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Robotics, Automation & Control

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Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Torque Sensor

A rotating torque sensor from Sensor Development (Lake Orion, MI) feature a bearing system that allows the structure to be exposed to very high radial loads without damage. Most standard torque sensors require their housings to...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Miniature Cable

Leoni (Kitchener, Germany) is extending its portfolio of special cable products to include cables with cores having outer diameters as small as 0.02 mm. These wafer-thin miniature cables are used for medical, measurement and...

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Brushless DC Motor

The TG 2320 brushless motor from ThinGap LLC (Ventura, CA) delivers 425 oz-in. peak torque and 1,025 watts continuous power, yet weighs only 16.5 oz. Applications include cylinder bore gauges, high-efficiency compressors,...

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Linear Stepper Motor

A high-performance, two-phase, linear stepper motor from H2W Technologies (Valencia, CA) provides 1 micron [0.00004 in.] resolution and travels at 80 in/sec. [2 m/sec.]. It can operate in any axis, and features 1 G...

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Ceramic Piezo Motor

A line of compact ceramic piezo motors & nanopositioning actuators from Physik Instrumente (Auburn, MA) replace traditional actuators & motion control components in precision motion control applications. High-speed...

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Radio Touch Probe

The RMP600 touch probe from Renishaw (Hoffman Estates, IL) combines high-accuracy strain-gage sensing and frequency-hopping spread-spectrum (FHSS) radio transmission. The probe allows high part checking precision on...

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Turbo Pumps

The HiPace(TM) turbo pumps from Pfeiffer Vacuum (Nashua, NH) are available in pumping speeds from 10 – 700 liters/sec. They incorporate a new rotor design that reduces run-up time and provides high gas throughput and...

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Linear Drive

An inexpensive optional hardware attachment for linear drives from Amacoil (Astron, PA) allows mechanically controlled ramp down of linear speed. The slowdown option requires no electronics or programming and may also be...

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Stepper Motor Drive

The StepNet AC drive from Copley Controls (Canton, MA) runs directly on 115/240 Vac at 7 A, eliminating the need for a separate DC supply. It offers servo mode operation and has built-in modes for indexing, trajectory...

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Anti-Backlash Assembly

The ZBX Series anti-backlash assembly from Kerk Motion Products (Hollis, NH) offers a linear actuator for design operations requiring precise positional accuracy and repeatability, at minimal cost. The inherent damping...

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Incremental Rotary Encoder

The CH25 incremental rotary encoder from Celesco Transducer Products has a powder- coated enclosure rated for use in IP67 environments. It has a 2 ½-inch square flange and a 3/8-inch diameter shaft.

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Push/Pull Switches

The PP1 and PP2 series push-pull switches from Lamb Industries, Inc. (Portland, OR) have push-and-pull capable actuators and can be specified for the unique ON2-ON1-(ON2) function. This function is a standard crossover...

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Variable Frequency Drive

The VLT(R) series variable frequency drive from Danfoss Drives (Loves Park, IL) comes in ratings up to 1350 HP at voltages of 460 and 690 VAC. F1 frame models deliver up to 1050 HP in an 86.8 in. × 55.1 in. ×...

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Positioning Controller

EPOS, the second generation intelligent positioning controller from Maxon Precision Motors (Fall River, MA), is suited for applications requiring decentralized drive intelligence. Based on the CANopen standard, the...

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Encoder Interface

Swiftcomm is a wireless interface for encoders from BEI Industrial Encoders (Goleta, CA). Unlike other wireless technology such as Wi-Fi, SwiftComm’s fast boot-up and transmission time allow it to seamlessly interface...

Cargo Management System Jeremy Connell
Blacksburg, VA

Standard truck beds lack the ability to secure loose items easily. The Cargo Management System...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Motors and Actuators Meets Automation Needs

Linear motors and actuators are now cost-competitive with ball screws and belt drives and offer distinctly superior agility and bandwidth for advanced positioning applications. New...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Control Components Lend Hand to Biomedical Applications

The worlds of biomedical and motion control are joining at the hip, with motors, controllers, actuators, and other motion control components becoming key elements in advanced...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Universal Joint Carries Power in Surgical Device

Belden Inc., a manufacturer of universal joints, has developed a miniaturized universal joint for a surgical tool developed by Tuebingen Scientific Medical GmbH for minimally invasive surgical...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Linear Rails Bear Weight of New X-Ray Table Apps

Arcoma, one of the world’s leading providers of automatic x-ray equipment, faced the challenge of redesigning one its flagship products, the Arcoma mobile imaging table, because new...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Encoder Helps Track Molecular Level Movement

What good is a $100,000 ultra-precision inverted microscope if it can’t hold focus? That’s the problem facing researchers involved in an increasing number of genetic experiments.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless Motor Design Kit

Luminary Micro (Austin, TX) has introduced the Stellaris brushless DC motor control reference design kit, enabling designers without prior motor control experience to implement an advanced motor control system. The kit comprises a four-quadrant controller for three-phase brushless DC motors rated up to 36V, 500W, and...

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Bevel Gear Drives

The TDB254WR wide-wheel bevel gear drive from ABM Drives (Germany) incorporates special gearing to produce the industry’s tightest swing radius – just 7in. – for wide wheel capability with zero-offset drive. Designed...

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Load Cells

A family of industrial load cells from Stellar Technology (Amherst, NY) includes 20 models covering ranges from 5 lb to 1,000,000 lb. These cells are available in pancake, rod end, miniature, through-hole, load pin, beam, and...

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Linear Actuators and Amplifiers

Four new series of piezoelectric stacked actuators from Physik Instrumente L.P. (Auburn, MA) are equipped with the advanced PIC 255 PICA(TM) Power piezoceramic stacks. Designated the P-212, P-216, P-225, and...

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Absolute Encoder

The Acuro(TM) AD34 and AD35 absolute encoders from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) utilizes the company’s proven OptoASIC engine for reliable absolute positioning and speed feedback up to 10,000 RPM. This high-speed capability,...

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PTFE Bearing Liner

A maintenance-free PTFE bearing liner from Aurora Bearing (Montgomery, IL) provides an alternative to fractured race and light series spherical bearings in hydraulic cylinders in both Metric and inch versions. They are...

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Single-Axis Motion Control

Maxon’s (Fall River, MA) Freedom Series motion control development tool is a motion control package offered with a choice of four brushless motor options sized from 16 to 40 mm in diameter and up to 1/16 hp. It...

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Linear Translation Stages

Linear translation stages from Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ) are available with travel track distances as long as 24 in. The stages use rack-and-pinion positioning with accuracy of 0.01 in., and are designed to...

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