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Technology Beat Articles

 

New Motion Options Boost Productivity and Savings New Motion Options Boost Productivity and Savings
Safety and onboard memory and intelligence bring end users rapid return on investment.
New Trends in Soft Motion

Multi-Axis Drives Simplify Machine Design
For the right application, multi-axes drives can cut costs, increase performance, and shrink machine footprints while simplifying network topology.

New Trends in Soft Motion

New Trends in Soft Motion
Multi-core processors, FPGAs, and microcontrollers redefine motion control.

Understanding Backlash and Stiction Understanding Backlash and Stiction
Learn how to compensate for lost motion that can prevent your system from performing as designed.
Risk Management Cuts Machine Costs Risk Management Cuts Machine Costs
Planning for safety from the beginning improves design, speeds commissioning, and reduces cost to OEM and end user alike.

Get the Most Out of Your Bearings
Properly sized, installed, and lubricated, bearings will keep your system performing at its best.

Flexures Bring Motion Advantages Flexures Bring Motion Advantages
The technology amplifies piezoelectric travel by as much as an order of magnitude while remaining robust long-lived, and lubricant free.
 
Condition Monitoring Improves Coder Reliability Condition Monitoring Improves Encoder Reliability
Whether the insights come from environmental sensors or from signal analysis, encoders with health monitoring capabilities can reduce downtime, speed maintenance, and improve overall company performance.
Market Update: Rare Earth Magnet Prices and Motion Control Market Update: Rare Earth Magnet Prices and Motion Control
What you need to know about new sources and future prices before you design your next project.
Troubleshooting Tips: Cabling Faults Troubleshooting Tips: Cabling Faults
Putting as much engineering care into cabling design and installation as into the rest of your motion system will help ensure reliable long-term operation.
Troubleshooting Tips:Lubrication Troubleshooting Tips: Lubrication
The right lubricant applied the right way will protect your system from wear, dissipate heat, and give you the greatest possible lifetime.
Troubleshooting Tips: Avoid Bearing Failures Troubleshooting Tips: Avoid Bearing Failures
The ISA88 TR02 state model improves machine integration while Make2Pack defines a standard for developing reusable code blocks.
Modular Approach Streamlines Machine Design Modular Approach Streamlines Machine Design
The ISA88 TR02 state model improves machine integration while Make2Pack defines a standard for developing reusable code blocks.
Shrinking Drives Propel Motion Control Forward Shrinking Drives Propel Motion Control Forward 
Digital designs, shrinking processors, and more efficient switching amplifiers deliver drives boasting substantially improved performance in a fraction of the previous size.

Industrial-Strength Wireless Networking Connects Motion Control 
Purpose-built protocols and ruggedized components yield robust industrial wireless networks.

