IoT is possible with new linear magnetic sensors from SIKO

Hot trends in industry — functional safety and Industry 4.0 — will increasingly let plant operators manage new tasks with digitalization in production. Ultimately, machines could come to…

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What do delta robots have in common with spiders?

Discussions of industrial robots typically focus on three types: Cartesian, SCARA, and 6-axis. But there’s another robot design that is gaining prominence, especially in packaging and electronic assembly…

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New small size actuators offer through-hole design and customization for compact OEM requirements

To simplify assemblies and save space, the number of OEMs looking for a way to insert their equipment directly through a Voice Coil Actuator (VCA) is on the…

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150-mm precision X-Y motion platform from Griffin Motion

 Griffin Motion’s new CXY-BS Series 150-mm Precision XY Motion Platform is fully customizable, ships quickly and is ideal for use in microscopy, inspection, wafer processing, microtiter plate processing, laser marking, and…

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New magnetic sensor for linear and angular measurement

One new magnetic sensor MSK320SKF from SIKO is an Atmosphères Explosibles or ATEX incremental encoder for use in applications located in hazardous areas. Some applications — including those in oil and gas and chemical processing — need…

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Stepper Motor Basics

A large percentage of electromechanical linear motion applications—including ball and lead screw drives, rack and pinion drives, and linear actuators—use one of two motor technologies: servo or stepper….

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Dorner appoints Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Lincoln Frazier has been appointed Southeast Regional Sales Manager for Dorner Mfg. Corp. In his new position, Frazier will be working with sales channel partners and key accounts…

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The top 10 Linear Motion Tips articles of 2015

With the range of technologies, designs, and options available for linear motion components, ploughing through the alternatives and making the best decision takes more time and resources than many designers…

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What are piezo actuators?

Piezo materials are a special type of ceramic that expands or contracts when an electrical charge is applied, generating motion and force. (Conversely, piezo materials will also generate energy…

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Tips for selecting pre-engineered Cartesian robots

Cartesian robots operate in two or three axes along the Cartesian coordinate system of X, Y, and Z. While SCARA and 6-axis robots are more widely recognized, Cartesian…

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Linear encoders improve accuracy

by Product Management Dept., HEIDENHAIN CORP. Linear encoders boost accuracy by correcting errors downstream of mechanical linkages. Linear encoders track axis position without intermediate mechanical elements. The encoders…

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New miniature stepper motor linear actuators from Haydon Kerk

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions has expanded its 15000 Series linear actuators with the addition of the smallest linear actuator in Haydon Kerk’s extensive stepper motor line. The new…

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Digital, panel-mounted piezo drive coordinates motion between piezo stages and servo axes

The Ndrive QLe is a family of digital, panel-mount, nanopositioning piezo drives for use with the Aerotech Automation 3200 (A3200) motion controller. The A3200 is the controller of…

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Lift and transfer-systems maker Serapid announces new staff members

Serapid, a leading supplier of lifts, quick die change and horizontal transfer systems, is pleased to announce the addition of three new employees to its staff. Chris Fugedi…

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Slide and motion-stage maker Velmex launches new website

Velmex, Inc. announces the launch of its new, redesigned website at www.velmex.com. The site features improved navigation and functionality. The cleaner, simpler design will enhance the user experience providing…

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Thomson’s WM80 ball guided, ball screw driven units show high precision and performance

Thomson Industries, Inc. has released a new video to introduce the benefits of the WM80, ball guided, ball screw driven linear units. These linear systems are designed for…

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How does temperature affect ball screw assemblies?

As an integral part of industrial machines and processes, ball screw assemblies often operate in environments with elevated temperatures. Heat can be generated by other mechanical and electrical components…

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New Thomson video shows high-precision performance of its WM ball guided ball-screw-driven units

Thomson Industries Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has released a new video to introduce the benefits of WM80 ball-guided ball-screw-driven linear units. These linear…

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New shaft protected position sensors

Novotechnik, U.S. introduces the LWX-003/004 Series of position sensors designed for extremely harsh environments. The all-metal sensor shaft features a pressure equalization valve and the LWX-004 version also…

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Nexen Generation II profile rail brakes now have higher load-holding force + compatibility

Nexen Group, Inc. introduces Profile Guide Rail Brakes, Generation II. With the addition of two new models, the range of sizes has increased to 15 mm to 65…

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How do self-aligning linear bushings work?

Linear bushings, also known as ball bushings, are linear bearings that ride on a hardened, round shaft to provide linear guidance with low friction. The first linear bushing designs…

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Motion systems application examples: Linear motors

More than half of all linear motors go into applications for machine tools or the manufacture and assembly of semiconductor components and electronics. It’s no wonder: Linear motors…

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Chieftek CLS linear-motor stages excel in precision applications

Chieftek Precision Co., Ltd. now sells Compact Linear Stages — CLS modules — for use in precision applications. Compared to traditional ballscrew modules, CLS linear-motor stages use direct…

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Chieftek CLS linear-motor stages excel in precision applications

Chieftek Precision Co., Ltd. now sells Compact Linear Stages — CLS modules — for use in precision applications. Compared to traditional ballscrew modules, CLS linear-motor stages use direct…

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Motion systems application examples: Brakes, clutches and torque limiters

By Lisa Eitel • Brakes, clutches and torque limiters serve similar functions in packaging machinery, medical equipment, industrial hoists and installations. Essentially, brakes stop and hold loads while…

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