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Motion Control Resources

Blog Post: Motion Solutions buys certain SMI assets

by MOSO Marketing

POSTED: 09/29/2015

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Motion Solutions, a portfolio company of North Branch Capital LLC, has acquired certain assets of Specialty Motions Inc. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Corona, California, SMI is

KINGSTAR Soft Motion - Data Sheet

POSTED: 09/21/2015

KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform - Product Brief KINGSTAR products are designed for industrial machines requiring motion control and positioning systems. KINGSTARr’s all-software approach sets it apart from other machine control solutions. Using the EtherCAT standard; the power of Industrial PCs; and the Windows operating system, enhanced by hard real-time software that transforms

EtherCAT Digital Control Bus Primer

by Ed Novak, North American Sales Manager

POSTED: 06/17/2015

ETHERCAT PRIMER 1. EtherCAT – What is it? Over the years there has been a need for an open low-cost digital control bus for automation and motion control. Some were available but had proprietary technology. With the introduction of EtherCAT it has become the accepted open standard for Ethernet-based control buses. EtherCAT was

Basics of Gearbox Selection

POSTED: 03/25/2015

Introduction Selecting a gearbox can be quite difficult. Customers have a variety of gearboxes to choose from that are capable of fulfilling diverse requirements. A wrong decision could result in the purchase of a more expensive gearbox. The power transmission industry may need a gearbox that will support overhung loads while

AC OR DC DRIVE – WHICH IS BEST FOR SMALL MOTORS?

by Mark Lewis, VP - Marketing & Sales - Dart Controls, Inc.

POSTED: 01/28/2015

Variable speed motor controls (‘drives’) have been around for many decades.  In the early years, application and budget were the primary decision criteria for choosing between a DC motor/drive package and AC equivalent.  While this practice continues, the advances in AC drive technology have made the decision more complex to

An ‘Old’ Technology Finds New Purpose - Saving Energy

by Mark Lewis, VP - Marketing & Sales - Dart Controls, Inc.

POSTED: 01/28/2015

Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) used in motor speed control designs has been around since the 1960’s.  First AC controls and later DC controls employed this method of changing speed of a motor.  The technology has always produced energy savings especially when compared to other options such as running the motor

Brushless DC – A Practical Guide to Implementation

by Mark Lewis, VP - Marketing & Sales - Dart Controls, Inc.

POSTED: 01/28/2015

Brushless DC (BLDC) motors have the performance advantages of DC permanent magnet motors without the need for motor brush maintenance.  BLDC motors have the additional advantages of very high base speed (20,000 RPM and higher), quiet operation and energy efficiency.  In years past these advantages came with an initial


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