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Nanometer Precision 3-Channel Controller for miniature piezo inertia drives & actuators

PI L.P.,announces the newest digital servo controller with 3-channels, offering greater flexibility for miniaturized precision positioning and handling tasks. Applications include precision alignment and automation, semiconductor technology, photonics,…

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New voice coil actuator delivers low hysteresis/low friction

For some applications, inconsistent motion caused by excessive friction is simply not an option. BEI Kimco has developed a new Linear Voice Coil Actuator (VCA) that provides extremely…

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Renishaw launches next generation digital encoder

Renishaw’s new VIONiC™ series optical encoder is an ultra-high accuracy, compact all-in-one digital encoder family. Designed for the most demanding motion control applications, this development brings together Renishaw’s…

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Jul
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Here we can see a hybrid single stack stepmotor-driven leadscrew-based series 43000 actuator from HaydonKerk with L/R drive produces 1.02 W.

FAQ: How to size and use stepper motors that integrate rotary-to-linear motion?

No motor subtype satisfies all applications, as all have their own benefits and drawbacks. Even so, axes that need incremental strokes often use dc motors that are either…

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Jul
26

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Linear Bushing

The many facets of linear bushing life

Linear bushings (also referred to as ball bushings, or, more generically, as linear bearings) are round linear guides with circuits of recirculating balls that ride on a precision steel…

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Jul
25

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Thomson Increases Design Flexibility for Machine Engineers

Thomson Industries, Inc. has built upon its selection of miniature metric precision ball screws to include three common interface styles: flanged, threaded and rounded. This comprehensive offering equips…

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25

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Gaining a measurement edge with linear encoders

Edited by Miles Budimir || Encoders help linear motion stages reach higher levels of accuracy and performance. Application demands of modern motion systems are pushing the envelope for…

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This force-speed curve for threaded-rod-type stepper-based linear actuators is a core piece of the actuator’s capability documentation.

FAQ: What’s the use of a force versus linear velocity chart?

Force versus linear velocity charts are mainly a tool for engineers specifying screw-based linear actuators. In short, the charts help engineers pick the actuator screw resolution after settling…

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Beam Deflection

How to calculate beam deflection (and when it matters)

There are many situations in motion applications where a linear guide or actuator isn’t fully supported along its entire length. In these cases, deflection (due to the component’s…

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Stepped or continuous – igus introduces new options for easy adjustments

For manual adjustments, the motion plastics specialist igus has expanded its range of linear guides further and presents its novelties, such as the ball-pretensioned predefined positional system for…

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ICP talks with students at SkillsUSA

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Students extremely interested in math, science and machinery attended the SkillsUSA conference despite no plans for a 4-year college degree. This year, held in Louisville, KY, SkillsUSA had…

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Bishop-Wisecarver Group President to share entrepreneurial advice

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Pamela Kan, president of Bishop-Wisecarver Group, has served on numerous state and national level boards that support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) efforts specifically designed to encourage…

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New Thomson web video discusses how to increase rigidity in a linear actuator

Thursday, June 30, 2016

“Linear actuators are designed to handle loads axially,” said Chad Carlberg, Product Line Specialist for Linear Actuators at Thomson. “One of the most common failure modes of linear…

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Miniature voice coil actuators

Monday, June 27, 2016

H2W Technologies offers miniature versions of both moving coil and moving magnet voice coil actuators.  Plus the company offers custom designed solutions to meet application specifications. H2W has…

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Continental adds wholesaler Tompkins Industries to network

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tompkins Industries, one of North America’s largest sources of hydraulic adapters and fluid power products, has agreed to distribute Continental hydraulic products.  “Tompkins is a well-respected wholesaler of…

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New Thomson Web Videos

Monday, June 20, 2016

Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has released an educational video that provides design engineers with best practice tips on how to increase…

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Dorner Commemorates 50th Anniversary

Monday, June 20, 2016

Dorner Mfg. celebrated its 50th anniversary in business with three days of festive events Tuesday – Thursday, June 14-16, at its headquarters in Hartland, Wisconsin. Dorner is a…

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Bishop-Wisecarver president wins award

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG), recently announced that president Pamela Kan was awarded the Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment Award from the Women President’s Organization (WPO) at the group’s annual…

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PTDA Industry Summit Facilitates Networking in San Diego

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has opened advanced registration for its PTDA 2016 Industry Summit to be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, October 19-22,…

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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…