Electromechanical

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 August 24, 2017

SLAS 2017 Recap [Industry Trends - Collaborative Robotics] Part 2

We have nearly reached the half way point between SLAS 2017 and SLAS 2018.  What better time to close out a review of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening 2017 show with a look at the...
On August 23, 2017

Solar Power Inverters Trend Toward Serviceability and Smart Features

Solar inverters come in different sizes and shapes, as they are used for many different scenarios for renewable energy and power generation, but one thing is common to all of them. Their main purpose...
On August 8, 2017

Is Industry 4.0 Driving the Need for Smarter Motion Control Products?

The collective term Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution, typically described as the computerization of manufacturing—or in other words, the merging of traditional automation with...
On August 1, 2017

You Don’t Need a Cloud for IIoT! Just a Centralized Control Scheme

Centralized machine control is more than a control architectural scheme, it’s the first step to enabling Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The Parker Automation Controller (PAC) provides...
On July 18, 2017

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

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 February 3, 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

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