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  • Different Drive Concepts For Different Machine Tool Motions

    Different Drive Concepts For Different Machine Tool Motions

    Main Drives Main drives are predominantly closed-loop controlled, electric synchronous, and asynchronous motors. Their applications include kit or housed motors for use in turning, milling and grinding machines as well as in machining centers. The traditional spindle drives with housed motors – ...
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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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  • What types of motion can you create with multi-axis linear systems?

    What types of motion can you create with multi-axis linear systems?

    Point-to-point motion, Blended motion, Contoured motion. For many tasks, multi-axis linear systems — Cartesian robots, X-Y tables, and gantry systems — travel in straight lines to achieve quick point-to-point movements. But some applications, such as dispensing and cutting, require the system...
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  • Linear Motion Systems: Only as Strong as Weakest Link

    Linear Motion Systems: Only as Strong as Weakest Link

    Review five links in the chain of design elements so critical to precision operation. A linear motion system is only as strong as the most compromising links in its chain of mechanical and electromechanical elements. Understanding each component and feature (and its impact on design output) impr...
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  • 6 things small manufacturers need to know about Cartesian robots

    6 things small manufacturers need to know about Cartesian robots

    Load, Accuracy, Stroke, Controller, Driver and Supplier. 1. They handle heavier loads—A 20 kg payload is no problem for a Cartesian robot, which makes money savings possible by downsizing mechanics, using smaller components and less complex controls. 2. They fit tough orientations—A Cartesian ro...
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  • Doing the Heavy Lifting: When Cartesian Robots Make the Most Sense

    Doing the Heavy Lifting: When Cartesian Robots Make the Most Sense

    Terminator Size Robot is Ok? Compared to a Cartesian robot, a SCARA or six-axis system will generally deliver higher performance out of the box at a higher cost and with greater programming requirements, but with a smaller footprint, less weight and less rigid arm extension. On the other hand, a...
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  • What are the main types of linear actuators?

    What are the main types of linear actuators?

    Belt-driven/Screw-driven/Pneumatically driven/Rack-and-pinion driven/Linear motor driven 【Belt-driven and screw-driven actuators】 Although belt and screw drives are different technologies, it makes sense to put them in the same category because they are the two most common types of electromech...
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  • What’s the Difference Between Serial Kinematics and Parallel Kinematics in Multi-axis Motion Design?

    What’s the Difference Between Serial Kinematics and Parallel Kinematics in Multi-axis Motion Design?

    We are solving the positioning problem. Today’s positioning tables and stages include hardware and software that’s more customized than ever to satisfy specific output requirements. That’s made for motion designs that move accurately through even complicated multi-axis commands. Precision feedba...
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  • A Selection Guide for Linear Systems

    A Selection Guide for Linear Systems

    Multi-axis Stages and Tables 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 most cases, were an imperfect fit for their application. Manufacturers toda...
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  • Robotics or Motion Control? That is the question.

    Robotics or Motion Control? That is the question.

      10 Questions to Help Decide. Though the lines can often be blurred, robotics and motion control are not the same thing. They are closely related in many ways, but robots lean towards more “pre-engineered” solutions while motion control leans towards more modular solutions. This small but ...
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  • Tips for selecting pre-engineered Cartesian robots

    Tips for selecting pre-engineered Cartesian robots

    3 Steps to Design Your Linear Positioning System Cartesian robots operate in two or three axes along the Cartesian coordinate system of X, Y, and Z. While SCARA and 6-axis robots are more widely recognized, Cartesian systems can be found in nearly every industrial application imaginable, from se...
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  • What are Planar Errors and How Do They Affect the Accuracy of a Linear Motion System?

    What are Planar Errors and How Do They Affect the Accuracy of a Linear Motion System?

    Linear, Angular and Planar Errors. In an ideal world, a linear motion system would exhibit perfectly flat, straight motion and reach the intended position with zero error every time. But even the highest precision linear guides and drives (screws, rack and pinions, belts, linear motors) have som...
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  • Swiss Army Knife for Industrial Automation

    Swiss Army Knife for Industrial Automation

    Common Applications for Linear Rail Guides   Linear rails are the backbone of many industrial applications, providing low-friction guidance and high stiffness for loads that can range from just a few grams to thousands of kilograms. Their range of sizes, accuracy classes, and preloads mak...
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  • Why Use Linear Guides and Ball Screws with Ball Chains?

