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Motion Control Resources

Mobile and Portable Automation Demands Light, Efficient, and Cool Operation

by Performance Motion Devices

POSTED: 08/31/2020

In this entry to PMD's solving motion control problems series we will focus on mobile and battery operated applications where three particular requirements become especially important: the weight, the efficiency, and the amount of heat generated by the motor and associated controls. Mobile robotics covers a broad range of applications,

New Control Technique Combines Servo Performance With Step Motor Cost

by Chuck Lewin, Founder and CEO, Performance Motion Devices, Inc.

POSTED: 06/29/2020

When it comes to step motors, a new drive technique called stepper servo is making everything old new again and winning back machine designers who may have relegated step motors to the category of low cost but low performance. What makes this technique powerful is that it can use a generic

Measure While You Press — Force Feedback in Linear Actuators

POSTED: 04/20/2020

Introduction Successful automation processes that use linear actuators may benefit from incorporating force feedback into the control loop. In fact, most motion specialists are familiar with the concept of electrical feedback or pressure feedback from forces applied in electrical or hydraulic systems. Monitoring force feedback can improve process control, help maintain consistent

Benefits of Electric Linear Actuators Over Hydraulic Systems

POSTED: 04/20/2020

Contrary to common opinion electric actuators actually have a lower total cost than hydraulic cylinders. Although the upfront costs of an electric linear actuator can be more than a hydraulic system, the additional benefits described below tip the balance in favor of electric linear actuators. CONTROL Electric linear actuators equipped with a

How Fix Servo Motor Noise

by Performance Motion Devices

POSTED: 03/20/2020

Everyone working in motion control has a war story; be it the machine that stopped working mysteriously or the motor that wouldn't stop vibrating. This deep dive around servo motor noise is part of a series that focuses on motion control problems you may run into and provides some ammunition

Rotary Encoders Join the Industrial Internet of Things

by Jeff Smoot

POSTED: 02/26/2020

While it may be that Benjamin Franklin is widely attributed to making the phrase “time is money” popular, I do not believe that I am stretching the truth by stating that this phrase also rings painfully true for anyone associated with machine design, industrial automation, or robotics. Machine down time

New Low Cost Torque Control ICs Provide Field Oriented Control

by Performance Motion Devices

POSTED: 12/31/2019

The MC73112, MC73112N, MC71112, and MC71112N from PMD are newly released ICs that provide torque control of 3-phase Brushless DC and DC Brush motors with advanced features such as FOC (Field Oriented Control), shunt regulation, PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) signal generation with shoot-through protection, overcurrent & overtemperature protection, braking, and

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

Get 2X faster development with Performance Motion Devices

POSTED: 05/29/2019

For many OEMs, there’s no business case for do-it-yourself motion systems For OEMs like you, hitting your product introduction date is crucial. In fact, metrics have repeatedly shown that the length of time spent developing a product has a greater impact on its success than its costs. Some of the best

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

Analyst Agree: Medical Equipment Market Poised for Growth

by Scott Depenbrok, President

POSTED: 04/19/2019

Driven by changing population demographics worldwide, the medical equipment market is on the rise. Several different analysts predict increasing sales, with estimated compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) ranging from 4.5% to 6.3%. Those numbers aren’t huge but they are

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

Five Questions with Aaron Dietrick of Tolomatic

by MOSO Marketing

POSTED: 01/22/2019

Editor’s Note: this story is part of an ongoing series of blog entries in which Motion Solutions partners discuss opportunities and challenges facing the automation industry. Q: What are key emerging technologies

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

Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours

by Scott Depenbrok, President

POSTED: 12/20/2018

The entire Motion Solutions team joins together in offering season’s greetings to our customers, partners and friends. 2018 has been a good year for us, and we have you to thank. We


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