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Motion Control Resources

Ask an Engineer: Linear guide options for cleanroom applications

by Alex Polo, Sales Engineer and linear motion specialist

POSTED: 10/04/2019

Editor’s note: In this ongoing video series, members of the Motion Solutions engineering staff share insights on technologies and problem-solving. The Motion Solutions Engineered Solutions team works daily to design complex electromechanical assemblies across a variety of industries. With more than

Motion Solutions produces high-tech undulators for linear accelerator upgrade

by Wally Logan, VP of Engineering

POSTED: 08/21/2019

Answering the big science questions of our time around molecular reactions, biological dynamics, and materials properties at an atomic scale takes powerful tools. When the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) was first commissioned in 2009, this

Advantages of Rodless Electromechanical Actuators

by MOSO Marketing

POSTED: 08/21/2019

Many industrial applications call for linear actuators. That’s a simple fact. What’s not so simple is deciding what type of actuator is best for an application.  A machine designer has to weigh all the variables. What needs to be moved?

NexCOBOT Leverages IntelĀ® Vision Accelerator Design Products to Deliver Robotics with AI for Industry 4.0

POSTED: 06/19/2019

Solution Brief: Advancing industrial optimization and automation via the integration of machine vision and AI Executive Summary: Robots play a major role in making manufacturing processes more efficient and less labor intensive. They can help control costs and improve quality, as well as increase productivity. The complexity of robotic system design, however, creates

Tips for Improving Gantry Performance

by Dean Crumlish and Bill Lackey

POSTED: 05/21/2019

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series of occasional articles featuring guest authors from among our partners. Gantries play an important role in a variety of applications such as DNA analysis, pick-and-place assembly, industrial materials handling, and many

Understanding Your Options in Corrosion Resistance

by Alex Polo, Sales Engineer

POSTED: 03/05/2019

Editor’s note: In this ongoing video series, members of the Motion Solutions engineering staff share insights on technologies and problem-solving. The Motion Solutions Engineered Solutions team works daily to design complex electromechanical assemblies across a variety of industries. With

New Vertex web portal features budget-friendly precision positioners

by MOSO Marketing

POSTED: 01/17/2019

Motion Solutions is proud to announce the launch of the web portal for its Vertex brand of motion products. Accessible from the Motion Solutions homepage, the new portal provides technical details about our full line of proprietary positioning products. Visit the pages

New Amplifier Designs Improve In-Position Stability

POSTED: 12/18/2018

A new drive rack, the XR3, was recently released to work with Aerotech’s industry-leading A3200 software-based machine controller. The XR3 includes completely redesigned amplifiers: the XSP3, a pulse-width modulated (PWM) amplifier, and the XSL3, a linear amplifier. Figure 1. Aerotech XR3 3U, 19” Drive

Keep Your Step Motor Position with A Closed Loop Motion Control System

by Performance Motion Devices, Inc.

POSTED: 12/12/2018

Step motors are a common solution for controlling the position of moving components, but in some cases can be inadequate since the motor position is not necessarily known. Even though step motors are inexpensive when compared to brushless motors, in many critical applications, care has to be taken to ensure

Intuitive Surgical honors Motion Solutions with Supplier Excellence Award

by Peter Hoffman, Vice President of Marketing

POSTED: 11/20/2018

Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci surgical robotic platform, has recognized Motion Solutions with a 2018 Supplier Excellence Award for Best Customer Service. The equipment produced by Intuitive Surgical enables surgeons to perform a variety of minimally-invasive

Frontenac acquires Motion Solutions

by MOSO Marketing

POSTED: 11/20/2018

CHICAGO, IL  – Frontenac, a Chicago-based private equity firm, today announced the acquisition of Motion Solutions, a leading provider of highly engineered linear motion, motion control and automation solutions for critical, high technology applications. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered

Does Mechatronics really deliver better designs?

by Wally Logan, Vice President of Engineering

POSTED: 11/20/2018

Two things are always in short supply during machine development: time and money. Traditionally, design of motion-based machines has been a serial process. The mechanical engineers would design the frame and the motion elements. They would pass the mechanical design along to the electrical engineers, who

All-in-One Real-Time Windows IPC Machine Controller

by Dipesh Mukerji, VP Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 09/12/2018

Consolidate Robot & CNC Controllers with an All-in-One Real-Time Windows IPC for Machine Automation – Watch Video Now When it comes to machine automation, hardware costs and complexity add up fast. As your requirements expand, so does your ever-growing list of

Machine Automation Explained

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering, Motion Control

POSTED: 09/12/2018

Generally, machine velocity and positioning systems are controlled using devices like linear actuators, hydraulic pumps or electric motors, such as a servo. However, motion control utilizes special technology systems comprised of electric actuators like ac/dc servo motors. A typical motion control system includes three

Understanding the Basics of PLCs

by Daron Underwood, CTO, Vice President R&D

POSTED: 09/12/2018

PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) are mainly used in industrial and commercial applications. Industries rely on a wide range of machines that are complex to operate. Every machine has parts that are operated by motors, pneumatics or hydraulic drive systems. Sensors are


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