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New HRS Series industrial electric actuators from Hayward Flow Control

Hayward Flow Control now sells HRS Series Quarter Turn Electric Actuator family. The HRS Series is the result of years of listening to customers’ feedback and requirements, combined…

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May
25

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Examining screws from three different angles

The thread design of a power transmission screw—whether a lead screw or a ball screw—plays a critical role in the screw’s function. Aside from the basic thread form (acme,…

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May
24

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Basics of rigid-chain actuators

Rigid-chain actuators work by pairing a drive (usually an electric motor) with a length of chain sporting shoulders on each link. The motor output shaft—fitted with a specialty sprocket…

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May
20

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IMS-A integrated linear measuring system from Rexroth: Absolute, inductive and precise

Whether in machining operations, 3D printing or electronic handling, ever-greater accuracy and availability are essential. The new Rexroth IMS-A linear measuring system — integrated in linear guides — is…

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May
20

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PTDA Sales History & Outlook Report predicts recovery in second half of 2016

The fourth quarter Sales History & Outlook Report (SHOR) released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) shows power transmission and motion control (PT/MC) distributor sales are growing…

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May
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How to calculate motor drive torque for ball screws

When sizing a motor, one of the most important factors is the required torque. In general, motor torque-speed curves outline two primary areas of permissible torque: continuous and…

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May
13

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Tubular linear motors for gantry applications

Linear motors are often thought of as either flat or U-channel designs. But tubular, or shaft-type, linear motors have a construction principle that provides higher efficiency and makes them…

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May
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Moment of inertia: area or mass?

Moment of inertia is an important parameter when sizing and selecting a linear system. But it’s critical to know which type of inertia—planar moment of inertia or mass moment…

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May
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The AZ60-A motorized vertical elevator stage from Optimal Engineering Systems (OES) is a low-profile 183.7 x 80 x 38 to 42-mm stage. It works for low-cost, high resolution, wedge-type elevator applications needing precise vertical positioning.

Motion trends update: Positioning stages lead charge to pragmatic design

Positioning stages today can satisfy specific and demanding output requirements. That’s because customized integration and the latest in motion programming now help stages get incredible accuracy and synchronization….

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Designing linear motion tracks for robotic positioning

by Lisa Eitel, Senior Editor Robot-positioning tracks can add flexibility to manufacturing spaces, but must be fast, accurate, and safe to be truly useful. Here we take a…

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IMS-A integrated linear measuring system from Rexroth: Absolute, inductive and precise

Friday, May 20, 2016

Whether in machining operations, 3D printing or electronic handling, ever-greater accuracy and availability are essential. The new Rexroth IMS-A linear measuring system — integrated in linear guides — is…

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PTDA Sales History & Outlook Report predicts recovery in second half of 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

The fourth quarter Sales History & Outlook Report (SHOR) released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) shows power transmission and motion control (PT/MC) distributor sales are growing…

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Tolomatic hygienic electric cylinder delivers more force, longer service life

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tolomatic ERD all-stainless hygienic electric actuators with new roller screw choice are designed for 100 percent duty cycle and can be deployed in the most demanding of applications, including food…

The TourSpin Club Washer works for self-service, semi-assisted, or full-service operation. It washes a full set of irons and hybrids in less than 60 seconds. Image courtesy of Riveer Co.

Golf-club washer uses linear-motion actuators to transport wash nozzles

Friday, April 8, 2016

Soon, you could see a new station called a Riveer TourSpin Club Washer cleaning dirty irons and hybrids at a golf course or country club near you — with the…

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PTDA 2016 Canadian Conference capitalizes on connections for PT/MC industry

Friday, March 25, 2016

Registration is now open for the PTDA 2016 Canadian Conference, to be held June 9-10, 2016, at The Westin Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario. For the fifteenth year, key…

With the ever-increasing miniaturization of electronics, equipment manufacturing them has shrunk as well. IKO has kept pace with this demand and makes linear ways and cam followers that are the smallest in the world. They are maintenance-free and eliminate the need for relubrication.

2016 trends in linear motion design

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Technology improvements continue in linear motion design, with packaging and medical leading the charge this year. In fact, the biggest trend has been more reliance on flexible machine designs,…

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Primatics linear stage for long travel and high precision

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Primatics PXL43B long travel linear stage is a small form factor, high precision motion stage. A linear motor and linear encoder provide precise positioning to 150 mm. Anti-creep cage…

This unusual conveyor design from iwis drive systems, LLC conveys beverage cans around production processes. Called the POChain-I, it’s part of a larger industry trend towards cost-effective options that are explicitly tailored to specific applications.

Trend in conveyors is toward compact and custom setups

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Conveyors today are high-performance motion systems that incorporate more engineering than ever before. They outperform legacy iterations thanks to material advances and modular builds to suit specific applications. More…

PHD Releases New Complete Solutions Catalog

Actuator manufacturer PHD, Inc. releases new complete solutions catalog

Thursday, March 10, 2016

PHD, Inc., a leading manufacturer of industrial automation actuators, now offers a new product catalog, available in a traditional printed version and on the PHD website as a PDF. The…

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Bishop-Wisecarver President Honored with 2016 Enterprising Award

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG), a WBENC-certified, woman-owned family of companies that offer guidance solutions, contract specialty manufacturing and mechatronic-based engineering services, today announced that company president, Pamela Kan, has…