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Recipe for Automated Press Feed Streamlining setup using an integrated control architecture has created a recipe for simplifying press feeder operation. The operator selects the right recipe, and the software sends the instructions that allow the machine to automatically adjust itself to the correct parameters for the job within seconds. Full Story
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Automation Control Software Integrated development is a key trend in motion control and automation software. Check out the newest products offering tightly coupled solutions for motion, logic, HMIs and factory data networking.Full Story New Motion Control Association A new industry association puts the focus on motion control and plans to strengthen support for motion control trade shows, conferences and online training resources. Visit the group’s website for news and technical articles. Full Story Fluid Power Solutions: Smaller and Simpler Miniaturization, corrosion-resistance and simplified operation are key trends in new fluid power products. Check out how some of the newest products are offering solutions for fluid power applications. Full story Gigabit Ethernet PowerlinkEthernet Powerlink now includes new Gigabit operation that offers a 10x boost for high performance automation systems. Other news items include EPL support by frequency converter manufacturers and a new product catalog. Full story
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New Generation Motion Controllers Learn how improvements in the areas of microprocessor performance, power devices and Ethernet communication simplify system design and leads to better performance.
Five Essential Technologies for Motion ControlThe newest advancements in software and hardware have made it easier to develop machines with motion control that are lower in cost and more efficient than ever before.
"Heat dissipating" motor shaft coupler I am looking for a supplier who makes a shaft coupler that will permit enough steady state heat dissipation so that a temperature difference from one side of the coupler to the other will be approximately 450deg F. I have a servo motor controlling a mechanical assembly inside an oven (600deg F) and I need to maintain a direct, inline connection with the motor shaft (100-150deg F).
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NB TOPBALL® SLIDE PRODUCTS NB Corporation Twenty four pages of detailed dimensional and mechanical information on NB’s TOPBALL® slide products, which offer 27 times more travel life to automation equipment, machinery and instruments. NB LINEAR SYSTEMS NB Corporation Over 400 pages of detailed drawings and tables provide dimensional and mechanical information on slide guides, slide screw, ball splines, TOPBALL®, slide shaft, slide way, slide table, gonio way, actuator, slide, stroke and rotary bush products. NB SLIDE GUIDES NB CorporationNB slide guides are high-precision, high-rigidity linear bearings with low friction, non-stick or slip mechanisms that provide smooth linear motion even under high loads. Detailed drawings and tables provide dimensional and mechanical information. 3-D CAD now available.
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Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.