Bishop-Wisecarver president wins award

Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG), recently announced that president Pamela Kan was awarded the Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment Award from the Women President’s Organization (WPO) at the group’s annual…

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PTDA Industry Summit Facilitates Networking in San Diego

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has opened advanced registration for its PTDA 2016 Industry Summit to be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, October 19-22,…

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Why use integrated position measuring with linear guides?

Linear guides provide accurate, high-capacity travel for a wide variety of machine types and processes. In the most demanding applications, linear position feedback is often needed in order…

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PI announces new linear stage

PI (Physik Instrumente), a top provider of precision motion control and positioning solutions for more than 4 decades, announces the release of a new compact linear stage, just…

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High dynamic linear piezo nanopositioning stages

Aerotech’s QNPHD linear piezo nanopositioning stages provide the benefits of both a stage and actuator in one compact, high stiffness package. With a direct metrology, capacitive sensor feedback…

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Dual-axis closed-loop linear-stepper stage

The LSS-012-12-060-XY-01A-M is a revolutionary new series of low profile linear stepper XY positioning stage that integrates an absolute linear encoder into the single-axis linear stepper motor stage…

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New HRS Series industrial electric actuators from Hayward Flow Control

Hayward Flow Control now sells HRS Series Quarter Turn Electric Actuator family. The HRS Series is the result of years of listening to customers’ feedback and requirements, combined…

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Examining screws from three different angles

The thread design of a power transmission screw—whether a lead screw or a ball screw—plays a critical role in the screw’s function. Aside from the basic thread form (acme,…

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Basics of rigid-chain actuators

Rigid-chain actuators work by pairing a drive (usually an electric motor) with a length of chain sporting shoulders on each link. The motor output shaft—fitted with a specialty sprocket…

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IMS-A integrated linear measuring system from Rexroth: Absolute, inductive and precise

Whether in machining operations, 3D printing or electronic handling, ever-greater accuracy and availability are essential. The new Rexroth IMS-A linear measuring system — integrated in linear guides — is…

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PTDA Sales History & Outlook Report predicts recovery in second half of 2016

The fourth quarter Sales History & Outlook Report (SHOR) released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) shows power transmission and motion control (PT/MC) distributor sales are growing…

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How to calculate motor drive torque for ball screws

When sizing a motor, one of the most important factors is the required torque. In general, motor torque-speed curves outline two primary areas of permissible torque: continuous and…

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Tubular linear motors for gantry applications

Linear motors are often thought of as either flat or U-channel designs. But tubular, or shaft-type, linear motors have a construction principle that provides higher efficiency and makes them…

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Moment of inertia: area or mass?

Moment of inertia is an important parameter when sizing and selecting a linear system. But it’s critical to know which type of inertia—planar moment of inertia or mass moment…

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Motion trends update: Positioning stages lead charge to pragmatic design

Positioning stages today can satisfy specific and demanding output requirements. That’s because customized integration and the latest in motion programming now help stages get incredible accuracy and synchronization….

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What’s the difference between accuracy and repeatability?

There are numerous ways to classify the performance of linear positioning devices such as ball screws, belts, and rack and pinion systems, but the terminology can be confusing….

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Wide linear-motion systems resist roll, pitch, and yaw

The stable platforms of SAIBO SB-LGC Linear Motion Systems have a wide profile so have high moment (roll, pitch, and yaw) load capacities. They are available exclusively from LM76…

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Tolomatic hygienic electric cylinder delivers more force, longer service life

Tolomatic ERD all-stainless hygienic electric actuators with new roller screw choice are designed for 100 percent duty cycle and can be deployed in the most demanding of applications, including food…

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What are ball splines and rotary ball splines?

Ball splines are often lumped into the category of recirculating linear bearing guides (aka linear bushings), but they offer functionality beyond that of traditional linear bushings. Standard ball…

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Direct-drive motor reduces costs for conveyor setups

One new ETM direct-drive motor outputs the speed and torque performance needed for conveyor applications without the need for a gearbox.  Using unique next generation motor technology, these…

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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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Direct drive linear motors with integrated encoders offer high resolution

The new, SDLM-025-070-01-01 direct drive linear motor from Moticont, also known as an electric cylinder, has a built-in encoder, zero backlash, zero cogging, and provides users with high…

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Ground vs. Rolled Ball Screws: Does manufacturing method matter?

There’s much debate among manufacturers, and sometimes among users, regarding the superiority (or lack thereof) of ball screws with ground threads over those with threads that are formed…

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Bimba’s new multi-axis HSXZ and HSXY electric belt-driven actuators

Bimba’s new multi-axis HSXZ and HSXY electric belt-driven actuators offer 2-axis linear motion control using a unique single belt transport system. The single belt system serpentines around both…

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