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  • Setting the Stage for Good Machine Design

    Setting the Stage for Good Machine Design

    No matter how sophisticated your motion controller, it can’t overcome a poorly designed electromechanical system. Motion-control systems consist of three main components: the positioning mechanism, motor drive electronics, and motion controller. Each of these components should be carefully...
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  • How to Design a Linear Motion System

    How to Design a Linear Motion System

    Consider supports, guides, drives, and seals when designing a linear system. Know your precision, repeatability, loading, and environmental requirements before starting linear-system design. Low-friction, high-stiffness ball guides support on one rail (top) or two (bottom). The trade-offs for th...
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  • Electric Linear Actuators: Make or Buy?

    Electric Linear Actuators: Make or Buy?

    Engineering an electric linear actuator system in-house is often the most cost and time-efficient route to an automated motion solution. Sometimes you are better off buying. Who could know better than you exactly what your electric linear actuator needs are? And today you can buy so many ready-m...
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  • New Ventilator Prototypes Rely on Linear Actuators

    New Ventilator Prototypes Rely on Linear Actuators

    The safe and efficient delivery of oxygen to patients. Bag valve masks, also called ambu bags (artificial manual breathing units) are used to deliver oxygen to patients who aren’t breathing on their own. But while they have saved many lives, they are not well-suited for treating patients with th...
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  • Increasing Step Motor Torque Without Increasing Frame Size

    Increasing Step Motor Torque Without Increasing Frame Size

    The key is adding stacked rotors and stators, but you must live with a physically longer motor. Step motors provide accurate position control without the need for feedback, traditionally in open-loop control schemes. A stepper motor’s shaft normally makes discrete angular movements of essentiall...
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  • Understanding Your Options in Corrosion Resistance

    Understanding Your Options in Corrosion Resistance

    Choices for linear bearings include bearing material, coatings, and sourcing. Corrosion is an oxidation reaction that affects most metals. In the case of steel, the iron oxidizes when exposed to air and water to form rust, which can gradually destroy the material over time. The surfaces of steel...
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  • Crawling Robots and Flying Drones Detect Damaged Wind Blades

    Crawling Robots and Flying Drones Detect Damaged Wind Blades

    Robots, drones, and sensors help with inspections now and could be fully automated in the not-too-distant future. Drones and crawling robots outfitted with special scanners could help wind blades stay in service longer, which could lower the cost of wind energy at a time when blades are getting ...
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  • How to Choose a Linear Actuator?

    How to Choose a Linear Actuator?

    You can save over 30% on costs while still improving the technology of your linear assembly at the same time. Screw-driven or belt-driven linear actuator? Linear actuators are an important element in automation and mechanical engineering and help with a variety of tasks, from simple to extremely...
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  • Picking, Purchasing and Programming Your First Industrial Robot

    Picking, Purchasing and Programming Your First Industrial Robot

    Some quick advice on getting the most out of that first purchase. Robots don’t disappoint. After a manufacturing company buys its first industrial robot installation, it goes back time and time again to buy more to further automation to their factories. Given that robots boost productivity, prof...
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  • Pulse Control Basics for Motion Control

    Pulse Control Basics for Motion Control

    For automating machines that require only two to three axes of electric actuators, pulse outputs may be the simplest way to go. Using pulse outputs from a PLC is a cost-effective way to get simple motion. Most, if not all, PLC manufacturers provide a way to control servos and steppers using a pu...
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  • 1800N Thrust Load 0.2mm Position Accuracy Electric Linear Actuator

    1800N Thrust Load 0.2mm Position Accuracy Electric Linear Actuator

    DC Motor Quiet design, solve the noise problem when the putter is working.   Metal Gear Powder metallurgy, pure metal gear, super high strength, double the toughness. Upper and Lower Limit Switch The telescopic rod will automatically stop when it reaches the top or bottom to ensure that the...
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  • 5 Tips to Keeping Your Surface Preparation Equipment Healthy

    5 Tips to Keeping Your Surface Preparation Equipment Healthy

    Here’s what you need to know about maintenance, responsibility, and selection of industrial machines. Prior to the Second World War, machines were basic, bulky, and slow-running. Because production demands were low, machine downtime did not cause considerable problems. However, with technologica...
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  • 10 Benefits of Using a Pick-and-Place Machine

    10 Benefits of Using a Pick-and-Place Machine

    The road to improved productivity and product quality often starts with pick-and-place automation. Pick-and-place machines have become an essential part of the modern manufacturing environment, offering customizable ways to solve problems and ultimately bolster companies’ bottom lines. Here are ...
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  • What Makes a Linear Guide Suitable for High Temperature Use?

