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Motion Control High Precision Linear Focus Actuator, the LFA-2014 from Equipment Solutions Features 200 Nanometer Positioning Repeatability!

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator

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Forestville, CA, – — The motion control LFA-2014 Linear Focus Actuator has a 20 millimeter clear aperture, 14 millimeters of linear motion, 200 nanometer positioning repeatability, non-contact electro-optic analog position sensor, fully integrated SCA814 Servo Amplifier, integrated heat sink, motor coil temperature sensor, and integrated stage motion brake.

Motion Control – POSITAL Kit Encoders certified for compliance with BiSS interface standards are available from Electromate!

Motion Control – Kit Encoders Meet BiSS interface standards

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motion control - electromate logoHamilton, New Jersey, August 2021 – POSITAL has received certificates of compliance for its family of kit encoders that feature BiSS C interfaces. These encoders are designed to be installed in motors or drives, providing the control system with position feedback to over single- or multi-turn operating ranges. “We have been enthusiastic supporters of open source, non-proprietary communications standards like BiSS,” comments Jörg Paulus, head of POSITAL’s European operations and a board member of the BiSS Association. “We are confident that by supporting the BiSS initiative and offering customers products that have been certified to comply with BiSS protocol standards, we will encourage further use of this versatile and cost-effective interface technology.”

The BiSS Association e.V. is a not-for-profit user group that promotes the development and use of the open source BiSS communications protocols suites. It has initiated a certification process for equipment that makes use of this interface technology. “BiSS protocols have gained significant acceptance in the world of machine-to-machine communications,” reports Paulus.

Motion Control – Maxon introduces a multi-axis controller for highly dynamic positioning tasks!

Motion Control – Miniature Multi-axis Controller

Maxon is launching the next generation of Motion Controllers with its MiniMACS6-AMP-4/50/10. The controller is ideal for use in applications where PLC solutions may be too expensive or cannot meet customer-specific requirements.

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – Maxon’s new multi-axis controller, the MiniMACS6-AMP-4/50/10, offers precise and highly dynamic control of up to six brushed DC motors or four brushless DC motors (up to 540 W continuous output power and 1.6 kW peak output power).

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The controller is an economical and compact solution for system designers who develop autonomous robots or shuttle systems

A significant advantage of the new multi-axis solution is that it is programmable with the comprehensive ApossIDE automation software and the license-free Motion Control Library (written in C). Integrated bus interfaces enable efficient data exchange with higher-level controllers; however, it is also possible to run complete process sequences autonomously, without a PLC or PC. The MiniMACS6-AMP-4/50/10 will be available in early 2021.

Motion Control – Low Cost 1, 2, 3, and 4 ADAGIO Axis Stepper Motor Motion Control Systems Available from Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES)!

Motion Control – Stepper Motor Motion Control Systems

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motion control - stages - customThe tables, depending on length of travel, measure 120 x 120 mm (4.73 in x 4.73 in.), 150 x 150 mm (5.90 in x 5.90 in.) and 160 x160 mm (6.30 in x 6.30 in.) The AQ150 Series has top and side rail covers. Featuring a 4 mm per turn, precision 2 µ backlash lead screw, typical performance specifications of the AQ140 and AQ150 linear stages include: repeatability of 5 µ, positional accuracy 8 µ, straightness 6 µ, driving parallelism 15 µ, pitching 25 arc seconds, and deflection 25 arc seconds.
Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control – To complement the Optimal Engineering Systems’ (OES) expanding line of single and multi-axis motion control stages, OES has added the ADAGIO-X-STPR Series of Motion Control Systems.

Motion Control – Moticont Adds 1 Inch Stroke, Direct Drive Linear Actuator to Their Patented SDLM Series of Electric Cylinders!

Motion Control –  Electric Cylinders!

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Van Nuys, CA — Motion Control – The SDLM Series of Electric Cylinders from Moticont now includes a 1.0 inch (25.4 mm) stroke actuator in their compact 0.750 in. (19.1 mm) diameter series of linear actuators. The new SDLM-019-095-01-01 actuator features a continuous force of 6.8 oz (1.9 N) and a peak force of 21.6 oz (6.0 N). A precision linear optical quadrature encoder is integrated and protected inside the actuator housing.

Motion Control – Low Profile XY Brushless Linear Motor Positioning Stage from H2W Technologies

Motion Control – Low Profile XY Linear Motor Positioning Stage

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motion control - h2wSanta Clarita, CA —– Motion Control – The
SRS-004-006/004-003-01-XY is a low profile XY single rail positioning stage that uses brushless linear motors to generate a continuous/peak force of 6.2 lbs [27.8 N]/18.7 lbs [83.3 N] (bottom axis), 3.1 lbs [13.8 N]/9.4 lbs [41.8 N] (top axis), with a total stroke length of 4.3 in [109 mm] (bottom axis), 4.3 in [109 mm] (top axis). The top axis is able to directly mount to the moving bottom axis motor. This helps reduce the overall height and moving mass of the system.

