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Motion Control – New Mini Planetary Gearmotors from Applied Motion Products Available from Electromate!

Motion Control – Mini Planetary Gearmotors!

Motion Control – Small, Cost effective Planetary Gearmotors Are Ideally Suited for Step Motor Applications

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control  — Applied Motion Products New PH Series Mini Planetary Gearmotors are used with small step motors in NEMA 8, 11, and 14 frame sizes.  TThese gearmotors are used in applications where space is critical.  Small motors usually don’t produce enough torque for demanding applications.  Mini Planetary Gearmotors are an ideal solution.  They offer an increase in torque, and better inertia matching without breaking the budget.

Motion Control Application – Lab automation is getting even smaller

Motion Control Application – Lab Automation

Motion Control Application – When you need the accuracy but don’t have the room or the budget.

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Fall River, MA – Motion Control Application – UK Robotics has recently launched a new liquid handler to shake up the lab automation market. Feedback from small biotech companies and big pharmaceuticals has been beyond the company’s wildest expectations.

The Bolton based company specializes in building integrated systems for lab automation for life sciences. They have now used their 15 years of experience in the industry to create a new two valve nanolitre microplate reagent dispenser.>/span>

Motion Control – Kollmorgen debuts new generation of robot-ready frameless servo motors

Motion Control – Frameless Servos for Robots

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — Kollmorgen has introduced the new TBM2G series of frameless servo motors, introducing features that simplify the design of collaborative, surgical, aerospace and defense and other robots while delivering optimal performance in a lighter, more compact package. These new motors will complement Kollmorgen’s existing TBM and KBM series of frameless motors.

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Resulting from several years of research, testing and customer feedback, the TBM2G series offers high-performance torque in an extremely compact electromagnetics package. These next-generation motors enable robots with lower joint weight, higher load-carrying capacity, improved energy efficiency, lower thermal rise, and faster, smoother movements.

Motion Control – Planetary Robotic Gearbox Available from Electromate!

Motion Control – Planetary Gearbox for Robotics

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Patented design guarantees that backlash will not increase over the life time of the gearbox

motion control - electromate roboticsVaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — The GPL-V (shaft) and GPL-H (hollow) are our lowest backlash (≤ 0.1 arc minute ) planetary gearboxes for horizontal and vertical robotic applications. A patented design guarantees that the backlash will not increase over the life time of the gearbox. Very high tilting rigidity results in excellent positioning accuracy with a rated 20,000 hours which is over 3x longer than comparable gearboxes in the market.

The noise level of 65dB compared to 69dB of comparable models makes it ideal for MRI applications where low noise levels are critical.

The efficiency is over 90% compared to 70 – 80% of other models allowing for lower power consumption which could result in choosing a smaller motor.

Motion Control – The World’s Most Precise Six-axis Robot by Mecademic!

Motion Control –  Six-axis Robot!

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — Mecademic is a Canadian robotics manufacturer that builds the world’s smallest, most precise, and easy-to-use industrial robotic arm, the Meca500. The Meca500 robot excels in the precise and repetitive manipulation of small parts and tools in a variety of industries.

The six-axis robot can handle payloads up to 500 g with an unmatched accuracy of 0.005 mm (5 µm).

Motion Control – ADVANCED Motion Controls 60Amp Micro-Sized FlexPro Servo Drives are available from Electromate!

Motion Control – Micro-Sized Servo Drives!

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — ADVANCED Motion Controls has released 7 new micro-sized FlexPro servo drives rated to output 60A continuous. The 60A continuous current rating is 33% higher than previous models for the same size making these our highest power-density servo drives to date. This offering includes PCB Mount, Machine Embedded, and Development Board-factors.

Motion Control – Electromate extends its product portfolio to include Robots from Mecademic!

Motion Control – Electromate adds Robots from Mecademic!

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Electromate’s new partnership with Mecademic will expand its reach to end users and manufacturers needing ultra compact and precise industrial robots across Canada.

 

 

 

TORONTO, Ontario — Electromate Inc., a leading Canadian Distributor of Precision Robotic & Mechatronic Solutions, today announced a partnership with Mecademic, a Montreal based premier manufacturer of the world’s smallest, most compact, and precise industrial robots.

