Klüber Lubrication introduces customized lubricant for actuators

Klüber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, has introduced Klübersynth BR 46-32 F and Klübersynth BR 46-82, a series of specialty lubricants for the lifetime lubrication of actuators, which match the service life requirements of the automotive industry. Actuators are power transmission elements that convert electrical signals into mechanical movement. However, for dependable actuator […]

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MD&M West for Wednesday February 8th — What stands out on tradeshow floor

MD&M West is in full swing in Anaheim, and there were a lot of new products for use in medical devices (or medical-device manufacture) announced and shown today. This is some of what we saw at our second day at the show. Online configurability increasingly common from manufacturers I started the morning at an informative session […]

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MD&M West for Tuesday February 7th — Innovation for medical applications

At every MD&M event, manufacturers from around the globe announce new products for use in medical devices — or to take them from concept to market. This is what I saw at the first day of this year’s show. First stop: Model Solution at Booth 873 (downstairs at MD&M) The first meet of the day […]

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Fuji Electric expands drives portfolio with full-featured inverter

Fuji Electric Corp. of America now offers an expanded portfolio of Variable Frequency Drives with the addition of FRENIC-Ace, a full-featured, versatile Drive with advanced integration capabilities including applied power ratings, sensorless dynamic torque vector control, PM synchronous motor control, 2-channel on-board RS485 communication port and customer customizable logic. “Flexibility was the main objective with the […]

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Patented ServoTrack technology — driver-controller products for motion

Koco Motion US LLC | DINGS’ now offers its patented ServoTrackTM technology in a new line of products.  ServoTrack technology provides both dynamic closed loop control for your motion control system … … and torque or force control as an integral part of the technology. ServoTrack’s simplified SnapTrack programming software makes it easy to design motion profiles and do it smarter. […]

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Difference between drum motors and gear motors for food conveying

Traditional conveyor setups in food-processing and packaging industries use external gear motors as the belt-drive mechanism. But drum motors are increasingly common as an alternative conveyor drive. Here we review the strengths and weaknesses and potential improvements for both drive options. By Davide Barbanti, Associate Professor • Dr. Giampaolo Betta, Contract Professor in Food Science […]

Rockwell Automation recognized for women’s inclusion and advancement

Rockwell Automation has been announced as a 2017 Catalyst Award winner and will be recognized on March 8 in New York City for the company’s Culture of Inclusion journey. The Catalyst Award honors innovative organizational approaches that address the recruitment, development and advancement of women and have led to proven, measurable results. “We are thrilled to receive […]

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Two-axis rotary assembly provides fast micromachining capabilities

One new system from IntelLiDrives — a yaw-tilt rotary system with precision worm gearing — delivers positioning accuracy to 30 arc-sec; repeatability to 10 arc-sec; and speeds to 60 rpm. The design allows yaw rotation to 360° and tilt rotation of ±95° of loads to 10 kg. The integrated two-axis rotary assembly provides high-speed micromachining capabilities […]

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New eBook PDF from Rockwell outlines best practices for Industrial Security

Industrial organizations are operating in ways they scarcely could have imagined a few decades ago. They are converging historically separate information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) systems, and using mobile, analytics and cloud to increase connectivity and information sharing. This is significantly improving operations but also creating more potential entrance points for security threats.

Conveyors help medical-product manufacturer package (and temporarily store) product

Now, a production line centered around conveyors from QC Industries is helping one medical-device manufacturer boost production of sterile product. CooperSurgical is a maker of diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices to women’s healthcare providers. Recently the manufacturer turned to QC Industries to setup a new production line that maintains the cleanliness required for packaging medical products, […]

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Visit Interroll in Atlanta: Food-industry products showing at IPPE 2017

Interroll, supplier of material handling equipment and systems, will present its latest lineup of hygienic, energy-saving solutions for the food industry to meat and poultry processing professionals at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta this month. Interroll will showcase its products at Booth 6274, Hall B, at the Georgia World Congress Center, […]

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Panel-mount brush servo drives work for centralized motion controls

The AxCent (Axes for Centralized control schemes) product platform brings the proven and powerful performance expected of ADVANCED Motion Controls, with improvements to the design architecture that utilize years of experience in the industry and the latest advancements in modern servo system design. As technology continues its shift from analog to digital, there is still strong demand for […]

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ACS Motion Control joins PI: Acquisition to provide OEMs with complete customized motion systems solutions

Motion control and nanopositioning systems global leader PI (Physik Instrumente) is proud to announce the acquisition of 80% of the Israeli-based company, ACS Motion Control, a well-known developer and manufacturer of controllers and drives for multi-axis systems. With this investment, PI is better able to serve industrial customers with complete tailored systems that can be […]

