Bottom tapped rails are useful for mounting from the bottom of a base, as well as when contamination protection is required -- eliminating the need for bolt-hole caps. See the available models from THK, including standard and radial LM guides and standard and radial caged ball. All units are available for quick shipping. Learn more.
Hybrid actuation system reduces energy consumption, simplifies designs
Learn how a leading manufacturer of household cleaning products solved its downtime problems due to an overloaded ball screw in its production-line electromechanical automated plastic cap dumping function. A Hybrid Actuation System (HAS) did the trick, combining the controllability of traditional electromechanical actuators with the power density, longer life, and failsafe conditions commonly found on traditional hydraulic systems. Read this informative Parker blog.
Machine tending solution now compatible with any CNC machine
The Robotiq Machine Tending Solution has made automation accessible to businesses of all sizes, overturning the belief that automation is too complicated. The company says their part-feeding solutions can provide up to a 30% production runtime increase -- without communication cards, expensive wiring, custom programming, or permanent modifications. Learn how to boost your CNC productivity.
How to implement redundancy in stepper motors
Some of the recent research activities in the area of electric motor drives for safety-critical applications (such as aerospace and nuclear power plants) are focused on looking at various fault-tolerant motor and drive topologies. After discussing different solutions, this article focuses on a miniature permanent magnet (PM) stepper motor design that provides increased redundancy. Read this informative Faulhaber article.
Why choose electric for linear actuators? When precision, multiple positions, repeatability, or position feedback is important
Tolomatic has been delivering a new type of linear motion technology that is giving hydraulics a run for its money. Learn the benefits of electric linear motion systems, the iceberg principle showing total cost of ownership, critical parameters of sizing, and conversion tips. Read this informative e-book. (No registration required)
New mini gearhead for robotics, semiconductor fab
Harmonic Drive is proud to announce the release of its CSF-2XH mini gearhead designed for servo and stepper motors. Available with an output shaft or flange, these gearheads are offered in four sizes with gear ratios of 30:1 to 100:1 and peak torque of .5 to 28 Nm. These mini strain wave gears are ideal for applications such as semiconductor manufacturing and robotics. Available through Electromate. Learn more.
Super cool and versatile palletizing gripper: OnRobot 2FGP20
Palletizing just got easier and more affordable with the 2FGP20 from OnRobot, an off-the-shelf electric gripper with a payload of up to 20kg and endless customization possibilities to fit any automation needs. The 2FGP20 is an ideal solution that can be deployed and redeployed for multiple processes and handling different parts. Learn more about the 2FGP20. Learn more about palletizing.
New linear stages for increased load, speed, stroke
Discover the enhanced possibilities with Tolomatic's new size TRS 225 twin profile rail stage, offering expanded capabilities for precise and powerful linear motion in a closed-package design. This unit is built from the ground up to be highly rigid and accurate and is now available with strokes up to 86.6 in., travel speeds up to 50 in./sec, and load-carrying capacities up to 4,320 lb. Perfect for your heavy-duty needs. Learn more.
Are ball splines right for your application?
Thomson Industries says ball splines are making a comeback, because more opportunities for automation bring more axes of motion to machinery, and pre-packaged solutions may not have the flexibility you require. But are ball splines the right choice for your design needs? They have the unique capability of integrating rotary and linear motion on a single shaft. Read the Thomson technical article.
New stainless steel AC inverter-duty gearmotors meet IP-69K
Bodine Electric Co. has introduced six new type 56R1-50JW/H hollow shaft gearmotors that combine a stainless-steel AC inverter-duty, 230/460 VAC motor with a stainless-steel hollow shaft gearhead. When used with an AC inverter (VFD) control, these gearmotors deliver variable speed and maintenance-free operation over a wide speed range. Ideal for equipment subject to intensive cleaning, such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and permanently wet environments. Learn more.
