New brushless motor from Portescap delivers balance of speed, torque

Portescap has expanded their new Ultra EC range of brushless motors with the introduction of the 22ECP35 two pole brushless DC motor. As part of the Ultra EC platform of brushless slotless mini motion solutions, these motors offer 30% more continuous torque and 100% more power over similar comparative motors without compromising the smooth operation […]

How does cabling contribute to servomotor electrical noise problems?

The sources of electrical noise can be varied, but one of the most common sources is from the high-frequency signals generated by variable frequency drives (VFDs.) This noise, called electromagnetic interference (EMI), can be picked up through cabling. Cables themselves can be manufactured with special shielding to guard against EMI issues. The purpose of cable […]

Brother Gearmotors partners with Dart Controls to offer Brushless DC drives

Brother Gearmotors has partnered with Dart Controls, Inc. in an agreement that allows Brother Gearmotors to offer Dart’s premium selection of Brushless DC drives as add-ons to Brother’s extensive portfolio of gearmotors. A brushless DC drive is a type of adjustable-speed drive required by electrically commutated motors (ECMs), such as brushless DC, to control motor […]

New low-voltage drive for North American market from ABB

The ACS580 all-compatible general-purpose, low-voltage drive for the North American market is the newest entry in ABB’s low-voltage AC drive portfolio. The ACS580 drive provides user-friendly, energy-efficient motor and process control, keeping user systems running smoothly while saving time and money over the product lifecycle. It’s designed to control pumps, fans, conveyors, mixers and many […]

What’s the difference between an industrial PC for motion control and a regular PC?

The basic difference between regular, desktop PCs used in office environments and specialized industrial PCs is the construction. Industrial PCs are built to be more rugged and reliable with protections from common environmental contaminants such as dust, debris and even water, as well as containing features to minimize effects from shock and vibration. They are […]

Lenze celebrates 70 years of easy machine automation

Lenze, a global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technologies, recently marked 70 years of being in business. In mid-October, more than 400 international experts from the industry, along with journalists, came together at the company’s German headquarters in Gross Berkel (near Hamelin) for the Future Day of Machine Manufacturing. They […]

What is a rack and roller pinion?

A rack and roller pinion system is a variation of a standard rack-and-pinion. It takes the traditional rack and pinion concept and advances it by replacing spur gear teeth with bearing supported rollers that engage a unique rack tooth profile. Rollers ride the rack-tooth surfaces with repeatability to about 2.5 μm from one direction (or […]

What’s the difference between a machine automation controller (MAC) and a PAC?

Machine automation controllers (MAC) are relatively new to the industrial market. The new category of controller was introduced by Omron Industrial Automation as an expansion of the industrial controller concept, along a continuum from PLCs and PACs (programmable automation controllers) to new MACs. The main differentiating feature of a MAC versus a PAC is that […]

Pegasus Series 1 corrosion-resistant linear bearings from LM76

LM76 has developed the most corrosion resistant linear bearing available. The Pegasus Series 1 Linear Bearings feature Silicon Nitride (SiNi) Ceramic Balls in a shell with retainer and end caps all made from 440 Stainless Steel and then ArmorloyTM coated. In space, deep under the sea, or in the harshest environments when there can be […]

New power ranges and motor control capabilities for PowerFlex 6000 Drives

Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 6000 medium-voltage AC drives from Rockwell Automation offer expanded, user-friendly control for variable and constant torque applications. The latest release delivers a wider voltage range (2.4 to 11 kV) and provides 100 percent starting torque, leveraging sensorless vector control. The PowerFlex 6000 drive is easy to commission, use and maintain, with standard faceplates […]

HEIDENHAIN’s magnetic spindle encoder now with functional safety

HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION has made improvements to its ERM 2200 and 2400 series of magnetic modular angle encoders with Functional Safety in mind. The ERM series has long been used by machine manufacturers around the world In keeping with the growing trend requiring “Functionally Safe” axes (an EU standard) on machines, HEIDENHAIN has improved its ERM […]

What are integrated motor-drive combinations?

