High-torque flat motors for UAVs and robotics
maxon's ECX flat BLDC motors are perfectly tailored to compact drive solutions that need a high torque. ECX motors are optimized for max performance thanks to their special winding tech and segmented magnets. These external-rotor motors feature a ratio of torque to weight and size that is second to none and are ideal for use in unmanned aerial vehicles and robotics. The iron-wound motors are available with diameters of 22 mm, 32 mm, and 42 mm in short or long versions. All variants are available with integrated encoders or speed controllers for a complete drive system.
Tech Tip: Gantry vs. Split Bridge system -- what's the difference?
Gantry motion systems and split bridge motion systems are often used in industrial production, testing, and additive manufacturing, but what makes one better than another for a given application? The experts at PI (Physik Instrumente) run through the basics.
Read this informative PI blog.
New hybrid hexapod has nanometer-level precision
The Hybrid Hexapod from ALIO Industries has revolutionized 6D motion and redefined the role of motion control in applications that need flatness and straightness of motion plus stiffness, such as machining and bonding. It uses a tripod parallel kinematics structure to deliver Z plane and tip/tilt motion, integrated with a monolithic serial kinematic structure for XY motion. A rotary stage integrated into the top of the tripod (or underneath it) provides 360-degree continuous yaw rotation. Applications include optical, semiconductor, manufacturing, metrology, laser processing, and micro-machining.
Gearboxes for electric motors from Rexroth: a driving force for electrification
As part of its new, extensive eLION platform for the electrification of mobile working machines, Bosch Rexroth has developed spur gearboxes that vehicle manufacturers can use to unlock the full potential of new electric motors. The one- and two-speed gearboxes are installed in the central section of the vehicle and pool the energy in order to drive up to two axles with just one motor. The clever integration of essential components is evidence of the wealth of practical know-how that was drawn on throughout the development process.
OnRobot Palletizer: Complete, configurable, and easy-to-use modular solution
OnRobot has launched OnRobot Palletizer, a complete collaborative palletizing solution designed to take the physical and financial pain out of palletizing processes. It includes four new hardware and software products to make affordable collaborative automation available to companies of all sizes and technology skill levels.
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The new reliable actuator for heavy loads
Bosch Rexroth's electro-mechanical cylinders (EMCs) are now available in a high-force, high-precision, low-maintenance version: the EMC-HP. Designed for loads up to 100 kN, the new actuators are robust and compact. Based on the reliable planetary screw drive, users will benefit from impressive continuous power -- even under harsh conditions -- thanks to both the new oil-bath lubrication and optional water cooling directly on the screw itself. A fully digital process, from selection to ordering, shortens engineering time.
New modular powered roller conveyor
DynaRoller from Dynamic Conveyor is a new motor-driven roller (MDR), zone-powered conveyor system offering zero-pressure-accumulation functionality. Its patented design includes capturing all motor and drive components within an enclosed side channel, making it one of the safest roller conveyance options on the market. Integration with its patented, omnidirectional transfer units allows for right-angle transfers and diverting to meet the most demanding sortation needs.
Handle simple motion tasks electrically with less cost and more complex control
Bill Fontaine and Steve Hunt from iAutomation discuss the benefits of the Festo Simplified Motion Series. These integrated drives are the perfect solution for all users who are looking for an electric alternative for very simple motion and positioning tasks.
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Go to the Festo Simple Electric Automation Solution page.
Gear units, motors, and VFDs for intralogistics and warehousing
NORD's innovative and high-efficiency gear units, motors, and VFDs work in unison to transport items quickly with precise control and lower energy consumption. They are engineered to lower Total Cost of Ownership, reduce the number of system variants, and reduce overall maintenance time and costs. NORD's primary products for intralogistics include: LogiDrive Complete Drive Solution (gearbox, motor, and VFD), Condition Monitoring for Predictive Maintenance, and NORCON APP with NORDAC ACCESS Bluetooth Stick mobile commissioning and service solution for all NORD drives.
Low-cost motion control: CLICK PLUS PLCs
Automation-Direct has released the new CLICK PLC programming software version 3.30, which allows any CLICK PLUS CPU to be configured as a 3-axis PTO/PWM motion controller. 100-kHz high-speed inputs and outputs are offered with any DC option slot I/O module placed in slot 0 of the CPU. With this module, CLICK PLUS PLCs can easily perform velocity moves, homing commands, or interpolated positioning. Six CPUs available starting at less than 100 bucks.