    What Makes a Linear Guide Suitable for High Temperature Use?

    Metal components, Plastic components, Lubrication, Optional components and accessories. For most recirculating ball and roller linear guides, the allowable operating temperature range is -10° to 80° C, with some configurations rated up to 100° C for brief periods. But not all applications fall w...
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  • How to Reduce the Effects of Stiction (stick-slip) in Linear Guides

    How to Reduce the Effects of Stiction (stick-slip) in Linear Guides

    What causes stiction? How to reduce them. Unless you’re playing the violin, stiction, or stick-slip, is an unwanted condition caused by the difference between static and dynamic friction between the two surfaces. When stiction occurs in linear guides, it can lead to chattering (“jerky” motion), ...
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  • What are Rail Brakes and When Should You Use them?

    What are Rail Brakes and When Should You Use them?

    How to Select and Apply Rail Brakes The servo and stepper motors that drive linear motion systems often include a braking function, or, in the case of stepper motors, detent torque that helps prevent the motor (and, therefore, the load) from moving when powered off. But in some applications, a s...
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  • How to Specify Pulleys for Synchronous Belt Drives

    How to Specify Pulleys for Synchronous Belt Drives

    High speed and precision belt driven system design. When designing a belt drive system, the first step is to choose the most suitable belt for the application. But the pulleys also play an important role in the performance of the belt — especially in synchronous belt drive systems, where proper ...
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  • Pushing the Limits of Linear Accuracy

    Pushing the Limits of Linear Accuracy

    Straight, accurate movement is far from easy. Straight, accurate movement is far from easy, and linear positioning devices prove it by erring in not one, but three dimensions Just when you thought you had the “linear motion” concept nailed down – hit the required points on the straightaway and y...
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  • What Options are There for Integrated Motor and Screw Designs?

    What Options are There for Integrated Motor and Screw Designs?

    External motor-screw integration, Non-captive motor-screw integration and Captive motor-screw integration Ball and lead screw assemblies are often driven by a motor connected in-line with the screw shaft via a coupling. While this mounting arrangement is simple and easy to service, the addition ...
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  • Three important design considerations for Cartesian robots

    Three important design considerations for Cartesian robots

    System configuration, Cable management, Controls. If your application calls for a Cartesian robot, you have a wide variety of options, depending on the level of integration you want to undertake. And although pre-engineered Cartesian robots are becoming more widely adopted as manufacturers expan...
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  • Linear Guides, Power Transmission, Actuators See Unexpected Applications

    Linear Guides, Power Transmission, Actuators See Unexpected Applications

    More precision and ease installation. Our 2020 survey of the industry indicates an unabated trend towards more automation of previously static or manually tended systems. Key to these new offerings is installation simplicity for OEMs and end users of linear components for linear axes … as well a...
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  • Linear Positioning Stages and XYZ Tables

    Linear Positioning Stages and XYZ Tables

    Cartesian Robot for Pick and Place Application. Positioning stages and tables are used in motion control systems to hold down a work piece and/or to position it for some operation. Stages or tables, whether linear or rotary, are most often complete motion sub-systems. That is, they are motion sy...
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  • Rules for Actuator and Guide Alignment in Linear Motion Systems

    Rules for Actuator and Guide Alignment in Linear Motion Systems

    Following a few simple guidelines for designing linear motion systems can improve system performance and actuator life. Many automated machines rely on linear guidance components, such as profiled rail, round rail or other rolling or sliding bearing structures, to guide and support the moving el...
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  • Linear Motor vs. Ball Screw

    Linear Motor vs. Ball Screw

    The Cost-efficient Application for Your Own Design. While ironless linear motors have been used in semiconductor and electronic applications for more than a decade, they are still viewed by many designers and OEMs as “niche” products. But the perception of linear motors as a costly solution for ...
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  • Motion basics: How to define roll, pitch, and yaw for linear systems