Extend your range of motion: Controllers for mini motors
FAULHABER has added another extremely compact Motion Controller without housing to its product range. The new MC3603 controller is ideal for integration in equipment manufacturing and medical tech applications. With 36 V and 3 A (peak current 9 A), it covers the power range up to 100 W and is suitable for DC motors with encoder, brushless drives, or linear motors. Learn more.
Motion systems: Check out THK's new online store!
THK has launched a new online store that is chock full of your motion system needs. Check out their latest offerings for Linear Motion Products (guides, actuators, rails, splines, and rollers), Feed Screw Products (ball and lead screws), Rotation Products (cross roller rings and cam and roller followers), Oscillation Products (link balls, rod ends, spherical bearings), and more. Lubrication Products available too. See the new THK store.
Advantages of slotless motors over standard stepper motors
According to Lin Engineering, "Slotless motors have gone through innovations in design as well as manufacturing, making them a good choice for specific applications." This article explores the benefits and drawbacks of slotless motors and provides information that may help you decide when to -- and when not to -- select them as a solution. Read the full article.
Intro to motor constants for fractional horsepower gearmotors
According to motor expert Bodine Electric, "Motor constants are needed to calculate permanent magnet DC (PMDC) or brushless DC (BLDC or EC) motor specifications and ratings, or to match the motor properly to an amplifier." You need the constants to predict the motor's performance with changing variables, such as different input voltages or different loads. This app note explains what the constants are, how they are derived. and how to use them. Very useful. Read this informative Bodine Electric blog.
New wheel hub gearbox for AGVs and AMRs
Drive your automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) with the GAM GML Wheel Drive Gearbox. GAM's GML Series Wheel Drive Gear Reducer uses planetary gearing for a coaxial system. The motor mounts directly behind the wheel without axle offset for an inline drive from wheel to motor. Features a compact design with short overall length. Learn more.
X-59 experimental supersonic aircraft selected as one of TIME's Best Inventions Of 2023
Artist's rendering of the X-59 experimental supersonic aircraft built by Lockheed Martin and NASA. [Credit: Lockheed Martin]
The X-59 experimental supersonic aircraft, built by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and NASA Aeronautics, was selected as one of TIME's "Top Inventions of 2023" in the Transportation category.
Every year for over two decades, TIME editors have highlighted the most impactful new products and ideas in TIME's Best Inventions issue. Nominations are judged on several key factors, including originality, efficacy, ambition, and impact.
The one-of-a-kind X-59 was chosen based on these factors, because it is designed to transform the future of commercial supersonic flight over land, addressing one of the most persistent challenges of advancing aviation: quieting the sonic boom.
The X-59 is the centerpiece of NASA's Quesst mission. It will be flown over communities across the United States, and response data from these flights will be collected on the acceptability of a quiet sonic thump generated by the unique design of the aircraft. The data will help NASA provide regulators with the information needed to establish an acceptable commercial supersonic noise standard to repeal the current ban on commercial supersonic travel over land.
NASA's X-59 research aircraft moved from its construction site to the flight line (the space between the hangar and the runway) at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, CA, on June 16, 2023. The move allowed the X-59 team to perform safety and structural testing, critical steps toward first flight. [Credit: Lockheed Martin]
This breakthrough aims to open the door to an entirely new global market for aircraft manufacturers, enabling passengers to travel anywhere in the world in as little as half the time it takes today.
According to NASA, "Quesst made steady progress toward flight over the past year. The team installed the finishing touches to the X-59's tail structure, which allowed them to finalize its electrical wiring and proceed to critical ground tests, and moved it from its assembly facility to the flight line to perform structural testing."
Next year, the X-59 will be unveiled to the public at a rollout ceremony in Palmdale, CA, before the aircraft takes its first flight in 2024.
A single pilot will fly the 99.7-ft-long, 29.5-ft-wide aircraft powered by a single jet engine. The plane's design research speed will be Mach 1.4, or 925 mph, flying at 55,000 ft.
According to NASA, "In addition to the aircraft's design, the X-59 also combines new technology with systems and components from multiple, established aircraft, such as its landing gear from an F-16 and its life-support system adapted from an F-15."