    Why Use Linear Guides and Ball Screws with Ball Chains?

    Key Design Character for Your Linear Motion System One of the differences between radial ball bearings and recirculating ball linear guides has historically been that radial bearings typically use a cage to separate the balls and control their movement, whereas profiled rail guides did not. But ...
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  • What are the Differences Between Plain and Rolling Linear Guides?

    What are the Differences Between Plain and Rolling Linear Guides?

    Make a Good Choice for Your Linear Positioning System A linear guide (or linear bearing) is a mechanical element that allows relative motion between two surfaces, with one surface supporting the other, and minimum friction between the two. There are two basic types of linear guides: plain and ro...
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  • Three efficient ways to reduce maintenance costs for linear systems

    Three efficient ways to reduce maintenance costs for linear systems

    Replacing a linear guide carriage or replacing a full carriage and rail assembly. Inadequate lubrication can cause bearing failure. But while lubrication is the most important maintenance factor in linear bearing life, there are other things that users can do to reduce maintenance costs and ensu...
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  • What the World Would be Like if Palletizer Machines Didn’t Exist

    What the World Would be Like if Palletizer Machines Didn’t Exist

    Hello Automation, Goodbye Manual Palletizing Palletizer machines have become an essential part of automation, replacing human error and injury in manufacturing with efficiency and speed. In addition to such benefits, palletizers can handle environments that would otherwise be injurious to worker...
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  • 4 Primary Application Parameters—Stroke, Load, Speed and Precision

    4 Primary Application Parameters—Stroke, Load, Speed and Precision

    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 most cases, were an imperfect fit for their application. Manufacturers today offer systems based on a ra...
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  • How to design a linear-motion system?

    How to design a linear-motion system?

    High efficiency, accuracy and stiffness. The shortest path between two points is a straight line. But if you’re designing a linear-motion system, you’ll have to consider structural support, guides, drives, seals, lubrication, and accessories between points A and B. Whether you decide to design a...
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  • Seven Key Parameters to Design an Optimal, Cost-effective Linear Motion System

    Seven Key Parameters to Design an Optimal, Cost-effective Linear Motion System

    Load, Orientation, Speed, Travel, Precision, Environment and Duty Cycle. Careful analysis of the application, including orientation, moment and acceleration, will reveal the load that must be supported. Sometimes, the actual load will vary from the calculated load, so engineers must consider the...
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  • Innovative Servo Drive Suppresses Vibrations

    Innovative Servo Drive Suppresses Vibrations

    Suppressing Vibration Dramatically Reduces Settling Time. In a high-speed pick-and-place operation, settling time is the enemy of productivity. Speed is essential for high-volume assembly. However, speed also creates problems. In a pick-and-place operation, for example, moving quickly from side ...
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  • Don’t overlook these factors when choosing a linear system

    Don’t overlook these factors when choosing a linear system

    Movement Life Means a Lot. When sizing a linear system, the first application parameters that come to mind are probably travel, load, and speed. In addition, details about the load’s placement, the move profile, and the duty cycle are needed in order to accurately calculate the bearing’s useful ...
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  • Three Easy Ways to Reduce Maintenance Costs for Linear Systems

    Three Easy Ways to Reduce Maintenance Costs for Linear Systems

    【Look and Listen】 Once the system is installed, tuned, and run-in, pay attention to any changes in running smoothness or noise. Rough running can indicate excess contamination or damage to bearing surfaces, while an increase in running torque often signals extreme wear. Noise has several poten...
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  • Where Linear Motors Improve Designs: Application Example in Multi-axis Stage

    Where Linear Motors Improve Designs: Application Example in Multi-axis Stage

    A Robotic Control XYZ Gantry Machine-tool applications and the manufacture and assembly of semiconductor components account for more than half of all linear-motor use. That’s because linear motors are precise (albeit costly compared to other linear-motion options). Other applications for these r...
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  • How Many Axes Should My Robot Have?

    How Many Axes Should My Robot Have?