Switched Reluctance Motors Go Mainstream Switched Reluctance Motors Go Mainstream 
With no rotor windings, commutators, or permanent magnets, switched reluctance technology offers a robust, high-performance solution for a reasonable price point.
Choosing Motors to Maximize Machine Efficiency Choosing Motors to Maximize Machine Efficiency
Controlling today's sophisticated machines requires a layered architecture and careful attention to proper interfacing.
Layered Control Optimizes Machine Operation Layered Control Optimizes Machine Operation
Controlling today's sophisticated machines requires a layered architecture and careful attention to proper interfacing.
Fatigue Calculations Predict Actuator Life
Well-characterized bearing fatigue mechanisms make it easy to understand trade offs between load and lifetime for ball-screw actuators.
AC Inverter Drives Bring New Options for Motion Control AC Inverter Drives Bring New Options for Motion Control
With the addition of memory and processing power, AC inverter drives can perform simple positioning or even run permanent-magnet motors, offering an economical middle ground between high-tech servo motors and AC induction motors.
IP69K-Rated Motors Survive Ultra-Harsh Environments IP69K-Rated Motors Survive Ultra-Harsh Environments
Focusing on seals, connectors, thermal management, and redundant design delivers motors capable of tolerating repeated washdown.
Motor Designs Mitigate High Neodymium Prices
Alternative design techniques allow motor manufacturers and end-users to produce effective, economical designs.
Resolvers Track Motion in Harsh Environments Resolvers Track Motion in Harsh Environments
Simple construction and analog design produce accurate, dependable feedback for high-reliability systems.
Implementing Security In Industrial Automation and Control Networks, Part II Implementing Security in Industrial Automation and Control Networks, Part II
The ISA-99 standard provides a security framework for industrial autoamation and control systems (IACS).
Implementing Security In Industrial Automation and Control Networks, Part I Implementing Security in Industrial Automation and Control Networks, Part I
Effective network security requires leveraging techniques like network segmentation, role-based control, and firmware-level implementations of security keys.
Chosing the Right Control Scheme Choosing the Right Control Scheme
A motion platform is only as good as its control scheme. Setting aside for a moment the debate between centralized and distributed control architectures, an engineer designing a control system has an important initial choice to make: whether to use a programmable logic controller (PLC), a dedicated motion controller, or a PC.
Direct Drive Motors Power Precision Applications Direct Drive Motors Power Precision Applications
By dispensing with the need for a gearbox, high-pole-count direct-drive motors provide robust, accurate, high-torque motion for demanding applications.
Safety Begins at the Silicon Safety Begins at the Silicon
Self-testing, redundant MCUs support smart drives for safety applications. 
Laser Sensors Shed Light on Motion Control Laser Sensors Shed Light on Motion Control
Optical sensors provide fast, accurate feedback for long-range applications.
Virtual Prototyping Speeds Machine Development Virtual Prototyping Speeds Machine Development
Using modeling and simulation, design teams can develop controls solutions in parallel with mechanical design, minimizing prototyping to save costs and get products to market quickly.
Shopfloor, Meet Top Floor
By transferring data between enterprise resource planning networks and the plant floor, savvy manufacturers equip themselves to benefit from lean manufacturing principles.
Name that Tune Name that Tune
Adjusting PID loop gains can remove overshoots, decrease settling time, and enhance stability in machines of all types.
Coupling Up: Tips to Optimize Your Design Coupling Up: Tips to Optimize Your Design
To get the best performance from your machine, you need to consider couplings from the beginning of your design process. Part one of this article provided a brief tutorial on the types of couplings and their characteristics. In Part Two, we’ll discuss the trade-offs involved and how to modify coupling performance to best suit your application
Coupling Up Coupling Up
Couplings can reduce downtime and improve machine reliability by absorbing misalignments to protect components like bearings and gearboxes from premature failure. Part one of this article will review the basic types of couplings and their characteristics. In part two will focus on the trade-offs involved and how to choose the best coupling for your application.
Rebuild Versus Fresh Build: How Do You Choose?

Rebuild Versus Fresh Build: How Do You Choose?
To make the right choice, you need to understand your application and your equipment.

Actuators Actually Actuators, Actually
When used properly, actuators integrated with motors and even drive electronics can simplify motion system design and assembly.
IEC 61131 Standardizes PLC Programming IEC 61131 Standardizes PLC Programming
Based on a modular architecture compatible with any of five languages, the standard offers flexibility, reusability, and ease of use.
Motion Control Hits the Road Motion Control Hits the Road
Boasting precise, high-torque, repeatable performance, motion control serves the automotive industry in everything from development to vehicle control.
Electromechanical Design Goes Green Electromechanical Design Goes Green  
Motion control advantages help OEMs design machines with high levels of overall equipment effectiveness, efficiency, and environmental friendliness.
Playing the Field Playing the Field
Field-programmable gate arrays provide an economical alternative to application-specific integrated circuits for motion control applications.
The Power of Embedded Drive Solutions The Power of Embedded Drive Solutions
Embedded drive solutions simplify integration, enhanced performance, and speed time-to-market.
Web Server Delivers Motion on a Platter

Web Server Delivers Motion on a Platter
Motion systems with web server capabilities give users the advantages of Ethernet without expensive software or specially trained staffers.

Plastic Fantastic Plastic Fantastic
Motion control reduces power demands and increases the efficiency and plastics manufacturing.
Stepper Motors Make Strides
Today’s stepper motors boast feedback, intelligence, and increased torque density for enhanced performance.

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