SPEED DEMON EL300 for high-speed, low-friction, smooth linear motion
LM76 has introduced the SPEED DEMON EL300 high-speed rail and roller bearing system. It features travel lengths of 400 to 3,000 mm, a wide base, and 12-mm hardened steel parallel rails that ensure the radial roller bearings (wheels) of the carriage provide high torsional stability and high torque load stability. The base can be easily integrated directly into the user's system using the predrilled mounting holes or LM76's heavy-duty full-length mounting plates.
Customize your geared stepper motors online
Lin Engineering's hybrid stepper motors matched with High Precision Planetary Gearboxes are the perfect solution for applications that require higher torque. Their gearboxes are designed and manufactured in-house and offer low backlash and high efficiency. They are available in multiple popular gear ratios including 5:1, 10:1, 20:1, and 50:1.
Solenoids vs. voice coil actuators
What are the differences between solenoids and voice coil actuators? Engineers at Moticont have the answers in a new blog entry. Both of these devices are electromechanical units capable of accomplishing similar tasks. Learn the major differences between the two so you can select the correct device type for your application.
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New PressFit encoders for small motors
With the introduction of the evolutionary PressFit rotary encoders from HEIDENHAIN, small-motor manufacturers finally have a better solution for incorporating automated mounting for feedback devices. This new ExI 11xx encoder series features a unique compact design that allows fast and simple mounting by press-fitting into a motor housing while still allowing surrounding space for cables and seals. PressFit encoders are made for integration into motors with a flange size as small as 40 mm x 40 mm or an axis height of only 20 mm.
4-axis motion controller for highly dynamic applications
The CM-CPB3-44 EtherCAT controller from Nanotec controls four brushless DC or stepper motors with a rated power of up to 150 W per axis. Feedback on the motor position is provided by Hall sensors or incremental or SSI encoders. Each axis is equipped with four digital inputs, two outputs, one analog input, and one output for a safety brake. Field-oriented torque, speed, and position control, combined with other features such as acceleration feed forward and jerk-limited ramps, ensure optimum dynamic performance and cycle time.
Lead-foot police: Ford testing geofencing tech in Europe that automatically reduces vehicle speed
Geofencing technology creates a virtual area where vehicles slow down, rather than relying on drivers spotting signs that may be on unfamiliar routes or overgrown. [Credit: Ford of Europe GmbH/ Makerhouse Europe]
Many cities and towns limit speeds around schools, hospitals, and shopping areas. Seeing the signs, however, can depend on how visible they are, whether they are concealed by branches, or maybe surrounded by a cluster of other signs.
Now, Ford is testing connected vehicle technology using geofencing (a virtual geographical boundary) that could one day do away with the need for speed limit signs completely, as well as potentially making streets safer for other road users and pedestrians. Ford says its Geofencing Speed Limit Control system could help drivers avoid inadvertently incurring speeding fines and improve roadside appearances.
Driver assistance technologies such as Ford's Intelligent Speed Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go already help ensure drivers do not exceed speed limits. Ford says its Geofencing Speed Limit Control system is potentially more flexible and effective than on-board systems, and could, in the future, be applied to Ford commercial and passenger vehicles.
Researchers are using two Ford Pro vehicles to analyze the impact of speed limiting in terms of improving traffic flow and reducing the risk of accidents. Testing with the all-electric Ford E-Transit vans extends to all 30-km/h zones in the center of Cologne, Germany, as well as in selected 50-km/h and 30-km/h zones elsewhere in the city.
The 12-month trial builds on other recent Ford research projects that aim to help improve road safety, including connected traffic-light tech that could automatically go green to offer clearer routes for ambulances, fire engines, and police vehicles, and the use of specific speakers inside the vehicle to alert drivers to the direction from which people and objects are approaching.
The geofencing trial is the result of a collaboration between the Ford City Engagement team, city officials in Cologne and Aachen, Germany, and Ford software engineers in Palo Alto, CA. Together with colleagues in Aachen, the Palo Alto engineers developed technology that connects the vehicle to the geofencing system for GPS tracking and data exchange.
The driver receives the information via the dashboard display cluster, with the new speed limit flashing below the current speed. The vehicle automatically reduces speed in line with the geofenced zone. The driver can override the system and deactivate the speed limit control at any time.
In the future, Ford's Geofencing Speed Limit Control system could enable drivers to set their own geofencing zones at speeds as low as 20 km/h, including at depots and private facilities. Speed limits could also be set dynamically to take into account local hazards, temporary road works, and the time of day.
The trial in Germany runs until March 2023.
Source: Ford Motor Co.
Published June 2022
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