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Positioning Controllers

maxon motor (Fall River, MA) offers the EPOS4 controller module with detachable pin headers and two different power ratings. With a connector board, the modules can be combined into a ready-to-install solution. The position controllers are suitable for control of brushed DC motors and brushless BLDC motors (EC motors) with Hall sensors and encoders up to 750W continuous power and 1500W peak power. The CANopen positioning motor controllers are available with Ethernet-based interfaces such as EtherCAT, or absolute rotary encoders. Features include Field Oriented Control (FOC) with multiple analog and digital I/O, along with various command options. Start-up and parameterization are performed with the EPOS Studio intuitive graphical user interface and user-friendly, menu-controlled wizards.

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Fan Controller

Orion Fans (Dallas, TX) offers the OA11/22 fan speed control unit that provides precise airflow control. The field-adjustable, dual-channel phase control unit allows the user to control fan speed for single or multiple fan assemblies. The control units are designed for use with any AC fan or fan tray. The 120/220 VAC speed control unit allows users to specify and control fan noise, speed, and air delivery according to specific application requirements. Four user-adjustable speeds (off, low, medium, and high) allow for maximum control and flexibility with minimum setup time. The unit is designed with fan trays and equipment racks in mind, where noise versus airflow needs to be controlled according to immediate needs.

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Position Sensors

TE Connectivity (Pennsauken, NJ) announced the HLIR 750 intrinsically safe, 4-20 mA LVDT position sensors that are CSA listed for use in hazardous locations and where an intrinsically safe sensor is required. With stainless steel construction and a hermetically sealed sensor body, these LVDT position sensors provide contactless position measurement for critical applications in gas turbines for fuel valve position feedback, vane pitch servo controls, governor controls, and generator shell expansion measurement.

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Feedback Cylinder

The Series 6PF positioning feedback cylinder from Camozzi Pneumatics (McKinney, TX) is equipped with a potentiometric transducer of a linear position integrated inside the rod. This type of cylinder, when used with the LRXA4 proportional servo valve, makes it possible along the entire stroke to constantly control the position of the rod. The pistons are equipped with specific seals for increased accuracy, and a permanent magnet in order to use external end-stroke sensors. The cylinder is suited for use in tensioning cylinders, positioning cylinders, and filling/cutting/measuring systems. Features include bores from 50 to 125 mm, standard strokes from 50 to 500 mm (50-mm intervals), ISO 15552 compliance, protection class IP67, and assembly with standard ISO accessories.

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Brake

SEPAC (Elmira, NY) announced the Thin Spring Engaged Brake, a thin-body, spring-engaged, power-off brake. The brake offers reversible mounting with the shaft extending past the brake or within the brake body. The friction disc/rotor and hub are manufactured from lightweight metal, allowing for lower inertia. A splined hub for shaft connections typically provides less than 1.5° backlash. The brake is suited for servo motors/systems, medical apparatus, robotics and imaging equipment, material handling, semiconductors (wafer handling equipment), energy-related (wind, petroleum, etc.) actuators, and security-related actuators for doors, gates, and curtains.

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Variable-Speed Systems

Nidec Motor Corp. (St. Louis, MO) launched NMC’s ACCU-Series™ family of variable-speed products. Users can match a U.S. MOTORS® brand inverter duty motor with an NMC drive or panel, or purchase integrated motors and controls. The products are designed to be used together as a system. The family includes variable frequency drive pump panels for agricultural irrigation, 3-10HP electronically commutated (EC) motors with an IE4 rating integrated with tuned VFDs, individual AD700 and AD1000 drives, and the Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled (TEFC) motor.

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Motion Controller

The Lexium Motion Module (LMM) from Schneider Electric Motion USA (Marlborough, CT) is a compact, programmable motion controller for motion applications measured in millimeters. The controller is programmed via MCode, and can validate motion with a turning motor shaft. MCode programs are transferrable to LMM and longer-lead PCBs. One- or four-axis development boards include isolated I/O, locking pluggable connectors, and serial RS-422/485 programmable motion or CANopen. Motors, accessories, and starter kits are available.

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Pneumatic Grippers

Fabco-Air (Gainesville, FL) announced the FKHS Series 3 Jaw Parallel Motion Pneumatic Gripper line for handling small parts in tight spaces. The design is available in six different bore sizes: 25, 32, 40, 50, 63, and 80 mm. A magnetic piston is a standard feature on all grippers. Other features include polarity protection and LED indication. Mounting is via direct body (top and bottom) mounting holes.

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Positioning Tables and Stages

Positioning tables and nano-precision stages from Primatics (Vaughan, ON, Canada) are used in applications where high accuracy and repeatability and/or smoothness are critical. The PCL50 and PCL65 linear stages offer micron-level repeatability and integrate a precision ball-screw drive with recirculating ball linear bearings. PCR32/43 Series positioning stages are designed for applications such as high-precision alignment, attachment, and inspection. They utilize anti-cage creep precision cross roller bearings and a center-driven brushless linear motor. PLG stages are flexible, all-purpose compact linear positioning stages featuring strokes to 800 mm for payloads up to 100 Kg. Available with aluminum or cast iron base, the stages also offer a Class 10 cleanroom option. PO Series stages are two-axis, large-travel center-aperture positioning stages featuring single or dual linear motors per axis and high-resolution linear encoders. PXL stages are low-profile, small-footprint linear motor stages with cross roller bearings offering < 2 nm incremental motion. Models are directly stackable in XY configurations.

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Stages

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the PRO series industrial linear motor and ball-screw positioning stages, including two new sizes of the PRO-LM (linear motor) series stage line: the PRO115LM and PRO190LM. New features include a linear encoder option on PRO-SLE ball-screw stages, absolute encoder options on both the linear motor and ball-screw stages, and direct mounting to English and metric optical tables. All stages employ a recirculating linear guide bearing system and a low-friction sealing solution. The design provides protection from debris while side seals prevent dirt and particulates from entering the stage.

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