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Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control posted in August 2013
Motion Controller Helps Improve Automotive Testing
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8/19/2013  6 comments
When testing automotive components, this motion controller will increase flexibility and reduce costs.
Expanding the Capabilities of Piezo Motion Control
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8/16/2013  3 comments
Recently introduced integrated piezoelectric flexure actuators provide an enhanced level of convenience and performance for the OEM designer.
Energy-Efficient Actuation
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8/15/2013  4 comments
Different types of actuator technologies produce different results when it comes to industrial energy efficiency. Choosing the best technology can play an important role in reducing energy consumption and resulting emissions.
Slideshow: The Changing Face of Industrial Automation
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8/13/2013  Post a comment
Advancing technologies such as simpler yet more capable drives, FieldBus-based pneumatic installations, and piezo-actuated valves indicate a rapidly evolving industry.
Make Way for the Kiosk Invasion
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8/7/2013  5 comments
Engineers can play a key role in strategies to design and manage remote kiosks.
Bearing Life Prediction for Gearboxes With Applied Overhung Loads
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8/5/2013  5 comments
Design options can increase bearing life of a selected gearbox.
How to Get From Here to There
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8/5/2013  Post a comment
A company’s success depends on its plan, and the same applies to mechanical motion.




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