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Lubricant Selection: What Every Design Engineer Needs to Know

Simply stated, lubrication refers to the age-old science of friction reduction. People have been using lubricants for thousands of years, experimenting with waxes and oils from vegetables, fish, and animals to move heavy materials with equipment designed to gain mechanical advantage. In more recent years, the discovery of petroleum oil in the 1800s ushered in a new era of lubrication developments as people learned how to refine this oil and use it for a variety of purposes. Machinery could now be developed to operate faster and under heavier loads by using lubricants to create a barrier that eliminates friction and metalon- metal contact.

Posted in: Materials, Mechanical Components, Machinery & Automation, White Papers

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Telematics: An Industry Game-Changer

Telematics is the transmission of machine data to a remote consumer. If that remote consumer is an electronic device rather than a human, the process is called machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The emerging M2M revolution is based on innovations in hardware and software that are converging to form a whole new way of transacting business.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, Software, Communications, Machinery & Automation, White Papers

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Working With Mechanical Motion Subsystems

Embedded motion subsystems are engineered to fit within a predefined physical space on a machine and tie into the machine's motion control system, ready to accept commands from a top-level computer interface, control card or PLC. This plug-and-play approach to motion can increase the performance while reducing development time and cost. Read more about these embedded mechanical systems in our latest technical paper.

Posted in: Machinery & Automation, White Papers

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IEC 61131-3 Now in Motion

The IEC 61131-3 standard defines 5 programming languages for PLCs and distributed control systems. More recently, dedicated motion companies such as Trio Motion Technology are incorporating the standard into their motion control hardware. By adding specific functions such as camming, electronic gearing, and interpolated motion the controllers have a widely supported usability on the factory floor. Additionally, such controllers can be very compact in size and low cost making them a good choice for a vast array of machines.

Posted in: Machinery & Automation, White Papers

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Video: Sigma-5 with EtherCAT. Case Study of Sigma-5 with EtherCAT Plasma Cutting Application

Case study of project that included W.A. Whitney Co., Rockford, IL (OEM) and Waymatic, Inc., South Fulton, TN (End User)

Posted in: Machinery & Automation, White Papers

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