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Direct Drive Linear Motors – Overview and Selection Process


While linear motors are not a new technology, advances in the recent past have made this drive type ideal for high precision motion control solutions. Growing popularity and usage in applications requiring precision motion control have reduced the cost of technology and made linear motors an economical option for many applications.

As the technology has developed, the number of options and configurations have increased, with each type of linear motor featuring a different set of performance characteristics. While this has increased the requirements that linear motors can meet, it is more challenging to specify the most suitable product.

To simplify this, we explain the mechanics of a direct drive linear motor and contrast it with a traditional indirect drive system. With this foundation, we look at different types of linear motors to identify suitable applications. Finally, we cover the unique benefits provided by Zaber's direct drive linear motor devices.

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