Quiet slotless, brushless motors from Koford

Koford Engineering’s new line of 2.3 in. (60mm) slotless brushless motors are designed for low noise and high efficiency. They are available with a variety of windings and in either sensorless or Hall sensor configuration. Rated output is up to 800 W continuous power with no load speeds from 3.864 to 25,104 rpm. The slotless […]

Automation and motor control: ABB releases new ACS380 machinery drive

The ACS380 machinery drive is part of ABB’s all-compatible drives portfolio designed to offer technically compatible drive, as well as an all-compatible setup for people, process, business, and environmental goals. The ACS380 offers an intuitive control panel with an icon-based menu for easy and smart commissioning of the drive. All essential features are built-in as […]

Meyer Industries acquired by conveyor and pulley company Precision Inc.

Meyer Industries Inc., a world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing of vibratory conveying, bulk material handling and food processing equipment, has announced today that it has been acquired by Precision Inc., an international employee-owned heavy industry conveyor, pulley and idler manufacturer based out of Pella, Iowa. “The acquisition of Meyer adds more products and […]

Celera Motion intros Agility Series slotless motors

Agility Series slotless motors from Celera Motion deliver best-in-class torque ripple and zero cogging. They’re ideally suited for scanning, pointing, measuring and cutting applications that require extremely smooth velocity control and highly accurate positioning. Engineered with ZeroCog slotless motor technology from Applimotion, the effects of cogging torque, magnetic forces, flux harmonics and phase balance and […]

Chip-level controllers run spiral (helical) interpolation: Nippon Pulse PCL6000 series

Nippon Pulse’s PCL6000 series of chip-level controllers include the two-axis PCL6025B and the four-axis PCL6045BL and PCL6046 chips. Their advanced features have long made them the most advanced controller chips in the world. In addition to standard linear and circular interpolation options, two of the advanced controller chips now feature a third interpolation option — spiral or […]

Conveyor belt monitoring process shows real time issues

ContiTech has unveiled a unique conveyor belt monitoring process that allows users to see belt wear in real time. “A red bonding layer below the top cover is exposed when it’s time to change the belt,” said Chris Marchant, product manager for conveyor belting. “In addition, the ContiAlert system is complete with a calculator that […]

New NEMA 34 hybrid servo family from QuickSilver

QuickSilver Controls, Inc. has released its new high-power NEMA 34 Integrated Hybrid Servo Family called the SilverMax X34. The Integrated Servo includes both an internal and external clamp, a 20 A RMS, 40 A peak driver operating from 12 V through 72 V. The SilverMax X-series includes expanded command and register space as well as […]

Electric motor fluting: What is it and what causes it?

Variable frequency drives convert AC input voltage to DC, and then back to pulse-width-modulated AC voltage with variable frequency. These AC voltage pulses are controlled by insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs). IGBTs have a fast switching time (also referred to as “rise time” or “dv/dt”—rate of change of voltage over time), which reduces energy losses […]

Warner XS-Series brake applications: Quiet and powerful braking in airline seats and more

XS-Series spring-actuated electrically released brakes from Warner Electric — part of the Altra Industrial Motion Corp. — are specifically designed to meet stringent compactness requirements in weight-sensitive applications. They boost reliable braking performance in a package weighing as little as 27 g. The XS brakes are  also statically engaged holding  so can stop moving loads in […]

PI recognized as 2017 Finalist for Manufacturer of the Year and for Contribution to Skills and Training

Motion control and nanopositioning application solutions expert PI (Physik Instrumente) is celebrating a second consecutive year of recognition at the 2017 Motion and Control Industry (MCI) Awards, receiving finalist status last month for Manufacturer of the Year and Contribution to Skills and Training at the award ceremony held at the National Conference Centre, near Birmingham, […]

Thomson Industries collaborates with research team to develop new Tesla Coil Designs

Thomson Industries, a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has donated a high-precision ball screw assembly to The Geek Group National Science Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to help develop revolutionary designs of Tesla Coils (TC). An ambitious R&D program has been initiated there to discover new uses for the TC with help from […]

Applied Motion partners with HEIDENHAIN, RENCO on new StepSERVO integrated motors

HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION has partnered with Applied Motion Products, Inc. in the development of their StepSERVO™ integrated motors for high performance motion control applications. Using HEIDENHAIN’s RENCO brand RCML 15 rotary encoder inside, StepSERVO offers the next evolution in step motor technology, combining the high torque capabilities of step motors with the closed loop dynamic control […]

