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Direct drive combines linear and rotary motions

by Ernst Blumer, LinMot & MagSpring Linear-rotary motors provide users with greater on-the-fly process flexibility. Linear-rotary motions are required in many machine applications, such as carton closing or…

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How to reduce energy use of conveyor systems

Conveyors make up a significant part of most assembly and automation systems, not only in size, but also in terms of energy consumption. Think about it – they often…

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How to reduce energy use of conveyor systems

Conveyors make up a significant part of most assembly and automation systems, not only in size, but also in terms of energy consumption. Think about it – they often…

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Low cost, high precision linear voice coil stages from MOtiCOnt

MOtiCOnt’s VCDS-051-089-01 series linear motion voice coil stages feature a voice coil motor, a ball bearing linear slide, home switch, and an integral optical quadrature encoder with differential…

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New sealed linear actuators for lighter loads

Bell-Everman is now offering a new compact model of their SLS sealed linear stage that keeps contamination such as manufacturing debris, particulate or liquid contaminants outside of the…

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Dorner exhibits two new conveyor systems at Automate 2015

Dorner Mfg. is now offering pallet system options for both its 2200 Series SmartFlex and 2200 Series Precision Move conveyor systems for accurate positioning and routing of parts…

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Making an IMPACT on conveyor design

Assembly equipment, such as conveyors and workstations, presents a particularly difficult challenge to configure. Designs must accommodate existing building layout and structural elements, while providing an ergonomic workspace…

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Rollon acquires Tecno Center

Rollon Corp. has expanded its global linear actuator and cartesian robot offering with the acquisition of Italian company Tecno Center. “The Tecno Center acquisition enables us to deliver…

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When to use cam roller guides. (Hint: it’s more often than you think.)

With so many linear guide choices—from roller rails to plastic wheels—deciding which technology is right for your application can be difficult. On one hand, not every application requires…

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Trends in linear-motion devices

Technology improvements continue to elevate the performance of linear-motion setups. When we asked industry experts about this trend, all identified the same driving markets—packaging and medical—but different technologies…

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Small to big, conveyors get job-specific features

Today’s conveyors perform better than ever thanks to material advances and modular designs tailored to applications. That’s true of miniature conveyors for discrete product sorting, extra-large conveyors for…

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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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