Four lessons learned from igus CEO Frank Blase

On a recent press tour of igus’ Cologne, Germany headquarters, I had the pleasure of chatting with Frank Blase, the company’s CEO—and one of the most approachable and down-to-earth manufacturing leaders you are apt to find. Blase shared some of what has helped him grow his father’s small German company—over several decades—into the $1+ billion […]

Koford debuts 60-mm diameter 2-pole slotless brushless motor

Koford Engineering LLC has introduced a new 48-V 2-pole 60-mm diameter slotless sensorless brushless motor. The motor features 512 W continuous output at 15,792 rpm at 48 V with a peak motor efficiency of 93%. The 24-V version outputs 256 W at 7,560 rpm and has a peak efficiency of 92%. These motors are also […]

PTDA honors Andy Nations with Warren Pike Award

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has named Andy Nations, CEO, B&D Industrial (Macon, Ga.), the 27th recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry. Nations received the award, named for PTDA’s co-founder and first president, at the PTDA Annual Business Meeting during the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry […]

How to design quiet gearmotors: Gear engagement, housing geometry, and more

What applications need quiet gearmotors? The answer might surprise you — because the human ear can detect noise at 10 dB lower than ambient levels, and many gearmotors operate in close proximity to people. In this technical article, we outline recent staff engineers’ research and development into the problem (and potential solutions for) gearmotor noise. […]

Where do chain drives still make sense?

Chain drives are a tried and true method of linear actuation and are used in much industrial machinery. A typical chain drive consists of two key components; a chain and a sprocket. The chain itself is composed of several components including a pin, bushing, roller, pin link plate, and a roller link plate. The chain […]

New organization promotes no-charge, open-source interface technology for industrial control systems

POSITAL FRABA has announced that it is participating as a founding member of the BiSS Association e.V., a new organization dedicated to encouraging the use of the BiSS family of open-source industrial communications protocols. BiSS communications protocols were developed by the German company iC-Haus GmbH as an efficient and feature-rich digital interface for communications between […]

How to address overshoot in servo control

There are three characteristics that indicate when a servo system is properly tuned: response time, settling time, and overshoot. Response time is the time it takes the system to reach a specified percentage of the target value, while settling time is the time it takes for the target value to be settled, within a specified […]

Direct-drive motor designs: What variations are there?

The most basic definition of a direct-drive motor is a type of design that allows the motor to be connected directly to the driven load. Doing so eliminates mechanical transmission elements that tend to add compliance into a drive system such as gears, couplings, belts and pulleys, and chain drives. Direct-drive motors are sometimes also […]

Customizable universal electric actuator allows active or passive actuation

Aventics’ new universal electric actuator for industrial applications features a highly flexible design for customization to the customer’s application. The new Aventics best in class universal electric actuator is heavy-duty and suitable for normal or extreme environments. The highly flexible design allows the actuator to be customizable to the customer’s application. A wide range of […]

Hybrid linear stepper motors: Operation and applications

Like servo motors, stepper motors are available in both rotary and linear designs. When an application requires force (rather than torque) output and can operate in open loop control, a linear stepper motor is often the preferred solution. Although linear stepper motors are available in both variable reluctance and hybrid designs, the more common version is […]

Pack Expo 2017 show daily: What we’re seeing in Vegas

Day One at this year’s Pack Expo has us running hard to get the big picture of the major trends in the industry — as well a thorough survey of new technologies making a splash or even overlooked here. Below is a summary of what’s hot. By the way, we just got news of another […]

Weintek adds touchscreen Windows PCs to remote access platform

Weintek USA Inc., the industrial HMI solution provider expands the capability of the cMT Remote Access line of Human Machine Interface devices with the addition of the cMT-iPC10 and cMT-iPC15 industrial touch screen flat panel PC’s with embedded Windows OS. In todays manufacturing environment of continuous improvement, the analysis of production or process data is an ongoing effort. […]

Schneider Electric IIoT-enabled smart machine setups at Pack Expo 2017

Schneider Electric is now showing its smart-machine setups for packaging at Pack Expo 2017 (America’s largest packaging trade show) this week in Las Vegas. Schneider Electric’s smart machine setups are built on its Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled open and interoperable EcoStruxure system architecture and platform that (according to the manufacturer) delivers innovation from connected products […]

