SEW Eurodrive begins nationwide motor and drive program

SEW Eurodrive has commenced the 2017 calendar for its nationwide motor and drive program DriveAcademy.
The DriveAcademy training courses – which incorporate basic theoretical principles and practical exercises – are designed to prepare motor and drive users for tasks and problems they may face during any given working day.
SEW Eurodrive technical training manager Michael Stranieri said the DriveAcademy training courses increase the level of expertise among motor and drive users.
“By encouraging open discussion and the sharing of ideas, even the most experienced participants can learn and take something away from these courses,” he said.
The courses cover a wide range of topics, including selection and project planning of SEW gearmotors. Product specific courses are also offered, providing insight into the implementation of some of the company’s most popular technologies.
Participants gain several benefits including the ability to test all of the functions of a drive in a safe training environment – an option potentially not available once the product has been installed on site.
Stranieri added that one of the company’s most popular courses is the Movidrive B operation start-up and troubleshooting.
The course is tailored for system integrators, project engineers, electricians and service engineers and covers everything from starting up a motor in VFC operating mode to complex analysis and detection of faults and fault finding.
“The functions associated with the Movidrive B frequency inverter are customer specific and sometimes can only be discovered with hands on training,” Stranieri said.
“The troubleshooting component is the most popular as we are able to simulate the majority of inverter and motor specific faults within the course and figure out the best methods of troubleshooting.”
The 2017 schedule includes a number of upcoming courses in April, May and June.

Industrial Robots on display at the Drives Exhibition & Conference

Interest in industrial robotics is rising rapidly as prices are coming down and capabilities are increasing.
With rapid technological advancements, the show organizer believes that the time is right for an introduction of a robotics demonstration area at the event.
According to Harmonic Drive UK managing director, Graham Mackrell, Drives & Controls 2016 offers products, advice and support for adding to the growth of the industry.
“We’re also starting to see drive from the Government’s RAS 2020 intiative to boost the robotics and autonomous systems sector in the UK and the £400 million investment in innovation. This investment will see an upswing in things like collaborative robot technology as well as more advanced medical robots.”
Robots are also designed to ensure they meet evolving International Standards Organization (ISO) criteria as well as being responsive enough to react to cross paths with a person. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to ensure reliability of the drives and gears they choose.
Collaborative robots will also be on display, designed to operate safely with human workers without need of a protective cage. These robots can be moved easily around the production facility for various applications.
The growing significance of industrial robotics will be emphasized in the free seminar program at Drives & Controls 2016. The seminars will include presentations that would cover topics such as dispelling the risks, fears and unknowns of modern day robotics.
It will also look into the trend for eliminating the guarding from robotic cells and understanding the practical advantages and disadvantages of robotic applications.
The physical, practical, technical and regulatory constraints will be discussed in the seminar.

Drive Yello -revolutionizing food delivery in Australia

Drive Yello is revolutionising the way food is delivered. 

Named by Fairfax as one of 13 Australian start-ups to watch this year, Drive Yello is a delivery management platform and market place with a difference, allowing vendors to outsource their delivery capability completely. Franchises, restaurants, chains, cafes and small food producers simply post delivery jobs and the Drive Yello team provide them with a reliable, trusted delivery driver on-demand. The platform allows vendors to search, hire, manage, track and pay drivers for either one-off deliveries or full shifts. As a result, businesses save significant time and money on managing deliveries internally.

Founders Steve Fanale and Johnny Timbs came up with the idea for Drive Yello on Halloween of 2014. Steve describes hanging out at Johnny’s place sipping a few glasses of red wine when Johnny’s phone went off. “It was one of Johnny’s pizza stores with the news that three of their delivery drivers had unexpectedly called in sick. Johnny started trying to find drivers to fill in to no avail and had to make do with the staff he had. It occurred to us that it was crazy that we couldn’t book a driver on-demand like we could order a cab. That evening, the idea for Yello was born,” says Steve.

With the popularity of websites and apps such as Menulog and Delivery Hero, the pair saw the increasing need for delivery drivers. In fact, there are approximately 166 million delivers per year in Australia. “Consumers now expect food delivered to their door with one click of a button on their smartphone. It’s vitally important for businesses to be able to provide this on-demand service and not risk letting down their customer base if a driver calls in sick or misses a shift,” says Steve.

Yello gives food vendors the ability to post shifts to the Yello driver market to find qualified and rated drivers, who they can then track and message. Vendors are also given the choice as to whether they would prefer to pay drivers directly or pay through the Yello platform. Vendors can also use the Yello platform to manage their existing drivers.

“Drive Yello gives businesses the opportunity to grow by saving costs and time associated with managing deliveries. A lot of businesses just don’t have the management tools, systems in place or time to manage delivery drivers. Simply finding good drivers and training them is hard work, let alone the hours involved in managing shifts every day,” says Steve. “It also provides an exciting business opportunity for vendors who currently can’t offer home delivery to increase revenue.”

Increased efficiency, improved monitoring, reduction of administration and accessibility to a crowd-sourced work force makes Yello very attractive to businesses across the food service industry. From independent vendors to major franchises and menu aggregators, Yello is a platform that the industry is crying out for. Current businesses that use Drive Yello include Crust Gourmet Pizza, McDonalds, Delivery Hero, Elvis Pizza and Zeus.

Daniel Wedgwood, a Delivery Hero Key Account Manager, says “Drive Yello has been the ultimate solution in enabling the extension of our takeaway delivery capabilities across Sydney CBD and East. As a start-up ourselves a few years back, we understand the challenges of establishing a successful business model in a highly competitive marketplace. It’s these similarities along with market-leading tech and driver tracking that were a good fit for our needs. With the power of Yello we are looking forward to expanding our delivery footprint further.”

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