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Actuator Control

The DCH Series actuator control from American Control Electronics (South Beloit, IL) combines an AC-to-DC switching power supply with a regenerative PWM drive to create an all-in-one solution. The control is suited for applications requiring control of 12 or 24 VDC motors when only 115 or 230 VAC power is available. With an isolated front end, this series is compatible with a 0-5 or 0-10 VDC analog from any PLC. With an 8-bit onboard microprocessor, the control can be customized in many applications to replace a PLC. The series also provides an alternative to using higher-voltage controls with the output voltage turned down, which results in current spikes. The control includes an industry-standard microprocessor used on popular PLCs. A modified option allows for linear positioning control of actuators to within 1/1000 of commanded stroke length with the use of feedback resistors. Standard variations include options for torque, cycling, or positioning control. Standard I/O is 1 analog and 4 digital, with custom configurations available. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61058-303

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Motor Controllers

PITTMAN® Motors, a business unit of AMETEK Precision Motion Control (Harleysville, PA), announced IDEATM PBL4850E programmable 3-phase brushless motor controllers that let users create distributed standalone motion profiles without the need for additional motion control components such as programmable logic controllers or field communication buses. The controllers feature automatic population of motion profile parameters based on the entry of a few motor characteristics. The 4-quadrant brushless controllers utilize sinusoidal commutation. They incorporate two motion profiles: trapezoidal and s-curve.

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Magnetic Encoder

The Model 30M low-profile, 30-mm-diameter magnetic encoder module from Encoder Products (Sagle, ID) provides incremental feedback by means of advanced sensing and signal processing technology. It combines a Hall-effect sensor, signal processing circuitry, and a small magnetic target that can be affixed to a rotating shaft via an optional shaft adaptor or insert. With a wide sensor-to-magnet air gap, the encoder tolerates shaft misalignment. The encoder offers resolution up to 1,024 CPR, a maximum frequency of 350 MHz, up to 8-pole commutation, an optional index channel, two voltage selections, and four output types. Connector options include an 8-pin M12, or an 8-pin or 16-pin Molex with an integral strain relief. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61058-305

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Roller Chain

U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission (Wheeling, IL) introduced Titan Series roller chain for high-speed and harsh environments. The ANSI chain utilizes a “Titan specific” chain construction that includes coated pins and pin links, black oxide roller link plates, G7 Solid Bushings, and ringcoined connecting links. The chain is available in a variety of options including single and multi-strand drive chains. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61058-306

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Spindle Gear

maxon precision motors (Fall River, MA) announced the GP 6 S spindle for a variety of linear drive solutions. The maximum feed velocity is 15 mm/s, at a force of 10 N. Integrated ball bearings ensure that the drive stands up to high axial loads. The gear combines with the maxon DC brushed motor (RE 6) and DC brushless motor (EC 6). For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61058-311

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Z-Theta System

Catalyst Motion Group™, a Haydon Kerk Motion System integrator (Waterbury, CT), offers a Z-Theta system capability that provides a compact package to achieve a rotary axis and a linear axis in a single unit. When operated in coordinated motion, the system can effectively create a helical motion path. The Kerk brand ScrewRail® is the centerpiece of the system, with the linear and rotary power being supplied by Haydon and Pittman motor technology. Z-Theta systems are used for picker-type applications in automated kiosks, data storage libraries, and other repetitive motion tasks requiring both a linear and a rotary move. Loads of up to 100 pounds and speeds in excess of 10 inches/second are possible. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61058-309

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Motion Controller

Soft Servo Systems (Waltham, MA) offers the WMX general motion controller that simultaneously controls up to 64 axes and 64 channels with control functions on the EtherCAT platform. It can run as an EtherCAT master on a commercially available PC with a LAN (Ethernet) port and no specialized interface board. Compatible with Windows 7, the PC-based system includes the original EtherCAT Master stack with EtherCAT functionalities including DC Sync and Hot Connect. It also includes a license of RTX, the Windows real-time extension tool. The controller allows for development of an original motion controller with a Windows Class Library that supports up to 256 threads and includes over 500 API functions, including EtherCAT network management. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61058-307

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