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Feb 2018


Hyatt Regency - Orlando 9801 International Drive Orlando , Florida 32819
Tel: (407) 284-1234
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Motor & Drive Systems

450 60 $ $950 - $1,150


Event Overview:

Motor & Drive Systems Conference 2018 is focused on the latest technical advancements impacting the design and integration of motor, drive systems and motion control for manufacturing, industrial and packaging, as well as automotive/EV applications. The 15th annual conference will be held February 8-9, 2018 in Orlando, Fla. Conference topics will include improving motor efficiency and reliability, regulatory and safety issues, testing standards and programs, emerging and high growth applications, developing and pairing motor & drive systems and improving loss prediction and calculation. Join leading OEM design engineers and discover how new technologies are improving performance, energy efficiency and providing cost savings in a variety of applications.

Motor & Drive Systems Conference 2018 will provide the best forum to learn from leading motor and drive system manufacturers on new technologies entering the market and what’s ahead. The interactive exhibit hall will feature the latest motor and drive capabilities. Network with motor manufacturers, drive and motion control system manufacturers, IC companies, testing services & systems providers, as well as an array of component and sub-system providers. The pre-conference workshops provide an in-depth education experience, providing valuable information for both the new and seasoned engineer.

The conference will be co-located with MAGNETICS 2018, with a full registration pass granting access to both programs.

Attendee Information:

Who should attend

Attendees include top executives, technical managers and engineering professionals from original equipment manufacturers, system developers and integrators, dealers and component providers.

Exhibitor Information:

Exhibit at Motor & Drive Systems to reach an audience of OEM design engineers, application engineers and industry professionals eager to learn about the latest products and services of motor and drive systems, motion control and related components.

This international technical conference and interactive exhibit hall features two days of sessions and an additional day of in-depth workshops.

As an exhibitor/supplier you will:

  • be listed as a supplier firm on our website and event App, complete with your logo and a link to your profile
  • have the ability to create a rich profile with information abut your firm, a product gallery fact sheets and news releases – available on our website and App for at least 6 months
  • take part as a supplier in our proprietary 1×1 meetings program, where you can request meetings with other participants at the conference

Co-located with MAGNETICS 2018


Feb 8   

7:00 am

Registration Opens


 8:00 am

Welcoming Address


 8:05 am

Keynote Panel: Current State of Electric Motor Technology

This panel will bring leading motor experts to discuss the latest in motor technology, including Brushless PM, Switch Reluctance and Induction motors. The panelist will cover configurations, applications, and what's ahead. Scott Reynolds, Electric Torque Machines, Inc. Keith W. Klontz, PhD, PE, President & CEO, Advanced MotorTech James Hendershot, President, Motorsolver 

Moderated by Dan Jones, President, Incremotion Associates  


 9:30 am

Permanent Magnet Motor with Tested Efficiency Beyond Ultra-Premium/ IE5 Levels

The design and tested performance is presented for an extremely efficient industrial motor, suitable for comparison to NEMA’s induction motor efficiency standards, and equivalent European standards.  The motor is an industrial PM motor, rated for 15hp/11kW, 1,800 rpm, and is an example of a new class of extremely efficient motors.  A test procedure for direct comparison to induction motor efficiency is included, with and without the additional variable frequency drive losses. The results show that the PM motor efficiency is much higher than the best efficiency available for induction motors, and also significantly higher than the contemplated levels for future efficiency standards.

Keith W. Klontz, President and CEO, Advanced MotorTech LLC  

 10:00 am

Networking Break


 10:30 am

Failure Data for Motor Controllers in the Process Safety Industry

In the process industry, many safety functions include a pump, motor, or other electrical device. To bring a process to a safe state the devices that control these electric elements need to work correctly. Motor contactors, motor starts, and safety torque off functions are commonly used for these applications. A recent study of over 43,300 safety instrumented functions revealed that 26% of final elements are electric final elements. The wide usage of electric final elements confirms the importance of more extensive review of this category of devices. While the failure modes and mechanisms in machinery applications have been study for years, there is less data and experience to draw on. When dealing with a lack of sufficient field data a well thought out and documented methodology can help fill the void. This paper will discuss market research showing a need for low demand failure data for motor controllers, propose a methodology to fill in the missing information, review several reference systems to demonstrate how to design compliant safety functions.