    If you have already shopped for a robot you have probably already been confronted with the number of axes that are included in the robot. Perhaps, if you are new to the robotic world you may wonder: What this all means? and Why is it important how many axes my robot has? Robots will have 3 to 7...
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  • Capture Moving Timelapse Video with this Motion Control Camera Slider

    Capture Moving Timelapse Video with this Motion Control Camera Slider

    single-axis linear motion system I’ve enjoyed capturing timelapse videos ever since I found myself in possession of a camera that could do them. I love the way they transform the mundane into the surreal, whether it’s the ability to see a transformation taking place that’s too slow to observe wi...
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  • Cartesian Handling System: 2D Motion & 3D Motion

    Cartesian Handling System: 2D Motion & 3D Motion

    Customization and Versatility Cartesian handling systems as serial kinematics have main axes for straight-line motion and auxiliary axes for rotation. The system acts simultaneously as guide, support and drive and must be integrated into the application’s complete system regardless of the handli...
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  • What Questions Should You Ask During the Product Lifecycle?

    What Questions Should You Ask During the Product Lifecycle?

    There are four phases of a product’s lifecycle. When you’re in the business of manufacturing, it’s important to know exactly why you’re doing what you’re doing and to leave nothing to chance. There are too many resources invested across the entire manufacturing process to be flippant about it. T...
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  • What Makes a Robot a Cartesian Robot?

    What Makes a Robot a Cartesian Robot?

    As opposed to another type of robot or multi-axis system. First, a Cartesian system is one that moves in three, orthogonal axes — X, Y, and Z — according to the Cartesian coordinates. (Although it should be noted that a rotary axis — in the form of an end effector or end of arm tooling — is somet...
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  • What the World Would be Like if Palletizer Machines Didn’t Exist?

    What the World Would be Like if Palletizer Machines Didn’t Exist?

    Palletizer machines have become an essential part of automation, replacing human error and injury in manufacturing with efficiency and speed. In addition to such benefits, palletizers can handle environments that would otherwise be injurious to workers. Instead of requiring the hire of more labo...
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  • Designing with Motion Control in Mind

    Designing with Motion Control in Mind

    What OEMs and design engineers need to know about motors, drives, and controllers. Whether designers are improving a motion-centric machine or building a new one, it is essential they begin with motion control in mind. Then they can develop the design around the best way to get effective and eff...
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  • Ballscrews Provide Fast, Accurate Linear Motion

    Ballscrews Provide Fast, Accurate Linear Motion

    What, Why and How Because of their ability to provide high thrust and accurate positioning, ballscrews can be found in many automated assembly applications that require linear motion. Ballscrews drive positioning stages for assembling small parts. Ballscrews control the Z axis in robots and the r...
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  • How To Use Tools/bits Of Wood CNC Router Machines?

    How To Use Tools/bits Of Wood CNC Router Machines?

    The selection and use of tools/bits and fixtures are very important in the process of engraving and cutting works with CNC router machines. Incorrect use can easily cause damage to the tools, even the engraving effect will be greatly reduced. How to select and use tools for wood cnc router machi...
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  • Whether to Make or Buy a Linear System?

    Whether to Make or Buy a Linear System?

    Calculate Linear and Radial-bearing Life, Ball-screw Life, Ball-screw Critical Speed, and Deflection of the Support Profile When considering whether to make or buy a linear system, think about the engineering time and expertise you’ll need to design the system from scratch. You’ll need to calcul...
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  • Switching from Robot Systems to Cartesian Handling Systems

    Switching from Robot Systems to Cartesian Handling Systems

    Overview of industrial robots The trend in conventional linear and rotational applications is moving away from robots to energy-efficient and cost-optimized systems, as manufacturers often don’t require all the functions, large sizes and degrees of freedom robots provide. Although considered an ...
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  • Tips for selecting pre-engineered Cartesian robots

    Tips for selecting pre-engineered Cartesian robots

    【X-Y and X-Y-Z orientations】 Cartesian robots operate in two or three axes along the Cartesian coordinate system of X, Y, and Z. While SCARA and 6-axis robots are more widely recognized, Cartesian systems can be found in nearly every industrial application imaginable, from semiconductor manufa...
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