Golf-club washer uses linear-motion actuators to transport wash nozzles

Soon, you could see a new station called a Riveer TourSpin Club Washer cleaning dirty irons and hybrids at a golf course or country club near you — with the…

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Just for fun: The best Dilbert comics for engineers

Let’s face it—no matter how much you love your job and how great your co-workers and managers are, we all experience frustrations and adversity at work. And nobody…

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A glossary of linear guide terminology

The term linear guide covers several categories of products, from plain bearings to ball bushings and recirculating roller bearings. To compound the potential for confusion, many terms are…

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Griffin Motion announces high-speed LM3 Series 300-mm-travel precision linear motion platform

Griffin Motion, a precision motion equipment manufacturer that designs and develops extremely precise modular and application-specific motion solutions that deliver accuracies from microns to nanometers, announces its high-speed…

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Three easy ways to reduce maintenance costs for linear systems

If you’ve read many articles on this site, you probably recall that inadequate lubrication can cause bearing failure. But while lubrication is the most important maintenance factor in linear bearing…

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Engineered synchronous sprockets improve drives using curvilinear belts

Belt drives are a mainstay in power-transmission design. In these setups, a reinforced belt wraps around and engages a motor-driven sprocket (or pulley) to transmit translational or rotational motion….

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PTDA 2016 Canadian Conference capitalizes on connections for PT/MC industry

Registration is now open for the PTDA 2016 Canadian Conference, to be held June 9-10, 2016, at The Westin Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario. For the fifteenth year, key…

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When should you use dual guide rails?

Linear guide rails and bearings offer high stiffness and good travel accuracy. And they can support not only downward, upward, and side loads, they can also withstand overhung,…

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Conveyor material handling equipment keeps production rolling

Verti-Lift presents a full line of scissor lift tables, turntables, and tilt tables with virtually any type of conveyors built in to optimize production, ergonomics and operator safety….

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AutomationDirect adds motor-ready actuator assemblies and linear slides

AutomationDirect’s SureMotion line of motion control products now includes both motor-ready actuator assemblies and an assortment of sliding components and accessories to provide a wide variety of motion…

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New high-precision Z-axis nanopositioners from Aerotech

Aerotech has introduced a series of Z-axis piezo nanopositioners for extreme precision research and industrial requirements. The new QNP-Z stages join a family that includes the QNP-L linear…

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Dorner’s new universal conveyor drive simplifies motor and mounting package options for 2200 Series conveyors

Dorner’s new Universal Drive — a universal conveyor drive — for its 2200 Series low profile end drive belt conveyor platform, features a single part number that covers…

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2016 trends in linear motion design

Technology improvements continue in linear motion design, with packaging and medical leading the charge this year. In fact, the biggest trend has been more reliance on flexible machine designs,…

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What does “lubricated for life” mean?

Lubrication is one of the most critical factors contributing to linear bearing life, and to achieve optimum performance users historically had to ensure that a lubrication routine was…

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Primatics linear stage for long travel and high precision

Primatics PXL43B long travel linear stage is a small form factor, high precision motion stage. A linear motor and linear encoder provide precise positioning to 150 mm. Anti-creep cage…

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Trend in conveyors is toward compact and custom setups

Conveyors today are high-performance motion systems that incorporate more engineering than ever before. They outperform legacy iterations thanks to material advances and modular builds to suit specific applications. More…

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What are the differences between plain and rolling linear guides?

A linear guide (or linear bearing) is a mechanical element that allows relative motion between two surfaces, with one surface supporting the other, and minimum friction between the…

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What are the main types of linear actuators?

Linear actuators come in a multitude of configurations to suit almost any application, environment or industry. When sorting through the various designs, one thing you’ll notice is that…

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New high-precision, compact linear stage from PI

PI (Physik Instrumente) has debuted a new compact linear stage, the L-509. Providing high precision linear motion with minimized runout, this positioner delivers performance and reliability at minimized…

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New electric cylinder for the food industry

PHD is has released the PHD Plus Series ECP Electric IP69K Cylinder. Series ECP Electric IP69K Cylinders are designed for food processing and packaging equipment used in high…

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Bishop-Wisecarver President Honored with 2016 Enterprising Award

Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG), a WBENC-certified, woman-owned family of companies that offer guidance solutions, contract specialty manufacturing and mechatronic-based engineering services, today announced that company president, Pamela Kan, has…

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How to calculate hole spacing for joined linear guide rails

There are several reasons that a linear guide rail may be supplied in multiple sections rather than in one piece: the overall length is longer than the maximum…

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Warner Linear debuts electric actuator video series

A series of informative Warner Linear electric actuator videos has been produced to clearly show proper installation steps, troubleshooting, and maintenance tips for various actuator models. Topics include…

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Recap of top linear-motion technologies at MD&M West

Last week, a large contingent of the Design World staff got to go to MD&M West 2016 colocated with ATX in Anaheim, California. Hot topics at the show included the…

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How to calculate mean equivalent dynamic load

It’s rare in linear motion for a guide or ball screw to carry the same load throughout its move cycle. Even in simple pick-and-place applications, the load will…

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