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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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Apr
29

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What’s the difference between accuracy and repeatability?

There are numerous ways to classify the performance of linear positioning devices such as ball screws, belts, and rack and pinion systems, but the terminology can be confusing….

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Apr
27

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Wide linear-motion systems resist roll, pitch, and yaw

The stable platforms of SAIBO SB-LGC Linear Motion Systems have a wide profile so have high moment (roll, pitch, and yaw) load capacities. They are available exclusively from LM76…

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Apr
22

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New 24V integrated electric actuators rated to 100 N thrust

Servo2Go.com has just added new additions to its broad range of cost-effective 24V electric linear actuators from Dyadic Systems.  The SCN5 series actuators are compact yet powerful integrated…

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Apr
21

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Earth Day 2016: Energy efficiency in automation

On Friday, April 22, people around the world will celebrate the 46th annual Earth Day, with the theme, “Let’s get really big stuff done for our planet.” And while…

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Apr
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Tolomatic hygienic electric cylinder delivers more force, longer service life

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…

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Apr
15

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Ball Splines

What are ball splines and rotary ball splines?

Ball splines are often lumped into the category of recirculating linear bearing guides (aka linear bushings), but they offer functionality beyond that of traditional linear bushings. Standard ball…

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Apr
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Direct-drive motor reduces costs for conveyor setups

One new ETM direct-drive motor outputs the speed and torque performance needed for conveyor applications without the need for a gearbox.  Using unique next generation motor technology, these…

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Efficiency and reliability with NORD overhead conveyors

All NORD products offer heavy-duty construction and high-quality precision machined components, and NORD’s overhead conveyors are no exception. With 95% efficiency and minimal maintenance requirements, the SK9055 and…

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Apr
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As the screw turns

by Travis Schneider, Product Manager, Automation Group, Parker Hannifin Understanding the pros and cons of different linear screw drive actuators helps you make the best choice for your…

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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…

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Global Motion Control shipments contract 3.9% in 2015

Friday, February 26, 2016

Global shipments for motion control products declined by 3.9% to $2.9 billion in 2015, according to new statistics released by the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), the…

OES AZ60-A Elevator Stage Stage for low cost applications

Precision vertical elevator stage from Optimal Engineering Systems (OES)

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The AZ60-A Motorized Vertical Elevator Stage from Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) is a low-profile and compact 183.7 mm x 80 mm x 38 to 42-mm (raised) stage. It works for low…