Depending on the exact technology, typical linear motors can deliver unlimited strokes and (with feedback) accuracies to ±1 μm/100 mm. Speeds range from inches to 1,000s of inches per second. Semiconductor manufacture and assembly as well as machine-tool applications continue to account for the majority of linear-motor applications. However, increased focus on efficiency is spurring […]
Where do linear motors make sense?
by Tony Chou, General Manager, Chieftek Precision USA Linear motors deliver superior output, so excel in medical equipment, industrial automation, packaging, and semiconductor manufacturing. What’s more, new linear motors address the cost, heat, and integration complexity of early versions. To review, linear motors include a coil (primary part or forcer) and stationary platform sometimes called […]
Recap of top linear-motion technologies at MD&M West
Last week, a large contingent of the Design World staff got to go to MD&M West 2016 colocated with ATX in Anaheim, California. Hot topics at the show included the Internet of Things (IoT), smart components, plummeting robot prices, and increased automation even down to assembly tasks — not to mention changes in the medical industry itself. […]