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Control Engineering, September 2011
By Dennis Nolan, STMicroelectronics
Robots that use motors in the joints present a motion-control challenge. Should the application produce torque using a six-step technique or sinusoidal commutation for brushless dc motors?
Pursuing Sustainability With VFDs
Control, September 2011
By Dick Caro
The primary incentive to use a VFD for flow control has been energy savings by elimination of the need to pump liquid to a high pressure, only to waste that pressure as energy loss through the control valve.
Optimizing Brushless DC Motors for High-Speed Applications
Design News, August 2011
By Norbert Veignat, Portescap
Some applications require motors that rotate up to 50krpm to 60krpm and are capable of delivering high acceleration and deceleration.
Simpler Servos Extend Their Reach
Control Design, August 2011
By Jim Montague
The line between servos and steppers motors have started to blur with the latest innovations in servo motors.
Driving Machine Performance Through Motion Control
Industrial Automation Asia, August 2011
By Prasad Padman, Moog
From top global automotive manufacturing facilities to small, specialised job shops, motion control solutions are needed to increase productivity, minimise operating costs and improve finished product quality while ensuring operational safety.
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NI Introduces Vision and Motion Hardware
Products include PCIe-1473R reconfigurable Camera Link frame grabber for demanding embedded vision applications and NI 9502 motion module for the CompactRIO platform.
Siemens announces Simotion D445-2 motion controllers
Features include onboard Profinet interfaces and high-speed I/O. A single controller can support up to 128 axes of motion.
Beckhoff introduces EL7201 EtherCAT Servo Drive I/O Terminal
EL7201 terminal integrates a complete servo drive for motors up to 200 W into a standard 12 mm I/O terminal housing.
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Motors & Drives: A Practical Technology Guide - $99.00
The author of this practical reference introduces engineering concepts of motors and drives in a way that can be easily understood by both engineers unfamiliar with the technology and technicians who are technically literate but not accustomed to complex theory and mathematics.
Rockwell publishes EtherNet/IP guide for machine builders
The guide provides detailed design guidance, recommendations and best practices to help control-system engineers use EtherNet/IP.
Thomson publishes Mechanical Motion Solutions Brochure
The brochure provides an overview of key product features and specifications for the company's complete family of mechanical and electromechanical motion solutions.
GAMBICA offers free VSD energy savings calculator
Free calculator estimates the energy savings that installing a variable speed drive (VSD) on a relevant application can achieve.
Free Online rolling bearing friction calculator
BEARINX-online Easy Friction helps users identify and maximise the potential for energy efficiency savings within a machine or system.
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PBC Linear guides TigerStop metalcutting machine
PBC Linear's Integral-V linear guide system reduces mounting components, improves alignment and provides ease of installation across scalable working lengths.
Improving steel mill throughput with DC drives
Control Engineering Europe, August 2011
The replacement of analogue DC drives with digital DC drives from Control Techniques for energising electro-magnets at Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium in South Africa has reduced downtime and increased throughput on a steel bar production line.
Control system integrates PLCs and PACs
Plant Services, August 2011
With most of its technology more than a decade old, Evergreen upgraded its production machinery with EtherNet/IP, CompactLogix PACs and PowerFlex ac drives from Rockwell Automation.
ABB commissions drive and control systems at Copper Mountain mine
ABB supplied three low speed dual pinion mill drive systems for the startup of a new semiautogenous (SAG) mill and two ball mills.
Machine Controller Simplifies Development Of Plasma Tube Cutter
Process and Control Today, July 2011
All five electrical axes on a plasma cutting machine for flue pipes are controlled by a Baldor NextMove ESB-2, a compact real-time machine control module which receives commands direct from an on-board PC-based CNC system.
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Configuration Dependent Indexing Solutions
Automation.com, October 2011
By Performance Motion Devices
Many assembly systems use a conveyor belt to "index" a subassembly to a designated work area. There are various ways to implement indexing and the overall complexity of the assembly process dictates the most efficient implementation.
Machine Design Guide
Automation.com, September 2011
By Christian Fritz, et al, National Instruments
Faster, better, and cheaper is the name of the game for machine and device designers. This machine design guide examines the best practices and tools that successful machine designers use to make different design trade-offs, meet design challenges, and increase profit.
