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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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Cargo Management System Jeremy Connell
Blacksburg, VA

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

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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...

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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: Robotics, Automation & Control

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: Robotics, Automation & Control

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...

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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BI Technologies’ (Fullerton, CA) 400 Series linear actuated sensor is offered with and without end bearings to suit the different grades of various applications. Redundant output is available, and stroke size ranges...

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Accelerometer

Dytran Instruments’ 3234A series IEPE accelerometer is available in three versions with varying sensitivities and range. Model 3234A1 is rated 10mV/g, Model 3234A2 is 100mV/g, and Model 3234A3 is 500mV/g.

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The J6 line of industrial joysticks from Elobou Sensor Technology (Lake Bluff, Ill.) is designed for heavy-duty use on vehicles and equipment including machinery, cranes, forklifts, and material handling devices. They...

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New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) has added a smaller, lower-power module to its SQL-M line of SQUIGGLE(R) micro-actuators. The SQL-M-1.8 micro-actuator module measures 13.5 × 4.3 × 4.2 mm – 35 percent smaller than the...

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Igus Inc. (East Providence, RI) is offering a highly-resistant bearing with a wall thickness of just 3 mm. Part of the company’s line of igubal(R) spherical bearings, the bearing requires minimal installation space, is self...

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The R8C/25-based motor control reference platform from Renesas Technology (San Jose, CA) accelerates the design of brushless DC motor applications. The platform allows engineers to quickly bring the latest...

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Brushless DC Pump

Thomas Products Div. (Sheboygan, WI) has introduced a brushless DC WOB-L(R) air compressor and vacuum pump for medical and other applications requiring a small-size and lightweight pump with variable output. The 250 Series pump measures 4.25 x 4.54 x 3.02 in. and weighs only 1.9 lbs.

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Metallized Carbon Corp. (Ossining, NY) has unveiled the Metcar Grade 2500 and Metcar Grade 9800 from its Resistox (TM) family of high temperature mechanical grades. Treated with a specially formulated oxidation...

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