Using SmartMotor data to diagnose linear actuator performance problems
Effective troubleshooting of a motion control system problem can be a daunting and time-consuming process, even for seasoned automation professionals. However, the Moog Animatics SmartMotor fully integrated servo, with built-in controller and firmware, is constantly monitoring a variety of operating parameters. This case study investigates how that data can be used to quickly and effectively troubleshoot and resolve a motion control system problem.
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Advantages of electroformed metal bellows
Servometer metal bellows manufactured using our patented electro-deposition process create flexibility, protection, motion, and balance for systems requiring precise, repeatable results. This exclusive manufacturing technology produces electroformed bellows that offer unique characteristics such as high-strength but lightweight construction and custom engineered geometries. Learn more by viewing our "Electroforming Basics of Miniature and Specialized Components" white paper.
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Top 5 challenges of motion control design
As motion control solutions -- from angle encoders to direct drive motors -- become even more ubiquitous in industrial situations, engineers face evolving demands and opportunities. From lowering the cost of advanced technologies to improving functional safety in automated environments, here are the top five challenges and opportunities in today's motion control design industry as seen by engineers from HEIDENHAIN.
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Two-way traction drives reduce motor torque ripple
Rolling Motion Industries (RMI) has released two new, highly efficient two-way gearless traction drives. The MAR-17-2-2.1 and MAR-23-2-2.1 permanently lubricated drives have only six moving parts and typically last three times longer than conventional gearboxes. The drives have demonstrated up to an 84 percent reduction in motor torque ripple. The MAR17-2-2.1 Traction Drive is designed for speeds to 3,600 rpm with 10 to 20 in./lb of torque, and the MAR-23-2-2.1 Traction Drive is rated for 3,600 rpm with 20 to 30 in./lb of torque.
High-precision multi-axis motion with hexapod 6-axis systems -- New 130-pg PI catalog
Multi-axis motion and positioning systems are often used for precision automation and alignment applications in fields including optics, photonics, aerospace, medical engineering, and laser technology. Hexapod parallel-kinematic motion and positioning systems provide a novel approach to multi-axis motion, combining precision and compactness with versatility. PI's new 130-page catalog provides background information and features a variety of hexapod (Stewart-Platform) motion and positioning systems with 6 degrees of freedom and high resolution and repeatability in the sub-micrometer and even nanometer range.
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World's most compact 3,000-W integrated servo motor
JVL's newest addition to its motor portfolio is a complete, high-capacity MAC motor with a rating of 3,000 W. MAC motors are complete servo systems that include a high-dynamic AC servo motor, hall sensors, encoder, power supply, driver, and positioning controller and Nano-PLC, as well as options for incorporating various control modules such as Bluetooth, WLAN, ZigBee, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, CANopen, DeviceNet, Profibus, Profinet, Nano PLC, and more. With a length of only 311.8 mm and a torque of 9.55/28.6 Nm at 3,000 rpm, this MAC motor matches the size of traditional servo motors without built-in controllers. Many more features.
Smart gripper has fingertip sensors that see and feel objects
You can automate high-precision assembly tasks with the OnRobot RG2-FT smart gripper. The built-in 6-axis F/T sensors at the fingertips provide extremely accurate gripping for better production quality. This gripper is so smart it detects the risk of slipping before it happens! The Danish company OnRobot has just opened its U.S. headquarters in Dallas. The company is a global leader in end-of-arm tooling for collaborative robots and also provides hardware and software used with collaborative robots from a variety of robot manufacturers such as Universal Robots, KUKA, FANUC, and Yaskawa.
SmartMotor can handle extreme low temps
Moog Animatics has released its new Low Temperature Range (LTR) SmartMotor in two standard NEMA frame sizes: model SM17205M-LTR (the LTR-17) and model SM23165M-LTR (the LTR-23). Both motors have been meticulously engineered for robust and reliable operation in extremely frigid environments and at high altitudes. To achieve this, onboard internal heaters ensure that the motors can start up in temperatures below -40 degrees C. Other design changes allow these motors to withstand random vibrations up to 6G 10-2000 Hz, and standard IP sealing protects the motors from condensation.
