Motion Control

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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Slide

The NV type STUDROLLER™ from NB Corp. (Hanover Park, IL) is designed for motion control applications with extremely fast acceleration and deceleration at dimensions ranging from 30 to 600-mm lengths. The slide features Anti-Creep Cage Technology and raceway depressions that track the nodules, preventing slippage in any position. Load capacities were increased 1.4 to 2.3 times over the standard SV type, and the number of rollers was increased 20 to 55 percent.

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Control Platform

The Ensemble® LAB control platform from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) enables automation of light industrial manufacturing applications. The full-color touchscreen display enables access to core functionality, while the tabbed interface provides singlepress access to setup and operation screens. An integral rubberized frontpanel interface provides tactile feedback for jogging and manual positioning operations. The platform is programmed in a BASIC-like syntax, and is programmed offline with a graphical user interface in Windows®.

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Inclination Sensors

Balluff (Florence, KY) offers BSI inclination sensors that measure the deviation in a horizontal axis of up to 360 degrees. They operate in temperatures down to -40 °C. They feature rugged metal housing and accuracy of 0.1 degree for controlling processes. An extended temperature range of -40 to 85 °C is suitable for outdoor applications such as oil and gas extraction, wind energy systems, and solar-thermal power plants.

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Coupler Brake

Force Control Industries (Fairfield, OH) offers a double C-Face coupler brake that mounts on the drive end of a standard C-Face motor. Mounting the brake between the reducer and C-Face motor allows a standard C-face motor to be used. Applications include palletizers, packaging machinery, and cranes. The Posistop air-actuated and MagnaShear electrically actuated coupler brakes never need adjustment. An annual fluid change, without removing the motor, is required.

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