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Motor Type Selection

POSTED: 02/13/2018

Parameters that define a motor type are the mechanical output power, the shaft bearing system, the commutation system used, and the possible combinations with gearheads and sensors. The most important

Choosing the Right Drive Technology

POSTED: 02/12/2018

Coming up with the right drive technology for your application often depends on the options before you. Here are five of the most common drive configurations being used today, along with their benefits and drawbacks. Although there are a number of variations of drive technologies for motion applications, there are a

DC Motor Selection for Dynamic Motion Control Applications

POSTED: 02/12/2018

Finding the right motor is one of the core elements in the selection of dynamic drive components. Due to their high starting torque maxon DC motors with or without brushes are the perfect matches for highly dynamic servo applications. Once the requirements of the application are specified and a general

Machine Optimization Through DC Motor Selection

POSTED: 02/12/2018

Selecting the right DC motor is an important aspect of optimizing medical machine performance There are so many motors on the market today, from heavy-duty AC motors to tiny DC brushless and stepper motors. To use any of the motors users must have a full understanding of the application parameters, including

A Comparison of DC Linear Actuators with DC Linear Motors

POSTED: 02/12/2018

Factory automation and robotic application engineers are often faced with the challenge of requiring fast, accurate and powerful linear actuation within a small allocated volume. The two most commonly available technologies are rotary DC motor driven actuators and linear DC motor actuators. There are of course advantages and disadvantages with

Understanding the Concept of High Efficiency Motors

POSTED: 02/12/2018

To understand the concept of high efficiency motors, you must first know how to calculate efficiency and the losses associated with the motor components themselves. The final measured efficiency of a motor is calculated based only on the elements of the particular application they’re used in. For the motors themselves, without

From soaring heights: Camera stabilization with maxon drives

POSTED: 02/12/2018

Mining companies, for example, survey mines from the air, oil and gas suppliers monitor their drilling rigs, and energy utilities monitor their overland lines. All these applications have one big challenge in common: In these often rough operating environments, the camera needs to be protected against wind, turbulence and the

The big spring cleaning in space

POSTED: 02/12/2018

Space is getting crowded. An ever increasing number of satellites are in near-Earth orbits, accompanied by thousands of fragments of their older predecessors, as well as that of rockets. The risk of

Guardbot Rolls into Position

POSTED: 02/12/2018

The need for unmanned security has reached a point that goes beyond stationary cameras and alarm systems. This has resulted in numerous companies developing security robots that offer greater motion and, therefore, greater capabilities to provide security to the general public. Each new system offers its own benefits and drawbacks

The Mars mission – technology for another world

POSTED: 02/12/2018

Perhaps mankind will soon start its first colonies on Mars. They will mine the ground for ice, use it as drinking water, and plant vegetables in greenhouses. And when it gets dark, they will look at the night

Edge Computing for the Industrial Internet of Things

POSTED: 02/02/2018

Overview The NI family of industrial controllers comprises high-performance, fanless, industrial PCs designed for customers who require the highest level of processing power and connectivity for smarter industrial systems as part of the Internet of Things (IoT). These controllers are purpose-built for edge computing applications that require analytics and data

Distribution Center Conveyor

POSTED: 01/22/2018

A large distribution and fulfillment center needed motors to power a new conveyor belt system in several of its warehouses. The loading on the belts was variable from nearly no load to carrying parcels that weighted several hundred pounds. The belts run continuously for 24 hours a day and only

Slitting without edge deformation

POSTED: 01/10/2018

Narrow tapes require high torque stability / HERO relies on decentralized servo technology from AMK. HERO GmbH uses decentralized servo drive technology to slim down and tidy up their slitting and winding machines. Thanks to drive and control technology from AMK, the solutions of HERO GmbH in Sigmaringendorf, Germany, have done

Automation solution for modular packaging machines

POSTED: 01/05/2018

Because processes in packaging manufacturing are often modular, it is logical that today's packaging manufacturing plants also have a modular design. As a result, planning times are reduced, the machines can be built faster, and the modification of existing plants is simplified. Lohmann&Rauscher has been a major player in medical and

Welding guns: coupled controller motion

POSTED: 01/04/2018

Electrics instead of pneumatics: decentralized servo technology brings greater energy efficiency. Electrically-driven welding guns are supporting the automotive industry's move away from expensive, energy-intensive compressed air. Thanks to decentralized servo technology, Nimak GmbH has successfully designed welding guns as independent, compact units that can be connected flexibly to all commonly-used robot

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