Schneider Electric Modicon M251 PLC for safety, flexibility, and efficiency

Schneider Electric is currently showing its smart machine setups for packaging at Pack Expo 2017 in Las Vegas. Schneider Electric’s smart machine setups are built on its Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled open and interoperable EcoStruxure system architecture and platform that deliver Innovation At Every Level, from connected products via edge control to applications, analytics and […]

Schneider Electric’s PacDrive 3: Smart machine drive for safe and flexible machines

Schneider Electric, global specialist in energy management and automation, is showcasing its smart machine setups for packaging at Pack Expo 2017. Schneider Electric’s smart machine setups are built on its IIoT-enabled open and interoperable EcoStruxure system architecture and platform, which delivers “Innovation At Every Level” as the manufacturer touts  — from connected products to edge […]

Why is resonant frequency important in piezo applications?

Resonance occurs when the resonant frequency (also referred to as the natural frequency) of an object or system is equal or very close to the frequency at which it is being excited. This causes the object or system to vibrate strongly and can result in unexpected – and sometimes catastrophic – behavior.  When one oscillating object or system (a […]

Weintek enhances HMI line with 15-in. wide screen

HMI provider, Weintek USA Inc. has enhanced the revolutionary remote access cMT line with the cMT3151 HMI containing not only the cMT built-in server providing universal remote access but also a 15-in. (1024 x 768) High Definition touch screen display with video capabilities that can support the most complex control systems. With all the features of a traditional […]

Rexnord Corp. to build new aerospace facility in Downers Grove

The Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation (DGEDC) announced today that Rexnord Corp. will build a new manufacturing facility and Aerospace Headquarters in Downers Grove. Rexnord plans to redevelop its existing site at 2400 Curtiss in the Ellsworth Business Park. Downers Grove was selected for the project following a national search. “We are investing in a […]

HMI has WiFi connectivity for IIoT functionality — and security

WiFi is indispensable in today’s industrial controls marketplace — so control devices have evolved to include WiFi connectivity. One catch: Industrial control networks must function in realtime and be available, responsive, and secure — design objectives that often conflict with pressures to reduce costs while boosting connectivity and remote access. As a solution, Maple Systems HMI5103L […]

What is PC control for motion?

Motion controller architectures can be one of several types. Among the most common are stand-alone controllers and PC-based control. PC control for motion typically takes the form of so-called industrial PCs. These feature processors just like a typical PC but a lot of the other components are ruggedized and designed for operation in an industrial […]

Touchscreen HMIs offer low-price option for local machine control

When it comes to standalone machines needing only local machine control, price is a key design consideration — and such machines demand quality HMIs at a great value. To serve such applications, Maple Systems now sells Basic HMIs for local machine control at a low cost. The Basic HMI series is suitable for companies and […]

200,000 rpm brushless motor from Koford with air-cooled bearings

Koford Engineering LLC now sells a new line of 24-v high speed motors with air cooled bearings for long life at speeds up to 200,000 rpm. These motors are 48 mm in diameter and are very quiet. Continuous power up to 85 W is possible. Applications include optical devices and high-speed blowers and pumps. Beam […]

Megaflux direct-drive torque motors from Allied Motion now in smaller sizes

Allied Motion Technologies now sells smaller frame sizes of its frameless Megaflux direct-drive torque motors to satisfy more OEM applications. Motors come in sizes from 60 to 792 mm in outside diameter, with multiple stack lengths for each diameter: Continuous stall torque from 0.3 up to 2020 Nm (1490 lb-ft) 12 standard frame sizes from 60 […]

Smart HMIs (from Maple Systems) now with MySQL database connectivity

At times it’s difficult to get valuable data from the production floor to operations and management. Here, Maple Systems Smart HMIs can help — by connecting to MySQL databases and letting plant managers send logged data and event (alarm) information to a MySQL server. Now one can synchronize sampled data to a remote MySQL server […]

IBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit in Florida will be held as scheduled

Over the weekend, Hurricane Irma caused much damage across the Caribbean and up Florida’s west coast. the thoughts are with those who were affected by this catastrophic storm. Fortunately, The Diplomat Beach Resort — the host hotel for the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit — was spared Irma’s wrath and is ready to host member participants […]