Linear Motion Control – One Piece ETX Linear Bearing/Pillow Blocks Can Be Used In Radioactive Environments!

Motion Control – ETX Pillow Block/Bearings for Radioactive Environments

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E. Longmeadow, MA Motion — Control Components – Linear Motion – LM76 now offers one piece ETX Linear Bearing/Pillow Blocks that will not degrade in a radioactive environment! Machined from a solid block of self lubricating ETX, linear bearing-blocks have high strength, excellent wear resistance, low coefficient of friction, and excellent dimensional stability at higher temperatures As there is no other materials such as PTFE seals or lubricants these bearing-blocks are maintenance free. Custom designed for use in a nuclear power plant these linear bearing/pillow blocks travel on ceramic coated shafting (also supplied by LM76) completely submerged in radioactive water.

To see the “Motion Control Application – ETX Pillow/Block Bearings for Radioactive Environments” CLICK HERE

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Designed with a slight interference fit between bearing ID and shaft, contaminates are scraped from the shaft’s surface. The low frictional characteristics of ETX have little impact on drive force. They are now available in Inch and Metric sizes.

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator Features, 20 mm Clear Optical Path, <50 nanometer Repeatability, and <3 miliseconds Response Time!

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator

Forestville, CA –The LFA-2010 Linear Focus Actuator from Equipment Solutions is a high performance compact motion control positioner, specifically developed for optical applications requiring both high precision and high speed positioning over a short to medium stroke.

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The LFA-2010 actuator has a 10 mm range of motion with <50 nanometer positioning repeatability, and a small step response of time of <3 milliseconds. This high force, low noise voice coil motor is typically configured with an analog position feedback sensor and can be optionally equipped with a 1um resolution digital quadrature feedback element.

Motion Control – AMC introduces the FE060-25-EM – FlexPro™ Digital Servo Drive!

Motion Control – Digital Servo Drive

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motion control - electromate logoVaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — Available immediately, the FE060-25-EM is the first servo drive of the new FlexPro™ digital drive family from ADVANCED Motion Controls (AMC). Designed with compact form and power density in mind, the micro-sized FE060-25-EM can outperform larger-sized digital servo drives and still be integrated into tight spaces.

Motion Control -What To Consider When Specifying A Linear Slide

Motion Control – Tutorial

Considerations when specifying a linear slide for a new or existing application.

By Mike Quinn • LM76

When a design engineer has fully defined a linear-motion application’s requirements regarding travel length, speed, force, and accuracy as well as repeatability, the next question to answer is this:

Does an off-the-shelf linear slide (or a stock linear slide from a catalog) fully satisfy the application?

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Off-the-shelf linear slides are advantageous for their quick delivery and lower cost than that of custom components. No wonder most linear-motion designs do in fact employ off-the-shelf linear slides from various component and system suppliers.

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Motion Control – Maxon drives are on the Red Planet with NASA’s Perseverance Rover!

Motion Control – Application – Maxon drives on the Red Planet!

In July, NASA sent its fifth rover to Mars. Its main mission is to collect soil samples that will be analyzed on Earth at a later time. The rover also carried a helicopter that is performing flights on the Red Planet. maxon’s precision DC and BLDC motors are used for numerous mission-critical tasks.

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motion control - maxon motorTaunton, MA — Motion Control Products & Application – maxon drive systems are very familiar with Mars. Our drives have been used in virtually every successful robotic mission over the last three decades. There are now more than 100 of them on the Red Planet and there are likely to be more soon. The launch window for NASA’s next mission opens on July 22nd. An Atlas V rocket will launch the new Perseverance rover on its way to Mars, where it will be searching for signs of previous life on the planet. Its most important job is to take multiple soil samples, seal them in containers and deposit them on the surface of Mars so that a future mission can return them to Earth. Several maxon motors will be used to handle the samples inside the rover. For example, maxon DC motors are installed in the robotic arm, which moves the samples from station to station. Maxon motors will also be used for sealing and depositing the sample containers.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is carrying out the mission, and have asked maxon to produce 10 drives for the rover. As with almost all previous Mars missions, these drives are based on standard products from maxon’s catalog with modifications. For the first time, NASA is using brushless DC motors, including: nine EC 32 flat and one EC 20 flat in combination with a GP 22 UP planetary gearhead. Working closely with JPL specialists, maxon engineers developed the drives over several years and tested them thoroughly to achieve the highest standards of quality. “We’ve learned a lot from this exciting project,” says Robin Phillips, head of the maxon SpaceLab. “We now have very broad expertise in space applications and have established quality assurance processes that meet the expectations of the industry. Customers from other industries such as the medical sector, where requirements are often similar, can also benefit from this know-how.”  Space missions place the highest demands on drive systems. This includes vibrations during the rocket launch, vacuum during the journey, impacts on landing, and the harsh conditions on the surface of Mars, where temperatures fluctuate between -125 and +20 degrees Celsius and dust penetrates everywhere

Maxon DC motors control the Mars helicopter.

