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The choice between direct-drive and gear-driven gimbals and optical mounts presents an opportunity for a comparison of the pros and cons for each.... (View Full Article)
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The high cost of new machine tools has many manufacturers considering re-control of their existing machinery. Re-control projects allow manufacturers to realize significant cost savings while... (View Full Article)
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Air-bearing stages are noted for their smooth, frictionless motion. A few tips and techniques will ensure you benefit from their advantages.... (View Full Article)
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Laser interferometers represent the ultimate feedback device for high-precision motion control application. The combination of high resolution and outstanding accuracy has made it the ideal transducer... (View Full Article)
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The diameter of a human hair is approximately 100 microns, while the entire wall thickness of the material in a stent is 25% the thickness of a human hair. By reviewing these numbers, it is easy to... (View Full Article)
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There are many factors that affect the capabilities of a linear stage to position accurately in three-dimensional space. Abbe errors, straightness, flatness, pitch, roll, yaw, hysteresis, backlash,... (View Full Article)
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The system combines servo motion, continuity testing, and solder-joint inspection in one unit for processing of automotive connectors.... (View Full Article)
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Compared to traditional methods, the mechatronic design approach is more of a holistic approach to product design, where the tradeoffs between different functional components (software, hardware, user... (View Full Article)
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A discussion of the motion control platform in regard to hermetic seam welding of sophisticated electronic devices implanted in the human body.... (View Full Article)
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With the coronary stent industry once again on the rise, laser machining promises to help stent manufacturers meet the significant production challenges that remain. Laser-workstation motion... (View Full Article)
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An axis-based trigger in the controller can significantly improve part quality, reduce cycle time, and eliminate processing problems. This article discusses Aerotech's unique PSO (Position... (View Full Article)
(Linear and Rotary Motion Components)
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System or stage resolution is often spelled out for motion controls as well as in vendor catalogs and Web site specifications. However, many misinterpret what the term truly means.... (View Full Article)
(Linear and Rotary Motion Components)
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Accuracy - For a specific point of interest in three-dimensional space, accuracy is the difference between the actual position in space and the position as measured by a measurement device. Stage... (View Full Article)
(Linear and Rotary Motion Components)
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There are many factors that affect the ability of a rotary stage to position accurately. Hysteresis, backlash, feedback inaccuracy, the mounting surface, axial error motion, radial error motion, tilt... (View Full Article)
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As solar cell production gains momentum, manufacturers are focused on higher efficiency, sustainable quality, and incorporating more automation. Gain insight into how solar cell manufacturers are... (View Full Article)
(Machine and Motion Controllers)
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Flexibility, connectivity and the need for speed are the main goals for packaging OEMs. The ability to handle different size packages, bottles and even different product lines means the machines need... (View Full Article)