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Top ballscrew trends: More capacity and miniaturization

Ballscrews are a mainstay in motion applications, partly because their performance is so predictable, and they’re relatively easy to design into machinery. Over the last few years, advances…

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Linear Stage Features New Drive Mechanism

Bell-Everman’s new ServoSpline™ positioning stage offers a unique drive mechanism that provides backlash-free motion and simplified control. ServoSpline is an extension of a classic rack-and-pinion design that provides…

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When Do You Need a Gantry Robot?

When you think of an industrial robot, what comes to mind? Probably something like this… Articulated robots like these are widely recognized, thanks to car company commercials and robot dance sequences….

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A User’s Guide to Preload

Applications that use linear bearings or ball screws often require precise positioning, which means that the motion components must be rigid. And while recirculating ball guides and screws…

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How to make your linear motion technology easy to maintain

ShareAdding linear motion to articulated robots adds flexibility and extends the work envelope of your system. The 7th axis tracks that enable this linear motion all provide the…

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High-Class Rails

I once overheard a colleague, relatively new to linear motion and eager to be helpful, tell a customer, “H stands for our high-class rail.” While the thought of…

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High-Class Rails

I once overheard a colleague, relatively new to linear motion and eager to be helpful, tell a customer, “H stands for our high-class rail.” While the thought of…

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PHD’s new modular electric slide provides flexibility for system design

PHD, Inc., a manufacturer of industrial automation solutions, is pleased to release the PHD Plus™ Series ESFX Electric Linear Actuator Slide. Series ESFX Electric Linear Slides are designed…

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How to select and apply rail brakes

By Alex Thell, Mechanical Engineer, Nexen Group Linear guide rail brakes play a critical role in many linear motion applications by ensuring that the guide carriage and payload…

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Advanced Features Set New Tiny Linear Encoder Apart

RSF Elektronik has released the MS 15 optical kit style linear encoder with the most advanced features available in the smallest mechanical profile in the industry. Available in…

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Can Lead Screws Outperform Ball Screws?

Lead screws are often regarded as the less expensive alternative to ball screws – suitable only for light-duty applications with low precision requirements. While it’s true that ball…

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H2W Technologies Manufactures Brushless Linear Motors

With the recent acquisition of the Baldor linear motion product line, H2W Technologies has begun manufacturing brushless linear motors in its Santa Clarita, CA facility. With extensive experience…

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Three Reasons to Use Roller Rail Guides

Roller rail guides, which use cylindrical or barrel-shaped rollers instead of spherical balls for the load–bearing elements, are typically associated with machine tool applications. But the performance benefits…

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XY piezo nanopositioning stages for extreme precision applications

The new QNP-XY series piezo nanopositioning stages from Aerotech provide the resolution, linearity, repeatability, and high dynamics required for the most demanding applications from microscopy to optics alignment….

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Zero backlash indexing drive nut is also jam proof

The Amacoil-Uhing Model RS drive nut provides smooth backlash-free linear motion in machine design. Unlike a screw, the RS drive nut runs on a smooth shaft without threads….

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USDA recertifies Dorner’s AquaPruf® 7400 ultimate series conveyor

The United States Department of Agriculture has recertified Dorner Manufacturing’s AquaPruf® 7400 Ultimate Series conveyor platform for meeting all the necessary hygiene requirements for the design of mechanical…

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FT SeriesTM product line expands with new FT45

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) announced the expansion of its Exlar FT Series™ universal electric rod style linear actuator product line with the release of the FT45 model. The…

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Linear Motion in the Third Industrial Revolution

According to The Economist magazine, a third revolution is coming for the manufacturing industry, ushered in by 3D printing, new materials, and collaborative manufacturing services. Anyone who has…

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Tolomatic Expands Low-cost ERD Actuator Line and Increases Force

Tolomatic’s ERD electric cylinders are now available in six body sizes, expanding the force range from 500 lbf (2.22 kN) to 4,500 lbf (20.03 kN). The ERD is…

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igus® sponsors 21st annual BEST™ Robotics competition

The 21st annual BEST™ Robotics competition has kicked off at hub locations across the country. This year marks igus’ ninth season as a nationwide product sponsor in the…

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New Max Jac® Electric Linear Actuator from Thomson

Thomson introduces Max Jac® – a heavy-duty linear actuator that delivers reliable and virtually maintenance free operation while maintaining accuracy in the harshest application conditions. The IP69K rated…

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University of CA Irvine’s Aeroacoustic Laboratory uses DryLin®

Students from the University of California, Irvine used DryLin T profile rail guides donated by igus® as part of The Geared Turbofan Project, designed to study the noise…

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Compact Vertical Translation Stage Offers 0.05 µm Motion

Aerotech’s MPS-SV series lift stages provide high-performance elevation motion in a compact, cost-effective design. These lift stages are engineered for applications ranging from laboratory research to high-reliability production…

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MISUMI Offers Wide Range of Linear Guides

MISUMI USA, Inc., a subsidiary of MISUMI Corporation, part of MISUMI Group, Inc. (Tokyo: 9962), will display its extensive portfolio of Linear Guides at PACK EXPO 2013, Booth…

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Fresh on the Table: Polymers for Increased Food Safety

Designers and operators of food production lines must adhere to strict food hygiene regulations from the FDA to ensure consumers can buy food safely. This includes avoiding any…

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