The Ball Screw ComDRIVE system is engineered as a self-contained actuator package that combines a ball screw jack, motor, and gear reducer into a single compact package. It can power an entire jacking system, reducing the number of components users need to specify. Also, users can simplify designs and reduce costs since the product is an easier-to-install, integrated unit with fewer components than multi-jack systems, according to the company. Joyce/Dayton Corp.
Reduces power supply
The ZXBM1015 single-phase motor pre-driver is designed for variable or fixed speed control of single-phase brushless dc fans, blowers, and pumps. It includes a current monitor that enables supply current on start-ups and stall to be kept permanently within OEM specifications. It is reportedly the first of its kind to offer a configurable phase commutation delay, enabling users to accurately meet the requirements of different motor sizes. Zetex Semiconductors
The ACS LP Series ultralow profile rotary stage with integrated ER collet chuck provides automated material handling capability for a variety of materials and applications. ER collets are designed to provide excellent run-out characteristics for applications requiring high-precision gripping of tubular material. The collet is retained with a threaded retaining cap that enables quick changeover, and is configured in a "fail safe" normally closed mode where full clamping force is applied when no air pressure is present. Aerotech Inc.
SERVO CONTROL SYSTEM
With 16,000 count/revolution encoders
The 34 Frame I-Grade SilverNugget N3 controller/driver is designed for servo control of the company's NEMA 34-frame step motors. Also included in the system is one of six 34-frame step motors with attached encoder. The 34 frame I-Grade motor/encoders range in torque from 500 to over 3,200 oz-inch. All have 16,000 count/revolution encoders. The system handles inertial mismatches of 100:1, making it fit for direct-driving large loads in applications such as labeling, packaging, and web handling. QuickSilver Controls Inc.
The System E3 Energy Chain features the short pitch design of the company's System E6 product line for smooth, quiet operation and low vibration. It also features the traits of the company's Zipper series of cable carriers. It is comprised of a link, spring connector strip, and opening zipper. The product is engineered to be lightweight and compact, making it ideal for smaller applications, such as drawer slides, enclosures, and pick-and-place robots. Igus Inc.
VIBRATION ISOLATION MOUNTS
In four heights
Engineered for designing or retrofitting sensitive OEM equipment where external isolation is not desired or is not suited to the application, Series 1206 provides vertical and horizontal isolations. It is available in variety of shapes and sizes with load capacities ranging from 200 to 20,000 lbs. It comes in four standard heights: 4, 6, 12, and 24 inches. They have a standard blue polyurethane finish and are Class 100 cleanroom compatible. Kinetic Systems Inc.
The company's microcontroller-based motor controller supplies up to 180A per channel at 12 to 40V. It features multiple command input modes for use with either radio control receivers or analog devices, such as industrial or gaming joysticks. It is engineered for easy installation where space and weight are issues. It measures 7 × 5.5 × 1.5 inches, and weighs 3.4 lbs. AmpFlow Inc.
Range of uses
The RO-Bug remotely operated linear actuator system integrates a 12 or 24V dc servo motor with a 12 or 24V dc amplifier for remotely operated applications. Each product is tuned and configured for a standard 1 to 2 msec pulse RC interface. It is ideal for a variety of applications, including remotely operated industrial, law enforcement, and entertainment robots; rudder aileron, throttle, and camera controls for UAV; and throttle, steering, braking, and shift controls for ROV. Ultra Motion
Delivers high-speed inspections
Able to accurately sense and evaluate more than 10,000 objects per minute, the P4 EDGE is fit for validating the height and width of parts, finding the location of labels, or detecting the edge of materials such as plastic or paper on a Web operation. Other features also make it easy to deploy and be operational quickly. For applications where product lines are constantly being changed, a remote TEACH feature allows the sensor to learn new elements it will need to inspect without connecting to a PC or shutting down the line. It can interface to machines and factory networks via its built-in 10/100 Ethernet connection, RS-232, or discrete input/outputs. Included mounting brackets facilitate easy location of the P4 EDGE sensors on machines or conveyors. The units feature three bicolor LED indicators to clearly show unit status during setup and operation. Banner Engineering
CORNER LEG SYSTEM
Enables height adjustment
The Movotec® Corner Leg System is designed to enable height adjustment of a range of light industrial machines, such as workbenches, conveyors, and assembly equipment. The product's lift cylinders are integrated directly into aluminum structural profile framing material with a 10-mm T-slot. It is offered in four-leg sets with motorized or hand-crank versions. Maximum load capacity for a system of four legs is 750 lbs. Suspa Inc.
