Motion Control Trend Watch 2007 - 2008 Editor's Letter: Motion Control Sales Grow Motion control salesmen have been hustling this year. According to a study released in October by the Motion Control Assn. (MCA), sales of motion products in the second quarter of this year jumped 3.7 percent over those of the first quarter. Full Story
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Powerful, More Affordable Digital Drives Moore's Law has transformed digital drive technology in much the same way it has the computer industry, offering drives twice as much processing power and memory for the same prices offered 18 months to two years ago. Full Story Powerful Control Options If you are an engineer looking for controllers, you have more flexible options available than ever before and suppliers are offering a wide variety of powerful control platforms. More processing power is creating new controllers of all types and offering engineers new integrated solutions for distributed control. Full Story Configuring a Motion Control System
Mechanical components include linear actuators, gearheads and mechanical connectors/couplings. In most systems, they provide critical links to the motor and/or load. As a result, these components must keep up to the performance, size and cost trends driving other portions of the motion control system. Full Story Taking Advantage of Fluid Power
Hydraulics and pneumatics continue to play critical roles in motion control systems. In addition to traditional applications for products such as linear actuators where improved performance, lower cost, smaller form factors and added features drive new product developments, system requirements can define new products that use the capability of fluid power. Full Story Motors Continue to Evolve
The latest trends in motors, whether they are servos, steppers, induction motors or brushless dc, keep coming back to detailed fundamentals and each aspect of the overall motor package. Suppliers are focusing on more compact sizes, improved power density, better integration of feedback devices and lowering costs. Full Story View the Motion Control Trend Watch Supplement Table of Contents
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More Flexible Operation with Digital Drives By leveraging processing technology in ASICs, FPGAs and DSPs, digital drives are more powerful than ever before and suppliers are expanding their capabilities. Full Story All-in-One Machine Control Development of single control platforms that can handle motion, logic and HMI control, with Ethernet and other high-speed network communications as a way to coordinate the system, is creating new options for machine control. Full Story Geared Transition
The basic design criteria of gear reducers involves obtaining the proper operating torques and speeds in specific applications. This initial step is certainly far from meeting the total system requirements in today's demanding applications. Full Story Sensors Go the Small and Rugged Route
Photoelectric sensors provide key position information in industrial process control. Since these sensors are in the middle of the action, both small and rugged are critical factors. When an international protection (IP) rating of IP67 is standard, size, functionality and features become key differentiating factors. Full Story View the Motion Control Supplement Table of Contents
To Flex or not to Flex? That is the Question
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