From the control standpoint, semiconductors provide the starting point for improved motion control performance. The trends in this area include increased integration in microcontrollers developed specifically for motor control applications. In high voltage motor controls, advances in IGBTs provide improved power dissipation in power devices and allow higher current capability. Bringing both the control and power switching together in a reference design provides a systems approach with improved performance.
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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