Motion Control – New POSITAL Sensors – Precision Feedback for Collaborative Robots Available from Electromate!

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POSITAL Kit Encoder for Servomotors and Robots 

Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — A very exciting development in the area of robotics is the development and growing popularity of so-called collaborative robots, or “cobots”. Cobots, in contrast to traditional industrial robots, are designed to interact with human workers in a shared workspace. They are typically smaller and less powerful than traditional factory robots and are equipped with a variety of proximity sensors, load sensors and other features designed to avoid dangerous collisions between the robots and the people working around them. This focus on safety means that cobots are easier to deploy in a normal factory setting, since they don’t required special fenced off operating areas. Cobots have been used to perform repetitive tasks in light assembly, packaging, materials handling and medical laboratories. Cobots have also been used to help workers avoid direct contact with environments not conducive to direct human interaction, such as high temperature environments, chemically aggressive reagents and toxic pathogens.

Enabling Technologies for the Cobot Revolution

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Many cobots are designed to mimic a human arm, with flexible “shoulder”, “elbow” and “wrist” joints. Accurate measurement of the rotary position of these joints is central to enabling the cobots’ control system to keep track of the spatial orientation of all of its moving parts. This is typically provided through rotary encoders mounted in each of the device’s joints.

Encoders measure rotation and return a digital signal that reports the angle of rotation (absolute encoders) or rate of motion (incremental encoders) to the control system. The ‘right’ encoders for cobots need to be accurate, reliable, and compact, with excellent dynamic response characteristics. They also need to be reasonably priced. POSITAL-FRABA has responded to this challenge by developing new sensing technologies – such as magnetic and capacitive rotary encoders – that provide cobot manufacturers vital feedback for closed-loop control systems. In order to ensure that these devices meet the needs of cobot builders, POSITAL-FRABA offers products with a wide range of performance characteristics, communications interfaces and physical configurations.

POSITAL‘s kit encoders offer a unique combination of accuracy, reliability and cost efficiency. Absolute measurement versions provide 17 bit electrical resolution and multiturn position measurements with a range of more than one million revolutions.

  • Electrical Resolution: Up to 17 Bit, Multiturn: Up to 32 Bit
  • Accuracy: 0.1°
  • Compact Size: 36 mm diameter, 24.2 mm Height
  • Operating Temperature: -40 to +105°C
  • Auto Calibration − No Complex Equipment
  • Extensive Diagnostic Coverage
  • Various Programmable Parameters
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Advantages

POSITAL’s contact free measurement technology has no moving parts and is highly resistant to shock and vibration. POSITAL’s kit encoders are available with several non-proprietary electrical interfaces including BISS and SSI for absolute measurements. Additional protocols based on the RS485 interface can be implemented.

  • Absolute Multiturn & Incremental Interface
  • Electrical Interface: BiSS C, BiSS Line, SSI, RS485
  • No Battery – No Maintenance
  • No Ball Bearings & Compact Design
  • Insensitive to Dust and Moisture
  • High Shock and Vibration Resistance

Upgrade Your Existing Motion Control Application

Making your transition from incremental to absolute position sensing easy, POSITAL provides a full line of versions that are mechanical drop in replacement for common US Digital and Broadcom (Avago) incremental kit models.

  • Same Footprints as E5 and HEDS-5500 Models
  • Various Hub Diameters from 4 mm to 10 mm (and 1/4 to 3/8 inch)
  • Identical Assembly Procedure – No Training Required
  • Magnetic Technology Which Is Generally More Robust Than Optical
  • Improved Connectivity via M12 Connector Additional Available

CLICK HERE for additional information about POSITAL Kit Encoder for Servomotors and Robots.

About Electromate:

Electromate’s Core Purpose is to help Manufacturers build better machines using differentiated automation technology. They specialize in Robotic and Mechatronic Solutions for the Industrial Automation marketplace. Respected by customers as a premiere source for High Performance Automation and Motion Control Components & Systems, Electromate® specializes in AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors & Drives, Motion & Automation Controllers, Positioning Systems & Actuators, Feedback Devices, Gearing Products and HMI’s & Operator Displays, all supported via extensive product selection, just-in-timedelivery, dedicated customer service and technical engineering support.

