Thomson Industries collaborates with research team to develop new Tesla Coil Designs

Thomson Industries, a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has donated a high-precision ball screw assembly to The Geek Group National Science Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to help develop revolutionary designs of Tesla Coils (TC). An ambitious R&D program has been initiated there to discover new uses for the TC with help from […]

Applied Motion partners with HEIDENHAIN, RENCO on new StepSERVO integrated motors

HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION has partnered with Applied Motion Products, Inc. in the development of their StepSERVO™ integrated motors for high performance motion control applications. Using HEIDENHAIN’s RENCO brand RCML 15 rotary encoder inside, StepSERVO offers the next evolution in step motor technology, combining the high torque capabilities of step motors with the closed loop dynamic control […]

AutomationDirect wide-area sensors use through-beam technology

AutomationDirect has expanded its sensors offering to include wide area sensors for object detection. The new area sensors from Micro Detectors (MD) are multi-beam, through-beam sensors with emitter and receiver elements used for detecting the presence of any object by sensing the light beam intensity returning from the receiver. The area sensors have an IEC […]

Custom parallel-shaft geared motors and drives from ABM Drives

ABM Drives offers compact parallel-shaft motor and drive designs for small spaces and quiet running requirements. Precision-ground gearing provides for low noise and extended life. Tight-fitting housing covers and flanges prevent distortions that can amplify noise. Aluminum housings absorb harmonics and other vibrations better than cast iron. Typical applications include crane hoist travel drive units; […]

Switched-reluctance motors in new applications: CPT SRMs reduce emissions

Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and Austria’s Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien) recently investigated 48-V mild-hybrid technology. Mild hybrids are cars that pair a traditional internal-combustion engine with an electric motor and generator in parallel to let the former turn off during vehicle stopping or coasting. Now, such setups are easier than ever with low-voltage electric […]

Differences between conventional belting and plastic modular belting for conveying

Plastic modular belting has transformed manufacturing. Understanding the differences between it and synthetic fabric belting can help engineers plan and determine the most suitable conveyor for a given application. By Kate Nadeau | mk North America Conveyors are a part of everyday life. They are seen at the grocery store, in the gym, at the […]

Automation Federation hires industrial control systems cybersecurity expert Marty Edwards as incoming Managing Director

The Automation Federation has hired renowned industrial control systems cybersecurity expert Marty Edwards as its new Managing Director. Edwards, a 25-year industry veteran, is currently serving as Director of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), an operational division of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in the Department of Homeland […]

FluxMotor software tool delivers fast visualization of electric motors

Altair now offers FluxMotor , a dedicated platform focusing on the pre-design of electric rotating machines. FluxMotor is part of Altair’s HyperWorks CAE Suite, which includes Flux the leading software for low frequency electromagnetic and thermal simulations. The software tool allows users to design and create machines from standard or customized parts, as well as […]

The Reshoring Initiative launches National Reshoring Award

The Reshoring Initiative, in conjunction with the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), invites companies that have successfully reshored parts or tooling made primarily by metal forming, fabricating or machining to apply for the first National Reshoring Award. There will be one award for buyers and one award for suppliers. To be eligible for the award, the […]

Dorner expands its international reach with acquisition of Mexico-based Sautem

Dorner Holding Company, the parent company of Dorner Mfg. Corp., has announced the acquisition of Sautem — a leading designer and supplier of process automation equipment in Mexico. Dorner Mfg. Corp. is an industry leader in the design, application, manufacturing and integration of precision industrial and sanitary conveyor systems. The addition of Sautem is the latest […]

Applied Motion Products expands SV200 servo drive offering into DC-powered applications

Applied Motion Products, Inc. has now expanded the SV200 Servo Drive offering with the release of new drives designed for use in DC-powered applications. Existing SV200 servo drives are designed for 120 or 220 VAC operation, while the new DC-powered drives are designed to operate on 24, 48 or higher DC voltages — up to 60 […]

HBM offers custom sensor technology to OEMs for myriad strain-gage measurements

HBM, Inc. sells a wide range of pressure, force, torque and load measurements to OEMs that need to incorporate strain gage-based sensors into their end products. HBM has a long history of OEM-based custom sensor design for applications in medical, agricultural, industrial vehicle, robotics and energy markets. For many specialized or demanding applications when off-the-shelf sensors are […]

Dynamic Inclination Sensor POSITILT PTK29 offers high accuracy and signal transmission with no delay

Inclination measurement in mobile machines is exposed to motion, shock and vibration. Under these influences normal inclinometers will give incorrect values affecting sensor accuracy.  ASM Sensors introduces POSITILT® PTK29 inclination sensor that compensates dynamic influences to give correct values even when in motion. The sensor measures inclination between +/-180° with 1 axis or +/-60° with […]

What’s to know about analog and digital I/O for PLCs?

