Electromechanical
Seven Factors to Consider When Selecting Linear Mechanics for a Vacuum Environment
When people hear the word vacuum, most think about the machines used to clean your home. However, there’s an entirely different meaning in manufacturing that helps enhance how we live our daily lives....
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A Quick Guide: How Servo Motors Work
The basic theory of operation for brushless servo motors revolves around the principles of magnetism where like poles repel and opposite poles attract. There are two magnetic sources found within a...
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How to Specify Precision Linear Mechanics for a Cleanroom Environment
A cleanroom is an environment maintained to ensure minimal levels of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapors. It is critical for...
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How to Remotely Control Your Plant With a Mobile App
Now OEMs and users can remotely monitor and control factory automation displays from anywhere in the world with a phone or tablet and an internet connection. Parker has released the Remote Manager...
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How the “Information Anywhere” Revolution Helps Boost Production
Have you ever seen the term “Information Anywhere” and wondered exactly what it means? We chose this terminology carefully, so it’s more than a mere tag line. Basically, the term refers to...
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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...
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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...
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Improve Steel Coiling Process Efficiency With DCP
A common method of coiling and uncoiling processed steel web is center winding. Steel coilers are powered by electric variable speed drives and motors. Large motors are usually selected...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Energy-Saving Hydraulic Systems Using Drive Controlled Pump (DCP)
Modern industrial machinery is creating ever-increasing demands on hydraulics to provide more efficient and quieter solutions with a smaller footprint, while maintaining the benefits traditionally...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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