What is a PLC?

A programmable logic controller (PLC) is a dedicated controller used to automate electromechanical processes. PLCs use a central processing unit to take multiple digital and analog inputs and…

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Pittman Motors expands PLG planetary gearbox offering

Pittman Motors has expanded its gearbox offerings with the introduction of PLG24, PLG42K, PLG42S, PLG52, and PLG63 planetary gearboxes. These gearboxes are now available with Pittman brush and…

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Baldor Electric launches new website with powerful search and download capabilities

Baldor Electric Company recently launched its new website, a robust destination site for North American industrial motor and mechanical users. “The new site not only showcases our…

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Revamped servomotors from B&R more powerful

Revamped 8LS series servomotors from B&R are now more powerful than ever. A more compact housing, optimized design and additional sizes are other improvements. Size 2 and 3 servomotors…

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More money for manufacturing, but is it enough?

During a visit to Cleveland earlier this week, President Obama announced nearly $500 million in new manufacturing initiatives. The plan is to use the $500 million in a…

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Technology Tuesdays Podcast: Peter Dettmer on manufacturing and education

For this week’s Design World Technology Tuesdays Podcast, I spoke with Peter Dettmer, Co-program Director for Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, WI….

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Siemens expands its Sinamics V20 drive family for basic applications

Siemens announced today the release of its new single-axis Sinamics V20 AC drive, frame size E, with both Low Overload (LO) and High Overload (HO) ratings. The V20…

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Sendix absolute: EtherCAT conformance tested second generation encoders with minimum cycle time

Kübler introduces the latest generation of the Sendix absolute EtherCAT encoders with the shortest bus cycle time for EtherCAT currently available, with a position update every 62.5 μs….

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Comer Industries and Bonfiglioli Riduttori: Historic agreement between competing market leaders

Bonfiglioli Riduttori and Comer Industries announce a historic agreement that will allow both companies,leaders in the power transmission system design and production sector, to achieve their respective long-term strategic…

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TQK right-angle planetary gearbox is power dense

Bonfiglioli sells TQK series right-angle precision gearboxes … planetary gearboxes that complement the company’s TQ series with maximum power density and space savings. The planetary gearbox is suitable for dynamic high-speed…

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Belt drives get stronger, cleaner, faster

Advances have improved the performance of belts over the last few years. That’s good news for the $6 billion belt industry, expected to grow 7% this year, according…

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Leadscrews lead in 3D printing, manufacturing, and medical designs

Leadscrews are a staple of motion designs, driving axes on machines big and small. They usually sport higher ratings than comparable ballscrews thanks to more contact between the…

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Tighter integration and programming take positioning stages into 21st century

Few motion technologies show more recent innovation than positioning stages. Their hardware and software are increasingly custom to fit specific output requirements, thanks in large part to tighter…

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Elmo Launches Super Compact Servo Drive for 480VAC

Elmo Motion Control will introduce at the SIAF exhibition the new “smallest on earth” servo drive that operates directly from the 480VAC at SIAF 2015, Guangzhou, China, on…

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Hygienic HLAE Gearbox Meets 3-A Sanitary Standards

Neugart USA’s hygienic HLAE gearbox is the world’s first planetary gearbox certified to 3-A Sanitary Standards. Neugart products meeting this stringent certification for hygienic equipment design include the…

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Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) get smart software and mobile access

Recent years have brought major advances in HMI technology—increasingly affordable multitouch screens, a shift from resistive displays to projected-capacitive displays, and displacement of proprietary design platforms by web-based…

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NANO Gold Twitter servo drive from Elmo Motion Control

Elmo Motion Control will exhibit a variety of powerful servo drives with advanced networking and intelligence especially suited for automated packaging machines at MC4 2015, Palazzo dei Congressi,…

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Top gear trend: Custom designs faster

Power-transmission devices are increasingly customized, and gearsets and gearmotors are no exception. However, today’s custom and standard gear products aren’t mutually exclusive, according to Heinz Gert Hagedorn, who…

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Growing trend sees more application-specific clutches and brakes

Clutches and brakes are a mainstay in motion designs that need to stop, hold, or index loads. Especially over the last five years, a technology trend towards application-specific…

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Trends in chains and sprockets

Modern chains and sprockets have driven machinery for more than 100 years, but recent innovations have taken the technology into the 21st century. Recently, we asked two industry…

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Upgraded Rexroth MLC Version 13 Motion Logic and Controller

The Rexroth MLC motion logic controller with Version 13 firmware features a robust new set of capabilities and function modules designed to make it faster and easier to…

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Easy to implement gesture control in automation

With the swipe of a finger through the program: With a new generation of control units, Bosch Rexroth now brings the advantages of gesture control, which is familiar…

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SupraMotion 3.0: Automation modules for motion in suspension

Superconductors are materials which below a certain temperature can “freeze” the field of a permanent magnet at a predefined distance and can thus hold it in suspension. The…

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Z1000U HVAC Matrix Drive from Yaskawa

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. has released the Z1000U HVAC Matrix Drive, which provides extremely low harmonic distortion in a space-saving design, along with…

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New compact encoders for OEM designs from Pittman Motors

Pittman Motors’ new E30C and E30D optical incremental encoders satisfy the demands of volume original equipment manufacturers for encoders in precision-motion control applications. The E30C and E30D encoders…

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