Motion Control

Servo Drive

Technosoft (Bevaix, Switzerland) offers the iPOS3602 MX micro-sized, pluggable servo drive for motion control applications where space is critical. The drive can be integrated into the user’s motherboard or PCB machine. All basic motor control functions, as well as motion control and PLC features, are embedded onto the drive. Equipped with CAN/CANopen, and optionally with an EtherCAT interface, the drive can be adapted to the decentralized control of any rotary or linear brushless, DC brush, or step motor up to 75W. Setup, tuning, and motion programming are done with EasyMotion Studio and Technosoft Motion Language (TML). Multiple operations can be executed with the drive, including setting of various motion modes, change of motion modes and/or parameters, execution of homing sequences, or program flow control.

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Torque Limiters

Zero-Max (Plymouth, MN) offers torque limiters in very large models for handling up to 37,000 foot pounds or 50,000 Newton meters of torque. These very large torque limiters are designed to protect drive trains, gearboxes, and generators from excessive peak loads. Features include factory preset torque, maximum bore sizes up to 5-1/2" or 140 mm with or without keyway, operating temperature range from -40 to +80 °C, and no maintenance. Custom torque limiters are available for all applications.

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Flow-Regulating Valve

The Lee Company (Westbrook, CT) offers the High Pressure 500 Flosert miniature flow-regulating valve that is pressure-compensated to provide a constant flow over a range of pressure differentials. The valve is suited for high-pressure hydraulic applications with system pressures up to 5000 psi. Available in forward and reverse regulated flow configurations, the valve is constructed entirely of stainless steel. Regulated flow rates are available from 1.5 to 5.0 GPM.

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Motion Control Systems

Aspen Motion Technologies, a Division of Pentair (Radford, VA), offers motion control solutions. Capabilities range from 0.5" in diameter to 36" in diameter for permanent magnet brushless synchronous motors/generators, with the associated drive electronics, from a few Watts to 25 kilowatts, often with a DSP/ARM core and data interface such as analog, CAN OPEN, Zigbee, RS485, I2C, or other industrial communication interfaces. Systems include precision servomotors with feedback devices, brakes, gearboxes, and integrated intelligent controllers. Other products include forward curve/backward curve/centrifugal blowers, high-efficiency systems (motors and generators), high-performance magnetic couplings, compact liquid pumps, direct drive solutions with integrated drives, and complete OEM products per customer specifications.

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Stepping Motor

Sanyo Denki America (Torrance, CA) offers the F2 two-phase bipolar stepping motor with a frame of 0.55" and holding torque at 0.92 oz-in minimum. It features a step angle of 1.8 degree/ step, and rated current of 0.3A/phase. Single- and double-shaft models are available. Applications include electric grippers, electric cylinders, robots, and other space-limited uses.

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Motor Control IC

Melexis (Nashua, NH) has announced the MLX81205/ 07/10/15 family of integrated circuits (ICs) for sensor-less and sensor-based BLDC motor control for automotive applications. The ICs combine a voltage regulator, LIN-Transceiver, MCU, EEPROM, Flash, RAM, Power FET Pre-Driver, and several dedicated circuit blocks. Each circuit is available in different memory configurations and in different package options. The ICs are 45V load-dump-protected and are single-dieper- package solutions (System-On-Chip).

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Creating a Fully Automated Pharmacy Warehouse

Previously, the walk from the sales counter of the pharmacy to the medication drawer wasted valuable time. Today, the fully automated picking system for European pharmacies by KLS requires only eight seconds. Image-based Cognex DataMan® 500 barcode readers can now guarantee rapid resupplying from the warehouse.

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