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The Perseverance rover is expected to land on Mars on February 18, 2021 – but it won’t be alone. A drone helicopter called Ingenuity will be attached to the underside of the rover. It weighs 1.8 kilograms, is solar powered and will perform several short flights, as well as take aerial images. The main goal of this experiment is to test the concept for further drones of this kind. maxon has six brushed DCX motors with a diameter of 10 millimeters controlling the tilt of the rotor blades and the direction of flight. The drives are very light, dynamic and highly energy-efficient. These properties are crucial, because every gram counts on the Mars helicopter. Flying on Mars is not easy. The atmosphere is extremely thin, roughly comparable to the conditions on Earth at an altitude of 30 kilometers. The drone helicopter has flown in a simulated test environment in the JPL laboratory. Whether it will lift off on Mars remains to be seen. First, other obstacles, such as the rocket launch, must be successful. “We hope that everything goes well and that we’ll soon see our drives in action on Mars,” says maxon CEO Eugen Elmiger. “We’re all keeping our fingers crossed.”

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About Maxon

maxon is a developer and manufacturer of brushed and brushless DC motors, as well as gearheads, encoders, controllers, and entire mechatronic systems. With over 50 years of experience in drive technology, maxon works closely with engineers designing high-tech innovations. maxon drives are used wherever the requirements are particularly high: in NASA’s Mars rovers, in surgical power tools, in humanoid robots, and in precision industrial applications. Worldwide, maxon has more than 2800 employees at nine production sites and is represented by sales companies in more than 30 countries. www.maxongroup.com/maxon/view/content/index

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Motion Control – Low Cost, Long Range of Travel, High Precision, Low Profile, Motorized, Profile Rail Linear Guide Stages Are Available from OES

Motion Control – Profile Rail Stages

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motion control -oesVan Nuys, CA – — Motion Control – Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) has added five new profile single axis positioning stages to their AQ150 Series of linear stages. Available off-the-shelf in travel lengths of: 600 mm (23.622 in.), 700 mm (27.559 in.), 800 mm (31.496 in.), 900 mm (35.433 in.), and 1000 mm ( 39.370 in.), these stages are available with either a Two-Phase Stepper Motor or with a Three-Phase Brushless Motor with a Quadrature Incremental Optical Encoder.

Motion Control – Dual Feedback Voice Coil Positioning System!

Motion Control – Positioning Stage
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Santa Clarita, CA —– Motion Control – H2W Technologies’ latest custom voice coil positioning stage (VCS08-350-LB-01-MC-F) was developed to meet the dual feedback requirements of the customer. This closed loop system allowed the user to monitor both position and force simultaneously and adjust accordingly. It incorporates a voice coil motor (NCC08-34-350-2X) which generates a continuous/peak force of 35.0 lbs [156 N]/105 lbs [467 N] with a total stroke length of 0.80 in [20.3 mm].

Motion Control – Electromate Recognized with 2021 AHTD Foundation Award!

Motion Control – Electromate 2021 AHTD Foundation Award!

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motion control - electromateToronto, Ontario – June 18, 2021 – Electromate received a Foundation Award from the Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD), recognizing the company’s 25 years of membership and support. This is the first year the Award has been given, honoring a small group of members out of approximately 300 automation solution providers and manufacturers.

The AHTD is dedicated to maximizing the productivity, growth, and enterprise opportunities of its high-tech automation solution provider and manufacturer members. These goals align with Electromate’s commitment to driving innovation, identifying emerging technologies and products, promoting the education of automation and motion control, and fostering its relationships with industry peers.

Miniature Linear Focus Actuator Features <50 Nanometer Positioning Resolution!

Motion Control – Miniature Linear Focus Actuator

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LFA-1007 Linear Focus Actuator: 10mm clear aperture, 7mm range of motion, <50 nanometer positioning resolution, 50 grams moving mass, 70 x 70 x 50 (600g)

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Forestville, CA — Motion Control Linear Focus Actuator – The LFA-1007 is a high performance compact positioning actuator. It was specifically developed for applications requiring both high precision and high-speed positioning over a short to medium stroke. This product mates the voice coil motor to a perfectly smooth flexure guidance system and a very high resolution position feedback encoder.