Common PLC input/output (I/O) can be analog and/or digital. An analog signal is one whose value continually varies over time. They are best represented as a continuous signal like a sine wave. Each point on the wave has a precisely defined value. For example, analog inputs for PLCs can include signals from pressure transducers and […]

Digitizing 100 years of application expertise: Rexnord launches Digital Productivity Initiative

Rexnord announces DiRXN — pronounced direction — its new digital productivity platform based on the integration of innovative Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and e-commerce technologies with its leading portfolio of tools, products and services. DiRXN directly connects customers to data and information that allows them to optimize productivity across all stages of their lifecycles. This […]

Current state of programmable automation controllers (PACs) for motion

Programmable automation controllers (PACs) excel in commanding complex automation setups that involve PC-based and HMI functions as well as process control (largely because of the way they handle I/O). PACs are also increasingly common in motion applications for machining or handling discrete product thanks to the flexibility and interoperability they offer machine designs. Today’s PACs […]

EtherCAT Remote I/O Modules for Distributed Control Systems

Advantech Launches EtherCAT Remote I/O Modules for Distributed Control Systems  Advantech’s IIoT Automation Group is pleased to announce the launch of the AMAX-4800 series of industrial EtherCAT slave modules equipped with the EtherCAT protocol.  Their compact size and integrated DIN-rail mount kit ensure easy cabinet installation and Euro-type pluggable terminal blocks with an LED indicator

World Class Control for Single Axis Applications

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. announces the release of Sigma-7Siec, a unit that combines a SERVOPACK servo amplifier with a one-axis motion controller in a single compact package. The new product was created for automation applications which require the control of only one servo motor, yet also call for exceptionally quick,

Single-axis servo controller sports 800-W sine drive

The DMC-30012 Series is Galil’s latest generation single-axis motion controller.  It uses a 32-bit RISC processor to provide higher speed than older models.  The DMC-30012 features an internal 800-Watt brushless sine drive which minimizes space, cost and wiring .The motion controller operates stand-alone or can be networked to a PC via Ethernet.  Features include: Single-axis

Smart motors feature Ethernet/IP

The Class 6 Ethernet/IP SmartMotor is available in standard servo and hybrid versions. In addition to standard features, the Ethernet/IP version easily integrates as a position controller device for: access to SmartMotor commands and parameters improved uptime and optional redundant cabling through device level ring (DLR) simplified, modular programming through Add On Instructions (AOI) Additionally,

Motion control in a small package

Compact EtherCAT drive modules for servo, step and voice coil motors feature a dual/quad-axis universal drive. The UDMSD Series is for motors with a continuous power range of 10 to 100 W (200 W peak). The type of motor is selected by the user and can be set differently for each drive. These drives address

OMEGA introduces the PLATINUM™ Series controller demonstration/evaluation kit

This powerful and versatile PT-DEMO PID controller from OMEGA® offers a fully integrated temperature control system suitable as a platform to investigate the use of closed loop (PID) and simple on/off temperature control in heating and cooling applications—ideal for PID control theory education in universities and laboratories. The PT-DEMO is very easy to setup and

Combitronic: Multi-axis Control with Animatics SmartMotors

In this webinar we will introduce how Moog Animatics makes multi-axis coordinated motion quick, easy, and fun. Learn about the basics of Combitronic, the simplest and most powerful multi-axis motion control platform in the world. Control three, five, or a hundred axes with just a few simple lines of code! Watch this webinar to learn: What

Finally! An Alternative to Slewing Ring Bearings with Heavy Duty Rings and Vee Guide Wheels

When heavy loads need to be automated or supported by large capacity bearings there are few options for selecting standard products. Slewing ring bearings are often selected for heavy load applications and can be supplied in large diameters. However, the use of slewing bearings should be carefully scrutinized due to their high cost, long lead-times,

Designing a Motion-Control System…Software in 2015 Makes It Easy

Designing a Motion-Control System … Software in 2015 Makes It Easy will show how software is simplifying the work of motion-control designs. It will cover programming and software tools that help engineers pick component faster and with the physical layout of a motion system. Then the webinar will segue into an explanation of programming options