Beckhoff EL922x EtherCAT I/O for system-integrated overcurrent protection

Beckhoff now sells EL922x EtherCAT Terminal series, which directly integrates electronic overcurrent protection to safeguard 24 V DC system components in the EtherCAT I/O system. In comparison with currently available protection devices, costs and space requirements in control cabinets can be reduced without having to use conventional, inflexible stand-alone systems. With an extended range of

Industrial IoT using artificial intelligence

Alchemy IoT, a provider of IoT Asset Intelligence for industrial applications, today launched with $4 million seed funding from Aweida Venture Partners and several angel investors. The startup’s cloud-based application, Clarity helps users achieve a greater return on their industrial assets and competitive advantage. The product introduces a “no-code” approach to IoT Asset Intelligence that […]

PTDA 2018 Leadership Development Conference

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is now taking registrations for the PTDA 2018 Leadership Development Conference to be held on March 22-23, 2018, at the Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, Texas. PTDA members continuously seek ways to educate their future management teams so they can step into a supervisory role ready to excel. The PTDA […]

PTDA 2018 Leadership Development Conference offers dynamic learning

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is now taking registrations for the PTDA 2018 Leadership Development Conference to be held on March 22-23, 2018, at the Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, Tex. PTDA members continuously seek ways to educate their future management teams so they can step into a supervisory role ready to excel. The PTDA […]

Video illustrates smart linear actuator benefits for automation applications

Thomson Industries Inc. has released an educational video (below) that summarizes the benefits of smart actuators, which feature integrated electronics. The five-minute video explores how smart electromechanical actuators are meeting demands for greater connectivity, application flexibility and cost efficiency, and illustrates their use in factories, on- and off-highway vehicles, and structural automation. In discussing the […]

Motion Canada earns SKF certifications

Motion Industries has announced that its Motion Canada TechCan Services in Edmonton, Alberta, has recently been authorized as an SKF Certified Rebuilder – Gearboxes, as well as an SKF Certified Rebuilder – Conveyor Pulleys. SKF associates audited TechCan Services and presented certification signifying that TechCan had met all the necessary criteria, with the emphasis on […]

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 […]

Rexnord introduces its Smart Coupling

Rexnord has announced its Smart Coupling, part of its portfolio of connected products featuring the IIoT Smart Tag Solution. Its Coupling & Shaft Solutions products, including Elastomeric, Disc, Grid, and Gear Coupling products as well as Torque Limiters, are used in a variety of applications across numerous industries in the Energy, Industrial Equipment and Material […]

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 […]

Bearings help improve bone fracture operations

In a project called “Smart Drill,” students from Germany’s Bremen Institute of Measurement Technology, Automation and Quality Science (BIMAQ) developed an attachment for a medical drill with the goal of improving the safety of bone fracture operations. When fixing a fracture in osteosynthesis, or by means of surgically uniting the ends of the fracture, it […]

Emerson Bearing Boston expands line of split bearings

Emerson Bearing Boston, a bearing company catering to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) markets around the world, has expanded their line of Split Roller Bearings. Used in a variety of applications, from food processing and steel manufacturing to power generation and water treatment facilities, Split Roller Bearings offer great versatility […]

Timken deep groove ball bearings now available

A full range of metric deep groove ball bearings is now available from The Timken Company. The portfolio includes standard, thin section, narrow, wide, miniature and extra-small deep groove ball bearings from 3 to 400 mm bore sizes. Reducing noise and vibration in electric motors is a challenge in many industries, and quiet-running bearings are […]

Freudenberg’s S4 cassette seal for agricultural equipment

Maximum efficiency under extreme operating conditions is crucial for agricultural machinery. The equipment has to function as long and reliably as possible, whether it is used in demanding temperatures, in water and mud, or in dust-filled fields. That’s because downtime and malfunctions, especially during sowing and harvesting, lead to major reductions in profitability. Freudenberg Sealing […]

November fundings, acquisitions and IPOs

Twenty-two different startups were funded in November cumulatively raising $782 million, down a bit from the $862 million in October. The big $400 million funding for UBTech and the $55 million for TuSimple were the only two fundings over $50 million and they were both for Chinese startups with funding from Chinese VC firms. Six…

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 […]

PTDA Foundation introduces PT WORK Force

Recruiting, hiring, retaining and training employees continues to be an overwhelming challenge for industrial distributors. With a focus on developing resources to assist power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) employers in these critical areas, the PTDA Foundation Board of Trustees will launch the PT WORK Force initiative in 2018. PT WORK Force (where WORK stands for Workforce […]

Electric actuators double the eject speed of pneumatic actuators

SMAC Moving Coil Actuators reached a cycle rate of 2400 ppm (40 Hz) with their new LCB model electric actuator, meeting the target set by several leading packaging OEM’s. The fastest pneumatic actuators generally reach a peak speed of 1200 ppm. By doubling the speed of pneumatic actuators, SMAC can greatly improve the efficiency of […]

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 […]

When are worm gears self-locking, and where is this useful?

Worm gears are often used for their ability to provide large speed reduction and high torque multiplication. But their self-locking properties can also be beneficial in many applications.  In a worm gear assembly, the worm is typically the driving component. Self-locking means that the gear cannot drive the worm. In other words, back driving is […]

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 […]

John Deere engineer Amy Jones Wins SAE/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award

Amy Jones, Senior Engineer in the Construction and Forestry Division of John Deere, has earned the SAE International/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and SAE International established the award in 1996 to recognize an outstanding young engineer in the off-highway or power plant industry. The award was proposed by senior […]

Allied Motion introduces fully-integrated powered wheel drives with steering for electric vehicles

Allied Motion Technologies introduces the WheelMax Steering Series wheel drive assemblies. WheelMax Steering Drives are fully-integrated, electrically-powered traction wheels with on-board steering systems for electric vehicles. Each WheelMax Steering Drive combines a traction wheel with tire, epicyclic gearbox, robust steering gear and bearing system, and two rugged PMDC brush motors, one for traction and one for […]

Rigid shaft adapters solve shaft compatibility issues

A line of rigid clamp-style shaft adapters that come in a  variety of configurations to connect dissimilar shaft sizes and types is available from Stafford Manufacturing Corp. Stafford Shaft Adapters are rigid couplings with a clamp-type female end that fits securely over an output shaft and feature male ends which can be supplied in various […]

Han’s Robot delivers new line of Elfin collaborative robots

Energid Technologies has announced that Han’s Robot, a subsidiary of global Chinese manufacturer Han’s Laser, has licensed Energid’s Actin premier control software for its new line of cost-effective collaborative robots (“cobots”), called Elfins. Actin is an easy-to-use robot control and simulation framework that offers robot manufacturers faster time to market, reduced software development costs, and…

Matrox Imaging launches project change validator to safeguard vision systems

Matrox Imaging has announced Project Change Validator, a modification proofing utility that ensures machine vision systems uphold inspection requirements following any new project updates. Available in the Matrox Design Assistant 5.1 flowchart-based machine vision software, Project Change Validator provides production managers the comfort that all project modifications maintain inspection integrity. Project Change Validator brings enhanced…