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Motion Control Case Studies

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

Labeling Conveyor

POSTED: 11/29/2018

CVC Technologies is a multi-national designer & manufacturer of industrial labeling equipment with an engineering facility based in Southern California. CVC presented us with a project involving the design of a custom DC motor drive with a specific goal in mind: to provide their service team and customers with a

Floor Preparation Machine

POSTED: 11/29/2018

When remodeling a commercial space, one of the more difficult jobs is getting a smooth floor so you can lay down new tile or carpet. American Control Electronics was approached by a manufacturer of surface preparation machines designed specifically for this task. These machines scrape, grind, and polish the cement

Maplesoft Engineering Solutions team helps FLSmidth develop revolutionary mining equipment

POSTED: 10/24/2018

In the mining industry, processing plants are generally constructed on the site of extraction. Mined ore gets transported by super-heavy duty trucks to the plant, where it gets crushed into smaller sizes before being stockpiled, or transported offsite for further processing. Besides the ore, the mine typically has to move

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

No cardboard characters!

POSTED: 08/01/2018

Black strapping has become something we take for granted, but it constantly demands creative solutions from the development team at Mosca GmbH. A prime example is the drive system for their new flagship product for strapping cardboard. The postman rings and hands over a parcel. The customer takes a pair of

Move Hundereds of Pounds Easily with a Simple Push or Pull

POSTED: 06/25/2018

This customer manufactures slides and guides for drawers in a wide variety of applications, including industrial storage, offices, medical equipment, and residential kitchens and bathrooms. Many of these applications require mechanisms that keep the drawer closed when pushed in, or provide a natural push on the drawer if someone begins

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

Fast Settling Servo Drives Speed Wafer Testing

POSTED: 05/01/2018

Semiconductor fabrication requires a complex sequence of time-consuming steps using highly sophisticated and expensive equipment. The reason the microelectronics industry can deliver massive computing power at reasonable pricing is because of batch processing—the ability to fabricate hundreds of identical chips simultaneously on wafers the size of dinner plates. The economics

High-Reliability Drone Systems Deliver Blood to Rural Patients Fast

POSTED: 04/12/2018

Postpartum hemorrhaging is a major cause of maternal mortality in the developing world. The condition requires immediate medical treatment and transfusion with appropriate blood products. Accessing

Giving back mobility

POSTED: 03/15/2018

For a good idea, Siegfried and Peter Herrmann once took apart their beloved golf trolley to tinker with its parts. The result was a walker with electric drive. Their invention gives new mobility to rehabilitation patients and seniors. “Baden-Württemberg. Where ideas work.” That’s what it says on the cup with state


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