Ted Stewart, Program Development & Compliance Manager, exida  


 11:05 am

Electric Motor Applications in Automotive: Trends and Innovations

Electric motors are being adopted for an increasing number of applications in the automotive market.  This presentation will discuss the variety of end-equipment where electric motors and advanced drive electronics are being used throughout passenger vehicles.  These include high-voltage traction motors, low-voltage motors throughout the body and cabin, and mid-voltage (48V) motors finding adoption in the powertrain and other areas. Emphasis will be on innovative trends such as electric motors replacing belt-driven subsystems, novel uses of electric motors for driver comfort and safety, and trends in the types and specifications of motors leading to overall improvements in efficiency, mileage, and emissions.

Clark Kinnaird, Automotive System Engineering, Texas Instruments  

 11:45 am

Networking Lunch


 1:00 pm

Tales from the Trenches: The Evolving Journey of Motion Control Design

As economic historian Paul David once stated, much of the credit to the 1920s productivity boom in American manufacturing was that manufacturers had finally figured out how to use technology (namely electricity) that was nearly 50 years old. Some argue that we are still trying to grasp the productivity gains promised with the advent of the programmable controllers and personal computing in the late 1960s and early 1970s of the 3rd Industrial Revolution. With the fourth revolution revolution arguably already here, the future of motion control and robotics will continue to merge as the machine intelligence advances resulting in success for those manufactures on the leading edge of technology advancement. Join Darrell as he explores how technology and software have evolved the customer and engineer journey in machine control design by discussing: initial design validation steps that can be used to develop design scope; simulation and digital twin benefits in optimization and risk management; removing the linear constraint - simple and complex kinematic motion design benefit; implementation of new technology in the machine build, test, start-up and run off phase to reduce cost and time.

Darrell Paul, Product Marketing Supervisor, Omron Automation Americas  


 1:35 pm

Advanced Techniques to Scale the High Performance Motion Wall

High performance motion systems are limited by basic system characteristics – the performance wall (an example will be discussed briefly).  A number of less obvious methods for getting around these limitations are available.   Even crudely adaptive systems can get information from environmental sensors, inherent system thermal time constants and statistical considerations that give substantial boosts in motion performance – or provide corresponding cost reductions.  Even customer returns that carry operational data can prove highly useful.  This paper discusses a number of such approaches and how they can be implemented.   Customer explanations like “run it cooler and it’ll go faster” help the customer take advantage of these techniques and build brand loyalty.

George Bennett, President, Optimal Motion  

 2:10 pm

Buyer’s Forum

We are excited to announce a new addition to the Motor & Drive Systems 2018 conference – The Buyer's Forum. Motor or drive system buyers,  integrators, end-users will have a unique platform to present their experiences, case studies, complications and lessons learned. This is an opportunity to discuss with colleagues, OEMs  and suppliers their technology needs and expectations. Contact Shannon Given for details on participation.


 2:45 pm

Networking Break


 3:15 pm

Understanding Permanent Magnet Operating Characteristics in your Motor Design

This presentation will introduce permanent magnet concepts and then build that into an explanation on calculating where the permanent magnet will operate in a magnetic circuit.  Knowing where a permanent magnet operates allows us to determine what type of magnet would offer the best performance for a specific application.  After designing the correct magnet for the application, now it will have to be manufactured.  Specifying a magnet by its maximum energy product is useful for magnet suppliers, machine designers should specify magnets based on their performance in the application.  This paper will conclude with a case study of a high speed machine and provide details on how to properly specify the magnet assembly.

Aaron Williams, Engineering Manager, Arnold Magnetic Technologies  


 3:50 pm

Rotor Retention and Loss-Reduction for High-Speed Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators

