Electromechanical

Improve Your Machine Performance by Controlling Vibration

Engineers working in industries that use fast-running machinery will almost certainly be familiar with the demands for ever-greater productivity to increase competitiveness and reduce costs. We...
On February 16, 2017

Aluminum Alloys: Do You Know the Difference?

Do you have a stack of t-slot aluminum framing catalogs or a folder of pdf datasheets from extrusion manufacturers that contains an almost endless amount of data on the material? For a person...
On February 14, 2017

What Will Be Trending at Society for Laboratory Automation (SLAS) Conference?

What's changing at SLAS 2017 this year? The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) is having their annual conference and exhibition in Washington D.C. from February 4th - February...
On January 31, 2017

Choosing the Right Screw Drive Train | Performance Calculator

There is no “one size fits all” drive train linear actuator technology for every application. In reality, the selection depends entirely on what is most critical to a specific application....
On November 17, 2016

Smart Cylinders Reduce Operational Costs

Power generation environments are tough on hydraulic and other types of cylinders (including pneumatic and electro-mechanical). Vibration, dust, gravel, corrosives, chemicals, axial load, and side...
On November 7, 2016

3 Great Benefits of Using Decentralized Servo Drives

For challenging automation motion control applications such as packaging machines and rotary tables, some servo drives need to be housed outside the electrical cabinet. Although the traditional style...
On November 3, 2016

How Using Electric Actuators Can Save You Money

It’s well documented that creating compressed air for use by pneumatic cylinders is not a particularly cost-effective process, largely as a result of generator and system inefficiencies. With accounts...
On October 26, 2016

Flexible Machine Design for Twenty-First-Century Challenges

For a machine designer, flexibility means highly configurable and adaptable components that can allow for slight variations without demanding major design changes. When applying these demands to...
On September 27, 2016

Gearheads | 4 Things to Manage Heat Generation

Design engineers developing applications using servo motors and gearheads must lend consideration to thermal issues. Machine performance requirements have become significantly more demanding, making...
On August 31, 2016

Struggling to Select the Right Encoder Feedback? Read this.

Various feedback devices are often offered as options on rotary servo motors. Feedback devices include optical incremental encoders, absolute incremental encoders and resolvers. Choosing the right...
On July 20, 2016

Tube Bending OEMs Embracing All-Electric Automation

The tube bending industry is seeing a migration from more traditional manual hydraulic process equipment to fully automated "all electric" machinery. Historically, tube bending operations have been...
On July 18, 2016

Life Science Instrument Makers Survey | Takeaways

We surveyed more than 300 engineers and business managers in the life sciences instrument industry and followed up the survey with individual interviews. The key takeaways from that...
On June 22, 2016

Challenges Facing Life Sciences Instrument Makers and Users | Survey Results

Cost, quality, regulatory challenges, safety and usability were the major near-term challenges identified in a recent survey of more than 300 engineers and business managers who work for life...
On June 8, 2016

Emerging Technologies in Life Sciences | Survey Highlights

Computer scientist Alan Kay is famous for saying “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” To gain a better understanding of what that future might look like, Parker Hannifin...
On May 25, 2016

Roller Wheel Bearing Linear Actuators | Pros and Cons

Most engineers are comfortable with the qualities of square rail bearing linear actuators and they use them regularly for motion support. Let's take a quick moment to discuss the pros and cons...
On May 16, 2016

Choosing Between Steel or Aluminum Structural Framing? Read this.

Are you on the fence about structural framing for your machine? Despite the many presentations, articles, and forums that provide helpful pieces of information for engineers approaching this fork in...
On May 5, 2016

Renewable Energy Generation: The Importance of Energy Storage

It has been reassuring to see the trend towards renewable energy developing over the past decade, proving that we are becoming more sustainable. Public opinion appears to have exerted...
On May 3, 2016

How Answering 6 Key Questions Will Improve Your Motion Control Strategy

Whether searching for a partner or planning to do the work internally, to bring motion and control value to your next development project, verify that the team has the right tools and skills to...
On April 14, 2016

AC Drives Accelerate Automatic Cable Winding Machine | Case Study

Meccanica Nicoletti, a leading Italian designer and manufacturer of automated machines for winding and unwinding cable needed to improve winding performance on its latest generation of Automat...
On April 12, 2016

Linear Motors | Servo Drives | PAC and More: SLAS 2016 Featured Products

It was a busy three days in San Diego at the recent Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) show as we talked about the new products and new technology on display at the Parker...
On February 16, 2016