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Browse innovative developments in motion control technologies. Find essential news, technical briefs and applications used in PID controllers, servo motors, direct drive solutions, autonomous positioning, and motion-related components.

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Toxic paint is used on the bottoms of large ships to prevent fouling, which is when a biofilm layer develops, decreasing the ship’s efficiency moving through the water. To further complicate the matter,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Microstar Laboratories (Bellevue, WA) has announced the release of the Rotating Machinery Analysis module with software tools to facilitate mixed time measurements and rotation measurements of rotating machinery....

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Hayward Flow Control (Clemmons, NC) has released the T-Series Webster thermoplastic pumps. The vertical, seal-less, immersible pumps feature a single, non-coupled motor/impeller shaft with a proprietary shaft seal. The...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

PI, L.P. (Auburn, MA) has introduced the M-687 motorized microscope XY stage for inverted microscopes that features fully integrated, miniaturized ceramic linear drives. The stage is delivered as a complete system...

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Dytran Instruments (Chatsworth, CA) has introduced the Model 3225M39 ultraminiature teardrop IEPE accelerometer with a sensitivity of 10 mV/g, designed to adhesively mount in spaces typically inaccessible to other types of...

Products: Motion Control

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the CCS series rotary stages with integrated captured collet chucks that provide automated material handling for a wide range of materials and applications. Collet chucks used with the stages...

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The GP16 precision spindle drive from maxon motor (Fall River, MA) incorporates a spindle combined with a DC motor to transform rotary motion into axial motion. Gearheads, motors, encoders, and controllers are used to drive the...

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Bosch Sensortec (Reutlingen, Germany) has integrated two triaxial MEMS sensors in a single package. The BMI055, a combination of an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope, is an inertial measurement unit for...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The S605 linear shaft motor from Nippon Pulse America (Radford, VA) offers up to 3100N of acceleration force and a continuous force of 780N. The motor is designed for industrial applications requiring high force, high...

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Pangolin Laser Systems (Orlando, FL) has introduced the VRAD-1510 low-power rotary actuator based on a dual-coil, segmented stator design. It can be used in electromechanical applications such as automotive, industrial...

Products: Motion Control

The DMC-30017 Pocket Motion Controller Series from Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) combines a single- axis motion controller with a 6A microstepping drive, which operates a two-phase bipolar stepper motor. The drive...

Products: Motion Control

Piezosystem jena (Hopedale, MA) has introduced the PX 100 CAP piezoelectric nanopositioning stage that features a travel range up to 100 μm of motion in closed-loop mode. A highresolution capacitive feedback sensor...

Products: Motion Control

The Vision IsoStation vibration isolation workstation from Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) provides scientific- grade optical breadboard platforms in sizes from 24 × 24" to 36 × 72". The breadboards feature...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Dunkermotor (Elgin, IL) offers iBLDC™ brushless DC motors with integral four-quadrant speed controls in a 45-mm frame size. The motors feature digital control and power electronics, and operate with a 12V or 24V power...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The iC-LO from iC-Haus GmbH (Bodenheim, Germany) is a triangulation position sensor designed as a system-on-chip for the assembly of diffuse reflective photoelectric sensors with switching outputs. Integrated functions...

Products: Motion Control

The 1410 Series DC miniature diaphragm pump from Thomas Division (Sheboygan, WI) measures 3.3 × 1.2 × 2.1" and is designed so that a full range of motor options, and several design configurations, can be used, depending on...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Koford Engineering LLC (Winchester, OH) has introduced a short-length 28 mm (1.102") diameter slotless 2-pole motor with an axial length of 23.9 mm (.941"). The motor is designed for applications with limited available axial...

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API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL), has announced a high-g digital accelerometer from its Sensors line of inertial measurement products. Measuring up to 500 g, this accelerometer is used for shock detection....

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Ondrives.US Corp. (Freeport, NY) has announced a right-angle NEMA gearbox designed to IP65 specifications for use in washdown applications in filling, capping, packaging, and similar machinery. Rated backlash is 30 arc-minutes, with...

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Vacon Plc (Mequon, WI) offers the VACON® 100, VACON® 100 X, and VACON® 20 X AC drives. The VACON 100 is a multi-purpose drive that can be adapted for hundreds of different applications. It features fully graphical multilingual...

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Bishop-Wisecarver Corp. (Pittsburg, CA) has announced The Radial Wheel, a single-row, deep-groove ball bearing designed for applications with specified radial loading conditions. The wheel enables reliable motion in environments...

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Crystal Instruments Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced the Spider-81, a modular, distributed, scalable vibration control system with centralized DSP architecture and operation via PC, WiFi-enabled PDA, or iPad....

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ABB Robotics (Auburn Hills, MI) has introduced the IRB 120T, a multipurpose 6-axis robot. It is suited for assembly and pick-andplace applications requiring reorientation of the product, commonly found in the food and...

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The Gold Drum HV 100/800 from Elmo Motion Control (Nashua, NH) is a compact servo drive that delivers up to 100 A and operates up to 800 VDC. The 60-KW, high-performance, wide-bandwidth servo drive is EtherCAT and CANOpen...

Articles: Motion Control

Productivity and accuracy are important attributes in the competition for machine tools. Five-axis machining provides considerable potential for increasing productivity. In...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

At its location in Recklinghausen, Germany, EDAG-Prüftechnik has offered comprehensive services in the conception, development, construction, and assembly of test benches for over...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

AMK Drives and Controls (Richmond, VA) offers the AMKASMART iC servo drives for single-axis machines and modular machine configurations. The compact drives for closed-loop control of servomotors up to 10 kW peak power can be...

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The iC-MH8 from iC-Haus GmbH (Bodenheim, Germany) is a variable system-on-chip magnetic encoder for motor control applications. Combined with a diametrically magnetized permanent magnet, this device can be used to create a...

Products: Motion Control

Silicon Designs (Issaquah, WA) has introduced the Model 2210-005, a ±5g, low-noise, single-axis accelerometer module that incorporates MEMS capacitive sensing elements. The sensing elements are packaged within a lightweight...

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