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Motion Control Resources

Motion Control Technical Feature Resources

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Tutorial: The Basics of Stepper Motors - Part I

by Kristin Lewotsky, MCA Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/12/2014

Economical, easy to integrate, and capable of delivering high torque at low speeds, stepper motors provide a good solution for

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Understanding Backlash and Stiction

by Kristin Lewotsky, MCA Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/13/2014

Motion systems operate in the real world and are subject to backlash and stiction. Learn the mitigation strategies available.

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Risk Management Cuts Machine Costs

by Kristin Lewotsky, MCA Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/11/2013

The benefits of safety go beyond worker health. When properly designed, safety can decrease downtime and increase operating speed and

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Understanding Lubricants Part II - Avoiding the Pitfalls

by Kristin Lewotsky, MCA Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/13/2013

Understand lubricants and learn to avoid pitfalls from adjusting your maintenance schedule to avoiding cross-contamination, these tips can help you

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Understanding Lubricants – Part I

by Kristin Lewotsky, MCA Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/15/2013

Understanding lubricants teaches you ways to maximize performance and lifetime for your system, by choosing the right viscosity, thickeners, and

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Get the Most Out of Your Bearings

by Kristin Lewotsky, MCA Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/10/2013

Bearings play an essential role in motion systems. Properly sized, installed, and lubricated, bearings will keep your system. . .

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Flexures Bring Motion Advantages

by Kristin Lewotsky, MCA Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/10/2013

Flexure technology amplifies piezoelectric travel by as much as an order of magnitude while remaining robust, long-lived, and lubricant free.

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Condition Monitoring Improves Encoder Reliability

by Kristin Lewotsky, MCA Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/14/2013

Encoders with health monitoring capabilities can reduce downtime, speed maintenance, and improve overall performance.

Market Update: Rare Earth Magnet Prices and Motion Control

by Kristin Lewotsky, MCA Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/10/2013

What you need to know about new sources of rare earth magnets and future prices before you design your next motion control project.

Tutorial: Brushed DC Motors, Part II

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/12/2013

A brushed DC motor requires understanding issues like speed/torque curves, back EMF, cogging, and winding design.

Troubleshooting Tips: Cabling Faults

by Kristin Lewotsky, MCA Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/12/2013

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.

Sidebar - Tutorial: Brushed DC Motors

by Kristin Lewotsky

POSTED: 01/11/2013

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Tutorial: Brushed DC Motors (Part 1)

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/11/2013

Simple and rugged, brushed DC motors deliver high torque at low speeds, making them a good fit for servo motor

Troubleshooting Tips: Lubrication - page 2

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/12/2012

The right lubricant will protect your motion control system from wear, dissipate heat, and give you the greatest possible lifetime.

Troubleshooting Tips: Lubrication - page 3

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/12/2012

The right lubricant will protect your motion control system from wear, dissipate heat, and give you the greatest possible lifetime.


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