The company's hollow pancake stepper motor features a 2.5-inch hole in the center for a microwave tube. It is engineered for applications where accurate positioning and high torque are needed. It has a 1.8-degree step angle and provides up to 400 oz/inch of torque. Coils are available in bipolar or unipolar configurations and in a variety of voltages. Haydon Switch & Instrument
RING INDEX DRIVES
Three different sizes
The company's family of ring index drives— models 1100RNG, 1550RNG, and 2050RNG— feature larger through-holes to accommodate a range of automated machinery and equipment, including electrical wiring and air or hydraulic lines. They are ideally suited for pad printing and decorating equipment and for automatic assembly machines that require a large number of workstations. Features include direct shaft-mounted motorized drive package with reducer and brake-motor combinations to suit any application. Industrial Motion Control
Designed for the company's DMC-21×3 series of Ethernet motion controllers, the AMP-20542 Low Inductance Servo Motor option attaches directly to the 96-pin connector, eliminating the need for any cabling. The option contains four transconductance, PWM amplifiers for driving small, low-inductance brush or brushless servomotors. Each amplifier operates at 18-60V dc at up to 3.3A continuous, 5A peak. Galil Motion Control
The company's 9300 Series of equipment platforms are engineered to isolate large sensitive equipment from surrounding floor vibrations. It is configurable for a range of applications, including vibration isolation for SEMS, TEMS, CMMs, steppers, and mask aligners. It offers omnidirectional, ultra-low frequency vibration damping and automatic leveling while raising equipment just inches off the floor. Platform stiffness is comparable to that of a 3-inch plate of solid steel at approximately one-third the weight. Kinetic Systems Inc.
Four sizes available
The company's miniature slides, type LZM, are engineered as complete and compact assemblies for linear motion applications where short strokes are required and space for system components is minimal. They offer high carrying capacity, smooth motion, and precision guidance for a variety of applications. Ideal applications include fiber optics, medical, pneumatics, semiconductor, microassembly, and electronics industries, among others. They are available in four sizes: 7, 9, 12, and 15. Widths range from 17-32 mm, and lengths range from 26-165 mm. SKF Motion Technologies
With DTS control
Designed to allow users to easily integrate the latest developments in sinusoidal motion control and its benefits into applications, the TA320 linear three-phase servo amplifier features very low electrical noise, making it ideal for integration in or near systems that have noise-sensitive circuitry. The 700W continuous (1,400W peak) product can be configured to accept two sinusoidal commutations separated by 120 degrees with the third phase generated by the amplifier. It also features DTS control. TrustAutomation
With eight leads
The company's high-torque, NEMA 42, 1.8 degree, step 2 phase hybrid step motor features a holding torque that reaches 180 inches/lb in a 4.3-inch square by 5.91-inch long package size. It is supplied with eight leads that allow it to be energized in unipolar, bipolar series, or bipolar parallel connection configurations. It weighs 18.5 lbs with a rotor inertia of 0.097 lb-inch-sec2. Single angle accuracy is within ± 5 percent of a full step in an unloaded condition. Gee Plus Inc.
The 880 series of gearmotors are available in five gear ratios ranging from 5.8:1 to 42.8:1. They produce up to 1,060 inch/lbs of continuous duty torque. The products are totally enclosed and fan cooled, making them ideal for a variety of applications, including food preparation, chemical mixers, automatic feeders, and packing equipment. Each feature permanently lubricated shielded bearings that have been preloaded to reduce end play, and a dynamically balanced rotor shaft for smooth running. Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.
