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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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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Efficiency and reliability with NORD overhead conveyors

All NORD products offer heavy-duty construction and high-quality precision machined components, and NORD’s overhead conveyors are no exception. With 95% efficiency and minimal maintenance requirements, the SK9055 and…

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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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Nippon Pulse receives ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 certifications

The Virginia-based sales office of Nippon Pulse America Inc. (NPA) has been approved for ISO 9001:2008 and 14001:2004 certifications by BSI America. BSI certified NPA for both Quality…

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What are ironless linear motors?

There are two primary types of linear motors: iron core and ironless, depending on the construction of the motor’s primary part. Iron core designs produce very high thrust forces…

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New motorized linear stages from Haydon Kerk

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions has announced the release of its new line of WGS motorized linear stages. The WGS line is now directly integrated into Haydon Kerk’s step…

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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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