    Motion basics: How to define roll, pitch, and yaw for linear systems

    Including Cartesian robots, gantry systems, and XY tables. Linear guides and systems are typically subjected to both linear forces due to downward, upward, and side loads and rotational forces due to overhung loads. Rotational forces — also referred to as moment forces — are typically defined as...
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  • Linear Positioning Stages/Tables

    Linear Positioning Stages/Tables

    Cartesian Robot for Gantry System Positioning stages and tables are used in motion control systems to hold down a work piece and/or to position it for some operation. Stages or tables, whether linear or rotary, are most often complete motion sub-systems. That is, they are motion systems themselv...
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  • A Selection Guide for Linear Systems

    A Selection Guide for Linear Systems

    Belt driven, Ball screw driven, Rack and pinion driven, Linear motor driven, Pneumatic driven systems. Gone are the days when machine designers and builders had to choose between constructing their own linear system from scratch or settling for a limited range of pre-assembled systems that, in m...
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  • Linear Encoders Improve Accuracy

    Linear Encoders Improve Accuracy

    Linear encoders boost accuracy by correcting errors downstream of mechanical linkages. Linear encoders track axis position without intermediate mechanical elements. The encoders even measure transfer errors from mechanical linkages (such as rotary-to-linear mechanical devices), which helps contr...
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  • How to Get Predictable and Reliable Linear Motion

    How to Get Predictable and Reliable Linear Motion

    Accuracy and repeatability, Capacity, Travel length, Usage, Ambient environment, Timing, Orientation, Rates. Here are some tips on how to correctly specify and size a linear-motor-driven actuator using the mnemonic ACTUATOR—short for accuracy, capacity, travel length, usage, ambient environment,...
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  • Motion Trends Update: Positioning Stages Lead Charge to Pragmatic Design

    Motion Trends Update: Positioning Stages Lead Charge to Pragmatic Design

    Horizontal and vertical Linear Stage Z Axis Positioning Stage Positioning stages today can satisfy specific and demanding output requirements. That’s because customized integration and the latest in motion programming now help stages get incredible accuracy and synchronization. What’s more, adva...
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  • How to Shrink the Size of a Linear Actuator

    How to Shrink the Size of a Linear Actuator

    Solution for X-Y stages and small machining centers, such as 3D printers. Linear actuators come in a wide range of sizes, but over the past several yeas, manufacturers have been emphasizing more and more compact footprints. But no matter how small the actuator, the addition of a motor can make t...
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  • Motion Trends Update: Positioning Stages Lead Charge to Pragmatic Design

    Motion Trends Update: Positioning Stages Lead Charge to Pragmatic Design

    The main advances in motion over the last decade have occurred in control systems and electronics. Positioning stages today can satisfy specific and demanding output requirements. That’s because customized integration and the latest in motion programming now help stages get incredible accuracy a...
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  • How to Choose Linear Guide Accuracy

    How to Choose Linear Guide Accuracy

    Mounting considerations, Single block on a single rail, Multiple blocks on a single rail, Multiple bearings on multiple rails. When choosing a recirculating linear guide, there are several criteria that need to be specified, including size, preload and accuracy. And although the term “accuracy” ...
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  • XY tables: How do they differ from Cartesian and gantry systems?

    XY tables: How do they differ from Cartesian and gantry systems?

    A common XY table design uses crossed roller slides and a ball screw drive for very high travel and positioning accuracies. There are many ways to build linear systems for motion in the X, Y, and/or Z directions – also known as Cartesian coordinates. The terms we generally use to refer to these ...
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  • High Speed Linear Actuators: What Qualifies Them as High Speed?

    High Speed Linear Actuators: What Qualifies Them as High Speed?

    Speed is primarily dependent on the drive mechanism. Like many terms used in the linear motion industry – “heavy duty,” “miniature,” and “corrosion-resistant,” to name a few – there is no industry standard that specifies what constitutes a “high speed” linear actuator. Nevertheless, there are so...
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  • Top 5 Industrial Robotics Applications

    Top 5 Industrial Robotics Applications

    Assembly, Picking and packing, Material removal, Welding, Painting. From food processing to automotive production, industrial robots are becoming ubiquitous. Highly-automated and programmable, these machines execute repetitive tasks with high precision, reliability and throughput.Due to these fe...
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