Integrated IP65 stepper motors from Applied Motion Products

SWM integrated steppers from Applied Motion Products Inc. are IP65 rated drive+motor units, fusing step motor and drive components into a single splash proof and dustproof device. This space-saving design eliminates wiring and saves on cost over conventional motor and drive solutions. The SWM24 integrated steppers combine high torque NEMA 24 step motors with a […]

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Model Zero-Max VRT variable-ratio transmission dispenses with precise metering

Precise metering rates of seed and fertilizer in agricultural equipment is ensured with the latest model Zero-Max VRT™ Variable-Ratio Transmissions. Infinitely adjustable to lock in the rate, the VRT transmission ensures correct dispensing of seed and fertilizer. Zero-Max’s ground-driven system is the vital operating link between advanced control systems such as GPS (global position systems) […]

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Beckhoff intros new many-core, embedded PC control hardware

First revealed at the SPS IPC Drives 2016 trade show in Nuremberg, Germany, the CX2000 Embedded PC series from Beckhoff is being expanded with many-core control technology versions. These powerful yet compact CX20x2 devices will integrate Intel® Xeon® D processors, each with 4, 8 or 12 CPU cores of the 5th generation Intel® Core™ microarchitecture, […]

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Dorner launches latest 3200 series conveyor, highlights others at PackExpo

The newest product line from Dorner — the 3200 series conveyor with Intralox Activated Roller Belt (ARB) Technology — was on display at PackExpo earlier this month, along with several other key technologies from the conveyor manufacturer. The 3200 series is ideal for moving boxes and packages in applications that require merging, diverting and alignment. […]

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IDEC releases version 8.2.2 of WindLDR PLC programming software

IDEC Corporation announces Version 8.2.2 of its WindLDR PLC programming software, a PC-based platform used to program IDEC’s FC6A MicroSmart PLC. The software can also be used to program IDEC’s entire line of PLCs. IoT capability is provided by custom web pages which can be configured for remote monitoring and control. Web pages are created […]

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Delta expands and enhances C2000 series VFD to run induction and PM motors

Delta’s VFD-C2000 has become bigger and better with new features for applications in industrial automation markets.  The VFD-C2000 is designed for variable frequency drive (VFD) applications up to 600 HP for 480 VAC and 840 HP for 690 VAC for induction and permanent magnet motors. Its modular design allows for easy maintenance in replacing printed […]

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High-voltage power supply features 250 KW output with more than 92% efficiency

A compact solid-state high voltage DC power supply that provides high efficiency and reliability in a single small enclosure is being introduced by Diversified Technologies, Inc. (DTI) of Bedford, Massachusetts. The DTI 250 kW HVPS Series Switching Mode Power Supply is a compact, fully integrated solid-state unit that provides 15 to 100 kV adjustable output […]

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HMI and controller maker IDEC uses alternative energy to power Silicon Valley facility

IDEC is a manufacturer of innovative industrial automation and control products, and has a corporate mandate to reduce carbon footprint and increase the use of renewable energy sources at its facilities world-wide. To meet this mandate, cut costs and improve the environment, the U.S. headquarters in Silicon Valley uses a combination of roof-mounted solar panels […]

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High-performance Simmerrings seals increase industrial gearbox reliability

According to a comprehensive analysis by WITTENSTEIN, a specialist in mechatronics and drive technology, high-performance Simmerrings seals from Freudenberg Sealing Technologies make a considerable contribution to the reliability of industrial gearboxes. The seals in the investigation are manufactured from a wear-resistant elastomer and are used on the drive and output ends of high-end planetary and […]

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Studio 5000 Software simplifies automation system design

Engineers are under constant pressure to deliver automation systems faster. To help streamline the design and configuration process, Rockwell Automation has enhanced the Rockwell Software Studio 5000 integrated development environment. The software now includes expanded integration with engineering tools, predeveloped application content to replace custom code, and new features to help enhance security. The Studio […]

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Customizable angle sensors from Novotechnik

The new Vert-X 2800 Series of sensors from Novotechnik, U.S. measure angular position, converting rotational angle into an analog or digital output, depending on the version. Users can select a stock part to simply measure angle or they can be configured, using a tool connected to a PC called Easy Adapt, to be application-specific. Possible […]

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Realtime control SoCs free designers to focus on industrial drive differentiation

By Brian Fortman | DesignDRIVE Marketing Manager, C2000 Microcontrollers | Texas Instruments Many industrial inverter and servodrive manufacturers traditionally rely on field-programmable gate-array (FPGA) or ASIC technology to complete functions unsupported by commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products such as 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs). There are drawbacks, though. Case in point: Adding FPGAs and ASICs to software programmable […]

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FAQ: How to choose between PC-based and dedicated PLC motion control?

