Absolute redundant rotary encoder tracks angles and paths

Safety guidelines for mobile machines and their requirements have always influenced new mobile-machine builds. Now with the release of EN ISO 13849, new rules dictate how to reliably record angles…

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MSEB spring engaged (power off) brake performs better at lower cost for OEMs

SEPAC introduces the MSEB Series, a manual release, power off brake that offers OEMs significant advantages and a 10-20% lower cost compared to competitive models. The MSEB’s standard…

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Nexen Group announces partnership with Industri/Motion Inc.

Nexen Group Inc. announces a new partnership with Industri/Motion Inc., an experienced representative of premium manufacturers of power transmission and motion control products. Industri/Motion has a 35-year track…

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New frameless torque motor family

Tecnotion adds QTR Frameless Torque Motors to its direct drive product offering.  With low axial height and high torque density, the QTR bridges the size-performance gap. Direct Drive…

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Three-week lead time on generation II Simotics 1FK7 servomotors from Seimens

In response to increased market needs and always seeking to exceed customer expectations, Siemens Industry, Inc. announces a further reduction in lead times for Generation II of its…

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FAQ: What is the commutator in a DC motor?

The operating principle of a DC motor is based on the interaction between the magnetic field of a rotating armature and the magnetic field of a fixed stator….

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New mechanically compatible absolute shafted angle encoders

HEIDENHAIN announces the start of series production of their ROC 2000 and ROC 7000, a new family of Absolute Solid Shafted Angle Encoders. Using the same mechanical connections…

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FAQ: What are DC shunt motors and where are they used?

In electrical terminology, a parallel circuit is often referred to as a shunt. Hence, DC motors in which the armature and field windings are connected in parallel are…

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FAQ: What’s the relationship between current and DC motor output torque?

Torque is a rotational force produced when a vertical force is applied at some distance from the center axis of the rotating body. The familiar equation for torque is: Where:…

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The top 5 Motion Control Tips stories of 2015

A look back at the most-clicked posts of 2015 shows a range of interests among readers, from machine safety (which was the most clicked story) to news about…

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Price drop for all IP65 certified Lexium MDrive motors

New lower prices have been announced for all IP65-rated Lexium MDrive products, making these intelligent all-in-one motors sealed against water and dust an even smarter choice. Robust Lexium MDrive…

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22DCP brush DC motors delivers cost-efficient, speed-to-torque performance

Portescap introduces the next generation of Athlonix high power density brush DC motors. Athlonix DCP motors offer an optimized price-to-performance solution ideal for a broad spectrum of applications….

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RotoShield GTL provides defense against costly torque overloads

Fenner Drives announced the launch of RotoShield Gearbox Torque Limiters. RotoShield GTL stops damage from costly torque overloads before it occurs by instantly disengaging components and automatically resets…

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Reliable short circuit performance UL 508 Manual Motor Controller for industrial applications

SCHURTER’s AS168X thermal magnetic, high performance circuit breaker is UL 508 listed, Manual Motor Controller. The AS168X provides motor disconnect from 0.5 to 30 A, and motor protection…

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New ultra-flat, zero-backlash gear

Harmonic Drive LLC, a leader in high precision motion control introduces new, ultra-flat, zero-backlash gear unit. The CSF-2UP gear unit is the newest model in the CSF mini-series…

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FAQ: What’s the difference between BLDC and synchronous AC motors?

The short answer is:  brushless DC and synchronous AC motors are similar in construction and operation. Some manufacturers and experts even group them together as similar technologies, in…

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OPC UA Companion Specification for Sercos released

Sercos International, supplier of the Sercos® automation bus, announced that the OPC Unified Architecture (UA) Companion Specification for Sercos has been released. This specification describes the mapping of…

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Motion systems application examples: Gearmotors

By Miles Budimir • Gearmotors are most common in applications that need a lot of force to move heavy objects. Most industrial gearmotors incorporate fixed-speed ac motors. However,…

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What are encoder pull-up resistors, and how do engineers use them?

To understand pull-up resistors, it helps to first understand how encoder output is generated. Incremental encoders can provide several types of digital output, with the three primary types…

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Galil Motion Control Releases New EtherCAT I/O Controller

Galil Motion Control Inc. is announcing its new EtherCAT slave I/O controller. The RIO-574×0 is packed with digital and analog I/O to be used remotely in an EtherCAT…

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PI’s newest compact rotary stage is 32 mm wide x 7 mm high

PI (Physik Instrumente) recently added a new piezo inertia drive rotary stage to its existing Q-Motion product line of compact linear and rotary systems – the Q-632. This…

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Lift and horizontal transfer-system maker SERAPID gets new logo

Lift and horizontal transfer-system provider SERAPID now has a new logo. “The world of manufacturing is changing, and SERAPID is evolving with it,” commented Said Lounis, President of SERAPID…

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Motion systems application examples: Gearing

Motion applications for gearing are as varied as the motors with which these power-transmission devices pair. Just consider how designs ranging from amusement rides to consumer-grade beard trimmers…

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Motion systems application examples: Shock + vibration-damping components

Edited by Mary C. Gannon, Senior Editor • Shock and vibration-damping components are as varied as the designs in which they work. That ranges from heavy-duty machine tools…

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Motion systems application examples: Machine vision

Machine vision has slowly advanced over the last decade, particularly as more manufacturers have tapped specialist integrators with the setup of imaging on their machines. That’s because engineers…

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