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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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Unique Method for Orifice Production

To produce accurate, repeatable orifices, all the variables that might influence the Cd Value (Coefficient of Discharge) must be controlled during production. This includes the orifice hole length, edges, surface finishes, roundness and the elimination of all tool marks, burrs, ragged edges and irregularities. If any one of these areas is not perfectly managed, the orifice flow rates will vary from piece to piece thereby making it impossible to predict flow with any accuracy.

Posted in: Mechanics, Mechanical Components, 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.

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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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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.

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Linear Guides For The Next Generation Of Medical Machines

At IKO, we offer an extensive line of miniature linear motion products that can meet the requirements of size-constrained medical applications. Among them are the world’s smallest recirculating ball linear guide, which has a track rail width of just 1-mm and a cross sectional height of 2.5-mm. We also offer a tiny ball-spline guide which has a shaft diameter of 2-mm and a cylinder diameter of 6-mm.

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Solving Engineering’s Calculation Compromise

Performing calculations is a core design function. Yet, engineers have been forced to compromise in their choice of software calculations tools for years. However a new type of software specifically built for engineering formulas has arrived. And there are serious implications for the team and individuals.

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