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Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
Accelerometer

The KXTE9 accelerometer from Kionix (Ithaca, NY) has embedded algorithms for orientation and activity monitoring. The algorithms simplify the adoption of motion-based functionality in consumer electronics, while reducing operating power consumption.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Optical Encoder

The TONIC optical encoder from Renishaw (Hoffman Estates, IL) packs advanced optics and electronics into a compact read-head measuring 35 × 13.5 × 10 mm. Available in both linear and rotary versions, it supports applications from standard motion control to ultra-high precision stages.

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
24Vdc Gearmotor

The Model No. MMP-TM55-24V GP52-059 dc gearmotor from Midwest Motion Products (Watertown, MN) produces 60in.-lb. of torque at 78 rpm. Designed to operate on 24 Vdc, it measures 2.14in. diameter × 7.75in. long, and has a keyed output shaft 12mm diameter × 25mm long. Mounting is via four M5 threaded holes.

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
Ball Valve

A miniature ball valve from Beswich Engineering (Greenland, NH) comes in two configurations. The MBV-1010-303 is for applications requiring an on/off valve, while the MBVT-1010-303 is for applications requiring selecting one of two possible flow paths. The valves weigh 9 and 12 grams, respectively.

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
Hydraulic Power Pack

The KA power pack from HAWE Hydraulics (Charlotte, NC) can supply pressure up to 10,000 psi utilizing a radial piston pump, or up to 2,900 psi utilizing a gear pump.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Motors

The SM2315D-PLS2 and SM2315DT-PLS2 integrated servo motors from Animatics Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) have a built-in controller, encoder, and amplifier, and can be programmed to control several machines. They achieve resolution up to 4,000 counts/rev. to offer smoother velocity and tighter position control.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Clean Room Motor

The Clean Motors from HaydonKerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) are designed to limit contaminants and outgassing in vacuum environments. The motors operate in vacuum down to 10-9 Torr.

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
Micro Manipulator

The MT 105-50-LM micro manipulator stage from Steinmeyer (Burlington, MA) provides a positional accuracy of 1 micrometer, straightness/flatness runout of +/1 micrometer, and repeatability of +/0.2 micrometers. It measures 105 × 151 × 25 mm and weighs 1.0 kg. Features include preloaded cross roller bearings, fixed stops, and...

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
Position Sensor

The TRACKER TRK-1TO2 position sensor from New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) measures 8.5 × 11.5 × 1.61 mm and provides 2-micrometer resolution. It can be used as a linear encoder or off-axis rotary encoder and unlike optical encoders, does not require a light source and is suited for optical imaging.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Voice Coil Actuators

A family of linear voice coil actuators from BEI Kimco Magnetics (Vista, CA) include two spring designs based on magnetic rather than mechanical technology. This technology ensures constant and precise valve position in either the open or closed setting when electrical power is off.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Choke Coil

The CM01H900 common-mode choke coil from Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) measures 1.2(L) × 1.0(W) × 0.9(H) mm, reportedly the industry’s smallest. The coil’s common-mode impedance is 65 ohms at 100 MHz.

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
Integrated Motor/Drive

The MDrive14Plus Microstepping and MDrive14Plus Half/Full Step motor/drives from Intelligent Motion Systems (Marlborough, CT) use a NEMA size 14 brushless 1.8in. stepping motor and measure just 1.9 × 1.4 × 2.0 in. The microstepping version is capable of full microstepping, while the Half/Full Step version is for...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Rod Clamp

The AMLOK(R) Hydraulic Series RCH Rod Clamp from Advanced Machine & Engineering (Rockford, IL) is designed to clamp components after the motion has stopped and to hold the position securely as long as the forces do not exceed table values. The clamp’s mounting is designed to apply to heavy-duty NFPA style MF1 cylinders.

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
Smart Motor Controller

The AH5792 smart motor controller from Diodes Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) integrates a Hall sensor and amplifier, complete digital circuitry, and a full bridge output driver in an SOT553 package. These features eliminate the need for external components such as a timing capacitor, and suit the controller for low-voltage micro...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Nano Positioner

The Nano-SP30 positioning system from Mad City Labs (Madison, WI) is suited for nano-indentation and nano manipulation applications. It provides 25mm of travel with a step size of 95nm. A piezo-driven stage achieves positioning resolution of 0.1nm over 30 microns.

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Gripper

The LEG long-stroke electric gripper from SCHUNK Inc. (Morrisville, NC) weighs only 8.8 kg. When operated with a single servomotor, it delivers a gripping force of 1140 N and a variable stroke from zero to 568 mm. The gripper is available with pneumatic or electric drives, and servo-electric drives make it possible to measure and...

