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Universal Robots takes cobot welding to the next level at FABTECH 2021

Universal Robots pioneered collaborative arc welding and continues to make cobot-powered fabricating solutions mainstream. FABTECH 2021 (Sept. 13-16) is the launchpad for innovative new cobot applications including heavy-duty water-cooled welding, hardfacing, plasma cutting, and flexible machine loading.
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Spindle drive motor with integrated multi-turn encoder

JVL has a new addition to its ServoStep motor lineup: a directly mountable motor for driving spindles. It's perfect for replacing hand wheels in format-change applications. ServoStep has everything built in, including motor, encoder, drive electronics, control electronics with ePLC, and optional Ethernet or CAN bus integrated into one compact unit. All major industrial Ethernet protocols are available. Features include: double ball bearings enabling up to 7,100 N axial load, closed-loop control, and energy efficiency due to automatic current control. Available through Electromate.
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Micro Brakes for precision equipment applications

Fast braking response in small, precision torque applications -- that's the primary benefit of Miki Pulley Micro Brakes. The ultra-compact brake design features a stator with integrated mounting flange, proprietary composite friction liner, and armature complete with ring plate spring and hub. It halts rotation mechanically by using an electromagnetic field to connect friction surfaces. Features include quiet operation, high holding torque for its size, a space-saving design configuration, long service life, and stable and reliable braking power. Applications include ATMs, office copiers, weighing and packaging equipment, optical mechanisms, paper binding mechanisms, and more.
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Gantry and multi-axis systems: How to build one your way

Gantries can be complicated and specialized. There are infinite variations for moving an object on multiple axes, but designing these motion control systems doesn't have to be intimidating. If you have weight, force, or size challenges that don't fit within off-the-shelf parameters, just follow these four steps to create a successful, customized system.
Read this informative Tolomatic blog.


Severe-duty AC motors for the toughest applications

The SIMOTICS SD200 severe-duty motor in frame size 440 is Siemens' latest offering in the low-voltage SIMOTICS motor family. Providing high productivity and energy-efficient operation in all torque ranges, these new cast-iron NEMA motors are built to power pumps, fans, compressors, hoists, winders, and similar equipment in harsh environments. With a three-year warranty, the SD200 motors offer 125- to 800-hp output and feature 444-5013 cast-iron frames for operation in 460- and 575-V ranges. Options include IP56 ingress protection, encoders, brakes, and blowers, plus many others to suit the application required.
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Reliable automated testing of cultured cells in the lab

What dosage achieves the desired result without side effects? Above what limit does the beneficial medication turn toxic? Today, such questions are answered in test series performed with cell cultures. With the CYRIS®FLOX automated test system, work in the laboratories is made much easier. Here, motors from FAULHABER ensure that the cultures are supplied with nutrients and medications for the duration of the trial and the development of the cells is closely monitored -- without human intervention.
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Electromechanical linear actuators: High power in small packages

Packing higher motion control capability into a more compact envelope has given rise to a new generation of high power-density actuators. Machine designers for mobile-off-highway, material handling, factory automation, and other power-hungry applications can now get electrical actuators from Thomson that provide up to 2 kN/450 lbf with advanced onboard electronics ΜΆ-- all in a component that requires less space and is more cost efficient than hydraulic or heavier-duty electromechanical actuators that might previously have been deployed for such applications.
Read the full Thomson article.


New backlash-free threaded nut for external linear actuators

Nanotec now offers radially pre-loaded threaded nuts for its external linear actuators with flange size 42 mm (NEMA 17). These backlash-free nuts automatically readjust themselves during operation and achieve high positioning accuracy and repeatability. Compared to simple, axially pre-loaded nuts, they are characterized by a lower frictional torque and higher efficiency. The nuts are currently offered in combination with the linear actuators of the LSA42 series from Nanotec. These actuators are available in many lengths and thread leads. They come with ACME or trapezoidal thread and facilitate the construction of space-saving linear axes.
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A servo motor first: Certified PROFINET with PROFIdrive

Dunker-motoren, a world leader in brushless DC motors with integrated electronics from 1 to 4,000 W, is the first drive technology manufacturer to fully integrate its certified PROFINET solution with PROFIdrive into a motor -- a milestone in terms of cabling, commissioning, and IIoT capability. The certification ensures users that high standards of stability, even under extreme bus conditions, are always maintained. Currently, the products BG 95 dPro, BG 75 dPro, BG 66 dPro, and BGE 5510 dPro are available with the PROFINET interface.
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What are piezoelectric active shims?

