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Motion Control Case Studies

Grinder for Recycling Plastics for 3D Printers

POSTED: 11/18/2019

American Control Electronics (ACE) is a premier supplier of mission-specific motor controls. Many times, that mission can be accomplished with adaptations of standard ACE products. Filabot is an ACE OEM customer that manufactures plastic filament extruders used for 3D printing. This application uses a

Flamingo Light Sheet Microscopes rely on Precision Motion Systems from PI

POSTED: 09/20/2019

Physik Instrumente supports ambitious microscopy project at Morgridge Institute for Research. Madison, WI – The ambitious Flamingo light sheet microscopy project of the research lab around Professor Jan Huisken at the Morgridge Institute for Research is supported by PI (Physik Instrumente) LP with micropositioning stages for linear and rotary motion. The

What is the difference between full-stepping, the half-stepping, and the micro-drive?

POSTED: 09/05/2019

In addition to the motor body, the performance of the stepper motor is greatly affected by the driving method.  What exactly is a driving method? Here is the explanation for you: There are three basic drive modes for stepper motor drives: full-step, half-step, and micro-step. FULL-STEP DRIVE During the full-step drive, the stepper

Solenoid Mechanical and Electrical Testing with SMAC

POSTED: 08/29/2019

While we all dream and work countless hours to land that giant OEM, developing a technical solution, solving their problem(s), and winning the business, but staying close to custom machine integrators is a great way to get projects, keep the orders coming in and have another pair of feet on

Bud Leaf Trimmer

POSTED: 08/27/2019

With the ever growing list of states and countries that allow for the use of medical or recreation marijuana, a new industry appears to be on the horizon. With this new industry comes the need for innovative machinery and tools to aid in the cultivation, processing, and packaging of the

Industrial Refrigeration Doors

POSTED: 08/27/2019

American Control Electronics has a long history of success in industrial and commercial automation. The latest involves an insulated cold storage warehouse door OEM. They were testing a control system that was more complex to commission than they were comfortable with, and were concerned about their costs. We introduced our PMB

Hua Momona Farms Microgreenery

POSTED: 08/27/2019

American Control Electronics’ AC & DC motor control lineup has a proven track record in the industrial market due to our mission to always create a simple to use yet highly flexible and robust solution for all customers. However, the inherent flexibility found in all of our motor controls means

Bodine PMDC Motor and Control System Mixes it up Globally

POSTED: 06/27/2019

Bodine Delivers System-Matched Performance A manufacturer of laboratory mixers contacted Bodine Electric to assist in the development of an enhanced mixer and speed control system. The new design required a through-bore motor

Virtual Reality Ride Experience

POSTED: 03/15/2019

When looking for automation challenges to solve, you don’t always have to look for industrial applications. Our distributor Heitek Automation in Arizona certainly thought outside the box when they helped develop and build a VR experience ride for Dave n Busters, the well-known restaurant and entertainment business. The VR experience was

Knife Sharpener

POSTED: 03/15/2019

As any master chef will tell you, it's much easier working in a kitchen with a sharp knife than a dull one. That's why it's recommended that many knives be honed or sharpened before each use. But can bustling restaurants really afford the time it takes to perform this on

What is the Point in Precision?

POSTED: 02/08/2019

The language used by suppliers of technology solutions aimed at precision engineering applications is vague and in some instances confusing. ALIO Industries exists as the provider of the most accurate and repeatable motion control solutions available in the market today, and finds itself constrained by the use of traditional language

Rotating Chairs On The Voice

POSTED: 11/29/2018

This application comes from a group of very talented individuals over at The Scenic Route, a Southern California based global resource company that provides design an integration services to the entertainment, live event, and trade show industry. The folks at The Scenic Route were tasked to design a chair apparatus

Filament Extrusion Machine

POSTED: 11/29/2018

This article first appeared in Design World, November 2017. Filabot, a manufacturer of plastic-extrusion machines for the 3D printing market, has just released its new and improved EX6 filament extrusion machine. The Filabot EX6 improves overall extrusion process control and consistency compared to previous models, mostly by adding features that are standard

Running Cable More Efficiently

POSTED: 11/29/2018

A truck mounted reel systems manufacturer contacted American Control Electronics to help solve a problem they were having with premature speed control failures. These reel systems are mounted on trucks and typically hold large spools of communication wire or hose. Two 24VDC motors, one mounted on each side of the

Menu-driven Programmable VFD with Display

POSTED: 11/29/2018

When people think of industrial VFDs, they typically picture some type of enclosed device, usually with a small display that shows several 7-segment digits and a few built-in pushbuttons. A user routinely has to go through 50 or so parameters on each install to program the VFD specific to their


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