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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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Rail Brakes

Profile Guide rail brakes from Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) are available in a range of sizes from 15 to 45, and provide engagement at 0.049 to 0.080 seconds. They provide static holding force to 2,600 N (585 lbs.), and can be combined to provide higher holding forces. The brake is suited for holding a load in position while failed reducers or motors are replaced. They also allow for the use of smaller drive systems because the brakes position and hold a load that might otherwise overpower the drive system. The brakes clamp onto the center of profile guide rails to provide positive braking and holding in all axes without touching the bearing surface of the rail. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61058-316

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Delta Robot and Controller

The RCP-DELTA robot and control system from Aerotech (Piitsburgh, PA) is available in four models that support payloads up to 3 kg, with X/Y operating ranges of 500/800/1100/1300 mm, and an optional continuous rotation about the Z axis (yaw). The robot can sustain 200 pick-and-place operations per minute with peak acceleration on the order of 15g. The control system is based on the company’s A3200 Machine Controller. The networked, distributed architecture provides a scalable platform upon which additional robots, I/O, and positioning devices can be integrated. External sensors are supported with industry-standard fieldbuses (EtherCAT, Modbus TCP, Ethernet/IP™, and others) or applications operating in the real-time enabled Windows® operating system. Additional Delta robot-specific functions are included for common robotic operations such as target queues, tracking moving material, and teaching tool/part locations. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61058-308

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Slide System

Velmex (Bloomfield, NY) offers the Parallel-Coupled BiSlide System for long traverses and larger loads. The system features two identical BiSlide assemblies coupled with a timing belt to drive synchronous operation. It can handle loads to 600 pounds and is available in standard lengths up to 80 inches. The assembly is available in both manual and motor-driven models. The motorized models feature a double shaft motor on one slide and a heavy-duty bearing assembly on the other slide. The manually operated versions have the bearing assembly on both slides.

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Positioning Stage

LinTech (Monrovia, CA) offers the 610 series totally enclosed positioning stage in stroke lengths from 6 to 60 inches (150 to 1520 mm). The screwdriven linear positioning systems use a low-friction, preloaded, recirculating linear ball bearing system that rides on precision ground linear rail guides. The linear rails are mounted to an extruded aluminum base, which provides support over the entire travel of the table’s carriage. The load is mounted to a machined aluminum carriage, which has threaded stainless steel inserts. There are 38 different acme and ball screw options. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61058-310

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Products of Tomorrow: January 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

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Product of the Month: January 2016

Dewetron, Wakefield, RI, announced the TRIONet compact data acquisition system that accepts any two of the company’s multi-channel TRION series plug-in modules. The system connects to any Windows computer via USB 3.0 (or USB 2.0) or Ethernet. TRIONet mainframes can be interconnected using Ethernet. As a result, TRIONet mainframes can be placed up to 100 meters apart. Both star and daisy-chain topologies are supported, depending on the physical environment. A 9- to 36-VDC power input allows TRIONet to be operated from vehicle power. A small touchscreen color display shows the status, IP address, and health of the mainframe. Each mainframe can support up to 16 high-speed analog channels of many different types. There are various analog, digital, data bus, and timing modules available. Measuring 12.6 × 8 × 2.2", the system weighs 5 pounds with one TRION-2402-MULTI module. TRIONet consists of the mainframe, a TRION-2402-MULTI (universal input) 8-channel module, the company’s OXYGEN data acquisition software, and cables for both USB 3.0 and Ethernet. The system can be used with Windows 7 or 10 computers or tablets. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61057-120

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