Thomson Increases Design Flexibility for Machine Engineers

Thomson Industries, Inc. has built upon its selection of miniature metric precision ball screws to include three common interface styles: flanged, threaded and rounded. This comprehensive offering equips…

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FAQ: What’s the use of a force versus linear velocity chart?

Force versus linear velocity charts are mainly a tool for engineers specifying screw-based linear actuators. In short, the charts help pick the actuator screw resolution after settling on…

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How to calculate beam deflection (and when it matters)

There are many situations in motion applications where a linear guide or actuator isn’t fully supported along its entire length. In these cases, deflection (due to the component’s…

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Stepped or continuous – igus introduces new options for easy adjustments

For manual adjustments, the motion plastics specialist igus has expanded its range of linear guides further and presents its novelties, such as the ball-pretensioned predefined positional system for…

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New 3V and 5V Wedge link belts from Fenner Drives

Combining excellent service and long life with exceptional inventory control, the new Wedge Link Belting from Fenner Drives yield major advantages in power transmission drive belt installation and…

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Rexnord HTX7748 MatTop Chain Launches Worldwide

Designed for shrink-wrap case packers in high temperature heat tunnels, Rexnord recently launched its new Rexnord HTX7748 MatTop Chain. Customers around the globe with operations in the beverage…

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Thomson provides motion control products for competition

Thomson Industries, Inc., was a silver sponsor of this year’s International Quarter Scale tractor design competition of the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers. In this annual…

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Measuring distances with a direct measured value display

In many areas of industry or mechanical engineering, there are measuring jobs to be done with wire-actuated encoders to measure distances or displacements that are not connected to…

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Rexnord flame retardant low friction material launches worldwide

Designed for container conveying applications, Rexnord recently launched its new Rexnord® Flame Retardant Low Friction (FRPLUS™) Material for Rexnord MatTop® Chain. Customers around the globe in the aluminum…

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New Thomson web video discusses how to increase rigidity in a linear actuator

“Linear actuators are designed to handle loads axially,” said Chad Carlberg, Product Line Specialist for Linear Actuators at Thomson. “One of the most common failure modes of linear…

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Four Dorner industrial conveyor platforms receive cleanroom certification

Dorner’s 3200 Series Modular and Flat Belt conveyors, the 2200 Series Precision Move and the SmartFlex conveyor platforms have received the Ultraclean Products Approval Laboratory certification for use…

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Miniature voice coil actuators

H2W Technologies offers miniature versions of both moving coil and moving magnet voice coil actuators.  Plus the company offers custom designed solutions to meet application specifications. H2W has…

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Tolomatic belt-drive actuator handles harsh environments

Tolomatic’s family of MXB electric belt-drive actuators includes a new solid bearing load-carrying design ideal for harsh environments. The trapezoidal solid bearing provides a rigid, long-lasting bearing system…

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A servo system glossary for the mechanical engineer

Mechanical engineers are typically charged with designing, building, and applying a linear motion system for a specific machine or process. In doing so, our main concern is with…

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Continental adds wholesaler Tompkins Industries to network

Tompkins Industries, one of North America’s largest sources of hydraulic adapters and fluid power products, has agreed to distribute Continental hydraulic products.  “Tompkins is a well-respected wholesaler of…

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Festo streamlines selection, assembly, and commissioning of electrical axes

The Optimized Motion Series of packaged linear and rotary electrical axes solutions, introduced by Festo, helps lower OEM overhead by speeding up specification, assembly, and commissioning of axes….

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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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