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How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity
June 26, 2019

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity

By Oxford Economics
The robotics revolution is rapidly accelerating, as fast-paced technological advances in automation, engineering, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning converge. The result will transform the capabilities of robots and their ability to take over tasks once carried out by humans.

Calculating Acceleration for Linear Motion
February 22, 2019

Calculating Acceleration for Linear Motion

By H2W Technologies
Determining the right motion control solution may require some calculations to match the specifications found on a given motors data sheet.

IHS Report: Process industry markets up four percent in 2017
December 20, 2018

IHS Report: Process industry markets up four percent in 2017

The top process industries grew at a faster rate than the top discrete industries in 2017, and this trend continued in 2018, according to the “Low Voltage Motors Report” from IHS Markit.

What do Design Engineers Need to Know about Brushless DC Motor Technologies
September 13, 2018

What do Design Engineers Need to Know about Brushless DC Motor Technologies

By Walter Smith, Sensata Technologies
The advent of rare-earth magnets and advanced brushless DC motor (BLDC) motor design has empowered a new range of motors small enough to fit into confined spaces, powerful enough to do real work, and efficient enough to be used in wireless or remote applications.

What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology
August 09, 2018

What Design Engineers Need to Know About Voice Coil Actuator Technology

By James McNamara, Sensata Technologies
Originally developed for audio speakers, voice coil actuation technology is now being used to provide precise and reliable motion control for a wide range of medical, industrial process and space applications.

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?
April 03, 2018

What is a Voice Coil Actuator?

By H2W Technologies
A voice coil actuator, also known as a non-commutated DC linear actuator, is a type of direct drive linear motor. Voice coil actuators are typically used in focusing applications, oscillatory systems, mirror tilting, and miniature position control.

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems
February 23, 2018

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems

By Veracity
Holistic challenges such as ICS cybersecurity can be overwhelming. Security solutions often create more challenging system-wide issues. Attacking comprehensive problems with individual statements helps us to focus on solving analysis and planning issues step by step. This paper identifies two individual problem statements that address the comprehensive issue of ICS security.

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper
January 18, 2018

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper

The 20-page document, Securing Industrial Control Systems - Best Practices, covers the threat landscape and presents a holistic approach to defending it, including assessing risk, physical security, network security, workstation and server security, as well as the fundamentals of OSA.

Determining the Best Wireless Frequency for Your Remote Monitoring and Control System
January 16, 2018

Determining the Best Wireless Frequency for Your Remote Monitoring and Control System

By Scott Keller, Founder, CEO, CTO, SignalFire Wireless Telemetry
While ideal for short range building and plant environments, 2.4 GHz systems have limitations when performing in outdoor applications. A lower frequency is much better and a 915 MHz system provides a more reliable data transmission over longer ranges in more challenging environments.

Secure Configuration and Operation of OPC UA
December 18, 2017

Secure Configuration and Operation of OPC UA

The OPC Foundation published a set of practical guidelines for the secure configuration and use of OPC UA in industry.  This brochure helps readers quickly understand what OPC UA security has to offer and how to best use it. 

Quick Tips for Successful DC Motor & Gearmotor Operation
August 16, 2017

Quick Tips for Successful DC Motor & Gearmotor Operation

This whitepaper provides only the very basic fundamentals, but also a good checklist for operators to go through prior to applying new gearmotors.

Torque Sensor Sizing Criteria for Servo Motors
July 21, 2017

Torque Sensor Sizing Criteria for Servo Motors

Just like an organ transplant, you cannot add any torque sensor to your system; the torque sensor needs to have the necessary specifications to meet your system’s needs. This whitepaper provides a guide to selecting the right torque sensor for servo motors.

Motion Control and Precision Positioning in Vacuum Environments
September 26, 2016

Motion Control and Precision Positioning in Vacuum Environments

By Dr. Jürgen Gallus, PI
Vacuum applications are of growing importance due to technologies that can only be applied in vacuum or cryogenic environments. This paper outlines how PI achieves vacuum suitability for its products.

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Best Industrial Networking Practices of Machine Vision Systems
August 22, 2016

Best Industrial Networking Practices of Machine Vision Systems

By Antaira
In order to provide smooth production processes with critical machine vision applications, building a rugged Ethernet network is essential to maximize uptime and deliver quality control.

