors and fuel consumption nationally.As such, it was the measure to which they set their standards. It was also their means of understanding the place of individual motor technologies within the market. At the time, the results were significant. They found that in 1994, motor-driven system consumed 747 billion kWh, which related to 25% of US electricity sales.This meant that motors were the largest single users of electricity in the US. It was also estimated at the time that there was the potential for energy savings up to 18%. 62% of that within pumps, fans, and compressed air systems.

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The Importance Of Thermography In Modern Industry

Thermography Equipment

Maintaining  Industrial Equipment With The Help Of Thermography

Thermography investigation relies on thermal images and other related software to look at heat patterns that emit from the subject. It basically creates an image of a building, piece of machinery or other area using wavelengths that we cannot see.The hot sections show up in whites, yellows and red and the cooler areas are blue and black. This all sounds simple and fun when explained in this manner. However, the images are actually rather complex and can have massive implications for many industries.

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The Impact Of Modern Motor Technologies On Circulator Pump Design

Circular Pump With Hydraulic Technology

Circulator Pump Design

Circulator pumps are an important part of heavy industry, with many used in heating and cooling systems. Many technicians will be familiar with the old single-speed motors that were found in these closed loop systems. These models are pretty outdated by today’s standards as modern innovations have taken over. We are now seeing a wave of exciting new products with improved capabilities in speed, efficiency, installation methods, programming, and intelligence.

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Three Stand-Out Winners From The 2016 Pump Industry Awards

Flowserve SIHI

Pump Industry Awards

The Pump Industry Awards are a big event in the calendar of all manufacturers and users of heavy industry pumping technology. Designers, project managers, and other leading figures all want to be recognized for their advancements. The awards are designed to highlight companies that go further to create something with an actual, lasting benefit. This could be a new product that changes perceptions or a project that helps communities or the environment. The following three winners from 2016 are three worthy recipients with very different projects. They have taken modern ideas and applied them to critical needs in the current climate.