New EtherNet/IP series of optical encoders from Kuebler

Kuebler’s newest series of Sendix F58 encoders combines certified EtherNet/IP support with patented mechanical and electro-optic technologies that ensure accuracy and reliability. These new optical absolute single- and multi-turn EtherNet/IP encoders have a diameter of 58 mm. The Sendix F58 encoders have an RPI time as low as 1 msec, which allows them to transmit […]

AutomationDirect wide-area sensors use through-beam technology

AutomationDirect has expanded its sensors offering to include wide area sensors for object detection. The new area sensors from Micro Detectors (MD) are multi-beam, through-beam sensors with emitter and receiver elements used for detecting the presence of any object by sensing the light beam intensity returning from the receiver. The area sensors have an IEC […]

Custom parallel-shaft geared motors and drives from ABM Drives

ABM Drives offers compact parallel-shaft motor and drive designs for small spaces and quiet running requirements. Precision-ground gearing provides for low noise and extended life. Tight-fitting housing covers and flanges prevent distortions that can amplify noise. Aluminum housings absorb harmonics and other vibrations better than cast iron. Typical applications include crane hoist travel drive units; […]

Switched-reluctance motors in new applications: CPT SRMs reduce emissions

Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and Austria’s Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien) recently investigated 48-V mild-hybrid technology. Mild hybrids are cars that pair a traditional internal-combustion engine with an electric motor and generator in parallel to let the former turn off during vehicle stopping or coasting. Now, such setups are easier than ever with low-voltage electric […]

Differences between conventional belting and plastic modular belting for conveying

Plastic modular belting has transformed manufacturing. Understanding the differences between it and synthetic fabric belting can help engineers plan and determine the most suitable conveyor for a given application. By Kate Nadeau | mk North America Conveyors are a part of everyday life. They are seen at the grocery store, in the gym, at the […]

CANopen interface on precision magnetic encoders from POSITAL

POSITAL’s IXARC high-precision magnetic absolute rotary encoders are now available with CANopen interfaces. These new interface option is in addition to the previously announced SSI, EtherNet/IP, EtherCat, Powerlink, Profbus DP and Profinet interfaces. Together, this range of interface choices makes the rugged and compact IXARC encoders one of the most versatile devices of its type […]

Automation Federation hires industrial control systems cybersecurity expert Marty Edwards as incoming Managing Director

The Automation Federation has hired renowned industrial control systems cybersecurity expert Marty Edwards as its new Managing Director. Edwards, a 25-year industry veteran, is currently serving as Director of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), an operational division of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in the Department of Homeland […]

FluxMotor software tool delivers fast visualization of electric motors

Altair now offers FluxMotor , a dedicated platform focusing on the pre-design of electric rotating machines. FluxMotor is part of Altair’s HyperWorks CAE Suite, which includes Flux the leading software for low frequency electromagnetic and thermal simulations. The software tool allows users to design and create machines from standard or customized parts, as well as […]

The Reshoring Initiative launches National Reshoring Award

The Reshoring Initiative, in conjunction with the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), invites companies that have successfully reshored parts or tooling made primarily by metal forming, fabricating or machining to apply for the first National Reshoring Award. There will be one award for buyers and one award for suppliers. To be eligible for the award, the […]

Dorner expands its international reach with acquisition of Mexico-based Sautem

Dorner Holding Company, the parent company of Dorner Mfg. Corp., has announced the acquisition of Sautem — a leading designer and supplier of process automation equipment in Mexico. Dorner Mfg. Corp. is an industry leader in the design, application, manufacturing and integration of precision industrial and sanitary conveyor systems. The addition of Sautem is the latest […]

Applied Motion Products expands SV200 servo drive offering into DC-powered applications

Applied Motion Products, Inc. has now expanded the SV200 Servo Drive offering with the release of new drives designed for use in DC-powered applications. Existing SV200 servo drives are designed for 120 or 220 VAC operation, while the new DC-powered drives are designed to operate on 24, 48 or higher DC voltages — up to 60 […]

HBM offers custom sensor technology to OEMs for myriad strain-gage measurements

HBM, Inc. sells a wide range of pressure, force, torque and load measurements to OEMs that need to incorporate strain gage-based sensors into their end products. HBM has a long history of OEM-based custom sensor design for applications in medical, agricultural, industrial vehicle, robotics and energy markets. For many specialized or demanding applications when off-the-shelf sensors are […]

Dynamic Inclination Sensor POSITILT PTK29 offers high accuracy and signal transmission with no delay

Inclination measurement in mobile machines is exposed to motion, shock and vibration. Under these influences normal inclinometers will give incorrect values affecting sensor accuracy.  ASM Sensors introduces POSITILT® PTK29 inclination sensor that compensates dynamic influences to give correct values even when in motion. The sensor measures inclination between +/-180° with 1 axis or +/-60° with […]