Important Considerations for Replacing and Sizing AC Motors
December 03, 2015

Important Considerations for Replacing and Sizing AC Motors

By Joe Kimbrell, AutomationDirect
The decision to replace existing motors with newer premium efficiency motors can be difficult. And, a common mistake made is thinking that buying any new premium efficiency motor will deliver optimal efficiency. This paper discusses how to determine whether to rewind or replace a motor, and how to find the right motor size for the application.

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How to cost-effectively transition to Brushless DC Motors for Your Applications
November 11, 2015

How to cost-effectively transition to Brushless DC Motors for Your Applications

By Adriano De Rosa, Micronas
Today’s brush-type DC motor solutions can be replaced 1:1 by a BLDC motor system, that on the outside, looks like a conventional motor but inside provides all advantages needed to realize intelligent motion control

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DC Motors Explained
November 05, 2015

DC Motors Explained

White paper discusses DC motor characteristics, key differences between AC and DC motors, and when to choose one over the other.
While there are different types of DC motors, including shunt, series, compound wound or stabilized shunt, permanent magnet, and brushless, the main difference revolves around how the electromagnetic fields are generated

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How to build an Omnidirectional Robot using Mecanum wheels
November 05, 2015

How to build an Omnidirectional Robot using Mecanum wheels

This application note shows how to assemble a four-wheeled robot that can move in any direction via wireless control. It includes code for the motion control system.

Motor Management Best Practices
June 03, 2015

Motor Management Best Practices

By Copper Development Association
The third installment of The Copper Development Association's (CDA) Motor Management Program, Repair Specifications, and Preventive and Predictive Maintenance, provides an outline for creating motor repair specifications and an effective maintenance plan.

10 Reasons to use Off-Line Controls Testing for Your Next Automation Project
February 05, 2015

10 Reasons to use Off-Line Controls Testing for Your Next Automation Project

By Ian McGregor, Emulate3D
Compared with the traditional methods of testing, the benefits of virtual controls testing are both numerous and compelling.. A 3D environment creates the replica of the machine or material handling system being controlled, functionality to create realistic loads within the system, and connectivity to a wide range of types of control systems under test. This paper identifies ten major advantages to adopting a virtual approach for this phase of your next automation project

Comparing Harmonics Mitigation Techniques
August 11, 2014

Comparing Harmonics Mitigation Techniques

By Jonas Persson, Comsys
Harmonics is a major concern in many applications today. The increased use of variable frequency drives introduce more energy efficient systems but also an increased harmonic loading. In this paper a number of compensation techniques are discussed.

Group Motor Protection
July 07, 2014

Group Motor Protection

By Brent Purdy, AutomationDirect
Group motor protection provides numerous benefits. It’s economical because one protection device handles multiple motors. Here’s how to satisfy the NEC requirements for group motor installations.

Top 10 Tips: Specifying VFDs
January 14, 2014

Top 10 Tips: Specifying VFDs

By Joe Kimbrell, AutomationDirect
Variable frequency drives — or VFDs — can reduce energy consumption, improve realtime control, and lengthen motor life. Selecting the right one for your application requires asking the correct questions. Here are some expert tips to consider.

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Transforming the Light Curtain
July 22, 2013

Transforming the Light Curtain

By Tyler Glieden, SICK
By reducing the need for physical guards and barriers, light curtains can increase the maintainability of the equipment they are protecting. Light curtains using pattern and object recognition require fewer sensors and less wiring while providing a safety solution that’s secure.

Control Design Guide for Next-Generation Machines
July 01, 2013

Control Design Guide for Next-Generation Machines

By National Instruments
White paper explains the challenges machine builders face today and demonstrates proven methods and solutions to get ahead of the competition. Discusses the impact graphical system design and customizable off-the-shelf hardware has on the design process and business success.

New motion control system options utilizing EtherCAT technology
June 24, 2013

New motion control system options utilizing EtherCAT technology

By Karl A. Meier, Advanced Motion Controls
White paper describes the evolution of motion and control system architectures and what new benefits are realized today when using EtherCAT, whether for a large number of axes or simple systems using just a few.