The basic idea is easy to understand. An integrated motor-drive system combines a motor and a drive (at the very least) but can also include other components such as controllers or encoders. One benefit of such integrated systems is obvious; there is no need to purchase multiple components separately and take time to combine them […]

Integrated servomotor and drive from Tolomatic now with PROFINET

 The ACSI integrated servo/motor/controller from Tolomatic is now available with PROFINET Industrial Ethernet protocol, allowing engineers to design easy-to-use and cost-effective electric actuator solutions for single-axis applications. The integrated package is suitable for replacing pneumatic cylinders and automating any simple axis of motion with Siemens or other PROFINET enabled PLCs. With built-in configurations for Tolomatic […]

What is a gearbox?

When it comes to gearing components, things can get confusing quickly. There are many terms that gear manufacturers as well as engineers and designers use to talk about what sometimes is essentially the same thing. And the term “gearbox” is one of those terms, often times used interchangeably with gearhead or gear reducer, even though […]

Absolute, high-resolution motor feedback sensor from SIKO

The MSAC501 absolute sensor from SIKO offers a truly absolute solution for measuring motor feedback. The exact sensor position is available immediately after a current interruption so additional reference or mechanical activity is not necessary. The MSAC501 sensor works with standardized SSI or RS485 interfaces. An optional LD output for digital signal output is also […]

New angular positioning system for metrology and micromachining from HEIDENHAIN

The new SRP 5000 angular positioning system from HEIDENHAIN incorporates its high accuracy MRP 5000 angle encoder with accomplished bearing technology along with a unique ETEL torque motor with ultra-low detent torque. This combination allows for high stiffness with low cost of ownership and can easily replace rotary air bearing systems used for metrology. Industries […]

Do PC-based controllers do any condition monitoring?

The simple answer is yes. In fact, PC-based controllers have been doing condition monitoring for many years and it is only becoming more prevalent. PC-based condition monitoring took off with the advent of falling prices of electronic computing power. As a result, PC-based condition monitoring has been getting better with improved computer technology, more powerful […]

Compact IP67 controller for small, modular machines from Turck

Turck’s new TBEN-PLC CODESYS 3 compact IP67 PLC is aimed at controlling small or modular machines. Thanks to its robust housing and high degree of environmental protection, the TBEN-PLC can operate directly on-machine, enabling the implementation of machine control without the need for a control cabinet. Using machine automation concepts and the use of pre-assembled […]

New right-angle hypoid gear brushless dc gearmotors from Brother Gearmotors

Brother Gearmotors’ new line of brushless dc electric gearmotors (BLDC), also known as electronically commutated motors, expands the company’s portfolio of brushless dc gearmotors that are ideal for environments requiring virtually maintenance-free operation and accurate speed control as well as operation over a wide speed range. They are also desirable for settings where brush dust […]

What are design considerations for integral horsepower gearmotors?

An integral horsepower gearmotor is any motor with a horsepower of 1 and above, as opposed to fractional horsepower motors that are less than 1 hp. The design considerations for integral horsepower motors are going to be fairly similar to fractional horsepower motors because the same types of parameters are important. So for instance, torque […]

Motion Industries agrees to acquire Numatic Engineering

Motion Industries, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Numatic Engineering. Execution of the transaction will occur on August 1, 2017. Founded in 1955, Numatic Engineering has over sixty years of experience selling and supporting automation components. Their vast product offerings […]

New Sure-Flex Plus coupling cost savings calculator from TB Wood’s

TB Wood’s has created a new program that allows users to quantify just how significant the savings can be when replacing a copy-cat coupling sleeve with the high performance Sure-Flex Plus EPDM or Neoprene sleeve. The program is now available at or it can be installed as a smartphone app on any Android or […]

New direct-drive servos from Yaskawa for backlash-free automation

A new direct-drive servomotor from the Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. packs a new level of performance into a more compact size. The new Yaskawa SGM7F line of direct-drive servomotors delivers from 4 to 35 Nm of torque in a device as small as 2.1-in. high and 5.3-in. in diameter (53 x […]

What is EtherCAT?

Ethernet for Control Automation Technology (EtherCAT) was developed by Beckhoff. It’s based on the CANopen protocol and on Ethernet but differs from internet communication or network communications in being specifically optimized for industrial automation control. The standards are defined and maintained by the EtherCAT technology group. Using the OSI network model, Ethernet and EtherCAT rely […]

Festo expands custom assembly and kitting operations in North America

Festo, a leading manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation, will close its Appleton, WI, center and move custom assembly and kitting services to a larger facility in Mason, Ohio, near Cincinnati. The move places custom services within a few miles of the parts and logistics resources of […]