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Precision motion and positioning systems to showcase at Photonics West 2017

Descend the escalator and enter the exhibit hall to the world’s largest multidisciplinary photonics event, taking just a few steps past the entrance, PI’s booth displays the latest state-of-the-art precision motion technologies. PI engineers are on-hand to answer questions and help you find the right solution for your precision motion project in industry, research, or […]

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High-precision vertical lift stage from OES — Stable and motorized option

The AT20-100 Motorized Vertical Lift Stage from Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) is a high-precision and high-load vertical lift stage. It easily integrates into applications. The stage has a 120 x 180 mm drilled and tapped platform with vertical travel of 100 mm and moves with 3.315 µm (non-microstep) resolution, 5 µm repeatability, and 15 µm positional accuracy. […]

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Now shorter leadtimes for Falk V-Class gear drives from Rexnord

Rexnord has established shorter standard leadtimes for products and accessories within the Falk V-Class Gear Drive portfolio, beginning at four weeks or less. Standard leadtimes for V-Class unit sizes 107-167 begin at four weeks, with additional sizes and accessories at six and eight weeks, with plans to broaden the offering in 2017. “We are proud to […]

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Encoder Products Co. now sells magnetic encoder with threaded housing

Encoder Products Co. now sells a new Model 30MT — a 30-mm diameter magnetic encoder module. By means of advanced sensing and signal processing technology, the Model 30MT provides accurate incremental feedback, even in harsh operating conditions. With its threaded housing, the Model 30MT is simple to install. See the unboxing video for an overview. Encoder excels in harsh environments […]

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Manufacturing in the U.S. expanding in Illinois: The case of GAM Enterprises

Last month, I had the pleasure of making a day trip to the Chicago area to see one example of reshoring firsthand. GAM Enterprises — manufacturer of precision gear reducers, servo couplings, linear-mounting kits, and other automation products — offers engineering expertise and flexible manufacturing to support engineers building motion designs. Now they’re using reshoring […]

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Economical, custom, modular motors and gearbox drives

ABM Drives are tailor-made specifically for the application whether it requires compact design, low-noise operation or maximum operating safety. A flexible modular design system allows cost-effective low volume production runs. Custom motors and drives are available for a wide range of application types: forklifts, electric vehicles, lifting technology, biomass heating systems, textile machines, wind power control, warehouse logistics, […]

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Wayne Products introduces intermittent-use oil skimmer

Wayne Products now sells a Mini-Skimmer R.S., a belt-type oil skimmer that collects over a quart of oil per hour despite its tiny housing that measures just 3 x 3 x 2.75 in. Designed as an easy-to-use solution for small machine shops, Mini-Skimmer R.S. skims unwanted tramp oils from coolants, but can rest easily with the flip […]

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Where linear motors improve designs: Application example in multi-axis stage

Machine-tool applications and the manufacture and assembly of semiconductor components account for more than half of all linear-motor use. That’s because linear motors are precise (albeit costly compared to other linear-motion options). Other applications for these relatively new motion components also include those that need fast and precise positioning or slow and extremely steady strokes. […]

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Robotics in motion: Quadrupled production capacity with collaborative robots

Robotic platforms abound in Cartesian setups, delta subtypes, and six-axis selective-compliance-articulated robot arms (SCARAs). They’re more common than ever for machining, packaging, palleting, machine tending, welding, and assembly. But no matter the application, the robot morphology must match the task at hand. Case study: Quadrupled production capacity with collaborative robots Contract manufacturer Dynamic Group had […]

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Ralph Rosa named President of Lenze Americas

Lenze SE, a global leader and manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drive, motion control and automation technologies, recently announced the appointment of Ralph Rosa as president of Lenze Americas. “More than ever, Lenze’s motion centric applications and solutions expertise can make a real difference for machine builders looking for higher productivity, better energy efficiency, lower […]

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FIPA gripper system for protective film removal delivers cost and labor-savings for sheet metal handling

FIPA Inc. a leading manufacturer of advanced vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters, and End-of-Arm-Tooling (EOAT), recently created a custom EOAT solution that facilitates the removal of protective film from sheet metal with a cost- and labor-saving automated process. Developed for Foilpuller GmbH, a stainless steel sheet metal processing company based in Bobingen, Germany, FIPA’s […]

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ELP electric linear module from SCHUNK for user-friendly operation

The SCHUNK ELP can be adjusted in two simple steps making it the most user friendly electric linear module on the market. The end positions can be mechanically adjusted with a screw and the speed of extension and retraction is adjusted using rotary switches on the side of the unit. More after the jump. Speed […]

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