Open-loop PM motor control technology
By Jun Kang, Yaskawa Electric America
Permanent Magnet (PM) motors have higher efficiency than induction motors because there are no I2R losses of the rotor. But widespread use of PM motors has been discouraged by price and requirement of a speed encoder. This paper describes open-loop PM motor control technology.
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TÜV Certifies Mechatrolink Network Safety Protocol
Certification of the Mechatrolink field network for safety makes it possible for MMA members to build motion control and machine control systems for use in applications that comply with safety standards.
Chinese wage inflation opens market for linear motion products
Plant Engineering, September 2011
IMS Research says that automation in Chinese factories is expected to increase dramatically in the next two years to stem a sharp increase in wages. This will mean an increase in opportunities for manufacturers of linear motion products and linear and torque motors.
New Infrastructure Propels High Power AC Drives Market
ARC says the high power AC drives market will experience strong growth through 2015.
AMT and AMTDA mulling merger?
A committee will meet to discuss strategic partnerships and a joint approach to important manufacturing issues, as well as consolidated services.
Dunkermotoren Acquires Copley Motion Systems
Copley Motion Systems develops and manufactures highly dynamic linear motor systems.
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Nexen to supply Roller Pinion System to Flow International
Nexen will supply Roller Pinion Systems to Flow International for Flow's new line of waterjet machines.
Rockwell Automation to supply PlantPAx to Grizzly Oil Sands
Grizzly will use the PlantPAx and Endress+Hauser instrumentation to help produce more than 5,000 barrels of oil per day at the first phase of its Algar Lake Project.
ABB to supply drives for steel mill in South Korea
ABB won an order from Hyundai Steel Company (HSC) to supply the drive system for the extension of its existing heavy plate mill in the Chungnam province of South Korea.
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EtherCAT Industrial Ethernet Seminar Series (San Diego)
October 18, 2011
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Learn about the benefits and the challenges of Industrial Ethernet. EtherCAT seminars are educational events from the experts. Explore and understand EtherCAT technology. Talk with EtherCAT experts face-to-face, and discover the table-top exhibition: See how EtherCAT can help you.
PLC/PAC AUTOMATION: Advanced System Integration, Programming and Design (TC36P)
December 5, 2011 - December 9, 2011
Location: Research Triangle Park, NC, USA
This course defines Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and Process Automation Controllers (PAC) architecture, configuration, and programming from out-of-the-box to actual installation.
PROFINET Certified Network Engineering Class
December 5, 2011 - December 2, 2011
Location: Johnson City, TN, USA
In this hands-on training you will dive into the installation, operation and maintenance of PROFINET products and networks. This course is an intensive, four-day training program.
Meggitt releases online industrial vibration training videos
Videos explain vibration monitoring to beginner and intermediate users and help them understand how to derive the benefits of vibration analysis.
Manufacturing Institute Adds Mechatronics Certificate Program
PMMI's Mechatronics Certificate program has been added to The Manufacturing Institute's Manufacturing Skills Certification Systems offerings.
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International Conference for Vision Guided Robotics
October 25, 2011 - October 27, 2011
Location: Plymouth, MI, USA
The International Conference for Vision Guided Robotics (ICVGR) focuses on the successful implementation of vision guided robotics for a variety of industries. From proven techniques to new technology advancements, you’ll learn effective ways to address your specific challenges, including reducing costs, improving quality and advancing productivity.
RoboBusiness Leadership Summit
November 2, 2011 - November 3, 2011
Location: Boston, MA, USA
The Premier Executive Conference Business and Technology Conference Serving the Commercial Advancement of Robotics
MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference
November 8, 2011 - November 10, 2011
Location: Cincinnati, OH, United States
MC2 is aimed at promoting the benefits and implementation of MTConnect and showcasing commercially available products that utilize the standard. Offering two tracks: Technical, focusing on the "hands-on" side of implementing and using MTConnect; and the Business track, emphasizing the increased productivity and ROI that the standard can enable.
Automation Fair 2011
November 16, 2011 - November 17, 2011
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Join us in Chicago as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Automation Fair. A great opportunity to explore a wide variety of smart, safe, sustainable manufacturing solutions geared toward improving your business profitability. And, best of all, it's FREE.
November 23, 2011 - November 25, 2011
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Saint Petersburg "Automation" exhibition is the largest independent specialized international exhibition on industrial automation and computer technologies in Russia.
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