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Active energy control - optimum solution for maximum savings
June 17, 2013

Active energy control - optimum solution for maximum savings

By Bill Genaw, et al, Eaton
White paper describes the design and implementation of the active energy control algorithm of Eaton’s H-Max drives. Experimental results demonstrate that the algorithm is capable of both assuring motor stability and achieving superior energy savings compared with static or dynamic V/Hz control methods.

Fundamentals of Industrial Encoder Sensing Technologies
May 02, 2013

Fundamentals of Industrial Encoder Sensing Technologies

By Joe Kimbrell, AutomationDirect
There are many different considerations when determining what type of encoder to use in a particular application. This article examines some of the basic structures and types of encoders with the goal of differentiating among the various types based on encoder properties.

Checking voltage-frequency ratio on variable speed drives
April 10, 2013

Checking voltage-frequency ratio on variable speed drives

By Fluke
Describes how to use the Fluke ScopeMeter 190 Series II portable oscilloscope for analyzing the voltage-frequency ratio of pulse-width-modulated variable speed drives.

Precision control for slow motion applications
December 12, 2012

Precision control for slow motion applications

By Mark Howard, Zettlex

As the market demands ever more precise position and speed control, some traditional electrical control, actuation and sensing methods are being discarded and new techniques are emerging.

Drives and Motion with Profinet
December 04, 2012

Drives and Motion with Profinet

White paper describes the combining of PROFINET (PI) with PI PROFIdrive, PROFIsafe and PROFIenergy profiles to form a high-performance, flexible, and scalable drive technology.

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Variable frequency drives: energy savings for pumping applications
November 19, 2012

Variable frequency drives: energy savings for pumping applications

By Tom Neuberger and Steven B. Weston, Eaton

Because a VFD alters the frequency of an AC motor, speed, flow, and energy consumption are reduced in the system. The use of VFDs can bring further total system cost reductions, due to the elimination of components required for valve control.

Connectorization Saves Money in Both Manufacturing and Maintenance
November 19, 2012

Connectorization Saves Money in Both Manufacturing and Maintenance

By Cory Jenkins and Richard Carlson, Harting

Connectorization can save significant amounts of time and money in fabrication, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment of all types. Think seriously about adding connectors at appropriate locations on wiring and cable runs, instead of hard wiring those connections.

How to Select the Right Positioning Sensor
October 12, 2012

How to Select the Right Positioning Sensor

By Turck

White paper provides an in-depth explanation of how sensors using resistance inductance capacitance (RLC) technology enhance position sensing in industrial applications.

July 16, 2012

Flexible Digital Servo Drives Help OEMs Build a Better Machine

Automation.com, July 2012

By Carroll Wontrop, Kollmorgen White paper discusses selection criteria for servo drives in various architectures and applications. It also covers the company's AKD servo drive features that can simplify integration.

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July 16, 2012

Achieve Superior Servo Performance with Auto-Tuning

Automation.com, July 2012

By George Ellis, Kollmorgen

Transmission components can decouple load inertia from the servo system at higher frequencies. First-generation auto-tuners didn't take this "rubber band effect" into account, and even the best tuning specialists can't get optimum performance. Here's how to do it.

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July 16, 2012

Servomotor Configuration

Automation.com, July 2012

By Kollmorgen

Brush-type motors, stepper motors, and brushless AC servomotors are widely used in many industries. Each application potentially requires a different motor, and the selection process can be daunting when the possibilities in motor catalogs look virtually endless.

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July 16, 2012

How to effectively minimize EMI issues

Automation.com, July 2012

By Kollmorgen

When best practices are not available, grounding and shielding is an often misunderstood process. There is a process, it hasn't changed, and the more one knows about coupling mechanisms the more one will see that it's sound engineering principals.

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Safety Laser Scanners vs. Safety Mats – Which One Do I Choose?
June 06, 2012

Safety Laser Scanners vs. Safety Mats – Which One Do I Choose?

Automation.com, June 2012
By Sick
Once, safety mats made sense, but safety laser scanners are relegating that period to history. By providing better protection and ensuring continuity of production at less cost over the life of a machine or facility, safety laser scanners have become the component of choice for machine safeguarding and other safety applications.

March 25, 2012

Making Wiring Easier – Push-in Terminal Blocks for Modular Machine Designs

By Gordon Busch, Phoenix Contact

Push-in terminal blocks not only reduce wiring time and operator fatigue, but also meet the stringent safety requirements of the machine building industry.