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Motion Control Application – Intelligent robot systems are increasingly being used in disaster control, rescue missions and salvage operations!

After the severe earthquake in Japan and the subsequent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Quince managed to reach the upper floors of the ruins of the power plant. There it measured the radioactivity levels and sent HD images to the world outside.

Wherever it is too dangerous for humans. Robots that can look for survivors after an explosion, an earthquake or other natural disasters, providing humans with a view of inaccessible areas. Powerful EC motors from maxon motor give the Japanese rescue robot “Quince” its drive.motion control application robot Quince

 

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control Components Application – Robots that are used in disaster areas have to have a very high level of adaptability. They have to be fairly small, not too heavy and maneuverable enough to get through cracks or narrow spaces to reach areas deep inside a building. Furthermore rough terrain should present no problem. These rescue robots enter and explore buildings to determine if there are gases, radiation or other life-threatening hazards, before human rescue teams can search the area. Quince has proven that it fulfills all these demands. After the severe earthquake in Japan and the subsequent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Quince managed to reach the upper floors of the ruins of the power plant in June 2011. There it measured the radioactivity levels and sent HD images to the world outside (To see video – CLICK HERE). The robot was able to supply valuable information from areas where no human can set foot.motion control robot goes down stairs

Quince weighs 27 kg and is equipped with four moving caterpillar drives (flippers). These flippers automatically adapt their angular position to the surface underneath – regardless of whether the robot is climbing steep stairs or crossing rough terrain. Correct ground contact is a very important prerequisite. This contact is accurately analyzed by measuring the power consumption of the flipper motors. Furthermore PSD (Position-Sensitive Device) sensors on the front and rear flippers measure the distance to the ground. In addition to a gripper arm (see fig. 2), two laser scanners can also be attached to the robot. These scanners are capable of accurately capturing the structure of the terrain.motion control robot navigates rough terrain

Additionally Quince is equipped with a “bird’s eye camera” and can travel quite fast, at 1.6 meters per second. The operator that controls the robot has to tell it which direction to take, but the robot itself determines the optimal flipper positions for crossing various surfaces, for example stairs. Newer Quince motors have additionally been equipped with a device for collecting radio-active dust or ultra-fine particles, as well as a 3D scanner. To ensure that no robot is lost, a connection to a wireless network is possible, which is the only way to navigate the robot if the connection cable breaks.

The rescue robot was developed by Eiji Koyanagi, Vice-Director of the Chiba Institute of Technology Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRO). Koyanagi started his career as a teacher – at the age of 51, he became a professor. This means that he has a completely different background than other researchers in the field of robotics. Quince has been specially designed for extreme conditions in environments where it would be too dangerous for humans. Therefore its main area of application is disaster areas. “When you develop a robot, you first have to consider the tasks that it will perform later. That is the biggest challenge,” explains Koyanagi. Hitherto eight Quince robots have been built. But before this could be done, all components had to be 100% functional. To this end, various trials were run in the large “Disaster City” training area in College Station, Texas. Quince was the only robot that successfully completed the entire obstacle course at the site as part of a RoboCup contest. In preparation for using the robot inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, several specific customizations were required. “The conditions in the nuclear reactor buildings are very tough. If we had attempted to send Quince in without modifications, it would probably have met its end,” says Koyanagi. Therefore the robot had to be able to survive a fall from approx. 2 m high unscathed, and had to be largely maintenance-free.

Powerful motors to beat every obstacle

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Where the motor selection was concerned, fuRO required absolutely reliable drives. The motors have to provide high power and high efficiency, yet be small and light. These requirements were precisely met by maxon motors, explains Koyanagi. Six powerful maxon motors drive the robot. The brushless EC-4pole 30 direct current motors each provide 200 W; two of these have been installed in the two main chains. The powerful 4-pole units give their all when Quince maneuvers its way across uneven terrain. Four additional motors (EC22) drive the moving chain drives (flippers). These can automatically adapt their angular position to the surface below. The 3D scanner unit of Quince is moved to the right position by an RE-max 24. Thanks to the special winding technology and the 4-pole magnets, the maxon EC-4pole drives are unbeatable when it comes to delivering the highest driving power per unit of volume and weight. The motors have no cogging torque, high efficiency, and excellent control dynamics. The metal housing additionally ensures good heat dissipation and mechanical stability. All motors of the chain drives have been combined with the GP32HP (High Power) planetary gearhead with MR encoder. This gearhead was customized by installing a large ball bearing and a reinforced motor shaft. With this power pack, Quince has no trouble managing almost any obstacle.

