Motion Controls & Controllers

Controls & Controllers, Mechanical Power Transmission

Servo Motor/Drive/Controller supports single-axis applications.

October 27, 2016

Creating space-saving, integrated servo motor/drive/controller electric actuator solution for single-axis applications, ACSI is suitable for replacing pneumatic cylinders and automating other axes of motion. IP65-rated unit creates linear motion in desired units (mm or inch) via USB or Ethernet port. Available in NEMA 23 and 34 sizes, ACSI features variety of operating modes, such as digital I/O index moves, analog position (0-10 Vdc or 4-20 mA), ODVA™ conformant EtherNet/IP™, and Modbus TCP. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Robotics, Transportation Industry Products

Aurora Demonstrates DARPA Aircraft Autonomy Program

October 24, 2016

Advanced autonomy system demonstrated on a Diamond DA-42, Cessna Caravan and Bell UH-1 helicopter MANASSAS, Va., Oct. 17, 2016 - Aurora Flight Sciences is breaking ground in the world of automated flight through its work on the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. On October 17 Aurora demonstrated automated flight capabilities with ALIAS flying a Cessna Caravan through... Read More

Controls & Controllers

Digital 4-Channel Piezo Controller suits multi-axis applications.

October 24, 2016

Along with digital linearization based on 4th order polynomials, E-727 provides choice of digital high-speed interfaces, such as SPI, Ethernet, USB, and traditional RS-232, as well as 3 high-resolution analog inputs. Low-noise, 20-bit DAC and ADC provide high resolution and stability. In addition to 4 integrated piezo PAs with -30 to +130 V output range, circuitry for capacitive feedback sensors, piezoresistive sensors, and traditional strain gauges are onboard. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Machinery & Machining Tools

The Sercos User Groups Will Present Two multi-vendor Demos at the Industrial Automation North America (IANA) Show, Sept. 12-17, 2016 in Chicago

September 7, 2016

Sercos will present two multi-vendor interoperability demos plus other products from member companies at IANA in booth E-4448 in the McCormick East Building. The systems demonstrate that Sercos has the functionality and performance to operate synchronized motion, I/O and safety while allowing full TCP/IP communication with each device over a single Ethernet ring. Since 1988, Sercos'... Read More

Controls & Controllers, Laboratory and Research Supplies & Equipment, Mechanical Power Transmission

HEIDENHAIN to Offer Daily Motion Control Presentations at IMTS Booth -See Schedule Online Here -

August 30, 2016

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Bringing its international expertise in the area of motion control to the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago’s McCormick Place (Sept. 12 – 17), HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION will offer five different concise presentations covering the latest in manufacturing technology at their booth (#E-5226) each day of the show.  Each presentation will last a... Read More

Controls & Controllers

Trust Automation Receives Fifth Contract from Lockheed Martin to Provide Motion Control System for Q-53 Radar Production

August 11, 2016

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Trust Automation, Inc., known for custom actuation systems, motors, and controllers, today announced its fifth manufacturing contract for the rugged and high tech vehicle automation system they developed for the AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) produced by Lockheed Martin. Q-53 is a Counterfire Target Acquisition Radar (CTAR) that provides soldiers with enhanced 360-degree protection... Read More

Controls & Controllers, Machinery & Machining Tools

ZPS America Provides Advanced Multi-Spindle Machine Technology to Mitchel & Scott for High-Production Automotive Work

August 2, 2016

Machine tool builder supplies equipment with standard CNC and PLC motion control on machines and bar feeders; reduces downtime to near-zero ZPS America (Indianapolis, IN) is a builder of multi-spindle machine tools, as the North American arm of the Tajmac Group in the Czech Republic.  Headed by co-owner and president Olaf Tessarzyk, the company has supplied customers with high-production... Read More

Controls & Controllers

Digital Servo Controller provides 3 channels.

July 29, 2016

Equipped with power amplifiers and interpolator, 3-axis Model E-873.3QTU is macro programmable for stand-alone functionality of each channel. Unit features data recorder for high speed tracing and ID chip compatibility for quick start up. Offering flexibility for miniaturized precision positioning and handling tasks, controller is suited for precision alignment and automation, semiconductor technology, photonics, bio-nano-technology, metrology, microscopy, and micro-manipulation applications. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Mechanical Power Transmission, Non-Industrial Products, Transportation Industry Products

Thomson Provides Motion Control Products for Student Tractor Design Competition

July 20, 2016

RADFORD, VA – Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, was a silver sponsor of this year’s International Quarter Scale (IQS) tractor design competition of the American Society of Agricultural Biological Engineers (ASABE).  In this annual event, engineering students design and build garden-sized tractors and then compete in a variety of... Read More

Controls & Controllers

Motion System delivers dynamics, repeatability, stability.

July 11, 2016

With VULCANO XY as part of it is 3-piece-design stacked system, XYZ3TH consists of mechanical bearing-based platform integrating iron core linear motors. Stage is configurable and can be outfitted with module (theta, ZTheta, ZThetaTip Tilt) suited to application. Mechanical bearings provide stiffness in XY plane as well as vertically, allowing accelerations up to 2.5 g, speeds up to 2 m/s, bidirectional repeatability of ±250 nm (X and Y axes), and position stability in the nanometer range. Read More

Controls & Controllers

Brushless DC Motor Controls provide commutated power.

