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Motion Control Case Studies

Servo Drive System enables ultra-precise movement of swivel arms in injection molding machines

POSTED: 05/28/2020

German automation specialist HEKUMA was looking for a servo drive system for a swivel arm that operates two side-by-side injection molding machines with high dynamics. Maximum torque density and excellent positioning accuracy were the decisive selection criteria. The firm’s design engineers favored our Galaxie® D Drive System. Thanks to its

Ultra-Precision Motion Control – Key Considerations for Supplier Selection

POSTED: 03/12/2020

As the demand for more and more exacting motion control increases across numerous industry sectors, it is vital that before investing, customers are informed enough to make sure that they select the right solution for their specific application. The motion control sector is characterized by an array of vendors in many

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

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

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

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

Getting there more smoothly

POSTED: 08/17/2018

Scratches, wear, noise — when workpiece carriers collide during assembly processes, both products and workers are harmed. So Stein Automation developed a system that moves parts from A to B gently. Whether it is vacuum cleaners, exterior mirrors for cars, or fans that are being assembled, workpiece carrier transport systems quickly

The Paradox of Smart Manufacturing

POSTED: 06/22/2018

Smart drives and control platforms provide a way for companies to improve manufacturing while lowering price, enabling them to deliver more for less. Under SPS Italy 2018 topic of “The challenges of automation: efficiency and flexibility”, which will be held on the second day, Wednesday 23th May. Consumers today want more, more

Centrifuge with Bluetooth Communications

POSTED: 06/06/2018

LK Industries specializes in petroleum testing equipment. Our controls are used with vehicular mounted oil testing centrifuges that separate water and sediment from oil. The centrifuge requires specific pre-heat & spin cycles…determined by the operator. Previously, the speed & heat level of the centrifuge could only be adjusted by the

Automated Conference Walls

POSTED: 06/06/2018

Advanced Equipment Corporation (AEC), a Southern California based manufacturer of operable walls, came to us with an application that involved the design of a motor drive to be used in a newly developed track system. The concept of the new system involved the automation of the wall placement process. The

5 RTOS Performance Compared on EtherCAT Master – IntervalZero’s RTX/RTX64 Stands Out

POSTED: 03/15/2017

The KINGSTAR Soft Motion platform supports multiple industry-leading EtherCAT Masters to guarantee that devices from different manufacturers can work together seamlessly. The centralized controller architecture provided by an EtherCAT Master ensures all of the benefits of EtherCAT technology, like real-time operations, short cycle times, and maximum performance for minimal expense. One

New push for intralogistics

POSTED: 03/01/2017

Bito Lagertechnik chose drive engineering from ebm-papst for its new pallet flow rack – successfully breaking new ground. In intralogistics, there is a wide range of solutions to satisfy the different requirements for warehouse systems. If several pallets of a product need to be stored neatly and unmixed in a limited

Rack and Pinion System Cuts Servo Requirements for Gantry in Half

POSTED: 11/23/2016

When a manufacturer of large aircraft fuselage panels needed to build larger versions, SYN-APS Corp., Ontario, Calif., recommended a five-axis gantry-style machine that would move around a vertically mounted and stationary part. This configuration was opposite of the manufacturer’s arrangement.


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