5 Micron Resolution, Zero Backlash, Zero Cogging, High Speed Direct Drive Linear Motor With Integrated Encoder!

Motion Control – Electric Cylinder

Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control Components – Moticont has added another linear motor to its SDLM Series of high speed direct drive linear motors which are also know as Electric Cylinders. The SDLM-051-095-01-05 is a powerful, compact linear actuator measuring just 2.00 in. (50.8 mm) in diameter and 3.75 in. (95.3 mm) long. It has a 1.0 in. (25.4 mm) stroke and features a resolution of 5 microns (0.000197 in.). The integral, linear optical quadrature encoder is directly connect to the shaft for the greatest possible bandwidth and accuracy and is protected by the housing. This fully enclosed linear motor features a continuous force rating of 7.6 lbs (33.9 N) and a peak force of 24.1 lbs. (107.2 N) at 10% duty cycle.

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Applications Include: Vibration, noise cancelation, photonics, gimbals, antenna positioning, medical devices, semiconductor handling, SMT machines, assembly, wafer handling, optical focusing, dynamic vibration absorption, scanners and laser beam steering and.

Motion Control – One Piece ETX Linear Bearing/Pillow Blocks Can Be Used In Radioactive Environments!

Motion Control- ETX Linear Bearing/Pillow Blocks

Motion Control Bearing/Pillow Block for Radioactive Environments

E. Longmeadow, MA Motion — Control Components – Linear Motion – LM76 now offers one piece ETX Linear Bearing/Pillow Blocks that will not degrade in a radioactive environment! Machined from a solid block of self lubricating ETX, linear bearing-blocks have high strength, excellent wear resistance, low coefficient of friction, and excellent dimensional stability at higher temperatures as there is no other materials such as PTFE seals or lubricants these bearing-blocks are maintenance free.

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Custom designed for use in a nuclear power plant these linear bearing/pillow blocks travel on ceramic coated shafting (also supplied by LM76) completely submerged in radioactive water.

To see the “Motion Control Application – ETX Pillow/Block Bearings for Radioactive Environments” CLICK HERE

Designed with a slight interference fit between bearing ID and shaft, contaminates are scraped from the shaft’s surface. The low frictional characteristics of ETX have little impact on drive force. They are now available in Inch and Metric sizes.

Motion Control – Miniature Size, High Precision, Hollow Core, 39 mm Diameter Rotary Stage from Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES)!

Motion Control – Miniature Hollow Core Rotary Stage

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motion control - OESVan Nuys, CA – Motion Control – Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) has introduced a high precision, low profile, miniature size rotary table, the AR39-AH. This high precision miniature size rotary stage is just 35 mm (1.378 in.) high and the footprint including the standard 2-phase 1.8 degree stepper motor is only 58 mm (2.283 in) by 100.5 mm (3.957 in ). The table has a precision pattern of 6 8-M2x4L threaded mounting holes in the rotary table for fixtures or tooling, and an 8 mm (0.315 in) diameter through hole. Countersunk holes in the base allow for easy unobstructed integration into new and existing applications. The diameter of the AR39-AH Miniature Rotary Table is 39 mm (1.535 in.) and range of travel is a full 360 degrees of continuous rotation.

Motion Control – Vacuum Compatible Voice Coil Actuator with Integrated Thermal Sensor

Motion Control – Vacuum Compatible Voice Coil Actuator

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motion control- h2wSanta Clarita, CA —– Motion Control – H2W Technologies, Inc. has designed and manufactured a non-commutated DC actuator, otherwise known as a
voice coil actuator, designed for vacuum operation in a cryogenic environment. H2W has worked with several aerospace customers, developing manufacturing processes and material selection to provide customers with the ability to design motors with low-outgassing in UHV conditions, which meet NASA’s Collected Volatile Condensable Materials and Total Mass Loss requirements.

Motion Control – maxon celebrates International Women in Engineering Day!

Motion Control – maxon celebrates International Women in Engineering Day!

The women in engineering (WIE) at maxon work eagerly to contribute to the success of advanced technology in the motion control industry. This week in honor of International Women in Engineering Day, June 23, 2021 – maxon wishes to thank these engineering women for their contributions as they continue to help shape the world we live in.

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motion control - maxon motorsTaunton, MA — Around the globe, the maxon women in engineering are working on motion control applications with their customers, they focus on new product designs to implement the latest technologies and continue to research new concepts and ideas for drive systems to be used in motion control applications found in Medical, Industrial Automation, Aerospace and Defense, and Mobility industries.