July 1, 2016

Available in chassis mount and NEMA 4X enclosures, Brushless DC Motor Controls provide commutated power and variable speed control, delivering optimal speed regulation over wide range of loads. Closed loop units offer line and low voltage options as well as analog and digital options. Controls are suited for applications where high torque, high speed, and quiet operation are needed. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Robotics

Robot Monitoring System enables worker/robot collaboration.

June 30, 2016

With host of safety functions, including safe speed limits, safe standstill monitoring, safe axis ranges, and position and orientation supervision, SafeMove2 encourages development of innovative robot applications by integrating safety directly into robot controller. Software allows robots and operators to work closely together by restricting robot motion to precisely what is needed for application. SafeMove2 provides tools that speed commissioning workflow for faster setup and validation. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Display & Presentation Equipment, Sensors, Monitors & Transducers, Test & Measuring Instruments

HEIDENHAIN to Showcase Motion Control Influence at IMTS

June 17, 2016

SCHAUMBURG, IL – From HEIDENHAIN, the international leader in precision measurement components and systems, comes an opportunity to view not only its newest motion control breakthroughs to the world at the upcoming International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2016 show this Fall (Booth #E-5226 / Quality Pavilion), but also see highlights from two of its many internationally-owned... Read More

Controls & Controllers, Robotics

B&R to Present Integrated Machine Control Platform and Advanced Technologies at IMTS 2016

June 7, 2016

Modular automation solution unifies CNC, PLC, HMI, robotics, safety and more At this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), from September 12-17 in Chicago’s McCormick Place, BR Industrial Automation Corp will exhibit its innovative automation solutions at booth E-4115. B&R specializes in standards-based, scalable and modular control systems integrating CNC, logic,... Read More

Controls & Controllers, HVAC, Green & Clean

Variable Speed Control increases ventilation system efficacy.

May 25, 2016

Mounted internally within fan housing to eliminate voltage spikes that can contribute to motor performance issues/failure, Vari-Green™ Drive (Model VGD-100) optimizes energy savings and efficiency of ventilation systems in diverse applications. This preprogrammed, factory mounted and wired variable speed control, intended for 3-phase motors up to 10 hp, uses R3 filtering technology to reduce electrical harmonics back into building and does not require any field installation or start-up. Read More

Controls & Controllers, HVAC, Green & Clean

Speed Control provides precise airflow regulation.

May 24, 2016

Designed for use with any AC fan or fan tray, OA11/22 dual-channel phase control unit lets user control fan speed for single or multiple fan assemblies. This 120/220 Vac, field-adjustable unit lets engineer specify and control fan noise, speed, and air delivery according to application requirements. Four user-adjustable speeds – off, low, medium, and high – maximize control and flexibility with minimal setup time. Areas of use include medical, industrial, networking, and telecom applications. Read More

Controls & Controllers

Motion Controller improves high-speed application performance.

May 13, 2016

CompactLogix 5380 controller supports high-speed applications with up to 20 axes of motion. When combined with Bulletin 5069 Compact I/O system, scheduled outputs improve I/O response time to as fast as 0.2 msec. Event triggers from I/O modules provide near-instantaneous task execution, while dual-configurable, 1-gigabit Ethernet port supports DLR topologies or use of multiple IP addresses. Built-in system and field power terminals as well as multiple security features are standard. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Material Handling & Storage, Mechanical Power Transmission

Precision Linear Stage handles payloads up to 22 lb.

May 9, 2016

Available with travel ranges of 1, 2, and 4 in. and velocity to 0.8 ips, Model L-406 delivers smooth motion with minimum incremental motion and repeatability down to 0.2 microns. Recirculating ball bearings ensure optimized guiding accuracy with minimum backlash. Compact DC servo motor with gearhead is offered for high torques and resolution, while 2-phase direct-drive stepper motor delivers higher velocity. Mounted on motor shaft, integrated rotary encoder sensor provides position feedback. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Electronic Components & Devices

Motion Control Chips offer direct upgrade paths.

May 9, 2016

Series PCD46x1A features single-axis (PCD4611A), dual-axis (PCD4621A), and quad-axis (PCD4641A) models. With respective QFPs of 48, 64, and 100 pins, chip package and terminal allocation of all three models are compatible with those of PCD46x1 series. Series PCD46x1A can also mount on same boards as previous chips. Functionality lets CPU connect to chips with 8-bit parallel bus connection or 4-wire serial interface. When connecting with latter, terminals D0–D5 can be used as GPIO ports. Read More

Controls & Controllers

Motion Controllers withstand harsh environmental conditions.

May 3, 2016

Able to withstand -40 to +70°C and vibrations up to 14 grm, Gold LION network-based, multi-axis machine motion controllers command any multi axis scenario from Point-To-Point to complete multi-axis coordinated/synchronized motion. Available versions include rugged, stand-alone, ready-to-use metal package and ready-to-use module. Latter allows for customization by embedding unit on PCB. Communication protocol support accelerates and facilitates communications with third party elements. Read More