How to prevent false brinelling in rolling-element bearings

This piece comes to us from Charles E. Harris, Partner at Plymouth Machine Integration LLC. False brinelling is a kind of damage from fretting — wavy, chipped, or corroded damage…

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Precise speed control reduces glass imperfections

Glaston America, a manufacturer of glass tempering ovens based in New Jersey, recently selected the Unidrive M family of variable speed drives from Emerson Industrial Automation USA LLC…

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Lenze Opens Michigan Office

Lenze Americas is pleased to announce the opening of a new office location in Novi, Michigan. “Lenze’s new office location will create a dynamic and modern workplace for…

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Bonfiglioli celebrates new gearbox assembly line in Kentucky

Bonfiglioli USA executives recently celebrated the company’s new assembly line for planetary gearboxes with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was held December 4, 2014 at the North America…

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Interview: Integrator Pete Kepf on machine vision

A couple months ago, my esteemed collegue Mary Gannon forwarded me an issue of a Machine Vision eNewsletter she gets from Pete Kepf, an AIA-Certified Vision Professional and consultant based…

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Interview: Rockwell and Design World talk IT/OT convergence

Recently, I got the chance to attend the 2014 Automation Fair in Anaheim, California.  One of the big topics was the convergence of information technologies and operational technologies…

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The top 5 posts of 2014

‘tis that time of year again when people become reflective, looking back over the old year while looking forward to the new one ahead. So in the spirit…

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GUI supports new CUI encoder series

CUI Inc.’s AMT Viewpoint™ Graphical User Interface (GUI) supports the recently released AMT11 incremental and AMT31 commutation encoder series. The AMT family is a rugged, high accuracy encoder…

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Leine & Linde 600 Series Encoders Now Offer EtherCAT Option

Leine & Linde’s ISA and IHA 600 series of solid shaft and hollow-shaft absolute rotary encoders are optimized for process and machine control in the harsh environments found…

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Tiny voice-coil actuators stay cool in tight spaces

A compact LAH04-10-000A linear voice-coil actuator (VCA) from BEI Kimco Magnetics uses moving-magnet operation to deliver sort but powerful stroke lengths. With this new model, the line includes…

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EMERF recognizes Dan Jones with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Electric Motor Education and Research Foundation (EMERF), part of SMMA – The Motor & Motion Association, recently recognized Daniel B. Jones, Incremotion Associates Inc., with their Outstanding…

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QuickSilver extends Mosolver line to NEMA 17 frame

QuickSilver Controls, Inc. has extended their patented Mosolver (motor + resolver) technology into the compact NEMA 17 frame format. The Mosolver sensor provides 32,000 counts of position information…

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The Robot Revolution: The Promise and Peril of Robotics

2014 may very well be the year of the robot. Why? Looking back, this was the year that robots not only became more visible in the consumer world…

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New VeriSens vision sensors from Baumer for color inspection

Baumer has expanded its VeriSens XC series vision sensor line to include models capable of color identification and inspection. Setup is simple and reliable with the new Color…

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New compact encoder for heavy industrial uses

The new Leine & Linde model PSE 923 encoder can meet the needs of the steel, mining, and heavy equipment industries. Its compact size offers superior performance than…

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Rockwell, Cisco offer design guide for wireless, connected enterprise

Recently, Rockwell Automation held its annual Automation Fair, which brings together system integrators and machine builders to learn about the latest in automation technology and trends. The main…

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New Moog slip rings: What it means for packaging engineers

At the recent PackExpo in Chicago, I saw several dozen new motion-control products of note … including a new slip ring from Moog Components Group, a division of…

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Choosing a brushless DC motor driver

By Chris Francis Brushless DC motors (BLDC motors) are quite different to drive compared to brushed DC motors. With a brushed DC motor you simply apply a voltage…

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SMMA Round-up: Motors and Motion Control

The SMMA (Small Motor & Motion Association) held its annual fall Technical Conference in St. Louis this past week. Every fall the conference brings together engineers and motor…

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Enclosure Fan Modules offer IP protection and easy installation

Oriental Motor recently introduced Enclosure Fan Modules offering ac or dc input, greater IP protection, simple installation and one part number inclusive of all components. The new modules are complete ventilation packages offering exhaust or suction air flow and are designed to provide easy installation, superior ventilation and prevent dust, moisture and foreign objects from

Building Safety Into Motion Networks

If you’ve been hearing more about safety, you’re not alone. Across the manufacturing world and certainly in the world of e-commerce, safety has been an increasingly important issue….

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STOBER debuts second generation of “PE” helical gearing unit

STOBER Drives, Inc. has released the second generation of its PE helical unit family featuring ground helical gearing. The redesigned PE unit is a first in its class,…

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5 design considerations for gearmotor applications

Edited by Mary C. Gannon, Senior Editor To select the best gearmotor for an application, it is important to go into more detail than just selecting the best…

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PTDA welcomes eight new members

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), the preeminent association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel, recently welcomed eight new member companies. Distributor Member Intech Bearing…

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Powerline filter helps supplies meet noise standards

Excelsys Technologies announces that the company’s recently released Xsolo and XF power supplies can now be paired with a custom-designed power line filter to meet stringent conducted emission…

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