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January 10, 2017

Slow Speed Applications Using a Soft Starter

Many applications could benefit from the ability to adjust the speed of a process while operating. Reasons for this include positioning, checking or adjusting alignment, or inspecting equipment, such as a band saw. There are several methods you can use to obtain slow speed control in applications, including variable-frequency drives, soft starters, and mechanical gearing.

Integration of CAD for Electrical Engineering by Automation
September 15, 2016

Integration of CAD for Electrical Engineering by Automation

By Has Group
When dealing with CAD for electrical engineering the situation is different: the right technology and high integration enable a company to save a great deal of time, money and manpower through systematic information management.

Industrial Wired vs. Wireless Networking on the CNC Shop Floor
August 12, 2016

Industrial Wired vs. Wireless Networking on the CNC Shop Floor

In order to improve efficiency and remote management on the CNC shop floor, networking is required from both device level and infrastructure level. This whitepaper discusses which method is preferred, wired or wireless?

Energy-efficient machine tool technologies for any size shop
February 18, 2016

Energy-efficient machine tool technologies for any size shop

By Okuma
CNC machining processes contain hidden costs that often go unnoticed. Here’s how Okuma’s ECO suite technology can achieve significant energy savings by reducing power consumption.

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Machine Tool Apps: A Manufacturing Definition
April 16, 2015

Machine Tool Apps: A Manufacturing Definition

By Okuma
Paper describes machine tool apps and the 29 apps available in Okuma’s App Store, ranging from CAD/CAM software, measurement and gaging to security and tooling.

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AMT discovered E-CAD outperformed CAD tools
June 10, 2014

AMT discovered E-CAD outperformed CAD tools

Advanced Machine & Tool of Fort Wayne, Indiana upgraded its old electrical CAD software because an important auto industry customer required EPLAN project documentation. Switching to EPLAN made it possible to generate accurate and well-structured documentation faster than previously possible.

CNC Machining for Curved Surfaces
February 26, 2014

CNC Machining for Curved Surfaces

By Okuma
White paper describes Okuma's Super-NURBS programming functionality that meets high-accuracy finish requirements while speeding up cycle times.

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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.

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.

Muting and Light Curtains: Four Common Machine Safeguarding Flaws and How to Avoid Them
August 05, 2012

Muting and Light Curtains: Four Common Machine Safeguarding Flaws and How to Avoid Them

By Tyler Glieden, SICK

When used with a safety light curtain, muting enables the safety function to be temporarily disabled for a limited time to let parts or products in while protecting workers from potentially hazardous situations. Here are four common safety flaws and how to avoid them.

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.

Why Pay for More Than You Need?
October 23, 2011

Why Pay for More Than You Need?

Automation.com, October 2011
By Jay Becker, Dunkermotor
OEMs will benefit from not specifying and purchasing more control features and functionality than their applications require. This White Paper discusses seven distinct integral control topologies to enable OEM design engineers to choose what suits their application without over-specifying.

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Eight Tips for Optimal Machine Vision Lighting
June 29, 2011

Eight Tips for Optimal Machine Vision Lighting

By Microscan Systems

Proper lighting is critical to the success of a machine vision application, and should be the first consideration when setting up a system. A well planned lighting solution will result in better system performance and save time, effort, and money in the long run.

June 27, 2011

Machining accuracy of machine tools

PlantServices, May 2011

By Hedienhein

Productivity and accuracy of machine tools are important competition aspects. Rapidly changing operating conditions for machine tools, however, make it difficult to increase productivity and accuracy.

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The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication
June 20, 2011

The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication

June 2011

By Matt Mowry, Igus

In today's economy, machine and equipment manufacturers are feeling more pressure than ever to reduce costs without sacrificing machine performance, but this balancing act can be difficult to achieve. One of the main goals of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is to reduce the initial capital expense for its customers. However, OEMs often overlook a simple solution that can have a positive, long-term impact on their customers' bottom lines: the elimination of bearing lubricant.

April 19, 2011

Reducing Servomotor Instability

By Marcus Schick, Siemens

Excessive speed controller gain causes instability in a servo system. However, lowering this gain is often not a viable option, so a systematic approach should be used to determine the best remedy of the instability.

March 22, 2011

When upgrading machinery, don’t gamble with CE Marking

By Stewart Robinson, Pilz Automation Technology.

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC came into force at the end of 2009. While machine builders have to deal primarily with ‘scope’ and ‘conformity assessment,’ the main challenge for end users is the issue of 'upgrading' or 'interlinking' of machinery.

Demystifying the European Machinery Directive
March 22, 2011

Demystifying the European Machinery Directive

By Andras Szende, TUV Rheinland North America

The evolution of the Machinery Directive over the last decade has spawned new safety and compliance issues. This whitepaper will de-mystify and clearly articulate the requirements for manufacturers of both SEMI and Industrial Automation equipment and machinery.

New generation inductive transducers
August 12, 2010

New generation inductive transducers

By Mark Howard, Zettlex

Paper describes why inductive transducers are chosen for the toughest jobs, how they operate and why a new generation of inductive devices is taking over.

Development of Highly Reliable Multilayer Piezo Actuators
July 20, 2010

Development of Highly Reliable Multilayer Piezo Actuators

By P. Pertsch, et al, PI Ceramic

White paper covers the development and lifetime tests of ceramic encapsulated actuators under different operating conditions (DC and AC).

Energy management considerations with today’s drive systems
March 16, 2010

Energy management considerations with today’s drive systems

By Michael Perlman, Siemens

It is important for today’s machine builders and automation engineers alike to remember that an energy-efficient system can actually translate into higher productivity.

August 27, 2009

The Promise of M2M: How Pervasive Connected Machines are Fueling the Next Wireless Revolution

Embedded Computing, August 2009

By Syed Gilani, Mentor Graphics

This paper defines the concept of M2M, cites examples on how M2M is being implemented in various businesses/industries, and discusses how some of the partners in M2M are beginning to offer innovative solutions. Registration required.

Linear guiding system simplifies gantry routers
February 17, 2009

Linear guiding system simplifies gantry routers

By IVT

From woodworking to foam cutting, CNC routers are a commonplace system found in many different areas on the manufacturing floor. Integral V linear guiding system eliminates the tedious alignment process.

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Quality check and inspections in production time
January 20, 2009

Quality check and inspections in production time

By SMAC

Paper describes SMAC XYZ, a quality check (QC) system that follows a 3D contour or motion path and provides three-dimensional detailed inspection and verification of all parts on a production line.

December 20, 2008

How to match laser cutting technology to application requirements Part 1

By Markus Klemm, Spartanics

Advances in laser cutting technology, and especially those that relate to the sophistication of the software engineering underlying laser cutting controls, have created dramatic improvements in the type of outputs that can be expected from laser cutters.

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December 20, 2008

How to match laser cutting technology to application requirements

By Markus Klemm, Spartanics

To source the best laser cutting technology for your operation, first determine application requirements in terms of: complexity of geometries to be cut; production rates required; sheet vs. web; and type of materials (PET, ABS, polycarbonate, etc.).

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