Quick delivery of piezo nanopositioning systems

As a worldwide leader in nanopositioning and precision motion control solutions, PI continues to innovate, adding advanced and affordable nanopositioning controllers to the mix of piezo systems on the quick delivery list. These systems are geared toward OEM production automation, metrology systems, scientific research, and lab automation applications. Read the Piezo Motion Tutorial here. The […]

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New compact, frictionless piezo-ceramic scanner with high dynamics from PI

Nanometer precision and motion control industry expert, PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., delivers new solutions for very small position changes, coupled with speed, and high force in its P-630 nanopositioning stages. With design flexibility to meet custom assembly requirements and proven demonstrated reliability of many billions of cycles, PI piezo actuators are being utilized in research […]

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A guide to plain bearing materials in linear motion applications

One of the benefits of plain linear bearings is their simplicity. Especially when compared to recirculating bearings, plain bearings are easy to specify, install, maintain, and replace. But don’t let that simplicity fool you. Choosing the wrong bearing, or more specifically, the wrong bearing material, can result in poor performance, degradation of the bearing, or […]

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Continental introduces lighter-weight Conti Texsteel conveyor belting at NIBA Convention

Continental has introduced at the 2016 NIBA Convention, Conti Texsteel, an aramid textile reinforced line of conveyor belting for applications where high strength, low elongation and lighter weight are essential. Conti Texsteel, exclusive from Continental Select, is a very specific line of lightweight conveyor belting designed to provide belt strengths of a steel cord belt […]

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Linear and angular magnetic measurement for applications in hazardous areas (ATEX)

Some applications (such as the oil and gas industry and some chemical processing) need sensors that are ATEX-certified (ATmosphères Explosibles). The ATEX certification is used in the area of explosion protection. New sensor for applications in potentially explosive areas Designed by SIKO GmbH for use under ATEX conditions, the magnetic sensor MSK320SKF came about in the course of […]

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How to calculate triangular and trapezoidal move profiles

Speed and acceleration are two fundamental aspects of any linear motion application. They affect the forces on the guide system, the torque required by the drive components, and in some cases, they immediately narrow the choice of guides and drives that can be considered. Case in point: if your application calls for 5 m/s maximum […]

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How to compensate for alignment errors with profile rail guides

When an application has uneven mounting surfaces or the potential for alignment errors, the typical linear guide solution is to use round shafting and ball bushings, which can tolerate imprecise mounting and misalignment. Profiled rail guides, on the other hand, require precision mounting to ensure even load distribution among the recirculating balls. For this reason, profiled […]

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New Thomson Web Video

Thomson Industries, Inc. has released an educational video that demonstrates how design engineers can synchronize multiple Thomson WhisperTrak actuators quickly and easily. These products are exceptionally quiet and boast a low sound level of less than 45 dBa, the same as an average library.  “Once the actuators are installed and fully retracted, you only need […]

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Improved length gauge offer higher accuracy

HEIDENHAIN is pleased to announce the introduction of the new and improved +/- 1 μm accurate ACANTO 1217 and 1218 Length Gauges. Paired with the proprietary bi-directional serial interface EnDat 2.2, operators can now monitor gauges being used in production and detect failures BEFORE they occur, allowing mangers to plan and maintain optimal production levels and […]

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Ultra-Fast Compact Piezo Nanopositioning Stage from PI

Nanometer precision and motion control industry expert, PI, delivers new solutions for very small position changes, coupled with speed, and high force in its P-630 nanopositioning stages. With…

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A summer tribute to linear motion

Amusement parks are a staple of summer vacation, with over 375 million attendees annually in North America alone, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions….

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Haydon Kerk adds mold flow Analysis software for rapid custom lead screw nut solutions

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions recently added a powerful mold flow analysis software to help with the design of custom-molded lead screw and linear motion components.  Solid Works Plastic…

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New precision linear motion drive features thrust capacity up to 800 pounds

New from Amacoil/Uhing is the Precision Motion Drive System. This is a Model RG rolling ring linear drive integrated with a motion controller for precision linear motion applications….

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Nanometer Precision 3-Channel Controller for miniature piezo inertia drives & actuators

PI L.P.,announces the newest digital servo controller with 3-channels, offering greater flexibility for miniaturized precision positioning and handling tasks. Applications include precision alignment and automation, semiconductor technology, photonics,…

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New voice coil actuator delivers low hysteresis/low friction

For some applications, inconsistent motion caused by excessive friction is simply not an option. BEI Kimco has developed a new Linear Voice Coil Actuator (VCA) that provides extremely…

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Renishaw launches next generation digital encoder

Renishaw’s new VIONiC™ series optical encoder is an ultra-high accuracy, compact all-in-one digital encoder family. Designed for the most demanding motion control applications, this development brings together Renishaw’s…

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FAQ: How to size and use stepper motors that integrate rotary-to-linear motion?

No motor subtype satisfies all applications, as all have their own benefits and drawbacks. Even so, axes that need incremental strokes often use dc motors that are either…

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The many facets of linear bushing life

Linear bushings (also referred to as ball bushings, or, more generically, as linear bearings) are round linear guides with circuits of recirculating balls that ride on a precision steel…

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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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