Manufacturing & Prototyping

Pump Drive

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America (Waukegan, IL) released the iQpump Micro intelligent pump drive for variable-torque pump loads through 25 HP. It is available in NEMA 1 and NEMA 4X rated models. A variety of package options are available, and integrated pump-specific software enables a range of pumping applications from constant pressure, flow, geothermal, and multiple pump booster systems, to wet well lift stations and others. The pump automatically adjusts operating conditions to meet system demand. For Free Info Visit

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Optimal Engineering Systems (Van Nuys, CA) released low-profile XYθ (theta) stages that move in an XY-plane and rotate around the center of the XY-plane. Available in 12 models in two precision grades, the stages have linear travels from ±2 by ±2 mm, up to ±30 by ±30 mm. The stages can rotate around the center of the XY plane up to ±6°. Four models have solid tables sized from 100 x 100 mm to 200 x 200 mm, and eight stages from 250 x 250 mm to 1500 x 1500 mm are hollow core (open frame) stages. Available in normal and precision grades, they have preloaded cross roller bearings, and typical normal repeated positioning accuracy is from ±1.75 μm to ±2.5 μm; typical precision repeated positioning accuracy is from ±0.7 μm to ±1.0 μm. Parallelism of the stages is as low as 30 μm, and the larger stages can handle dynamic loads to 600 kg. The stages can be ordered with linear encoders for closed loop operation, customized to meet specific requirements, and complete ready-to-run alignment systems. For Free Info Visit

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Nanopositioning Stages

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the QNP-XY series piezo nanopositioning stages with resolution to 0.15 nm, linearity to 0.007%, and repeatability to 2 nm. The stages provide a variety of travel lengths (100 μm to 600 μm), feedback options, and vacuum versions, as well as resonant frequency up to 885 Hz. The capacitive sensors measure the output of the positioning carriage directly. The stages are available with capacitance sensor feedback or without feedback (open-loop). Open-loop provides an option for applications where compact size, high dynamics, and subnanometer positioning resolution are required, but absolute positioning accuracy and repeatability are not required. Open-loop designs can also be used where the piezo position is controlled via an external feedback source (interferometer, vision system, photodetector, etc.). For Free Info Visit

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C-Flex Bearing Co. (Frankfort, NY) offers a Super Plastic torsional damping coupling that stabilizes high-precision systems by dampening transient torque variations. The patented design offers high-torque loads with zero backlash for positioning in industries such as medical, packaging, and semiconductor. The standard flexible coupling is made up of two high-strength aluminum ends with glass-impregnated polyamide flexures. They are available with both set screws and “No Mark” steel clamp bushings. English and metric versions are available. Bore sizes range from 0.125" to 1.25", and 4 mm to 32 mm. Lattice and servo styles are available in both the Super Plastic and all stainless steel versions. For Free Info Visit

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Brushless Motor Drive

The DPFlex™ II digital, sensorless, brushless motor drive series from Allied Motion (Amherst, NY) offers speed capability to 150,000 RPM, the ability to drive lower-impedance motors, and software settable rotation direction. Features include outputs up to 48 V and 30 A peak (1200W output power) to drive a wide range of motors, 20:1 speed control range, and detection of motor rotor position at standstill for reliable starting without rotor movement and while under load. For Free Info Visit

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Motion Controller

ACS Motion Control (Bloomington, MN) released the SPiiPlusCMHV line of EtherCAT master motion controllers that can manage networks with up to 32 axes and thousands of I/Os. The modules control networks with one or two axes of integrated drives that operate from 3-phase 230Vac to 480Vac, or 320Vdc to 670Vdc. The controllers offer currents from 5/10A (continuous/peak) to 20/60A (continuous/ peak). For Free Info Visit

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Robotic Tool Changer

The QC-160 Robotic Tool Changer from ATI Industrial Automation (Apex, NC) has a high moment capacity in a lightweight design, and features internal lock/unlock sensing and five 3/8 NPT and four ½ NPT pass-through air connections. It mounts directly to most 200-kg robots and enhances the robot’s ability to switch end-effectors automatically. The tool changer handles payloads of up to 600 pounds, and features integrated pneumatic ports and electrical connections. Other features include a patented failsafe locking mechanism to ensure high-moment capacity and strength. For Free Info Visit

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