MOTIONEERING(TM) is a Windows-based software tool that allows the motion-control designer to choose an application; define a motion profile; and select the optimum servomotor, amplifier, and power supply. The software's database of motor types includes dc servo, brushless servo, direct-drive linear and rotary, and vector ac. A key feature of the software is the "project" approach where multiple axes of motion and their product solution are combined. This allows power supply and shunt regeneration calculations to be done based on the simultaneous operation of multiple axes.
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Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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