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Comprehensive documentation and software are included with every delivery, and are also available for you to download from our website at www.maxonmotor.com.

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Motion Control – XY-Theta Alignment Stage Featuring High Resolution and High Repeatability Is Available from OES!

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Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control Components – Alignment Stage – The XYR-03-01 Alignment Stage from Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) is a high resolution, high repeatability XY-Theta stage for such applications as: Angular glass cutting and grinding, wafer alignment, semiconductor handling, laser cutting and drilling. The linear resolution of the X and Y axis is 5µ (non-micro-step) or 0.125µ (20 micro-steps per step motor driver in use), the repeatability is 1.5µ, and positional accuracy is 5µ. The 1 mm per-turn lead screws and preloaded V-groove and crossed roller bearings add to the high precision and stiffness of the XYR-03-01 alignment stage. The linear travel of the X and Y axes is 50 mm x 50 mm.

The 100 mm diameter theta stage is driven by a precision 90:1 ratio worm gear. The resolution of the theta stage is 0.02O (non Micro-step) or 0.001O (20 Micro-steps per step motor driver in use). Repeatability is 0.005O, positional Accuracy is 0.01O and backlash is 0.005O.

Two-phase stepper motors are standard. The knob for manual adjustments of each axis can be replaced with an incremental encoder for position verification or closed loop operation. These black anodized Aluminum XY-Theta stages are easy to integrate into new or existing systems. Compatible Motion Controllers are available from OES and the XYR-03-01 Alignment Stage can also be ordered as a complete plug-and-play system.

About OES Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) is a manufacturer of motion control products including: Stepper motor controllers and drivers, solenoid electronics, and positioning stages and slides. Applications include: Animation, automated assembly systems, automation, CNC machines, flight simulation, inspection systems, linear and rotary stages, machine tools, medical devices, motion control camera boom systems, optical comparators, CMMs, pan-tilt gimbals, PCB assembly & inspection, pick-and-place, positioning stages, robotics, scanners, security cameras, telescope drive mechanisms, time-lapse photography and winders

Some of the industries OES serves are: Aerospace, Astronomy, Chemical, Communications, Educational Institutes, University, Colleges, Government Agencies, National Labs, Manufacturing, Medical, Metrology, Military, Motion Control, Museum, News Agencies, Semiconductor and Test Equipment. Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc’s. competitive advantage is its state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facility in North America enabling OES to supply clients with custom designed orders or high volume just-in-time deliveries globally.

For additional information contact Customer Service at Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) , 6901 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406; Tel: 888-7071-1826, +1 (818) 222-9200, E-Mail: sales@oesincorp.com or visit the website at http://www.oesincorp.com

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Motion Control – Robotic Symposiums – How to Build Robots

Electromate is pleased to announce it will be hosting two Robotic Symposiums’ 

 Tuesday March 20th in Toronto and on Wednesday March 21st in Montreal.

 

Participating in the Symposiums will be Speakers from:

Galil Motion Control                      www.galilmc.com/
Harmonic Drive LLC                        www.harmonicdrive.net/
Maxon Motor AG                           www.maxonmotor.com

Advanced Motion Controls           www.a-m-c.com

Kollmorgen                                      www.kollmorgen.com

École de technologie supérieure  www.etsmtl.ca

Topics:


Technical Presentations related to the design of Robotic Systems including:  Collaborative/Assistive Robots, SCARA Robots, Cartesian Robots and Delta Robots.  Presentations will focus on the electromechanical, mechanical, electrical and control component design, sizing and selection.

 

Who would benefit from this Seminar:

Designer & Project Engineers and Graduate School Engineering Students in the Medical, Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Lab & General Automation markets who are looking to gain a practical understanding of the core motion control technology used in robotic applications.

