Motion Control

Linear Position Sensors

Vented versions of the CD 375 Series of miniature AC-operated LVDT position sensors are available from Macro Sensors (Pennsauken, NJ). The sensors withstand high pressures and temperatures in applications where space is at a premium and the environment is hostile. As the coil assembly of the sensor is vented to equalize pressure inside and outside the LVDT linear position sensor, units can withstand a combination of high pressure and temperatures, shock, and vibration. Since vent holes in the housing expose the coils inside, fluid must be electrically nonconductive and chemically benign.

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Spring-Engaged Brakes

Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) has introduced the FMBS flange-mounted, spring-engaged safety brakes with high thermal capacity for NEMA C-Face motors and gear reducers. With continuous thermal dissipation, the brakes are able to stop more kinetic energy without overheating. The brakes are available in two models that provide torque from 1080 in-lbs to 1800 in-lbs, and burnished torque from 1300 in-lbs up to 2160 in-lbs, with release pressures of 55 psi and 90 psi and a maximum pressure of 120 psi. Both models feature a top speed of 1800 rpms and zero backlash input.

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Servo Drives

Technosoft (Neuchatel, Switzerland) has announced the iPOS3602 BX-CAN and iPOS3604 BXCAN closed-frame intelligent drives. Equipped with a CAN interface, the drives control rotary or linear brushless, DC brush, and step motors of powers up to 144W and 36V nominal voltage. They drive 2 A or 4 A continuous currents, and 3.2 A or 10 A peak currents at a supply voltage ranging from 12 to 36 Vdc, with a PWM of 20 kHz frequency. The servo drives offer single- or multiple-axis control functions such as master-slave or standalone operations. They embed motion controller, drive, and PLC functionality in one unit.

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Electronic Valves

Clippard Instrument Laboratory (Cincinnati, OH) has introduced the Analytical Series electronic valves available in 2-way or 3-way, normally closed or fully ported. The “A-E” Series pneumatic valves utilize a patented valve system that features power consumption of 0.67 Watts, a response time of 5 to 10 milliseconds, and voltages of 6, 12, or 24 VDC. Special materials, manufacturing, and assembly processes enable the valve to be used for applications where internal cleanliness, bubbletight operation, and long life are required.

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Dispensing Pump

Aalborg® Instruments (Orangeburg, NY) offers the TPV RP dispensing peristaltic pumps with adjustable RPM that can be timer-relay set to start dispensing liquids for a selected time period, and to stop dispensing for another selected time period. Seven time intervals are possible. Easily accessible controls enable priming, dynamic braking, RPM setting, and flow direction reversing. The adjustable pump handle serves as a base to lift and angle the pump face, and ensures that the controls are accessible. Designed to pump liquids of low to high viscosity from source to destination, the pump can accommodate user-set speeds of 0 to 300 RPM with a flow range of 0-5000 ml/min. Features include 3 stainless steel rollers and stainless steel shafts, fixed occlusion wall, 24 VDC brushless motor, and a safety cover.

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Linear Guide Systems Streamline Aircraft Seat Assembly and Operation

Linear guide rails are an important component within aircraft interiors. Following are some of the places where they are used: • For seat adjustments — forward and back seat movements, footrests, sliding armrests, and tables. • Rails enable 180° positioning for super first class seats that flatten for sleeping. • Sliding privacy screens between passengers. • Kitchen slide-outs, such as garbage compactors. • Sliding lavatory doors.

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Custom Drive System Helps Mercedes-Benz Reduce Draft in Convertibles

The AIRCAP® automatic draft stop, offered in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertibles, is distinctively different from conventional angular wind deflectors. It is entirely embedded into the car body and completely concealed into the windshield frame when deactivated. In its activated state, an aerodynamically shaped wind deflector extends on top of the windshield without disfiguring the automobile’s aesthetic side line.

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