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In engineering, one of the more common questions ABB gets on the Raptor coupling deals with the twisting of the element. Many users incorrectly assume this is a sign of failure. This phenomenon is common to any elastomeric coupling and is the result of a process called creep. Here, we take a look at several examples of creep.
On its way to reaching its ambitious science-based targets, the company commits to electrifying its vehicle fleet by 2030, sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and establishing energy efficiency targets, including the systematic use of energy management systems.
Condition monitoring using sensors and other equipment — designed to proactively alert users to potential problems so that unplanned downtime can be prevented — offers advantages to help users make their operations run more effectively and reliably.
ABB’s NEMA motor division is pleased to announce its support of Peak Innovation Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Their $1 million investment will be dedicated to the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment for the Advanced Manufacturing program and its Automation/Robotics, Electronics Technology, and Computer Integrated Machining pathways.
It’s the first Friday in May and that means the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Fort Smith, AR, is holding its annual Business EXPO and Career Fair. While last-minute touches are put on more than 80 booths, the kick-off breakfast is ready to begin. All 350 seats are filled; you can feel the excitement in the air as today is Signing Day.
ABB’s Baldor-Reliance Severe Duty XT motor is a true severe duty motor that bridges the gap between the Baldor-Reliance General Purpose and XEX premium severe duty motor lines.
To choose the right motor for your application, you need to consider more than just horsepower, speed, and torque, of course. With electric motor systems accounting for about 70% of the electricity demand in industry, energy efficiency has long been a prerequisite that seemed, however, to be reaching its limits. Efficiency is being pushed further through full system optimization, but requirements are also increasing for improved hygiene, safety, connectivity, data availability…everything that will keep those motors and drives—and all the production equipment they keep in motion—from shutting down unexpectedly.
ABB's motor manufacturing plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, employs around 1,250 people and has undergone a transformation driven by the need to automate (and in particular, digitalize) more of its operations. The initiative was paired with an equally important one: bringing employees along for the ride.
The shareholders of ABB have approved all the proposals by the company’s Board of Directors at its 2021 Annual General Meeting. Due to the extraordinary circumstances and in line with applicable Swiss COVID-19 legislation, shareholders were not able to attend the meeting in person but could exercise their shareholder rights via the independent proxy who represented 59 percent of the issued share capital.
Electric motors consume more than one-third of the world’s energy, and the number of motors in operation is expected to double by 2040. In the United States, pumps are responsible for 40% of the total industrial motor system’s electricity consumption. Motor standards have been in place for decades; yet, there is a growing demand to achieve greater efficiencies as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) continues to investigate new standards on wire-to-water and wire-to-air efficiency. In response, equipment manufacturers are turning to new motor technologies to achieve the highest system efficiency possible.

Company News

In engineering, one of the more common questions ABB gets on the Raptor coupling deals with the twisting of the element. Many users incorrectly assume this is a sign of failure. This phenomenon is common to any elastomeric coupling and is the result of a process called creep. Here, we take a look at several examples of creep.
On its way to reaching its ambitious science-based targets, the company commits to electrifying its vehicle fleet by 2030, sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and establishing energy efficiency targets, including the systematic use of energy management systems.
Condition monitoring using sensors and other equipment — designed to proactively alert users to potential problems so that unplanned downtime can be prevented — offers advantages to help users make their operations run more effectively and reliably.
ABB’s NEMA motor division is pleased to announce its support of Peak Innovation Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Their $1 million investment will be dedicated to the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment for the Advanced Manufacturing program and its Automation/Robotics, Electronics Technology, and Computer Integrated Machining pathways.
It’s the first Friday in May and that means the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Fort Smith, AR, is holding its annual Business EXPO and Career Fair. While last-minute touches are put on more than 80 booths, the kick-off breakfast is ready to begin. All 350 seats are filled; you can feel the excitement in the air as today is Signing Day.
ABB's motor manufacturing plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, employs around 1,250 people and has undergone a transformation driven by the need to automate (and in particular, digitalize) more of its operations. The initiative was paired with an equally important one: bringing employees along for the ride.
The shareholders of ABB have approved all the proposals by the company’s Board of Directors at its 2021 Annual General Meeting. Due to the extraordinary circumstances and in line with applicable Swiss COVID-19 legislation, shareholders were not able to attend the meeting in person but could exercise their shareholder rights via the independent proxy who represented 59 percent of the issued share capital.
Electric motors consume more than one-third of the world’s energy, and the number of motors in operation is expected to double by 2040. In the United States, pumps are responsible for 40% of the total industrial motor system’s electricity consumption. Motor standards have been in place for decades; yet, there is a growing demand to achieve greater efficiencies as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) continues to investigate new standards on wire-to-water and wire-to-air efficiency. In response, equipment manufacturers are turning to new motor technologies to achieve the highest system efficiency possible.
In a new whitepaper published today, ABB reveals potential for significant energy efficiency improvements in industry and infrastructure enabled by the latest and most high-efficiency motors and variable speed drives. ABB calls on governments and industry to accelerate adoption of the technology to help combat climate change.
2/11/2021 Company News
In celebration of the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11, this year we continue our own Women in Science series, profiling talented ABB employees with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educations, who are leading in their fields, across the businesses, around the world.

