Features

Multi-Axis Controllers & Drives

Festo Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) released the SEC-ACSMLC Multi-Axis Controller and SEC-SDD drive. Featuring the CoDeSys programming platform, the SEC-AC-SMLC is based on the IEC61131-3 standard, offering the programming languages of Relay Ladder Logic, Function Block Diagram, Structured Text, Instruction List, Sequential Function Chart, and Continuous Function Chart. PLCopen Motion function blocks are available. Other features include variants with an integrated Profibus® master, Ethernet connectivity, and OPC server.

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Magnetic Brakes

Danaher Motion (Wood Dale, IL) released the Thomson-Deltran Power-Off Magnetic Brake (PMB) series of power-off DC, spring-set, multifunctional brakes. Nine standard frame sizes from 30 to 120 are available. Torque range is 45 lb-in to 4,250 lb-in (5 to 48 Nm), in diameters from 3.30 to 11.89". Operating voltages of 24, 90, and 190 VDC are standard (other voltages are available on request). An adjustment collar allows brake torque to be varied, and the fully potted coils come under class “F” insulation.

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Hybrid Linear Actuator

Haydon Switch & Instrument (Waterbury, CT) released size 8 hybrid linear actuators with encoder feedback. Encoder resolutions range from 120 to 330 cycles per revolution, or 480 to 1,200 pulses per revolution; encoder operating temperatures are -10 to 85°C. The optical incremental encoder design is available with two-channel quadrature TTL squarewave outputs. The units are available in resolutions ranging from 0.00006 to 0.00157" per step, and deliver thrusts of up to 10 lbs.

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Incremental Encoder

From SICK STEGMANN, INC. (Dayton, OH), the DRS61 CoreTech® Incremental Encoders can be programmed the number of lines from 1 to 8,192, as well as the width of the zero pulse. The units are available in face mount flange, servo flange, blind or through hollow shaft with connector or cable outlet, TTL, or HTL interface configurations. Interchangeable collets are available for the hollow shaft configurations in diameters of six to 15 mm and 0.25, 0.375, and 0.50".

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Torque Motor

Animatics Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) released the SM2315DT as part of the OEM Series of SmartMotors. The unit features an 8-pole rotor design with a high copper filling factor, and delivers 112 oz-in of peak torque while maintaining 57 oz-in of continuous torque with a maximum speed capability of 4,700 rpm. A servomotor, amplifier, and motion controller are incorporated.

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Rotating Torque Sensor

The Model 01424 rotating torque sensor from Sensor Developments (Lake Orion, MI) uses a shaft-to-shaft configuration for in-line placement, and incorporates a digital non-contact wireless system that provides power to the rotating electronics mounted on the shaft, transmitting the signal back to the receiver in digital format. The torque signal is then represented as a calibrated, high level analog voltage.

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Software for Safety-Critical Systems (Aonix®)

Release v8.3 of ObjectAda Real-Time RAVEN environment for PowerPC targets from Aonix® (San Diego, CA) provides RAVEN developers with a choice between the traditional Aonix IDE for development and the AonixADT™ Eclipse IDE. AonixADT incorporates Ada-project awareness, an Ada-language sensitive editor, Ada-language compile and build capabilities, and a complete Ada debugger interface. The new release also features a large set of optimizations, fixes, and improvements into the PowerPC RAVEN technology.

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