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Driving Simulator Helps Engineers Calculate Human Factor

Simulations are an important development tool in the automobile and utility vehicle. The properties of vehicle components, such as how they respond in an accident, their reliability, or their energy efficiency can be investigated using simulations before the first component is manufactured. Researchers developed an interactive driving simulator using RODOS (robot-based driving and operation simulator) with which realistic interaction between human and vehicle can be analyzed.

Posted in: Motion Control, Software, Simulation Software, Transportation, Automotive, Machinery & Automation, Robotics, News

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Moving Magnet Voice Coil Actuators Offer Controllable Movement for High-Duty-Cycle Applications

There are two types of voice coil actuators: moving coil and moving magnet. The materials of construction are similar, since they both use rare earth magnets, steel, copper wire, and basic insulation materials. There is a tendency to want to say one type is better suited for certain applications; however, there are many different sizes and shapes of voice coil actuators, making it difficult to make blanket statements about which type of actuator works better, and where.

Posted in: Features, Motion Control, Articles

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Integrated Motion Solution Keeps Laser Marking Machine Costs Down

As the demands of traceability and compliance are put on manufacturers, using a laser provides permanent marking of a variety of information, including 2D bar codes, serial numbers, company information, and logos.

Posted in: Applications, Motion Control, Application Briefs

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Maintenance Free Linear Guides

IKO’s C-Lube linear components have unique designs that balance long service life with compact size. These long-term maintenance free linear motion products come in different forms—including roller guides, ball guides and a ball-spline-based shaft guiding system. They range in size from small, 5-mm-wide track rails to 65-mm-wide guides that offer a basic static load rating of 172,000 lbs.

Posted in: Motion Control, White Papers

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Specifying Actuators for Heavy-Duty Packaging Applications

The task of selecting, sizing and applying linear actuators involves many variables, from stroke length and duty cycle to precision and accuracy requirements. Ultimately, matching the right actuator to the intended application requires a close look at all of the specifications involved and then working within the project’s performance, time and budget constraints. Certain manufacturing operations are more rigorous than others, with end-of-line packaging applications among the most demanding when it comes to linear actuation. Activities such as palletizing, case packing, cartoning and lane diverting require strong and reliable motion components. What does a design engineer or system integrator need to know when selecting actuators for these heavy-duty packaging operations? Here we take a detailed look at some of the most important aspects to consider.

Posted in: Motion Control, White Papers

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Automation Controllers that Reduce Deployment Risk in Machine Design and Improve Performance

Aerotech, a specialist in motion-centric machine control, has developed an integrated automation solution that blends concepts from Information Technology with the world of open automation. This is a comprehensive development environment that is designed to meet the demands of each specialist in machine control. Moreover, the approach has applied methods standardized in the IT world to enable development tools to share information in a single engineering environment.

Posted in: Motion Control, White Papers

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Bench Top Testing of Electromechanical Devices Using a 105-AVT Angular Vibration Table

This paper is directed to developers of small electromechanical devices and systems including sensors, transducers and precision hardware assemblies that need to be tested in vibrating environments. The Acutronic 105-AVT Angular Vibration Table produces high fidelity angular vibration over a wide frequency range and serves as a test platform for stimulation and performance verification during development and/or small lot production. The compact form factor of the Acutronic 105-AVT makes this angular vibration table especially suited for bench top testing of inertial components and integrated strap down systems based on MEMS technologies. Traditional inertial devices and non-inertial devices have been tested with great success.

Posted in: Motion Control, White Papers

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