New Products

ABB’s Baldor-Reliance Severe Duty XT motor is a true severe duty motor that bridges the gap between the Baldor-Reliance General Purpose and XEX premium severe duty motor lines.
10/16/2020 New Products
Quick disconnect, or QD bushings, are a concentric shaft attachment method allowing easy installation and removal of v-belt sheaves, sprockets, and couplings.
ABB has extended the scope of applications for ABB Smart Sensors with a new generation design for motors in hazardous areas. Chemical and oil and gas customers can now benefit from cost-efficient condition monitoring in a wide variety of applications.
Dodge Taper-Lock bushings are an economical, compact, and torque-dense shaft attachment method used in v-belt sheaves, synchronous and roller chain sprockets, and couplings.
Globally, demand for electricity will grow faster than for any other form of final energy. Thus, emissions will keep rising, unless we start doing something different. This global electricity demand growth is expected to double by 2040. With electric motors consuming an estimated 1/3 of the world’s electricity… that number is expected to be the equivalent to adding an electricity market the size of China.
In 2019, ABB introduced Dodge® Food Safe mounted ball bearings, which are bearings designed to withstand caustic, high-pressure cleaning and sanitation processes. They are the first industrial bearings to achieve the IP69 water protection rating without the use of an end cover, and they are the only bearings to carry a warranty against failure due to water ingress.
The new Dodge Torque-Arm II belt guard has been improved to further protect workers from rotating equipment. The belt guard has been enhanced with new features that allow safer and easier maintenance - making it the safest solution to guard v-belt drives.
Customers can increase their energy efficiency, improve sustainability and enhance reliability by upgrading to ABB IE5 ultra-premium SynRM motors that offer up to 50 percent lower energy losses compared to IE2 motors.
Motor standards have been in place for decades, yet there is a growing demand to achieve greater efficiencies as regulations continue to tighten on the total system for fans, pumps and compressors. Equipment manufacturers are turning to new motor technologies to achieve the highest system efficiency possible from wire to air while using sustainable materials.
Hardy Pro-Air Systems & Service, a manufacturing company serving the wastewater aeration and pneumatic conveying markets out of Antioch, Illinois had worked to transition from a belted motor/blower connection to a direct drive solution before. However, initial efforts in the metal to metal direct drive options did not last long on equipment that runs 24 hours a day. As they began to look for solutions again, the local ABB sales engineer suggested that Hardy Pro-Air consider the Dodge® Raptor elastomeric coupling.

Awards & Recognition

The Tennessee Green Star Partnership is a voluntary environmental leadership program designed to recognize industries in the state that are committed to sustainable practices.
The Bearing Specialists Association, known as BSA, recognizes ABB’s Dodge® Food Safe bearings for excellence. The Food Safe bearings are the new recipients of the 2020 BSA Bearing Manufacturer Excellence of Innovation in Product Design Award.
12/8/2020 Awards & Recognition
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine has named ABB’s Baldor-Reliance EC Titanium motors a Silver Award winner in the HVAC/R Systems & Equipment category in this year’s Product of the Year contest. The Product of the Year contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire/life safety, electrical and plumbing systems engineering markets. The annual reader-choice program was created to provide Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s audience with information about the top new products in their fields.
8/21/2020 Awards & Recognition
ABB is pleased to announce its gear plant in Belton, South Carolina has been recognized by the State of South Carolina as a 2020 Safety Award Recipients. This annual recognition allows the State to highlight employers in the state, both large and small, and the success of their safety and health programs.
We’re proud to announce that Dodge Food Safe ball bearings have earned the gold award in the Electric Motors & Drives category in Plant Engineering magazine’s 2019 Product of the Year program.
In the 2019 Control Design Magazine readers choice awards, industry trends and innovations have crept into the rankings. However, many engineers and voters remain grounded and stick with what works for them. For the 17th year in a row, has chosen ABB has the preferred motor supplier in the industrial electrical motor category.
Readers of Control Magazine have named ABB as the top supplier to deliver the “best technology” in the category of electric motors for 2019. This marks the 7th year in a row that ABB has topped the charts in this survey. In this year’s edition, Control Magazine recognized the full integration of Baldor Electric into ABB which strengthened our top spot.
ABB, a motor and generator manufacturer, developed an impressive recycling program over the past year. Recycling included more than 2,727 tons of scrap metal, wood, used oil, batteries, electronics, lamps, paper, cardboard and plastic. Other non-recyclable waste was turned into energy through their recent Zero Landfill Initiative. The facility worked with their largest supplier to establish a returnable packaging agreement. In 2017, ABB earned more than $265,000 from the sale of its recyclables. When meals were catered to the facility, excess food was donated to the local fire department. To encourage recycling and zero waste, every employee was trained and these initiatives were incorporated into new employee orientation. ABB also participated in the Upstate Lean Alliance, sharing ideas with and mentoring other businesses.
7/9/2018 Awards & Recognition
For the 16th year in a row, Control Design Magazine readers has chosen Baldor-Reliance motors as the premier choice in the industrial electric motor category. More than 15,000 readers were invited to access Control Design Magazine confidential ballot to cast their vote in an unaided ballot of their go-to sources for products and service in machine automation.
Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA) officials traveled to Rogersville on Tuesday, March 20, to present the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health to the ABB Rogersville Ball Bearing Plant.