Two of the most common control architectures for motion control systems are PC-based controls and PLCs (programmable logic controllers.) But how does one choose between them? What factors are involved in making the decision? Speed One of the most critical factors involves computation or processing speed. PLCs have traditionally had the edge here, being designed […]

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New flush-mount housing for Banner Q4X sensor expands application possibilities

The new flush mount configuration of the Q4X Laser Measurement Sensor provides more integration possibilities and greater installation flexibility, especially in applications with tight space requirements. These models offer the same superior performance, ambient light resistance and durability of standard Q4X models and are capable of detecting sub-millimeter changes in distances ranging from 35 to […]

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FAQ: What is PIV servo control?

Servo control typically involves two components: feedforward control, which adds auxiliary velocity and (in some cases) acceleration signals to the servo loop in order to improve command tracking, and either PID or PIV control, which works to maximize the system’s disturbance rejection. The distinction between PID and PIV control is that PID control is based […]

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KB Electronics introduces the newest members of its KBAC Hybrid Drive family

KB Electronics Inc., a manufacturer of AC and DC Drives, now offers the newest members of its popular line of Hybrid Drives — Models KBAC-217 (5 HP)  KBAC-416 (10 HP). Hybrid motor drive By definition, a hybrid is the merging of two technologies. These drives combine the digital technology of the microprocessor with an easy to use analog interface. […]

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32 brushless motors from Pittman available via e-Commerce site

Pittman® a business unit of AMETEK Precision Motion Control, has released the EC044A and EC042B Series brushless motors into its 24-Hour Pittman Express e-Commerce store. Both EC044A and EC042B Series come with the new E30 encoder and PLG42S planetary gear that yield an outstanding level of performance in a truly compact assembly. The EC044A is […]

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Sorry, but technology won’t save us

This piece was published in Design World’s 10th Anniversary special issue for October 2016.  Is technology our friend or foe? Is it here to save us or to help finish us off? The questions seem urgent given that there is growing anxiety over some recent directions in technological development, particularly the rise of automation. Automation, […]

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IDEC adopts leading-edge consumer technology for industrial use

IDEC Corporation announces the 4.3 inch HG1G HMI, one of industry’s first display products to take full advantage of the worldwide standard 4.3 inch LCD screen size. Because this screen size is so widely used in consumer gaming devices and other commercial products, it effectively obsoletes HMIs with smaller screen sizes by offering a larger […]

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Encoder Products launches new rugged programmable encoder Model 25SP

Encoder Products Company (EPC) has introduced the new Model 25SP, a programmable encoder in the industry-standard Size 25 package (2.5 in. x 2.5 in., or 63.5 mm). Contained within the rugged, industrial housing of the Model 25SP is an advanced set of electronics that allow the encoder to be programmed for exact application needs. Using […]

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BEI Kimco’s brushless motors meet centrifuge requirements for reliable, quiet operation

BEI Kimco has met the high performance motor requirements for laboratory centrifuge machines. Centrifuges are used in biology, chemistry and hospital labs to rapidly spin and separate liquid samples into layers for analysis. These machines have varying requirements in motor functionality and size, as well as speeds that can range from just a few thousand […]

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UniLogic HMI + PLC Software now with SQL connectivity, HMI screen to web page and HMI custom controls

All-in-One HMI + PLC programming software, UniLogic™ version 1.18, introduces features and enhancements that extend the application reach of UniStream, Unitronics’ award-winning All-in-One HMI + PLC controller. New features include: SQL Connectivity: Highly convenient and easy to use, UniLogic enables programmers to build SQL Queries and execute them via Ladder functions, including data transfer data […]

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FAQ: What are low voltage piezo actuators, and where are they used?

When voltage is applied to a piezo ceramic material, the material experiences a displacement (expansion or contraction) per the inverse piezoelectric effect. The amount of displacement that results from the applied voltage depends on thickness of material. Thus, for a given displacement, a thinner material requires a smaller voltage than a thicker material. Low voltage […]

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New Turck EtherNet/IP encoders for high-speed applications

Turck’s EtherNet/IP enabled encoders provide an optical-based encoder solution with electronic multiturn capabilities for position applications requiring feedback for designs using the EtherNet/IP and CIP (Common Industrial Protocol) interface. Common applications for the ODVA-certified encoder include automotive production, logistics, metal processing, textile applications, as well as printing and packaging machines. The new EtherNet/IP encoders are […]

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Keeping even keel: Gyroscopes for ships use position sensor to track angle

Too much roll on a boat underway can make it hard to fish, eat, drink or even move about. So in 2003, Seakeeper began R&D on nautical motion controls to address the problem. Eventually Seakeeper developed a gyroscope that uses industrial motion products for maximum stability. According to Seakeeper, this computer-controlled gyroscope eliminates most boat […]

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