FAQ: Is a PLC fast enough to meet my application’s requirements?

Knowing if your PLC is fast enough and can handle your application is really a two-part process. That is, it can be looked at from two different but intertwined perspectives; one is from the PLC perspective and the other is from the application level. The most important factors are knowing the specifics of the application […]

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New cost-effective MCM servomotors from Lenze Americas

Lenze Americas has launched a series of MCM synchronous servomotors that delivers intermediate-level dynamic performance. Scalable, modular Lenze MCM motors are easy to control and optimized for a range of positioning tasks, including robotics, packaging equipment and handling systems. “Designed with an optimal torque and inertial mass ratio, our MCM servomotors give customers the precision […]

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FAQ: What is stepper drive idle-current reduction and why does it help?

When stepper motors operate, they operate by drawing current continuously. This method of operation ensures more accurate positioning and more consistent torque. However, this also means an increase of energy they use and the amount of heat they produce. This holds true even when the stepper motor is idling. Idling is not a very efficient […]

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FAQ: How do drives for switched-reluctance motors work?

Switched-reluctance motors are stepmotors that accept power to their stators (instead of their rotors) to use output mechanical force through the use of reluctance. This is magnetomotive force to magnetic flux. Switched-reluctance motors use drives that differ from those that pair with other stepper motors. That’s because switched-reluctance motors have nonlinear magnetic behavior — as detailed in […]

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Conveyor manufacturer Dorner appoints new territory manager for Georgia and Florida

Jon Schadeberg has been appointed a Territory Manager covering the states of Georgia and Florida for conveyor manufacturer Dorner Mfg. Corp. In this newly created sales position with Dorner, Schadeberg will be working with sales channel partners and key accounts to grow the company’s industrial and sanitary conveyor business. In June 2015, Schadeberg began his […]

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SCHUNK PGN-Plus-E and PGN-Plus-P newest generation robotic grippers

PGN-Plus-E robotic grippers The PGN-plus-E, the world’s first digitally controlled mechatronic gripper with patented multi-tooth guidance is perfect for industrial environments. It has improved the multi-tooth guidance for higher moment capacity, a continuous lubrication pocket in the guide contour, and the proven wedge-hook kinematics with a high surface coverage in all stroke positions. The mechatronic universal gripper […]

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Brother Gearmotors Website Introduces 3D CAD Drawings of 1-3 Horsepower Gearmotors

Brother Gearmotors now offers 3D Computer-aided Design (CAD) drawings of its 1-3 horsepower gearmotors on the company’s website.  With the new online tool, customers can easily access and search Brother Gearmotors’ product catalog, using 3D technology to pan, zoom and rotate images of the 1-3 HP gearmotors. Offering realistic, high quality visuals and details, the […]

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FAQ: What is dynamic braking and when is it used?

When a motor is in an overhauling condition—that is, the load is moving faster than the designated motor speed—the motor acts as a generator and produces electrical energy from mechanical energy. This electrical energy, however, needs somewhere to go, and the most common way of dealing with its release is through dynamic braking. How dynamic […]

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App turns Apple iOS devices into professional vibration measurement tools

CE Controls’ new VibroChecker PRO native iOS app turns iPhones and iPads into professional vibration and impact measuring devices. The mobile app gives users  a high-performance, lightweight alternative to more costly systems. The VibroChecker app from Ace Controls uses the acceleration sensors, gyroscopes and microphones integrated in the iPhone and iPad to measure vibrations on machines and components within a […]

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Heavy-duty sensor – Speed feedback for axles and shafts

Perfectly at home in the harshest and dirtiest conditions, the SIKO MSK320 ZM magnetic sensor boasts a metallic housing of unrivaled durability. While its main use is for rotary measuring tasks, e.g. measuring the drive shaft speed on all kinds of processing machines: machine tools, woodworking machines and textile machines…it is equally suited to large-scale […]

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Lenze i500 Frequency Inverter Series Features Enhanced WLAN Diagnostics Module

Lenze has launched an enhanced version of its i500 frequency inverter series, equipped with a WLAN diagnostic module for easy parameter setting when commissioning and diagnosing motor inverters for a range of machine applications, including pumps and fans, conveyors, formers, winders, traveling drives, tool and hoist drives. Lenze is a global leader and manufacturer of […]

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POSITAL – FRABA expands North American operations

POSITAL-FRABA Inc., has announced several management changes. Due to the rapid growth of the company and the need to address the special needs of different markets, a new position of Vice President of Sales has been created. This position will be filled by Wojciech Pajak, previously the head of the company’s global manufacturing plant based […]

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Motor thermistor relays monitor up to six motors