Industry News

To choose the right motor for your application, you need to consider more than just horsepower, speed, and torque, of course. With electric motor systems accounting for about 70% of the electricity demand in industry, energy efficiency has long been a prerequisite that seemed, however, to be reaching its limits. Efficiency is being pushed further through full system optimization, but requirements are also increasing for improved hygiene, safety, connectivity, data availability…everything that will keep those motors and drives—and all the production equipment they keep in motion—from shutting down unexpectedly.
Improvements in efficiency, sophisticated drives, and internet connectivity all help make electric motors more versatile than ever. Motors are getting more efficient, durable and versatile. And that’s not even the best part. Electric motors of all kinds, and the drives that operate them, have made considerable progress over the past few decades in terms of how they use energy and how they can be used themselves. Perhaps the most intriguing is how they can be made to yield information, about themselves and the equipment they power, through the Internet of Things (IoT).
Motors are the driving force of industrial production. New approaches to motor monitoring, alignment, testing, and connections are saving time and costs while improving safety. At the same time, energy-saving motors and intelligent drives are boosting efficiency and performance while facilitating troubleshooting.
11/12/2020 Industry News
Since 1926, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has set standards for motors used in North America. NEMA regularly updates and publishes MG 1, a book that assists users in the proper selection and application of motors and generators. It contains practical information concerning performance, efficiency, safety, testing, construction and the manufacture of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) motors and generators. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) defines the standard for electric motors for the rest of the world. Similar to NEMA, IEC publishes Standard 60034-1, the motors guide for the global market.
Pressure on the mining industry to make the development of new facilities financially attractive to investors is increasing. Ensuring a profitable operation by maximizing productivity is certainly an important part of that process. Prospective ways to boost productivity include increasing production rates, reducing production costs or extending the lifespan of existing assets.
9/23/2020 Industry News
For the last 5 years, Edge Factor has celebrated MFG DAY across North America by helping our communities inspire students, parents, educators, and community leaders with the Rock MFG Day Kit. The Edge Factor high impact media helped take the students on an exciting journey “Behind closed doors” to meet the teams of manufacturers as well as learn about the technology they use to build the world around us.
The Baldor-Reliance® EC TitaniumTM is a highly efficient motor paired with a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) that enables the use of advanced motor control algorithms for higher efficiencies across the speed and load range than traditional EC (electrically commutated) motor solutions. By utilizing a drive to control motors, up to 40% energy savings are achieved.
There are several aspects in conveyor drive component designs that must be considered, including power matched components, harsh duty features sets, maintenance requirements and specific site conditions.
The U.S. began regulating electric motor efficiency in 1992 with the “Energy Efficiency Provision” of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct), and in 1997, the U.S. was the first country to establish MEPS for electric motors. These regulations, however, only applied to motors manufactured in or sold to U.S. markets, with many countries around the world operating under their own efficiency rating systems and MEPS for electric motors.
Threaded fasteners are one of the most common components in machine design. Such fasteners come in a great variety of shapes, sizes, and materials that serve a wide variety of applications across virtually every industry in the world. In all cases, the performance of bolted joints depends heavily on the torque applied during installation. Below, the basic design and function of bolted joints is explained, best practices for tightening threaded fasteners are provided, and the importance of designing around and applying the proper torque spec to any bolt or screw is emphasized.