Special Coverage

Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines
Vibration Tables Shake Up Aerospace and Car Testing
Supercomputer Cooling System Uses Refrigerant to Replace Water

Sensor Technology Leads Manufacturing into Predictive Maintenance

Reactive, avoidable equipment repairs are a leading contributor to lost productivity in industrial manufacturing operations. Parts with an average selling price of just a few dollars can cost manufacturers many times that in repairs and unrealized revenue once they fail. In a worst-case scenario, undetected faults can cascade through the system, causing widespread damage and triggering major and expensive production outages.

Posted in: Articles, Motion Control, Sensors and actuators, Sensors and actuators, Maintenance, Repair and Service Operations, Maintenance, repair, and service operations, Prognostics, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Reliability, Reliability
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Flexible Digital Servo Drives Speed Machine Control Design

Advances in digital hardware technology and software innovations now allow a single digital servo drive to be configured to work in a variety of machine control architectures.

Posted in: Articles, Motion Control, Architecture, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Electronic control units, Architecture, Computer software / hardware, Computer software and hardware, Electronic control units
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QuickSilver Servo Motors Drive Autonomous Vehicles

The design of remotely operated, autonomous battery-powered vehicles places special requirements on motion control systems. High torque at low speeds is needed to climb over obstacles, while higher speed operation is needed for cruise speed. Efficient operation from lower voltages (12V to 48V) reduces battery size and weight requirements, while regenerative drives maximize the operating time and distance by recharging the batteries while braking.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motors & Drives, Regenerative braking, Batteries, Batteries, Electric motors, Autonomous vehicles, Electric vehicles
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Electronic Motion Controller Simplifies Hydraulic Press Controls

What do you do if you’re in the business of producing a wide variety of metal presses to meet special customer requirements? You choose your system components wisely, and flexibility of function plays a large part.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Stamping, Metals, Hydraulic control
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Maxon Drive Prevents Bottlenecks for Bottle Cap Maker

Maxon’s MCD EPOS integrated power drive was used by a wine and liquor bottling operation to control the cutting of shrink-wrapped film over the bottleneck and cork or cap.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Cutting, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Polymers, Drive-by-wire
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Stepper Motor/Drive

The STM Drive+Motor solution from Applied Motion Products (Watsonville, CA) is a stepper drive and motor unit fused into a single device that saves space, wiring and cost, when compared with conventional motor/drive solutions.

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Conveyor Control

Holjeron (Tualatin, OR) has unveiled conveyor control assemblies and 24 VDC motor-driven rollers able to operate in extreme temperature and humidity conditions.

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Digital Motion Control

The SPiiPlus HP Series motion control module from ACS Motion Control (Plymouth, MN) is available in PC-based, standalone, or rack-mounted multi-axis controllers that support direct-connected servo or stepper motors and HSSI-networked drives. The series also features multi-axis controllers with up to eight integrated drives that can support direct-connected servo motors, direct-connected stepper drives, and HSSI-networked servo drives.

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Servo Drive

The Accelnet Micro servo drive from Copley Controls (Canton, MA) mounts directly onto pc boards and delivers 6 A at 90 V for brushless and brush-type servo motors. It works in a range of system architectures and is compatible with many kinds of feedback devices. Standard Accelnet command interfaces are CANopen DSP-402, DeviceNet, ASCII, +/-10-V analog, and pulse-width-modulated. Used alone, the drive exploits Copley’s Copley Virtual Machine capability, allowing it to function as a system controller. Point-and-click actions define up to 32 motion sequences.

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MOSFSET Chipset

A 25V synchronous buck converter DirectFET® MOSFET chipset from International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) is designed for point-of-load (POL) converter designs, and server, high-end desktop and notebook computer applications. It combines IR’s latest generation HEXFET® MOSFET silicon and benchmark DirectFET packaging technology to deliver a high density, single control and single synchronous MOSFET solution in an SO-8 footprint, with a slim 0.7 mm profile.

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