Manufacturing & Prototyping

Motion Controller

The Lexium Motion Module (LMM) from Schneider Electric Motion USA (Marlborough, CT) is a compact, programmable motion controller for motion applications measured in millimeters. The controller is programmed via MCode, and can validate motion with a turning motor shaft. MCode programs are transferrable to LMM and longer-lead PCBs. One- or four-axis development boards include isolated I/O, locking pluggable connectors, and serial RS-422/485 programmable motion or CANopen. Motors, accessories, and starter kits are available.

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Permanent Magnet Motors

NovaTorque (Fremont, CA) introduced 600 RPM versions of its PremiumPlus+® Electronically Commutated Permanent Magnet (ECPM) motors. The new versions are available from 0.75 HP to 3 HP, and are suited for directly driving larger-diameter fans at low speeds. The motors offer lower current requirements (FLA) than AC induction motor alternatives. A patented geometry allows for the use of readily available ferrite (versus rare earth) magnets. The motors are produced in standard NEMA frame sizes.

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Pneumatic Grippers

Fabco-Air (Gainesville, FL) announced the FKHS Series 3 Jaw Parallel Motion Pneumatic Gripper line for handling small parts in tight spaces. The design is available in six different bore sizes: 25, 32, 40, 50, 63, and 80 mm. A magnetic piston is a standard feature on all grippers. Other features include polarity protection and LED indication. Mounting is via direct body (top and bottom) mounting holes.

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Positioning Tables and Stages

Positioning tables and nano-precision stages from Primatics (Vaughan, ON, Canada) are used in applications where high accuracy and repeatability and/or smoothness are critical. The PCL50 and PCL65 linear stages offer micron-level repeatability and integrate a precision ball-screw drive with recirculating ball linear bearings. PCR32/43 Series positioning stages are designed for applications such as high-precision alignment, attachment, and inspection. They utilize anti-cage creep precision cross roller bearings and a center-driven brushless linear motor. PLG stages are flexible, all-purpose compact linear positioning stages featuring strokes to 800 mm for payloads up to 100 Kg. Available with aluminum or cast iron base, the stages also offer a Class 10 cleanroom option. PO Series stages are two-axis, large-travel center-aperture positioning stages featuring single or dual linear motors per axis and high-resolution linear encoders. PXL stages are low-profile, small-footprint linear motor stages with cross roller bearings offering < 2 nm incremental motion. Models are directly stackable in XY configurations.

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Stages

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the PRO series industrial linear motor and ball-screw positioning stages, including two new sizes of the PRO-LM (linear motor) series stage line: the PRO115LM and PRO190LM. New features include a linear encoder option on PRO-SLE ball-screw stages, absolute encoder options on both the linear motor and ball-screw stages, and direct mounting to English and metric optical tables. All stages employ a recirculating linear guide bearing system and a low-friction sealing solution. The design provides protection from debris while side seals prevent dirt and particulates from entering the stage.

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Slides

NB Corporation of America (Hanover Park, IL) released TOPBALL® slide products that self-align. The floating wiper seal makes unrestricted self-alignment possible. A floating load plate adjusts clearance, and tolerances are achieved by grinding the raceways and load plates. Applications include automation equipment, machinery, and optical and measuring instruments. They also are suited for new designs and are interchangeable for retrofitting. The slide products are available as total systems or as individual components such as slide bushings, housings, slide shafts, and supports in metric or inch.

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Clutch-Brake

Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) introduced the Flange Mounted Clutch-Brake Enclosed (FMCBE) for any environment where cleanliness is a primary concern. A single, double-acting piston prevents simultaneous clutch and brake engagement. It features a nickel-plated finish to resist corrosion, and stainless steel, hex-head bolts with no exposed threads or sockets. All machined mating surfaces are sealed with O-rings to prevent ingress of fluids. The clutch-brake has no indentations, allowing easy cleaning and eliminating areas of possible build-up and contamination.

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