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Motion control

Miniature servo motor controller (15/12/2014)
An addition to its ESCON servo controller family, maxon motor has recently introduced yet another miniaturised, postage stamp-sized OEM plug-in module.
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Portable machine vibration assessment tool (10/06/2014)
Article image SKF has launched a vibration assessment tool which allows users to safely, quickly and easily assess any problems with their machinery.
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Servo motor range gains extra torque and flexibility (04/04/2014)
Article image Parker Hannifin has added to its compact SMB series brushless servo motor range. The SMB170 not only extends the torque capability of the series to 60Nm, but is also said to offer flexibility to OEMs for projects in food processing, packaging, material forming and handling machinery, due to its extensive range of motor frame configurations and options.
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Cost-effective motion control solutions 18/03/2014
LG Motion can offer motion control solutions from Arcus Technology, to provide simple and cost-effective motion control solutions – from single- and multi-axis standalone stepper drive and control packages, to integrated intelligent stepper drives for distributed control, with a choice of communication interfaces, touchscreen integration, simple multi-tasking programming and source codes for a variety of PC-based programming platforms and LabVIEW.  Full Story...

Servo drives with integrated safety functionality 03/12/2013
The range of programmable single- and multi-axis modular servo drives from Moog has been extended to include optional safety functions compliant with the EN 61800-5-2 safety standard.  Full Story...

Servo system promises energy-efficient motion control 30/07/2013
The MELSERVO MR-J4 series of servo amplifiers, from Mitsubishi Electric, complete with associated positioning units, motion modules and integrated motion control systems are said to enable machine builders and end-users to improve productivity and reduce energy costs. Full Story...

Multifunction motor starter with integrated motor protection 04/06/2013
Eaton has launched its first multifunctional motor starter with integrated motor protection in a 30 mm mounting width for motors with ratings from 0.06 to 3 kW. Full Story...

Control unit with positioning capability 26/03/2013
Siemens Drive Technologies Division has added a new control unit variant with positioning capability to its Sinamics G120 drive system. Full Story...

Optimised solution for cost-effective motion control 30/01/2013
A new compact electric cylinder (EPCO) and controller (CMMO), have been launched by Festo, as an addition to its optimised motion series positioning system. Full Story...

Decentralised materials handling field device controller 16/10/2012
SEW Eurodrive has launched a new decentralised field device drive controller which combines complex functionality with ease of use. Full Story...

TwinCAT 3 is available for download online 19/09/2012
TwinCAT 3 is now globally-available for download from the Beckhoff website featuring a greatly expanded toolset available via eXtended Automation (XA). Full Story...

Bringing together linear and rotary drive systems 24/07/2012
One of the highlights on the Beckhoff stand at the 2012 Hannover Fair was its new XTS drive system (eXtended Transport System). Full Story...

Modular multi-axis robotic joints 12/12/2011
Robolink is a system of modular multi-axis joints designed by igus for use in humanoid robots and lightweight automation applications, particularly in projects where masses are to be kept as low as possible. Full Story...

New dimensions in decentralised drive architecture 21/11/2011
B&R is expanding its range of drives with a series of motor-integrated servo drives with IP65 protection. Full Story...

Efficient drive solutions complement IE2 and IE3 motors 18/10/2011
More than two thirds of the total energy spend for industrial automation is consumed by electric drive technology and that an individual electric motor’s energy consumption makes up about 98% of its total cost of ownership over its average life. Full Story...

TÜV certifies Mechatrolink Network Safety Protocol 19/09/2011
Mechatrolink Members Association (MMA) has received confirmation that its Mechatrolink motion control network meets industry safety standards. Certification was received after an independent third party confirmed that these specifications satisfied the requirements of IEC61508 safety integrity level SIL3. Full Story...

Copalp system passes PLCopen tests 13/09/2011
PLCopen has announced that Copalp has successfully passed the tests performed by the test laboratory of iƒak in Germany, for the Certification of a system according to PLCopen Conformity Level ST (Structured Text for its Straton version 8.2 offering. Full Story...

Drives and controls upgrade for Saica Packaging 19/07/2011
The UK operation of Saica Packaging has succeeded in increasing its productivity levels following a drives and controls upgrade by Optima Control Solutions (OCS) on a corrugating line at its Edinburgh plant. Full Story...

Integrated motors in packaging equipment on the rise 10/05/2011
A recent study from IMS Research indicates that integrated motor sales into the packaging industry are forecast to continue growing following a 48.8% growth in 2010. Full Story...

PLC and motion control combines with visualisation 31/03/2011
The Lenze 3200C controller, launched at the 2010 SPS/IPC/Drives, interestingly combines PLC and motion control functionalities with visualisation in a bid to target complex machines with multiple axes and centralised control such as packaging machinery, handling systems and robots. Full Story...

Slimmed down servo control 22/03/2011
The incredibly thin new servo controller from Beckhoff - measuring just 12mm wide - was displayed at SPS/IPS/Drives. The EL7201 servo terminal, for the Beckhoff EtherCAT Terminal system, integrates a complete servo drive for motors up to 200 W into a standard I/O terminal housing. Full Story...

Huge energy savings realised on Coca-Cola bottling line 04/03/2011
While retrofitting a transportation system, Vienna-based Coca-Cola Hellenic Austria used a mechatronic drive which has allowed for a 75% energy saving, which is equivalent to an annual reduction of 41 tons of CO2. Full Story...

Linear motors application guide update 01/03/2011
Aerotech has released an updated edition of its popular Linear Motors Application Guide including a new section on applying linear motors as components in servo positioning systems. Full Story...



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