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Linear motor stage with absolute encoder and ironless motor

Physik Instrumente has released a new member of the PIMag family of precision positioning stages with magnetic direct drives. The compact ultra-precise V-551 motorized linear translation stage debuted…

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OMRON Corporation to acquire Delta Tau Data Systems, Inc.

OMRON Corporation announced its entry into a stock purchase agreement to acquire a 100% stake in Delta Tau Data Systems, Inc. of California, which will result in Delta…

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Position sensors brochure features tutorial on LVDT basics

The latest Position Sensing Solutions capabilities brochure from Macro Sensors features a tutorial on LVDT basics and applications of linear position sensors in different markets such as power…

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FAQ: What are lead-lag stepper motor controls?

Lead-lag controls or compensators are pieces of programming in control systems that improve frequency response. A lead control can increase a system’s stability or its response speed. A…

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Quick connectors on stainless motors survive washdown

Stainless steel motors from B&R meet strict hygienic design standards and are now easier than ever to use. Employing quick connectors, users can connect and disconnect the motor…

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FAQ: What is closed-loop control with load-position control?

Load-position control is a form of closed-loop stepper-motor control. It’s true that stepper motors can run open loop—as they don’t need sensor-feedback-based controller corrections. So, stepper-motor circuits are…

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U.S. supply-chain growth has tiny mighty manufacturers to thank

U.S. manufacturing is experiencing supply-chain growth. Manufacturers have added 877,000 jobs over the last five years … for its first sustained job growth since the 1990s. What’s more, 230,000…

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FAQ: How to pick between stepper motor, brush dc, and brushless motors?

When choosing a motor for an application, consider key differences between each motor’s operation. Stepper motors: Performance positioning Stepper motors work for precise positioning and control with torque….

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Powerful new drive electronics for stepper motors

Searching the multitude of available programmable motion controllers for one that is ideal for micro stepper motors with phase currents of sometimes less than 100 mA was once…

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New compact drives from Fuji Electric

Fuji Electric Corp. of America announced today that they have expanded their portfolio of low-voltage inverters in the North American market with their next generation FRENIC-Mini Drive (C2),…

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Smaller, more flexible stepper motors from Kollmorgen

Kollmorgen introduces its new generation of stepper motors, the PMX series, adding smaller 08, 11, and 14 frame sizes to the traditional 17, 23 and 34 frame size…

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FAQ: What’s the difference between variable-reluctance linear and hybrid linear steppers?

Linear motors come in different mechanical and electromechanical arrangements to satisfy the requirements of different applications. For example, brushless linear motors (capable of forces to 2,600 N or…

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Astonishingly small servo drive survives HALT for guaranteed life

One family of motor drives — tiny ultra-high-current Gold Bee drives from Elmo Motion Control — recently passed highly accelerated life testing (HALT) for accelerated temperatures, electrical cycles,…

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FAQ: How do linear stepper motors compare to familiar rotary types?

Stepper motors go into linear actuators in two different ways: Stepper motors that are traditional rotary motors couple to mechanical rotary-to-linear motion devices (often in the form of…

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Schunk SRM universal rotary unit offers shock absorbency, high performance

The Schunk SRM universal rotary unit ensures high performance for production automation. It significantly stands out when compared to existing rotary modules on the market. Compact and cost-effective,…

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Elmo’s flying vision corrects position on the fly

Some advanced motion-control applications — especially in the semiconductor and medical industries — need changes to target positions on the fly. Usually, the need for position changes arises…

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How clean power, shared bus make motion drives efficient

The following is an article from Elmo Motion Control that explains how some of their drives work and how that translates to better efficiency. Machine builders always try to boost throughput…

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Sub-nm moves from dual-axis EtherCAT PWM servo drives

ACS Motion Control now sells a NPMPM Series EtherCAT pulse-width-modulation (PWM) servo drives. They deliver the accuracy of linear drives without their drawbacks. The PWM servo drives are significantly smaller, much more…

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High-speed picker with safety functionality from Schunk

The Schunk EGP Safety is the world’s first performance level d/SIL3-certified electric small component gripper on the market with omnidirectional gripping force safety. In combination with a special…

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New High Torque Density Brushless DC Motors from PITTMAN

PITTMAN Motors, a business unit of AMETEK Precision Motion Control, has introduced the EC042B brushless DC motor series, its latest offering in a broad range of DC brush…

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Tiny kit-style encoder: New option for linear measurement

A tiny linear encoder from RSF Elektronik is an MS 15 optical kit-style with the smallest mechanical profile in the industry. Available in North America through HEIDENHAIN, the encoder…

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Maximum torque in minimum space with maxon Spiroid gears

maxon precision motors introduces right angle gearheads designed to be configured with maxon’s 22 and 32 mm DC motors.  These compact, lightweight and high torque gearheads were developed…

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FAQ: What is the difference between absolute and incremental encoders?

Rotary encoders track speed and position. Absolute and incremental encoders both do this, but operate differently and have methods of implementation. Rotary incremental encoders work by generating a…

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FAQ: What are ways to wire an incremental encoder into a motion system?

There are two ways to wire an incremental encoder into a system. One is single-ended wiring and the other is differential wiring. In single-ended wiring, each channel needs…

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Interview: Rich Mintz on boosting motion design efficiencies

Originally published May 19, 2015. | July 7, 2015 update: Hear the followup podcast of Rich Mintz on how to right-size a drive system — as well as the…

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