There are two primary technologies of magnet retention in high speed permanent magnet machines, namely high-strength non-magnetic metal sleeve and a proprietary advanced graphite-composite sleeve. Each offers unique advantages to the system and motor/generator performance. The metal sleeve can be designed to provide some stiffness to the rotor structure. It also acts to effectively shield the magnets from stator's harmonic currents. Eddy currents generated in the metal sleeve due to stator's harmonic currents and stator slotting impede  high frequency fields from penetrating  the magnets and generate losses. Most of the absorbed energy in the metal sleeve readily  dissipates to the cooling medium in the airgap and the rest is conducted to the magnets and/or end supports.  Carbon fiber sleeves are significantly stronger and lower density than their metal counterparts thus  allow the use of more  magnet mass or thinner sleeve for similar magnet volume. The result is smaller magnetic gap and better magnetic performance with carbon fiber sleeve. However, they do not provide any harmonic filtering. Moreover, due to their low thermal conductivity they act as thermal barriers to heat generated in the magnets.  Rotor loss reduction and management techniques such as segmenting magnets or conductive layer shielding can be employed to enhance system performance when using carbon fiber sleeves.

Co Huynh, Business Unit Leader, E-Turbo, Calnetix Technologies  


 4:25 pm

Dual Rotor Line Start Permanent Magnet LSPM Motor for Wide Range of Industrial Applications

In contrast with typical design of Line Start Permanent Magnet (LSPM) motors new patented Dual Rotor construction DR-LSPM motor is able to handle loads with high inertia and able to develop high starting torque. New DR-LSPM design does eliminate load torque oscillation that often can be violent and often limits power range in LSPM applications. Presentation will discuss operating principle of the new motor design, FEA analysis examples and test results of a prototype motor delivering efficiency exceeding IE4 level, along with high starting torque and ability to drive high inertia loads.

Sergei Kolomeitsev, Technical Director, Advanced Motors Electromagnetics; Louie Finkle, CEO, Motor Generator Technology  

 5:00 pm

Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

Feb 9   

7:30 am

Registration Opens


 8:15 am

Keynote Session: Industrial Internet of Things: Changing Paradigms in Motor Technologies and Motion Control

As manufacturers and OEMs seek ways to improve system and production efficiency, maximize production output, and reduce scrap, new designs in automation brought forth by advances in software and electronics call for wise use and better performance out of motor and motion control. In this presentation, we will look examine the various types of motors, from electric servomotors to high efficiency electric motors, and identify the advantages and disadvantages of each in applications ranging from robotics to packaging to CNC machining, when it comes to their integration with today’s leading-edge electronics and programming know-how.

Michael Rasche, Senior Consultant, Frost & Sullivan  


 9:05 am

System Interactions in EV Traction Motor Design

This presentation looks at the system interactions between the electric machine, inverter and the transmission in an EV traction application. The electric machine and inverter interaction is analyzed considering the performance and losses in the electric machine when the inverter behavior is accurately modeled. To evaluate the electric machine and transmission interaction an analysis is presented that considers the NVH response of the system including the gearbox and housing at different operating conditions.

Dave Staton, President, Motor Design Ltd.  


 9:40 am

Using Wireless Power Transfer to Achieve a Better High-Speed Motor System Alternative

Replacing high speed grid operated universal motors with permanent magnet motors has been a challenge because of size, complexity, cost, power quality and reliability. Now there is an alternative that meets these challenges. The Resonant Field Exciter fed Wound field motor uses wireless power transfer to create and control the rotor field, completely independent of the stator power. This patented technology eliminates the magnets, inverter, and power factor correction circuits of the conventional approach as well as their associated costs, losses, power quality problems and size constraints. Join the Chief Technology Officer of Digital Motor Holdings, Gary Box, for an in-depth presentation and discussion of the high speed Resonant Field Exciter fed Wound field motor.

Gary Box, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Motor Holdings  


 10:40 am

Why Arc-Resistant Drives Need to be Considered

Industry continues to evolve in support of a safer work environment with regard to arc flash events. With respect to the OSHA/ANSI hierarchy of controls an arc-resistant designed medium voltage drive enhances personnel safety and improves equipment robustness. This presentation will focus on understanding why arc resistant designed equipment needs to be considered when evaluating the integrated system level failure mode risks of internal arcing faults. A summary checklist of requirements is included for reference when specifying an arc resistant medium voltage adjustable frequency drive.

Aaron VanderMeulen, Product Application Engineer, Eaton Corp.; Stan Simms, Lead Product Design Engineer, Eaton Corp.  