RACK PINION DRIVES
This range of zero-backlash rack and pinion drives eliminate system backlash by means of a split-pinion and dual-pinion arrangement, providing ultra-precise positioning and repeatability. Positioning accuracy is maintained during acceleration and deceleration, as well as for direction of travel reversals. These drives are suitable for a wide range of applications, including traveling gantries and columns, milling machines, and material feel axis drives. Industries served include material handling, automation, aerospace, machine tool, and robotics. Atlanta Drive Systems
For various applications
Intelligent Motion Systems (IMS) is one of the leaders in motors, drives, and controls with patented products such as the MDrive, which combines onboard electronics with high-torque brushless motors in NEMA sizes 14, 17, 23, 34, and 42. Extensive MDrive options provide customizable products with off-the-shelf prices. IMS offers complete motion control systems, such as the MicroLYNX ,which fits in the palm of one's hand, microstepping drives, full- and half-step bipolar drives, power supplies, complete microstepping systems, and motors including hybrid stepping, linear actuator, dc, and patented IOS. IMS provides motion control solutions that are compact, powerful, and inexpensive. Intelligent Motion Systems Inc.
LOW-PROFILE ROTARY STAGES
Automated material handling
The ACS LP series ultralow profile rotary stage with integrated ER collet chuck provides automated material handling capability for a wide range of materials and applications. ER collets provide excellent run-out characteristics for applications requiring high-precision gripping of tubular material, and are readily available in sizes that support tube diameters from 0.5 to 16 mm. The collet is retained with a threaded retaining cap that enables quick changeover and is configured in a "fail-safe" normally closed mode where full clamping force is applied when no air pressure is present. Air is delivered to the collet or gripper assembly through an integral rotary union using a seal-less, frictionless design. This 100 percent noncontact rotary-union design ensures a lifetime of maintenance-free operation. The combination collet chuck and rotary union assembly also has significantly less friction and inertia than external assemblies created from discrete parts. This reduced inertia improves system performance by allowing higher peak acceleration and reducing position error during laser machining operations. Aerotech Inc.
INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION CATALOG
Data, photos, prices, and more
AutomationDirect's 2005 free catalog offers 5,500 industrial automation products for a wide range of applications. The expanded 1,700-page volume features product descriptions, technical data, photos, and price lists for PLCs, ac drives/motors, operator interfaces, sensors, encoders, and more. Automation Direct
Powerful servo analysis GUI
The SPiiPlus FRF (frequency response function) Analyzer™ is a powerful servo analysis GUI for all ACS-Tech80 SPiiPlus motion controllers. It allows mechanical characterization of the user's machine and takes machine tuning and optimization a great leap forward. With this tool users can obtain the mechanical signature of their machine, identify and compensate for mechanical resonances, expand machine bandwidth and stability margins, and improve performance. In addition, OEM users can compare the mechanical signatures between different machines and measure changes in machine performance over time. ASC-Tech80
High-powered, increased torque
Efficient gearmotor solutions for hospital beds, powered awnings, turret drives, mobility conversions, and more are featured in this new brochure from Globe Motors™. The brochure details the performance, durability, and cost advantages of Globe Motors' IM-21 gearmotors. IM-21 gearmotors are available in a 12, 19.1, 24, and 30.3V dc, with a variety of standard gearbox configurations, up to 187.5 lb-inch continuous torque and 600 lb-inch intermittent torque. The brochure includes detailed configuration and performance specs. Globe Motors
LINEAR-TYPE STEPPER MOTOR
Long life and high thread efficiency
The LINEARSTEP® offers linear motion in a rotary size package. LINEARSTEP is available with outside dimensions of 25 and 35 mm. The motors' linear shaft movement allows the customer to design a simple system at a fraction of the cost of conventional rotary stepper motors. The LINEARSTEP has a long life and durability due to the ball bearing support and the sturdy motor case. Additionally, employing a special type of thread spec and material enables the LINEARSTEP to offer high thread efficiency and a large driving force. Typical applications for the LINEARSTEP are X-Y table laboratory systems, medical pump devices, semiconductor wafer handling machines, optical camera systems, and antenna communication devices. Nippon Pulse America Inc.
