Machine vision boosts productivity on bottling line
Elisabeth Eitel Machine vision in larger automated systems improves productivity, increases throughput, and eliminates human error in myriad global industries. read more
Baggage-scanning system minimizes lost luggage
Lost luggage is annoying to travelers and incurs significant expense for airlines. One new system employs a panel PC, camera, lighting, conveyor belts, and encoder feedback to scan bags for more-reliable sorting. Lost luggage is annoying to travelers and incurs significant expense for airlines. One ...
Simulation wrings out EV motors in the test lab
Leland Teschler Electromagnetic simulation has advanced to where it can reduce the amount of track time devoted to finding problems in electric-vehicle drivetrains. Electromagnetic simulation has advanced to where it can reduce the amount of track time devoted to finding problems in electric-vehicle...
Basics of Flexible Bellows Couplings
Sponsored by R+W Bellows couplings transmit power from 0.5 to more than 100,000 Nm at speeds from... read more
The benefits of gearboxes - and when to pick integrated gearmotors
Elisabeth Eitel Gears help engineers reduce motor-drive costs, simplify tuning, and boost efficiency. Only about one-third of motion-control systems use gearing, even though gearheads benefit size-constrained applications. read more
2013 FIRST Robotics Competition now underway
Last month, inventor Dean Kamen commenced the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) season with the kickoff of a new game called Ultimate Ascent. Nearly 51,000 high-school students in 81 cities around the world joined the 2013 kickoff event via live NASA-TV broadcast and Webcast. read more
Headlines in Motion
A new book from the International Society of Automation (ISA) is designed to help the next generation of automation engineers steer clear of common career obstacles. read more
Practical protection of motion designs and workers
Safety hazards associated with moving machinery can be reduced or eliminated with articulating physical barriers and torque limiters. Key to this undertaking are detailed analyses and engineered solutions. read more
Precision geared products market decelerates
According to a new report from IMS Research, Austin, shipments of precision geared products (gearboxes and geared motors with backlash ratings of less than 20 arc-min) were nearly 80% higher in 2012 compared to 2009. read more
VFDs: Boosting efficiency in hoisting applicationsStories 1 - 10 of 631
Elisabeth Eitel Improving the energy efficiency of industrial applications is top of mind for today's design engineers. Variable-frequency drives (VFDs) can make a difference by regenerating power that would otherwise be lost as heat in hoisting and other motion-control scenarios. Improving the ener...