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Digital networks reduce wiring, saving you time and money over traditional discrete and analog hardwiring. But are there other advantages? With digital networks, and in particular with EtherCAT - an... (View Full Article)
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Vibrations, resonances, and oscillations can cause problems in a servo-motor application. But when you turn down the control-loop gains, the driven machine responds more slowly. So what do you do when... (View Full Article)
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When motion network communications contain errors or create alarms, consider four quick-fix alternatives before redesigning a control panel. These include looking at the problem and solutions,... (View Full Article)
(Motors)
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Machine and robot builders recognize linear motor benefits, but some are reluctant to integarte the components into designs - because of incomplete understanding of the technology. Here we overcome... (View Full Article)
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In a competitive marketplace, details help differentiate one product from another. A thoughtful feature or a more rugged design can make all the difference. Consumers who buy based solely on price... (View Full Article)
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Private label is a market segment producing enormous growth in recent years. Sales of private label food and beverage products in the U.S. topped $98 billion in 2011, according to a new report from... (View Full Article)
(Motors)
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When selecting the appropriate servo motor for a motion control application, one must know the inertia of the load being rotated. Most servo motor manufacturers have software for sizing applications... (View Full Article)
(Industrial Controls Software)
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Understanding the benefits of IEC61131-3 and why its programming methods are becoming preferred for mechatronic designs.... (View Full Article)
(Machine and Motion Controllers)
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Automatic retry can double the noise immunity of real-time industrial Ethernet-based motion networks.... (View Full Article)
(Machine and Motion Controllers)
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Designers of real-time motion control systems expect Ethernet-based motion networks to transport cyclic command and feedback data at specified intervals with perfect data integrity. The designer's... (View Full Article)
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When specifying a motion control system for, say, a pick-and-place application on an automated assembly line, engineers have two choices.motion control and robotics One option is to design and build a... (View Full Article)
(Machine and Motion Controllers)
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Standardized programming for automation equipment is here to stay. At the forefront is IEC 61131-3-compatible software, which generates standardized code for use on any number of controls.... (View Full Article)
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Servo systems are a basic building block of industrial automation. Many of the moving parts in industrial automation equipment are controlled by servos, and understanding how servos function gives a... (View Full Article)
(Motors)
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Semiconductor processing equipment is a notoriously demanding application for motion control engineers. Extreme precision, reliability and smoothness are absolute requirements. At the same time, space... (View Full Article)
(Machine and Motion Controllers)
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Motion-control technology helped automate spoolchanging operations on machines that coil tubing, hose, wire, and other materials. Coiling machines from materialhandling equipment maker Tulsa Power in... (View Full Article)
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Choosing the appropriate servo technology can make all the difference when it comes to maximizing the potential of a machine design. Each individual application has a unique set of requirements that... (View Full Article)