cMT-3072 and cMT-3103: Smart human machine interface (HMI)

Weintek now offers two new cMT series HMIs — the Weintek cMT-3072 and cMT3103. The cMT series models bring unprecedented visual experience with easy-to-edit project screens and built in window transition effects — plus support powerful connectivity, including MQTT and OPC UA, direct connection with data base, and more than 300 communication protocols. With the

Gearbox with near-full contact of meshing gears increases riveting rate for robotic fuselage assembly

The newest high-torque gearbox offering from WITTENSTEIN offers extreme torsional rigidity and the world’s first zero-backlash operation for applications that need superior precision in output motion. In contrast with other gear offerings that transmit power over lines of contact on gear teeth, meshing gears in the Galaxie make almost full-surface contact. This allows for tooth […]

MW Industries Aerospace Solutions: Metal components for aerospace

MW Industries, a leading provider of highly-engineered springs, couplings, specialty fasteners, machined parts and other precision metal components, has announced the launch of MW Aerospace Solutions to help address the specific needs of Tier 1 and OEMs in the aerospace and defense industry. MW Aerospace Solutions designs and manufactures springs, fasteners, and related products for

Video review: Computer monitor for design engineers and CAD/CAM work — BenQ PD2710QC

In a recent video I did with my esteemed colleague Paul Heney of Design World, I got the chance try out a BenQ PD2710QC computer monitor designed specifically for designers working in CAD, illustration, and animation. Most useful to design engineers is a CAD/CAM mode that renders better contrast on lines and shapes on technical

Video: ElectroCraft LRPX 22 and 32 gearmotors have operating ranges optimized to the subcomponents

In a recent video on new ElectroCraft motors, my colleague Paul Heney and I got to review integrated offerings that let designers get higher torque even while maintaining efficiency. The LRPX units are sold as gear motors — not as motor with added gearboxes. This means motor performance is optimized for gear input limitations. An eight-pole […]

New TKU 2040 indexing chain conveyor from mk North America

mk North America, a leading manufacturer of conveyor systems and other material handling setups, is announcing the introduction of a new addition to its product line, the TKU 2040 indexing chain conveyor. Intended to expand on mk’s KTF-P 2010 chain conveyor, the TKU 2040 is specially designed for indexing applications and boasts twin roller chains […]

Absolute type AZ Series stepper motor driver with EtherCAT from Oriental Motor

Oriental Motor now sells a DC-input AZ Series Multi-Axis Drivers with built-in EtherCAT communications. These are based on closed-loop absolute-type AZ Series driver. The AZ Series Multi-Axis Drivers with EtherCAT is a space saving, DC input, multi-axes controller and driver designed for applications demanding 2 or more axis of control and integrating EtherCAT communications from […]

Oriental Motor MDP Series axial fans now with IP68 protection

Oriental Motor now sells IP-reclassified fans — MDP Series axial fans from IP55 to IP68 degree of protection. The MDP Series axial fans are now suitable in locations prone to water splashing under IP68 classification. The MDP Series also includes a stop sensor that outputs a signal when the fan stops. IP68 protection prevents ingress

AMK SPINDASYN SEZ linear drive motor — rotor is integrated with screw

The new SPINDASYN SEZ electric cylinder from AMK Automation is a ready-to-install linear drive motor system in which the rotor is pressed directly onto the screw. Featuring high and constant force, high precision and position accuracy and high energy efficiency, the closed-loop positioning and force control of the SEZ make it an suitable alternative to […]

Weintek smart communication gateway cMT-G01 eliminates need for separate HMI

In a recent video with Design World executive editor Lee Teschler, we got the chance to review a Weintek cMT-G01 smart communication gateway. The new gateway is smart because it performs jobs that would normally require a separate HMI.  This gateway supports more than 300 protocols and controller brands.  That’s in contrast with other

New video: What is a PLC?

Programmable logic controllers — or PLCs — are microprocessor-based electronic components that serve as the programmable smarts for simple or isolated applications. Now they’re also finding increased use on integrated machines and more involved automation setups … PLCs came to being in the 1960s to replace relay-based controls — whole cabinets of relays and impressive […]

PID design using frequency-domain methods

With motion control applications, a PID or proportional + integral + derivative controller is often implemented using tuning or by a trial-and-error process on the shop floor. But modeling of the motion control system allows analytical derivation of the PID controller terms. By Tom Radigan | Advanced Motion Concepts Inc. Modeling a motion control system […]