 

The Symposium agenda includes:

9:00-9:15am                    Electromate Welcome Remarks & Introduction
9:15-10:00am                  ETS/Dr. Ilian Bonev
10:00-10:45am                Maxon Presentation
10:45-11:00am                Break + Tabletop Displays
11:00-11:45am                Galil Presentation
11:45-1:00pm                  Lunch + Tabletop Displays
1:00-1:45pm                    Harmonic Drive Presentation
1:45-2:30pm                    Kollmorgen Presentation
2:30-3:00pm                    Break + Tabletop Displays
3:00-3:45pm                    Advanced Motion Controls Presentation
3:45-4:30pm                    Electromate Closing Remarks

Breakfast & Lunch will be served.

The Seminar is FREE, however seating is limited. Click on the REGISTRATION LINK

to register today!

About Electromate:

Electromate’s Core Purpose is to help Manufacturers build better machines using differentiated automation technology. They specialize in Robotic and Mechatronic Solutions for the Industrial Automation marketplace. Respected by customers as a premiere source for High Performance Automation and Motion Control Components & Systems, Electromate® specializes in AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors & Drives, Motion & Automation Controllers, Positioning Systems & Actuators, Feedback Devices, Gearing Products and HMI’s & Operator Displays, all supported via extensive product selection, just-in-timedelivery, dedicated customer service and technical engineering support.

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Motion Control Four Axis Robots Available from Moticont!

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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control four-axis positioning systems are offered utilizing any of our two-axis systems like GXY-280-280-01 or GXY-280-280-02 along with our voice coil motor driven LMA series or lead screw driven LA Series linear and/or variety of rotary actuators. The Multi-Axis Positioning System is designed to allow direct coupling between the load and the drive motors. This feature eliminates backlash, allows for fast acceleration / deceleration, high speed operation while increasing the reliability.

Three-axis plus Rotary-axis Motion Control System

Zero Backlash

Long System Life

Continuous Force in X and Y Directions: up to 9.3lbs (41.4 N)

Peak Force: Up to 15 lbs (66 N)

Total Travel (typical): 11 inches (25 cm) by 11 inches (25 cm)

Working Area (typical): 8 inches (20 cm) by 8 inches (20 cm)

Optional Incremental Encoder for Closed Loop Operation

High Speed and Acceleration

High Accuracy

Cog Free

High Repeatability

Closed Loop Three Phase Brushless Motor Driven

Available with Control Electronics

For PDF Data Sheet of 4 Axis Robots from Moticont – Click Here!

For additional information contact Moticont, “A Motion Company” at 6901 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406, USA; Tel: (888) 785-1804, Fax: (818) 785-5713, E-Mail: moticont@moticont.com or visit the website at http://www.moticont.com

 

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Automation – Electromate Offers Tabletop Robots from IAI!

Automation – Improved Tabletop Robot for Cell Production Applications, Featuring Significantly Higher Payload, Maximum Speed and Rigidity!

Electromate offers the IAI Table Top Robots

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Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada -Automation-Intelligent Actuator Inc. announces the release of its new TTA Series Tabletop Robots. Features include:

  • Significantly Higher Payload and Maximum Speed-

Max Payload: Work Part Side (X Axis): 20 kg, Tool Side (Z Axis): 5 kg

Max Speed: X Axis: 800 mm/sec, Y Axis: 800 mm/sec, Z Axis: 400 mm/sec

  • Stores Many More Programs and Positions-

The larger memory lets you store much more programs and positions. The additional data recovery function makes sure the original data can be restored should writing to a FLASH drive fails due to a power failure.

  • Three Times As Many I/O Points As Conventional Models-

When the standard I/O slot isn’t enough, up to two additional expansion I/O slots can be installed.

Inputs/outputs: 16 points/16 points. Expandable up to 48 points/48 points

Field Networks: CC-Link, DeviceNet, ProfiBus, EtherNet/IP

  • More Variations-

Four operating ranges are available to choose from. The 3-axis specification is available in two types of Z-axis strokes: 100mm and 150mm. You can select a model ideal for the size of your work part. Additional options let you change the Y-axis height and position.

Information on the TTA Series Tabletop Robots from IAI can be viewed at the link below:

http://www.electromate.com/products/series.php?&series_id=101384

For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call (737-8699) or e-mail Warren Osak at sales@electromate.com or visit Electromate at: www.electromate.com

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