Electromechanical

Overcoming Motor Inertia - The Five Things You Need to Know

Most engineers recognize that gearheads can be used to create a better inertia match between the object that is being moved and the motor being driven. Put simply, it is dictated by the gearhead ratio...
On June 8, 2017

Can Lighter, Greener Heavy-Duty Trucks Become a Reality?

Today, virtually everything we buy has at some point been on a commercial freight truck, traversing countries and even continents to reach us, the consumer. Commercial vehicle manufacturers are...
On April 25, 2017

Choosing the Right Rotary Servo Motor Feedback Device - Part 2

Environmental factors, performance requirements and communication protocols all factor into selecting a feedback device for your rotary servo motor application. In this post, we’ll look at some...
On April 4, 2017

SLAS 2017 Recap | Motion Control Products | Part 1 of 2

More than 5000 participants from 42 countries attended the recent Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) annual conference and exhibition in Washington D.C. SLAS is the premier show...
On March 15, 2017

Technology Trend - eSteering Enables Greener Buses and Coaches

The world is quickly moving towards more hybrid and electric vehicles, which reduce toxic emissions. This trend is leading to an overall improvement in the quality of the air we breathe, especially in...
On March 14, 2017

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

Choosing the Right Screw Drive Actuator | Three Technologies

Screw drive trains, a popular linear actuation technology, are designed to act as force multiplication devices, taking rotary torque input from a motor and converting it to linear thrust. A wide range...
On November 10, 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

Putting It All Together: Choosing a Fastening Method

Do you remember the days of tinkering with plastic bricks or assembling a new desk from your local home improvement store? When you completed the project, were you confident that your finished product...
On October 6, 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