Active shims, such as PIRest from Physik Instrumente, can readjust the gap between two components in a machine at any time with nanometer precision. Due to the piezo element's high resolution down to the nanometer range, active shims cover applications in classical mechanical precision engineering, as well as the alignment of optical components in astronomy, semiconductor manufacturing, and in materials research employing beam-line instrumentation.
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Integrated motor/actuator replaces hydraulics

Curtiss-Wright's Actuation Division has just released its newest integrated motor/actuator, the Exlar GTX060. This is the third frame size in the GTX series of industrial electromechanical actuators. The GTX Series offers force, precision, and repeatability while eliminating or minimizing the maintenance and inefficiencies typical of fluid power alternatives. With continuous force ratings up to 2,668 N (600 lbf) and speeds to 1,016 mm/sec (40 in./sec) in both VAC and VDC power options, the GTX060's compact form can be applied across a wide range of automation applications.
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Critical medical applications demand top-quality motion

Surgical robotics systems offer an overwhelming advantage over traditional methods: improved precision and speed, faster patient healing, and a reduced margin of error. For minimally invasive procedures requiring this level of precision, performance, and reliability, the engineers of surgical robotics systems depend on FAULHABER motion systems.
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Pick, measure, and sort small parts with one robotic workstation

New Scale Robotics has introduced its Q-Span Automated Small-Part Measurement Systems for quality control (QC) teams in high-mix, small-batch manufacturing environments. Q-Span Systems combine robotic pick-and-place with automated measurement of small parts. They easily integrate into existing workflows in the QC lab or on the production floor, and automate the tedious manual process of measuring parts with digital calipers.
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Universal Robots develops interface for Siemens engineering portal

Integrating Universal Robots' collaborative robots into complex machines and manufacturing environments will soon be a process machine builders and systems integrators can handle seamlessly through one of the world's leading automation platforms: Siemens' TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) portal.
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Voice coil stages and actuators for precise motion

Because of their small dimensions, voice coil motors are often integrated in compact stages, actuators, and fast tip/tilt mirror platforms. These devices are driven by an electromagnetic motor consisting of a moving coil winding and a fixed magnet (the opposite is also possible). By precisely controlling the electric current in the coil, the magnetic force (Lorenz force) -- and thus, acceleration, velocity, and position -- can be varied very accurately.
Learn all about voice coil stages and actuators from PI.


Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV takes top spot in Car and Driver's inaugural Electric Vehicle of the Year Award 2021

Car and Driver EV of the Year: Mustang Mach-E. [Image courtesy: Car and Driver/Ford]

 

 

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E earned Car and Driver's inaugural Electric Vehicle of the Year Award, adding another coveted honor to the car's trophy case and beating overall top-rated EV competitors along the way.

The publication put 11 top-rated electric vehicles through rigorous testing over a three-week period, including a 1,000-mile road trip to evaluate each in real-world conditions. Mustang Mach-E took the No. 1 spot.

"We felt that if a carmaker was looking to convert people from EV skeptics to EV evangelists, there's not a better vehicle out there than the Mustang Mach-E," said Sharon Carty, Car and Driver editor-in-chief. "It's a familiar shape and size of crossover. It's in the sweet spot of what Americans love. It's beautiful. It's a design that gets noticed. It has a range and charging speed that is very competitive."

The newly created electric vehicle award uses the same criteria as Car and Driver's 10Best Awards: The vehicle must deliver exceptional driving engagement, offer indisputable value and/or practicality, fulfill its mission better than any of its competitors, and be fun to drive (which is a great description of Mustang Mach-E).

"Mustang Mach-E is the start of what we can do to compete in the EV revolution," said Darren Palmer, Ford general manager, Battery Electric Vehicles. "Its continued success in the form of happy customers, sales, and awards are all signs of the momentum we are building."

Other contenders included Audi e-tron, Kia Niro, Nissan Leaf Plus, Polestar 2, Porsche Taycan 4S PBP, Tesla Model 3 Performance, Tesla Model S Long Range Plus, Tesla Model Y Performance, Volkswagen ID.4, and Volvo XC40 Recharge. Car and Driver employed instrumented testing, subjective evaluation, and side-by-side comparison in both practicality and entertainment value.

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E has claimed a number of other awards including Car and Driver's Editor's Choice Award earlier this year, plus the Cars.com Eco-Friendly Car of the Year Award, AutoGuide's Utility of the Year, Green Vehicle of the Year, and Autoweek's Car Buyer's Award.

"We could have made a boring electric vehicle, a compliance vehicle that looks like a dust buster," said Palmer, "but we decided people need an EV with soul. So we built them an all-electric Mustang SUV that is disrupting the status quo in electric vehicles -- and the Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition are still to come."

The full story on Car and Driver's very first Electric Vehicle of the Year can be found here in the July/August issue of the magazine.

For more information on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, go to ford.com/suvs/mach-e/.

Source: Ford Motor Co.

Published September 2021

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