The new DTA7 Series of Motor Thermistor Relays from Carlo Gavazzi are capable of monitoring the temperature of up to six motors (via thermistors on the internal windings). This type of monitoring and control prevents false alarms, which may cause interruptions in production and expensive machine downtime. Features include universal power supply (which reduces the […]

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Direct drive rotary servo tables fitted with absolute encoders

IntelLiDrives now offers a new series of low-profile tables — large-center-aperture direct-drive rotary servo tables fitted with absolute encoders. Benefits of absolute encoders and direct drives in rotary servo tables The major advantage of an absolute encoder over an incremental encoder is that the absolute encoders keep track of position at all times —and provides position as soon as the system gets power. This […]

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FAQ: What are regenerative drives and where are they used?

The main purpose of a motor is to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy. But when the motor’s synchronous speed is less than the rotor speed, the motor acts like a generator and converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. This energy is typically fed back into capacitors in the DC bus, but the bus can […]

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NORD Large Industrial Gearbox Assembly now in Wisconsin

NORD Gear Corporation in now assembling our line of MAXXDRIVE large industrial gear drives in its Waunakee, WI plant. With a building expansion recently complete NORD has additional space to allow for assembly, testing and service of the large industrial gearboxes. Design and engineering staff trained specifically on the MAXXDRIVE product line work out of […]

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New VFDs offer quick, easy setup

The new ACF Series from American Control Electronics is an open chassis microprocessor-based variable frequency drive (VFD) that offers the simplicity of a DC drive. ACF700 drives are designed for quick and easy setup without any programming, in contrast to the complex programming associated with standard VFDs. The drives are equipped with user-adjustable trim pots […]

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FAQ: What are some PLC I/O, visual display, and networking options?

A PLC can be a highly customizable controller, depending on application needs. And with advances in technology, the options designers have continue to expand. Specifically, we focus here on three types of options; I/O (input/output), visual displays, and networking. I/O I/O options can be classified in several ways, including some basic groupings such as analog […]

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NI Increases Test System Customizability With Turnkey HIL Simulators

New HIL Simulators reduce development and test risk without compromising needed flexibility by building on open, commercial off-the-shelf platforms. NI, announced turnkey HIL Simulators built on an open, modular architecture to help automotive and aerospace embedded software testers maintain quality while handling the demands of shortened schedules, constantly changing test requirements and reduced manpower.  NI […]

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NI Brings Semiconductor ATE Digital Capability to PXI

Digital instrument delivers hardware and software features needed for smarter semiconductor test system development. NI, announced the NI PXIe-6570 digital pattern instrument and NI Digital Pattern Editor. This product frees manufacturers of RFICs, power management ICs, MEMS devices and mixed-signal ICs from the closed architectures of conventional semiconductor automated test equipment.  The requirements of the […]

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LabVIEW 2016 New Channel Wires simplify development and improve productivity

Latest version of LabVIEW features 500+ new supported instruments, 5 new 64-bit add-ons, supports improved Python integration. National Instruments (NI), announced the LabVIEW 2016 system design software, empowering engineers to simplify development and effectively integrate software from the ecosystem into their systems. The latest version of LabVIEW introduces new channel wires to simplify complex communication […]

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BISSC-approved flange-mounted clutch-brake from Nexen

The Nexen Group’s new Flange Mounted Clutch-Brake Enclosed (FMCBE), offers food-production machine builders a clutch-brake with built-in hygiene features to prevent contamination. The FMCBE is BISSC-approved (Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee), and ideal for any environment where cleanliness is a primary concern. The FMCBE offers other significant advantages as well. Compared to electrically actuated clutch-brakes, […]

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Nidec introduces Answer Drives

With the introduction of new AD 1000 and AD 700E variable frequency drives, Nidec Motor Corporation is expanding its new ACCU- Series family of variable speed products that offer product compatibility for a true system solution.   The AD1000 is a high-performance variable frequency drive that can reduce energy consumption by automatically adjusting to changing […]

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Contactless Hall-effect feedback part of move towards small, rugged design

Recently we asked Jose Luis Macia, program manager at Piher, about some trends in motion engineering design. Here’s what he had to say. Eitel • Design World: What industries are spurring changes in today’s motion components? Macia • Piher: We see increased demand for contactless Hall-effect rotary sensors in industries having environmental extremes — material […]

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FAQ: When are closed-loop and open-loop vector control useful?

AC drives have historically been controlled by a scalar method known as volts per hertz (V/Hz), in which the drive maintains a constant voltage-to-frequency ratio in order to maintain stable torque production. However, the V/Hz control scheme doesn’t allow tight speed regulation and is limited in its ability to produce torque at low speeds. Vector […]

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