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Motion Control Resources

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

Take Control of Automation with All-in-One Motion Control System

POSTED: 04/07/2020

Setting up an integrated system for all of your automation devices and equipment is no easy task. You need a powerful, cost-efficient motherboard and ensure that the entire system will be compatible and functional. Not only that, you need to plan for future expansion. With NEXCOM's newest NET 355 hybrid motion control system, life

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

Open and Modular Robotics with NexROBA Solution

POSTED: 06/21/2019

NexCOBOT’s NexROBA is an open and modular solution, based on standard EtherCAT communication. Since every set of industrial robots is a system, NexROBA offers the flexibility to provide modules in a robotic system, such as robot controllers, EtherCAT I/O, and teach pendant, depending on customer’s needs. The software of this

NexCOBOT Leverages Intel® 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

Audio Interview on AI and Robots in Industrial Applications

POSTED: 06/13/2019

Executive Vice President of OpenSystems Media, Rich Nass, is also responsible for Embedded Computing Design, and recently spoke with NexCOBOT's Director of Global Partner Alliance & Business Development, Kai Wang, on how industrial robots are expanding from automotive assembly to just about any industrial application you can think of. In

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


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