Intelligent amplifier works as a servo-drive/controller

Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division now sells Intelligent Parker Amplifiers or IPAs—1.5-axis servo-drive/controller combinations based on the ACR control platform. Available in two power levels—400W and 1,500W—the IPA can drive…

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CGI INC. announces ISO 13485:2003 Quality Management Certifications

ISO Certification demonstrates ability to meet customer quality needs and regulatory demands CGI, Inc. a manufacturer of custom precision gearboxes, precision assemblies and mechanical sub-assemblies, announced their ISO…

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Now get motorized linear rail at 24-hour online store

Now, engineers can buy three new sizes of BGS motorized linear rail on a 24-hour Express Store. These off-the-shelf motion-control components, from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions of AMETEK Precision…

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Saw it at MD&M: Functional integration in ultrasonic welding

Last week at MD&M WEST 2015, I got to visit the Herrmann Ultrasonics booth. (Thank you to my esteemed colleague Neel Gleason for the reminder.) There at the booth, Christina…

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Getting girls interested in STEM part of National Engineers Week program

This year National Engineers Week runs from February 22nd through the 28th. The annual event, which seeks to promote understanding of and interest in engineering to the wider public,…

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DTi seals and trim meet rigorous UL50E standard

ShareUnderwriters Labs (UL) recently approved Seal-Fast Door Seals and Trim-Fast Edge Trim to the stringent UL50E standard for EPDM gasketing materials. The Recognized Component UL50E designation for the seals…

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Problems VFDs cause and cable types that help solve them

ShareKevin Marston, Managing Director | SAB NORTH AMERICA Any machine that uses a VFD is subject to the effects of the drive’s chopped dc square-wave output signals. Here we explain…

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The push and pull of rare-earth magnets

Much of the world’s sophisticated high-tech electronic products would not be possible without the use of so-called rare-earth materials. In the industrial world, modern, high-power electric motors rely…

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New flange couplings more secure than standard press fits

Ringfeder-brand RfN 5571-series flange couplings for heavy industry. The flange couplings (from Ringfeder Power Transmission) are simpler to install and have higher torque capacity than standard press fits. Equipped with…

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New switch mount lets users add sensing to grippers

Now, there’s a new switch mount that lets users easily add position sensors to select jaw grippers. PHD Inc., a manufacturer of industrial automation components, sells the switch-mounting…

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Laser-based distance sensor with measuring range up to 5 m

The new Optical Sensor LT5000 from SIKO is suitable for measuring distances of up to 5,000 mm. The sensor works with a laser light based on Time-of-Flight technology….

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Schaeffler Group North America expansion

A $163.8 million expansion is underway at three Schaeffler Group USA manufacturing facilities in South Carolina. The manufacturer makes precision products for machines, equipment, and vehicles for myriad…

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Right Angle Spiroid® Gear

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

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Bell-Everman earns ISO 9001:2008 certification

Bell-Everman Inc. announced that it has received ISO 9001:2008 certification for the design, manufacture and support of its precision motion stages and customized embedded motion subsystems. Bell-Everman has…

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How to prevent false brinelling in rolling-element bearings

This piece comes to us from Charles E. Harris, Partner at Plymouth Machine Integration LLC. False brinelling is a kind of damage from fretting — wavy, chipped, or corroded damage…

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Precise speed control reduces glass imperfections

Glaston America, a manufacturer of glass tempering ovens based in New Jersey, recently selected the Unidrive M family of variable speed drives from Emerson Industrial Automation USA LLC…

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Lenze Opens Michigan Office

Lenze Americas is pleased to announce the opening of a new office location in Novi, Michigan. “Lenze’s new office location will create a dynamic and modern workplace for…

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Bonfiglioli celebrates new gearbox assembly line in Kentucky

Bonfiglioli USA executives recently celebrated the company’s new assembly line for planetary gearboxes with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was held December 4, 2014 at the North America…

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Interview: Integrator Pete Kepf on machine vision

A couple months ago, my esteemed collegue Mary Gannon forwarded me an issue of a Machine Vision eNewsletter she gets from Pete Kepf, an AIA-Certified Vision Professional and consultant based…

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Interview: Rockwell and Design World talk IT/OT convergence

Recently, I got the chance to attend the 2014 Automation Fair in Anaheim, California.  One of the big topics was the convergence of information technologies and operational technologies…

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The top 5 posts of 2014

‘tis that time of year again when people become reflective, looking back over the old year while looking forward to the new one ahead. So in the spirit…

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GUI supports new CUI encoder series

CUI Inc.’s AMT Viewpoint™ Graphical User Interface (GUI) supports the recently released AMT11 incremental and AMT31 commutation encoder series. The AMT family is a rugged, high accuracy encoder…

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Leine & Linde 600 Series Encoders Now Offer EtherCAT Option

Leine & Linde’s ISA and IHA 600 series of solid shaft and hollow-shaft absolute rotary encoders are optimized for process and machine control in the harsh environments found…

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Tiny voice-coil actuators stay cool in tight spaces

A compact LAH04-10-000A linear voice-coil actuator (VCA) from BEI Kimco Magnetics uses moving-magnet operation to deliver sort but powerful stroke lengths. With this new model, the line includes…

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EMERF recognizes Dan Jones with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Electric Motor Education and Research Foundation (EMERF), part of SMMA – The Motor & Motion Association, recently recognized Daniel B. Jones, Incremotion Associates Inc., with their Outstanding…

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