Protect ac motor bearings
When variable frequency drives are used to control ac motors, currents are induced on the motor shaft. These harmful currents build up until they are strong enough to discharge through the bearings, causing fusion craters (frosting, pitting, fluting, etc.) that lead to premature motor failure. By channeling such currents to ground with their patent-pending Electron Transport Technology, AEGIS products from Electro Static Technology prevent such damage and dramatically extend motor life. Designed for a variety of applications, these products are fit for OEM motor manufacturers and motor repair shops as well as in-house maintenance. Three different products provide rugged, reliable protection for any size motor. Easily installed and maintenance-free, they last for the life of the motor. Electro Static Technology
MULTI-AXIS MOTION CONTROLLER
The Advanced SPiiPlus PCI multi-axis motion controller supports position feedback devices with SIN-COS output up to 3 MHz with built-in programmable multiplication factor up to 8,192. This opens new possibilities for demanding applications, particularly in the field of semiconductor and FPD inspection, which demand sub-nanometer resolutions without compromising on speed. ACS-Tech80
New 21000 series
The 21000 series (Size 8) linear actuators are the newest and smallest addition to HIS's hybrid motor line. These linear actuators occupy a minimal 0.8 inch square (21 mm) space and include numerous patented innovations that provide customers high performance and endurance in a very small package. The 21000 series linear actuators are available in three designs—captive, non-captive, and external linear versions. They are available in a wide variety of resolutions ranging from 0.0015 to 0.04 mm per step and deliver thrust of up to 4.5 kg without compromising long life or cost. These models can also be microstepped for even finer resolution. The use of proprietary manufacturing processes that incorporate engineering thermoplastics in the rotor drive nut and a stainless steel acme lead screw allows the motor to be highly efficient and durable. Typical applications include medical equipment, semiconductor handling, valve control, X-Y tables, handheld instruments, and many more. Haydon Switch & Instrument Inc.
MOTION CONTROL CARD
Adds advanced servo filters
The Magellan™-PCI motion controller come with dual biquad filters. Available in one-, two-, three-, and four-axis versions, Magellan-PCI supports dc brush, brushless dc, microstepping, and pulse and direction motors. On-the-fly changes and PLC-style external signal input/output breakpoints can be used to create application-specific profile changes. It is also suited for demanding applications in medical, scientific, and general automation. Communication occurs through a PCI bus, via a serial port or using CANBus. The Magellan-PCI provides servo loop rates of up to 50 µsec/axis, 5 mcount/sec quadrature encoder input rate, and pulse and direction output of up to 5 mpulses/sec. Performance Motion Devices
Protects ac motor bearings
The new AEGIS SGR™ shaft grounding brush prevents electrical damage to ac motor bearings and extends motor life by safely channeling harmful shaft currents to ground. Conductive microfibers inside the AEGIS SGR provide the path of least resistance for shaft currents to discharge to the motor frame. Maintenance-free, the SGR is unaffected by dirt, grease, or other contaminants and provides the longest-lasting protection available. The patent-pending AEGIS SGR Conductive MicroFiber™ Brush is easily installed by sliding the ring over either end of the motor shaft and locking it in place with simple screw-on mounting brackets. Because no machining is required, the SGR can be installed in minutes—even in the field. There are no RPM limitations on the operation of the motor. The SGR is available in 39 standard sizes to fit any NEMA motor ranging from 1 to 150 hp with shaft diameters from 0.775 to 2.395 inches (20 to 60 mm). Larger sizes up to 6 inch (150 mm) shafts are available by special order.Electro Static Technology
MOTOR TESTING SOFTWARE
With enhanced user-friendly features
M-TEST 5.0 is a motor testing program designed for Windows® 2000/XP operating systems. The software is fit for PC-based data acquisition when it is used in conjunction with Magtrol's motor testing dynamometers and controllers. Users can test and calculate up to 22 different parameters with M-TEST 5.0. The data collected from these tests and calculations can then be used to help determine the performance characteristics of a motor under test. Besides outputting data graphically, test results can be displayed in tabular format, saved as a data file or easily imported into a spreadsheet. Depending on their specific testing needs, users may choose to run ramp, curve, and/or manual tests. The program also allows for pass/fail testing, which is well suited for production line and inspection applications. Magtrol Inc.
MAGNETIC PARTICLE BRAKES CLUTCHES
High capacity, high torque
The high-capacity magnetic particle brakes and clutches feature torque of up to 300 lbs-ft. They are fit for payout and rewind tension control, load simulation (for testing motors and actuators), torque limiting, and soft starts and stops. Slip torque is precise, smooth, and silent. The torque is proportional to dc input current and is independent of slip RPM. Threaded port accepts compressed air to increase heat dissipation. Placid Industries