 11:15 am

New Method for Harmonic Mitigation in Motor Drive Systems

Variable Frequency Drives, as a non-linear load, draw non-sinusoidal current with high harmonic content. In order to prevent harmonics from negatively affecting the power bus and to comply with industrial standards, Motor Drives need to restrict the generation of harmonics.  The presentation addresses a new innovative solution for harmonic mitigation. This new method, covered by recently issued US patent, limits total harmonic content to less than 5%. The solution is simpler, having a lower part count, as compared with other existing harmonic mitigation approaches. Overview of this new solution and its comparison with other compatible harmonic reduction methods are discussed in the presentation.

Kaz Furmanczyk, Principal Engineer, Crane Aerospace & Electronics  

 11:50 am

Programmable, System-on-Chip Solution for Position Sensor Interfaces to Meet the Challenges of Evolving Standards, Cost and Flexibility

Interfacing MCUs to position encoders often warrant use of an additional FPGA or custom ASIC in the system due to various types protocols used by several encoder manufacturers and continuously evolving nature of these interface protocols. A configurable system-on-chip solution, integrated in MCUs, would greatly simplify interfacing to both analog and digital position sensors. This paper will analyze the demands of supporting this on-chip such as protocol unwrap, reduce communication latency and enable faster control loop performance. This approach also decreases system cost by reducing area required for FPGA or custom ASIC-based solutions available today, making the system ideal for the development of industrial and servo drives applications.

Sam Saba, System Engineering Manager, Texas Instruments, Inc.; Subrahmanya Bharathi Akondy, Systems Engineer, Texas Instruments, Inc. 

 12:20 pm

Networking Lunch



 1:15 pm

A Comparison of Permanent Magnet Axial Flux Motors to Permanent Magnet Radial Flux Motors in Commercial Drone Applications

Commercial applications for battery powered autonomous vehicles used in air, land and sea environments will grow exponentially in the next few years. The drone application is the most popular of these applications in the present time. Currently most of the present applications use a special low weight design of the radial flux permanent magnet outer rotation motor. These applications need the low weight to allow a higher payload and a very low resistance to allow longer flight times. The Axial Flux motor can also be made in this type of design of a motor with a short height and a large OD and ID to minimize weight and resistance. This case study will compare the low weight Axial Flux design with both the inner rotation and outer rotation radial flux motor. The motor case study will be for a 3.5-inch diameter and 1.25 inch length motor. The input and output conditions will be the same and the weight and resistance of the three magnetic circuits will be compared. This case study will also compare the cost and reliability of the three motor types.

Lowell Christensen, Consultant Permanent Magnet Motor Design, Lowell Christensen LLC  


 1:55 pm

Evaluating Magnetic Materials on Brushless PM Motor Performance

One of the major potential challenges for simulating motor designs is the impact of stator lamination materials on motor performance.  There are a number of variables in selecting magnetic materials for use in a brushless PM motor design.  A first quadrant magnetizing curve and a core loss curve are needed from the steel foundry.  The second curve involves core loss versus iron member weight at different excitation frequencies.  Both curves must be loaded individually into the SPEED based material files.  Stator and Rotor lamination thicknesses, unit flux density, and specific magnetic material also impacts motor saturation and core losses just beyond the knee of the 1st quadrant B/H curve.  My new Motor-CAD BPM-EMag module simulation program will be used to illustrate the performance impact of these various materials on overall motor performance.

Dan Jones, President, Incremotion Associates  

 2:30 pm

Conference Conclusion

Keynote Speakers

Michael Rasche

Senior Consultant

Frost & Sullivan

As manufacturers and OEMs seek ways to improve system and production efficiency, maximize production output, and reduce scrap, new designs in automation brought forth by advances in software and electronics call for wise use and better performance out of motor and motion control. In this presentation, we will look examine the various types of motors, from electric servomotors to high efficiency electric motors, and identify the advantages and disadvantages of each in applications ranging from robotics to packaging to CNC machining, when it comes to their integration with today’s leading-edge electronics and programming know-how.

Dan Jones


Incremotion Associates

This panel will bring leading motor experts to discuss the latest in motor technology, including Brushless PM, Switch Reluctance and Induction motors. The panelist will cover configurations, applications, and what’s ahead.

Scott Reynolds, Electric Torque Machines, Inc.
Keith W. Klontz, PhD, PE, President & CEO, Advanced MotorTech
James Hendershot, President, Motorsolver

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