❱❱ A power density of 20kW/kg is expected from the AMPERE electric motor which, because it has been developed to be 3D printed, has exceptional cooling ability thanks to its complex architecture being so thin walled

HiETA’s thermal management expertise and complex, thin walled structure manufacture enabled by additive manufacture to electric motor design to realise ambitious power densities. “We typically reduce the size of thermal

management components by five times compared with conventional techniques which will allow next generation heat transfer features to be integrated into the rotor, stator and electronics cooling. “In addition, the freedoms of additive

manufacture will be used to optimise structural performance. We are integrating these benefits with Equipmake’s advanced electric motor design from the ground up and are looking forward to manufacturing and testing in the near future,” he concludes.


EcoStruxure Facility Expert App provides facilities managers and maintenance engineers with access to device data for maintenance and asset control

❱❱ Drones equipped with imaging systems will inspect power transmission grids for rules-based analysis to prevent failures and assist in asset management


automate much of the rules-based decision making. According to the analytics engine

provider, this combination of human intelligence and state-of-the-art AI is seen as a lynchpin approach to move away from existing manual grid inspection practices to a process that uses the optimal combination of humans, AI and aerial images to more efficiently inspect grid systems, reduce failure rates and extend asset life.

The EcoStruxure Facility Expert from Schneider Electric is a digital tool that enables business owners and contractors to stay connected to their electrical assets at all times. The tool is used like a smart logbook,

where all information on a device and the data produced by it is readily available in one central, easily accessible location. All personnel involved in a project can easily share information through the app, without needing to rely on printed information that can easily be lost or damaged, causing delays to the project and driving up costs. Available as a download

for smartphones and tablets as well as a desktop version, the digital tool enables asset owners to map out all of their electrical assets for better

organisation with any documentation they need accessible at the press of a button. Adding devices to the digital logbook is

quick and easy. With a portable smart device, such as a phone or tablet, users simply scan the asset’s QR code and all relevant information is stored within the app. This allows contractors to add new devices to their logbooks while out in the field. EcoStruxure Facility Expert is also good

for monitoring and maintenance. It monitors electrical assets in real time and generates notifications when it detects something is wrong. This could be anything from a blown fuse

to an insulation fault inside a distribution board. This allows the user to respond swiftly to avoid disruption and costly business downtime. According to Emily Pilgrim, EcoStruxure power specialist at Schneider Electric, by using EcoStruxure Facility Expert, asset owners and supervisors will be able to collaborate and access all information instantly. “Above all else, the tool

❱❱ A simple app is all it takes to stay connected with digital assets for maintenance and monitoring

delivers peace of mind since Facility Expert keeps you connected to your most critical assets, even when you’re out of the office,” she says.

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