Motion Control

Pneumatic Air Cylinders

NITRA™ E-Series pneumatic dual-rod guided air cylinders from Automation - Direct (Cumming, GA) are designed for applications that require precise alignment or have large side loads. The devices are interchangeable with other popular brands of cylinders. The double-acting cylinders are constructed with extruded aluminum housing and switch mounting tracks, dual chromeplated stainless steel guide rods, and bronze bushings. The cylinders feature a maximum operating pressure of 142 psi, and are available in eight bore sizes from 12 to 63 mm. Available stroke lengths range from 10 to 250 mm, depending on bore size.

Posted in: Products, Motion Control

Read More >>

Position Sensors

ASM Sensors (Elmhurst, IL) offers the PMIS4/PMIR5 non-contact measuring system developed for rotary applications. The system provides high EMC protection, large guiding distance tolerance, and signal performance up to 327,680 pulses/360°. The incremental system consists of a PMIS4 sensor head and a PMIR5 incremental magnetic ring. The sensor head is made of a fully enclosed, shielded metal housing, offering protection against electromagnetic interference and thermal overload. Guiding distance is ±1 mm. Available output types are HTL, TTL, and TTL24V.

Posted in: Products, Motion Control

Read More >>

Motion Controllers

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) has released the PCI- 8254/PCI-8258 motion controllers that provide servo updates up to 20 KHz through hardware-based PID-FF control loop and secondorder filters, time-deterministic trajectory and velocity planning, comprehensive application functions, and diagnostic and control utilities. The program download function can execute up to eight individual tasks simultaneously, providing control performance in real time, and conserving CPU resources. The controllers also provide multidimensional interpolation, as in 3D linear/circular/spiral interpolation, for contouring applications in manufacturing industries such as laser engraving/cutting, glue dispensing, and others.

Posted in: Products, Motion Control

Read More >>

Linear Stages

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA), has introduced the FMSxxHA high-accuracy FMS stages for surface metrology applications. The stages are available in 100-, 200-, and 300-mm models. With all-steel construction, the stages combine high stiffness and thermal stability. The crossed roller bearings have an anti-creep feature to provide smooth and straight motion. The steel ball screw is designed for highspeed motion. The stages are driven by a stepper motor, with a linear encoder that provides on-axis accuracy down to 1μm and submicron bidirectional repeatability.

Posted in: Products, Motion Control

Read More >>

Linear Scales

Model LF series linear scales from HEIDENHAIN Corp. (Schaumburg, IL) are used on highaccuracy machine tools, jig bore and grinding machines, and linear motors. The LF 485 and 185 incremental models feature very high repeatability and defined thermal expansion behavior. From a grating period of 8 μm, the interferential scanning principle of the LF scales produces scanning signals with a signal period of 4 μm. These scanning signals are largely free of harmonics and can be interpolated. Accuracy grades to ±2 μm are possible. The scales also offer resistance to contamination through the use of SUPRADUR steel scale tape together with a scanning ASIC with large scanning window.

Posted in: Products, Motion Control

Read More >>

Wheel Force Transducer

Kistler North America (Novi, MI) has introduced the Kistler Type 9269A RoaDyn® S6HT System 2000, a six-component wheel force transducer (WFT) with specialty electronics platform. It is designed to measure three forces and three moments during complete chassis and component road load data acquisition (RLDA) and other on-road heavy truck, bus, civilian, and military special vehicle testing applications. The WFT incorporates six replaceable three-component heavyduty load cells. Each load cell is individually calibrated to allow sensor replacement without the need to recalibrate the entire system. An integral identification chip within each load cell stores important component parameters and prevents data misidentification. This feature allows data to be imported into the system’s onboard electronics upon startup.

Posted in: Products, Motion Control

Read More >>

Brushless Servomotors

The SHX and SPX brushless servomotors for CNC machinery applications are available from NUM Corp. (Naperville, IL). They eliminate the need for a separate encoder cable; machine builders can use a single drive-to-motor cable for each motion axis. Available in 75-, 95-, 126-, and 155-mm frame sizes and three different lengths, the servomotors provide a choice of output power and speed ratings to match different machinery applications. Both motor ranges feature high mass moments of rotor inertia, optimized for machine tool feed axes. The SHX range includes models with continuous torque outputs from 1.2 to 20 Nm, and the SPX range offers units with continuous torque ratings from 1.4 to 23 Nm.

Posted in: Products, Motion Control

Read More >>

White Papers

Selection of Materials for Medical Applications
Sponsored by RTP
Improving Cable Performance in Harsh Environments
Sponsored by Gore
Data Acquisition and I/O Control Applications Handbook
Sponsored by United Electronic Industries
White Paper: MIL-STD-1553 IP Cores - An Emerging Technology
Sponsored by Sealevel
OEM Optical System Development
Sponsored by Ocean Optics
Managing Risk in Medical Connectors
Sponsored by Fischer Connectors

White Papers Sponsored By: