Meet the Team – Stephanie Cowie

Meet the Team - StephHi,
I am Stephanie Cowie and have been with the company since the end of May 2017, a relatively short time compared to most.  My role is Accounts Assistant taking over from Gina who had 28 years experience and decided to take a well earned retirement. Rather big shoes to fill but I think I am getting there.  Everyone has been very kind and helpful and it has been surprisingly stress free. I’ll probably regret saying that!

My many years of working experience has been in civil service, local government department as well as private companies.  My roles have varied but have mainly been in an admin/finance capacity. I am married with three children, two still at home and my eldest married with a daughter (2yrs 9mths) living in Sweden.  Our home life is quite hectic with working, school, the dog, the cat, and ailing parents, so not much free time available.  We do enjoy seeing family and friends and holidaying in Scotland and Sweden when the opportunity arises. We are still trying/hoping to find the family link with a well known Whiskey distillery in the well known area of Scotland!.
The photo was taken when my granddaughter was 9 months old.

Food Grade Gearhead Motor Solves Problem for Packaging Manufacturer

Article Posted by Electromechanical Team on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, on the Parker Motion & Control Technology Blog

Parker Food GradeGearhead motors can be ideal for the food and packaging industries if they are selected with several key features. A manufacturer of machines for gluing, fill, sealing and diverting food containers for the food-processing industry had a requirement for the motor and gearhead to be mounted above the food plane. Certain modifications were also needed for the gearhead to make it safe for the food environment, and capable to withstand frequent washdowns.
Gearhead design considerations

The selection criteria to be aware of for selecting products in the food packaging and process industries:

  • Lubrication – must be USDA food grade approved in case of incidental contact to food
  • Sealing – must prevent any leaking as well as prevent any ingress of the fluid during washdown
  • Finish – special FDA-approved finish must be used making it very durable and resistant to chipping, oxidizing or rusting
  • Output Shaft – stainless steel prevents any rust from developing and contaminating the processing food.

Parker solution

Parker Stealth PS planetary gearheadStealth PS planetary gearhead with standard F01 food grade special option Stealth PS planetary gearhead with standard food grade option provides the gearhead with standard modifications including special lubrication, viton seals, special finish and a stainless steel output shaft. Since this food grade modification is a standard option, delivery is only one week over the standard gearhead lead time.

Similar standard modifications exist for:

  • vacuum
  • clean room
  • high temperature
  • radiation
Learn more about Gearheads in this overview video

Article contributed by Jeff Nazzaro, gearhead and motor product manager, Electromechanical and Drives Division, Parker Hannifin Corporation.

Licensing for these images came with permission from the Parker Hannifin Media Manager collection.
Article reposted with Parker Hannifin’s permission.

AKM DC Servo Motor Low Voltage

Kollmorgen introduces AKM DC Servo Motor low voltage as a motor solution for machine modules and retrofits.

  • All the benefits of permanent-excited servo solutions in a low voltage environment
  • Able to replace existing technology
  • Power range up to 300 W (48 V)
  • Full flexibility of the AKM range in terms of feedback systems, connectors and flange / shaft combinations
  • Controls possible using AKD Servo Drives
Practice-oriented performance data and functions
  • Torque range up to 1.25 Nm (continuous) and 4.1 Nm (peak)
  • 2 voltage ranges: 24 V DC and 48 V DC
  • 3 sizes with 40, 58 and 84 mm flanges
  • Rated speed range up to 2500 rpm
Kollmorgen AKM DC
Low-voltage servo axes can be used for upgrading existing systems as a result of their compact design, and they also allow space-saving machine modules to be installed with independent intelligence. The axes are designed for rated power of 300 W with 6 A current, but can supply a current of 15 A for a short time and can thereby cope with the breakaway torques that occur upon start-up. The drive system has a more efficient design through the high peak current without oversizing.


Compact low voltage servo axes

Ideal for high-precision drives in packaging machines or for use in autonomous transportation systems with dynamic driving behaviour.

Kollmorgen AKM DC

Kollmorgen AKM DC Table
High-end control technology from Kollmorgen
You can still have the precise controls of 24 V/48 V motors in a low voltage environment. The compact AKD Servo Drives can be used in many applications and turn a simple drive into a powerful low voltage axis.
For more details on Kollmorgen products contact Micromech sales on 01376 333333 or at

New CANopen Servo Controller

TRINAMIC Motion Control has announced the TMCM-1633-CANopen, a new compact 300W BLDC servo controller module with sinusoidal commutation compatible with the industry standard CANopen protocol.

Trinamic-1633Like all other TMCM drives, the TMCM-1633-CANopen is a cost-efficient module embedding advanced motor control and motion control functions, as well as PLC features. The new drive measures 92mm x 50mm and is equipped with a CAN interface and a CANopen (CiA-402) protocol stack. It provides a flexible, cost-effective solution to the decentralized coordinated control of BLDC or BLAC motors of up to 10A RMS continuous current at 48V supply voltage.

It was only a matter of time before Trinamic extended the successful TMCL™ servo controller family by a new member that interacts with CANopen. “Especially in the Asian marketplace we experience a growing demand for servo controllers communicating over the industry standard protocols CANopen or CANopen over EtherCAT,” comments Michael Randt, CEO of Trinamic.
Featuring field-oriented control (FOC), also known as vector control, using a/b/n incremental encoder signals, the BLDC servo controller allows for precise and dynamic positioning. The TMCM-1633-CANopen supports trapezoidal ramping as well, and hall sensor inputs are supported by the firmware for faster initialization.
Besides CANopen protocol, the TMCM-1633 supports TRINAMIC Motion Control’s easy-to-use TMCL™ protocol. Together with the free TMCL-IDE, this allows for quick identification of control parameters. Graphical tools and wizards guide users through the parameterization and fine-tuning.
TMCM-1633-CANopen is compatible with Trinamic’s baseboard BB-1630 and available immediately.
  • Single axis field-oriented control for BLDC/PMSM motor
  • Hall and a/b/n encoder support
  • 14,5 … 48V DC supply voltage
  • Up to 10A RMS peak motor current
  • RS232 & CAN interface
  • CANopen CiA 402 drive profile
  • Torque, Velocity, and Position control

For more details on TMCM-1633 and other exciting products from Trinamic contact Micromech sales on 01376 333333 or at