New video: Parker mSR actuators and stages for sub-micron precision

In a recent video shoot with our esteemed colleague Paul Heney, I got the chance to experiment with miniature square-rail linear positioners from the mSR actuator series. Designed and manufactured by the Electromechanical & Drives Division of Parker Hannifin, this series of guided linear-motor driven positioners is engineered to deliver modularity and performance in a compact […]

Networking and IoT to support automated warehouse for e-commerce

The Internet has changed human life around the world, and one major way has been in the form of e-commerce. Annual U.S. retail e-commerce sales now exceed $320 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. It’s even sustained 15% year-over-year growth, and retail e-commerce sales now account for more than 10% of total sales. […]

POSITAL in launch of BiSS Association: New organization promotes open-source interface technology

POSITAL FRABA his participating as a founding member of the BiSS Association — a new organization dedicated to encouraging the use of the BiSS family of open-source industrial communications protocols. BiSS communications protocols were developed by the German company iC-Haus GmbH as an efficient and feature-rich digital interface for communications between industrial sensors, actuators and […]

IDEC now sells new stepper motion control products

IDEC Corp. introduces a line of motion control stepper products in conjunction with Advanced Micro Controls Inc. (AMCI), an established developer of motion control systems. This AMCI by IDEC product line includes controllers, stepper motors, an integrated controller/drive, an integrated drive/stepper motor, and an integrated controller/drive/stepper motor. When combined with an IDEC FC6A PLC and […]

Bodine’s new planetary PMDC gearmotors double torque

Bodine Electric Co. now sells 24A4-60P planetary PMDC gearmotors. These integral gearmotors combine Bodine’s high-performance type 24A PMDC motor with the all-new 60P (60 mm) planetary gearhead. It is suitable for applications that need higher torque than conventional helical or spur gearheads of a similar size can provide … and where very low backlash gearhead […]

Application example: HMI on medical-device manufacturing equipment

Most hospitalized patients receive an IV soon after admission … and sometimes insertion of the needle is painful. But once placed, discomfort subsides — as the plastic tubing that connects the IV bag to the arm is shaped to smoothly glide into veins and remain comfortable during use. Equipment made by Silverstone Automation — the manufacturer’s […]

9 considerations when picking servocouplings for servo applications — and 4 references from

Couplings for servo applications usually connect precision drives to sensitive loads, so they cannot induce any error. That’s why servocouplings should be zero backlash — to prevent issues with timing and predictability (not to mention failures due to hammering on reversing axes). Couplings for servo applications must also have high torsional stiffness while imparting slight […]

Filament extrusion machine builder gets industrial-grade performance with custom gearing and a PWM drive

Filabot, a manufacturer of plastic-extrusion machines for the 3D printing market, has just released its new and improved EX6 filament extrusion machine. The Filabot EX6 improves overall extrusion process control and consistency compared to previous models, by adding features which are standard on industrial-scale extruders. The EX6 has a higher output compared to other systems […]

Controller-drivers steer stepper-motor-driven sample-transfer machine

Gatan Inc. makes specimen-preparation equipment and recently built an alpha prototype of a new machine. The iPrep prototype mounts to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and shuttles samples back and forth between a processing chamber and SEM receiving dock. Within the processing chamber, two broad-beam ion guns polish samples. The iPrep’s automated transfer mechanism allows […]

Example of tight torque-limiter integration for overload protection

Ideally engineers would anticipate the need for overload protection in a drivetrain and include it in the original design. But overload problems often only appear after equipment is in use. Such designs require torque-limiter retrofits, even if existing assembly geometry is tight. Making the issue more challenging is that end users often want a solution […]

How to design quiet gearmotors: Gear engagement, housing geometry, and more

What applications need quiet gearmotors? The answer might surprise you — because the human ear can detect noise at 10 dB lower than ambient levels, and many gearmotors operate in close proximity to people. In this technical article, we outline recent staff engineers’ research and development into the problem (and potential solutions for) gearmotor noise. […]

Emerson Automation in Las Vegas — New technologies for packaging industry

Pack Expo in Las Vegas this year was a huge success with more than 29,500 attendees and dozens of new design solutions of display. One supplier at the show making quite a number of important announcements was Emerson Automation. Emerson’s technologies help packaging lines gain flexibility by accommodating numerous package sizes and complexities; reduce losses

Pack Expo 2017 show daily: What we’re seeing in Vegas

Day One at this year’s Pack Expo has us running hard to get the big picture of the major trends in the industry — as well a thorough survey of new technologies making a splash or even overlooked here. Below is a summary of what’s hot. By the way, we just got news of another […]