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
Oxygen Flow Meter

The Oxyview™ polycarbonate oxygen flow meter from Qosina provides in-line monitoring of oxygen levels from 1 to 6 liters/minute. The flow meter can connect close to the patient in any orientation, providing an advantage over gravity-fed components mounted at the oxygen source.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Coupling

R+W (Bensenville, Il) has developed a series of couplings for mounting to flange output servo gearheads, The BK8 coupling allows for an equally compact flexible interface between gearheads and driven components, protecting bearings and simplifying alignment.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Motor Control

The ADAM-5240 from the Industrial Automation Group of Advantech (Cincinnati, OH) is a 4-axis stepping/ pulse-type servo motor control module for use with the ADAM-5550 series PACs (Programmable Automation Controllers). The module simplifies stepping and pulse-type servo motor control.

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
Bearing Monitoring Module

The 750-645 2-channel vibration and roller bearing monitoring module from WAGO Corp. (Germantown, WI) tracks machine vibration conditions. Based on ISO’s 10816-3 mechanical vibration standard, it monitors and analyzes vibration severity and shock pulse feedback using WAGO’s 750-925 Tandem-Piezo(R) acceleration...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Card

The Prodigy family of motion cards from Performance Motion Devices Inc. (Lincoln, MA) now gives machine designers the capability to download and run motion programs. This capability off-loads the PC host and increases the flexibility to distribute motion programs throughout the machine. Programs can be downloaded to the Prodigy card...

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
AC Gearmotor

The VWDIR20 AC gearmotors from Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. (St. Charles, IL) are rated 1/4 hp (186 watts) at 115V, 60 Hz. The compact, integral gear reducers feature a phenolic high speed gear for low noise and steel gearing in subsequent stages, with ratios ranging from 14:1 to 286:1. Continuous torque ratings range from 100...

Motion Control Technology : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Drive System

The RPS4014 linear drive system from Nexen (Vadnais Heights, MN) adds two rollers for a total of 14, and a wider rack to double thrust capacity of 14000 Nm. It is available in a standard grade with positional accuracy of +/-50 micrometers and a machine oil finish; a premium grade achieves positional accuracy of +/-30...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Product of the Month: Infrared Camera

The ICI 7320 infrared camera from Infrared Cameras (Beaumont, TX) operates on 1 watt of power via USB connection. IR Flash software provides real time radiometric data stream directly to a hard drive or portable device. The camera can be mounted in many available ICI enclosures that meet NEMA 4 - NEMA 9...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Large Format MWIR Lens

StingRay Optics (Keene, NH) introduces a 50mm, f/2.3 Midwave Infrared (MWIR) large format lens assembly. The 50mm lens offers flexibility as either a stand alone solution for large format detectors or in conjunction with the enhanced resolution features. The MWIR large format lens assembly offers diffraction limited...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Light Measurement System

Labsphere (North Sutton, NH) offers the HalfMoon Total Forward Spectral Flux Measurement System designed for manufacturers of LEDs, light fixtures, and displays. Available in standard 12, 20, and 40 inch diameters, the HalfMoon system provides an alternative to integrating sphere photometer and goniophotometer methods of...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Optical Fibers and Cables

Fiberguide Industries (Stirling, NJ) offers single mode, multimode, graded index, tapered, and metal-coated optical fibers that are suitable for applications in the medical/biomedical and spectroscopy industries, as well as for use by industrial OEMs. The specialized optical cables utilize air gap technology to...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Laser Diode

TRUMPF (Farmington, CT) introduces the next generation of TruDisk lasers. With up to 16 kW of power, the high brightness, fiber delivered laser is ideal for demanding industrial applications. The TruDisk lasers maintain beam quality regardless of increases in power resulting in a scalable design. With the TruDisk’s integrated power...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Video Microscope Sampling System

The BAC151 from B&W Tek (Newark, DE) is a video microscope sampling system compatible with B&W Tek’s laboratory and industrial Raman probes. The system features a color video camera for convenient alignment and viewing of the measurement field. The BAC151 accepts standard microscope objectives and...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Optical Transmittance Spectrometer

For accurate, repeatable, real-time transmittance measurement of optical lenses and other optical components, Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) has introduced the Optical Transmittance Spectrometer (OTS). The compact system measures tint color, photopic transmittance, and UV cutoff of ophthalmic lenses, optical...

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