Our world is full of change: self-driving cars and trucks; drones for reconnaissance and package delivery; the “One Belt, One Road” huge infrastructure project of China; changes to the mining, processing and recycling of critical materials; unconventional oil and gas well drilling and its effect on energy prices; and much more. What does all this mean for the magnet and motor community? Might there be opportunities for growth of our existing businesses? How to adapt our businesses to meet the challenge of change. Who Should Attend: Marketing and business strategy managers, purchasing managers, product design engineers – anyone involved in selecting materials for existing products, designing modified or new products, and persons seeking a strategic advantage for their company in the marketplace. Benefits for Attendees: Better understanding of the markets for magnetic materials and for motors and actuators; changes in the markets that are creating new or greatly expanded opportunities; where these opportunities are likely to be found geographically; options for dealing with competition.
The Magnetics Bootcamps focus on teaching you the basics of magnetics with an emphasis on permanent magnets. Basic Bootcamp: If you need to understand magnets better for your job, want to get more from the conference presentations, or are new to the field, the Basic Bootcamp is the perfect place to start. Assumes that one has little or no background in magnetics. The Basic bootcamp will cover the essential fundamental magnetic concepts such as hysteresis, the nature of magnetism, units, basic magnet processing, magnetizing and thermal effects. Advanced Bootcamp: If something more advanced is what you are looking for, attend the Advanced Bootcamp. Assumes someone has either taken a previous Basic Bootcamp, or has some technical understanding of magnetics. After a brief review of the basics, covered topics include self-demagnetization and loadlines, rare earth raw materials and their pricing, advanced processing techniques, manufacturability, design basics, case studies and what’s new on the horizon. Stan’s professional life, just over forty years, has been almost evenly divided between the permanent magnet and rare earth industries. For the last sixteen years, he has run a consultancy called Spontaneous Materials, serving clients in these industries on a wide variety of technical and commercial projects. His previous employers include Molycorp, Magnequench, Hitachi Magnetics, Crucible Magnetics and Recoma. Dr. Trout is a registered professional engineer, in Pennsylvania and Colorado, holds a B. S. in Physics from Lafayette College and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Metallurgy and Materials Science. He is a member of the MCMA, the UK Magnetics Society and a life senior member of the IEEE Magnetics Society.
This introductory course is to provide fundamental concepts of electric motors and motor control techniques along with introduction of new advanced technologies. The objective of this course is for who want to learn fundamental principles and basic knowledge on electromagnetic torque production theory, construction and operation of DC, PM Brushless, Reluctance and Induction motors. This course also discusses control electronics hardware and control algorithms, feedback control and servo systems, PID regulators and their tuning procedure. The course starts with the magnetic and mechanical structure of the various motor types (including DC, Brushless, induction and SR motors) to understand torque production mechanism and required commutation strategies. Discussion is followed by control of power semiconductor switches, PWM techniques, motor drive topologies, drive hardware, control algorithms, and software implementation, as well as current and speed control. The content also explains pros and cons of drive technologies such as 6-step vs. sinusoidal, voltage drive vs. current drive, phase current regulator vs synchronous regulator, PID vs other controllers, sensored vs sensorless control, etc. From the author’s long experience in research and development of many different types of drives, practical and useful procedures in selecting control method, rule-of-thumb design rules, control system structure and tuning, performance vs. cost tradeoff, etc will be discussed. Course contents include
- Basics of DC and Brushless Motor Control
- Structure and Operation of DC motors
- General Mechanism of Electromagnetic Torque Production
- Brushless PM motors
- 6-Step Commutation and Switching Schemes
- Power Electronics and Drive Hardware
- Comparison between Trapezoidal and Sinusoidal control
- Control of Induction Motors
- Motor Model and Control Structure
- PI(D) controller and Gains
- Nested Loop – Velocity and Position Control
- Various Current Control Methods
- Various Feedback Devices and Sensorless Control Methods
There is currently wide and renewed interest in the research and development of electrical machines. On-going efforts are fueled by the need for the new generations of “green” products, such as hybrid and electric vehicles and ultra high-efficiency industrial and home appliance motors. The workshop reviews best practice for design of brushless permanent magnet (BPM) motors. Course contents include:
- Mix of analytical and numerical method to give fast and accurate electromagnetic and thermal simulation methods.
- How best to integrate the electromagnetic and thermal simulation into the design process.
- Initial sizing followed by detailed electromagnetic and cooling system design.
- Concept design studies.
- Design optimization for a complex duty cycle rather than a specific torque and speed.
- Embed manufacturing issues into the design process.
- Model validation.
- Step-by-step guide on the how to design for a specification with design decisions explained including corresponding theory.
This course will provide in-depth knowledge and skills in control theory, algorithms and software structure to design various high performance AC motor drives and control systems. The course is intended for experienced engineers who have prior exposure in motor drive design, or have basic knowledge in DC and AC motor control theory & feedback control theory as outlined in the morning workshop, “Overview of Basic concepts and technologies on Motor Drives & Motion Control”. The course starts with the basic principles of FOC (Field Oriented Control, aka Vector Control), reference frame transform theory, and dynamic motor model of PM motors and induction motors. Then the discussion continues in applying the FOC principles to PM synchronous motors, IPM, and Induction motors. Discussion is followed by various advanced motor control techniques for high performance and high energy efficiency including Space vector Modulation, Field-weakening operation, and Sensorless control algorithms. The last part of this course will be dedicated to additional topics of interest from participants, such as other advanced control methods or control of special motor types (such as Reluctance motors), Other applications of FOC concept (like Generators, Inverters, and Active Rectifiers), Modeling and Simulation, etc. The course material is heavily modified and enhanced with many new topics from past similar courses by the lecturer. Course contents include: 1. Field Oriented Control Theory
- Basic Principles of Smooth Torque production in DC and AC Motors
- Frame Transformation
- Synchronous d-q frame Model of PM synchronous motors
- Synchronous current regulators
- Control of Induction Motors and Field-Weakening Operation
- Space Vector Modulation
- Advanced Digital Current Control Techniques
- Velocity and Position Control
- Direct Torque Control (DTC) and High Speed Motors
- PM Motors (SPM and IPM Motors)
- Induction Motors
- Reluctance Motors, Application of FOC Concepts, Modeling and Simulation, or any other
Half of the current jobs in the US are automatable. Innovation is an important element of a “key employee”; constant innovation will be essential to your own future and that of your company. How do you make your job into an innovative position? How do you learn to innovate? How do you train your employees to be creative? What is your company doing that kills innovation? This course shows what types of innovation are most valuable and why. We demonstrate how your own mind functions to create innovative approaches. The role of rigorous thought is then put in context to extract value. We next show you how to augment and hone your native innovative skills. We explore and demonstrate the different mindsets of entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors, and how customer feedback fits in. We dispel common misconceptions about innovators; then we present a clearer picture that helps you to identify creative people. Organizational issues are discussed. We explain various company organizational strategies for dealing with the normal resistance to change all companies have, how to nurture the best ideas and where innovation efforts give the most payback. Takeaways:
- What to focus on for the best innovation payback
- How to train yourself or your employees to innovate
- How to set up your organization to foster change and new ideas
- Unproductive practices that don’t foster innovation