FAQ: What is V/Hz control mode for AC drives?

AC motors are commonly paired with variable frequency drives (VFDs), which control motor speed by regulating the frequency of the supplied voltage. Depending on the application and level of…

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Motion controllers help planes take precision aerial photos of disasters

Quick response to catastrophes such as floods and fires is critical, but disaster sites are often inaccessible and unsafe for inspectors and adjusters who come after first responders….

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Dunkermotoren website has a new design

As oftheend of June the Dunkermotoren website now appears with a new design. The site features a new, fresh look which goes well withthe corporate philosophy. The new…

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Four of the top mechanical coupling technical updates for July 2016

Couplings are simple devices that connect two shafts together — usually to fix motor output shafts to other rotating equipment to transmit motion. Dictating the most suitable coupling…

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Low-profile motors for arc segment and large diameter motion from Applimotion

The Infinity Series of low-profile, direct drive motors from Applimotion lets OEMs move light payloads in smooth and accurate arc-shaped and full 360-degree rotary motion profiles. Ultra-thin arc-shaped…

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IDEC’s New Power Supplies Replace Existing Models

IDEC Corporation announces the PS5R-V line of DIN-rail power supplies, completely replacing their existing PS5R and PS5R-S series with more efficient, compact and cost competitive models. These power…

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CANopen Lexium Motion Module

The recently released Lexium Motion Module (LMM), an ultra-compact programmable motion controller, expands its performance range with the release of a new CANopen version. The product’s full featured…

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New VSD brakes harness the latest performance developments from Twiflex

The range of modular brake systems from Twiflex has been further expanded with the launch of the new VSD Series, which incorporates several of Twiflex’s newest technological improvements….

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FAQ: What is PLC ladder logic and what are some other programming options?

The most common way to program early PLCs was using so-called ladder logic programming. Basically, a ladder logic diagram was a graphical way of representing the functions in…

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Intelligrated hires Tom Tobin

Intelligrated announced the appointment of Tom Tobin as senior sales manager for its Midwest regional operations. Based in the company’s Woodridge, Illinois office, Tobin helps lead business development…

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Klüber Lubrication introduces water displacement fluid

Klüber Lubrication, has introduced Klüberfood NH1 4-002 Spray, a water displacement fluid that is available in an aerosol spray for convenient application. The spray can be used as…

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MICROMO Launches New IER3 AND IERS3 Optical Encoders from FAULHABER

MICROMO announces the new high precision IER3 and IERS3 optical encoders from FAULHABER. Both encoders deliver 2 channel quadrature signals and an additional index signal. The encoders are…

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For drive technologies — slim F5883 multiturn encoder

The challenge in the drive industry is to develop increasingly compact drives … … which must have ever-higher performance, better dynamics and improved energy efficiency. This leads to new requirements…

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Rockwell Automation expands machinery safety system integrator program

Many manufacturers rely on system integrators to design and install compliant machinery safety solutions, but they often struggle to find the most capable provider. To help ease that…

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FAQ: Where do PLCs operate?

Perhaps a better question would be where don’t PLCs operate? (or where PLCs aren’t used?) That may turn out to be a much shorter list. Briefly, a PLC…

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FAQ: How do programmable automation controllers (PACs) handle analog I/O and related controls?

By Steve Meyer || Analog inputs and outputs are generally associated with sensors. These in turn are the key to controlling real-world processes. So depending on the speed…

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New Compact Encoders for OEM Designs

The new Pittman E21 family of 21mm optical incremental encoders satisfy the demands of volume OEM precision-motion control applications. The E21 represents a huge improvement over its predecessor…

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FAQ: What is closed-loop stepper motor control with step-loss compensation?

Closed-loop stepper-motor control with step-loss compensation is a common performance-boosting algorithm for stepper systems. In one prevalent form of step-loss compensation, an angle sensor or encoder tracks the…

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FAQ: How do I pick between rotary and linear encoders?

Edited by Zak Khan || It may seem as though linear encoders and rotary encoders have strictly defined (and maybe even mutually exclusive) applications. Prevailing logic is that…

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igus motion plastics car ends 20,000 mile tour across North America

For nearly a year, the igus motion plastics tour has traveled across North America, visiting with more than 4,000 current and potential customers in all industries at more…

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FAQ: What are programmable multi-axis controllers?

Multi-axis controllers are controls for which the entire hardware and software structure is organized around managing complex motion. Given the compute capability of today’s PC processors, any recent…

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FAQ: What is the difference between PLCs and programmable controllers (PACs)?

By Steve Meyer || All programmable controllers (PACs) are capable of performing as PLCs, but strictly speaking, PLCs can’t work as PACs. That’s because a PAC is a superset of…

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FAQ: How to tune servo systems for high dynamic response?

The purpose of a servo control loop is to minimize error, and this is often done through the use of PID (proportional-integral-derivative) gains, which correct errors between the target…

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Transcript: Best practices for optimizing performance and reducing costs when selecting and using cable and hose carriers

This is the unedited transcript for webinar: Best practices for optimizing performance and reducing costs when selecting and using cable and hose carriers. Watch on demand   Mary: Hello…

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FAQ: How to use incremental encoders with stepper motors?

When using a stepper motor, integrating an incremental encoder is relatively straightforward. Still, there are some general guidelines to consider. Incremental encoders (like any encoder) all function as…

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