Small DC motors for spectrophotometry
The DeNovix team needed a motion solution for their spectrophoto-meter application which called for intermittent short, quick motions with micron-level accuracy. After research and testing, they chose a FAULHABER small DC motor configured with a MICROMO encoder and an all-plastic planetary gearhead to successfully bring their product to market.
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100 million random moves: New lifetime spec for rotary micro stage with integral controller
New Scale Technologies has significantly increased the lifetime specification for its M3-RS-U Rotary Smart Stage, a precision rotary micro stage with embedded controller. The new specification of 100 million random positions underscores the utility of these compact, all-in-one motion modules for integrating embedded motion inside in medical, commercial, and industrial instruments. The increased lifetime spec makes the selection decision even easier for product designers who need to embed motion in their portable and hand-held systems.
Electric extreme-force linear actuators beat hydraulics in metal casting
Metal casting is precise work conducted in a high-temperature environment. Unmolding a workpiece requires both force and control. It's a task often left to hydraulic cylinders, but their high-force capabilities come with significant drawbacks, like inadequate control and messy leaks. New, electric extreme-force linear actuators offer precision and clean operation.
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Traction drives leverage engineered fluids
Rolling Motion Industries (RMI) has released two high-efficiency traction drives: the MAR-17-1-2.1 (speeds to 3,600 rpm with 10 to 20 in./lb of torque) and MAR-23-1-2.1 (3,600 rpm with 20 to 30 in./lb of torque). These one-way traction drives have only six moving parts and use an engineered traction fluid with a coefficient of friction of just 0.1 to 0.12. These traction drives typically last three times longer than conventional gearboxes, and with no metal-to-metal contact they generate up to 72 percent less heat after 24 hr of continuous operation. Additionally, they create up to 38 percent lower dB at 3,000 rpm than conventional gearboxes (less than a home refrigerator). Applications include: pumps, blowers, fans, turbo and superchargers, conveyers, HVAC systems, and medical -- anything that rotates.
First explosion-proof stackable multi-turn encoder
Sensata Technologies has introduced the first explosion-proof stackable multi-turn encoder, an ideal position sensing solution for oil and gas applications such as drawworks, top drives, and pipe-handling equipment where working conditions are extreme. The new encoder, BEI Sensors' model MAAX, is ATEX and IECEx certified to operate in explosive environments and features a Profibus output in a unique, stackable package. CANopen and SSI outputs are also available. The MAAX provides up to 16 bits of resolution as well as up to 16 bits of turns by mechanical counting. This workhorse product operates directly in Zone 1 environments without the need for an accompanying Intrinsic Safety barrier.
QTR Series torque motors by Tecnotion
With Tecnotion torque motors, the magnetic design is optimized for maximum flux density and copper fill to provide very high torque-to-volume ratios. Motor sizes from 68-mm to 160-mm diameters are available, packing serious power to work with any servo drives on the market. Tecnotion torque motors are extremely compact, provide a very stiff drive train, eliminate the need for time-consuming mounting procedures, are virtually maintenance free, and can be integrated directly into the machine structure, while the spacious open inner diameter enables wire and cable feedthrough. The entire series comes with completely sealed stators and integrated temperature protection and measurement sensors.
160 pages of piezo linear motors, rotation stages, and multi-axis motion systems
PI's new comprehensive piezo motor solutions catalog covers a large number of linear, rotary, and multi-axis motion systems based on a variety of piezo motor types along with their appropriate controllers and drivers. Ultrasonic piezo motors, for example, are preferred for high-speed applications; inertia motors are small and cost efficient; PiezoWalk drives provide the highest forces up to 800N; and piezo-ratchet drives can replace micrometers in remote "set and forget" applications. All piezoelectric motors are self-locking, field-less, and not affected by magnetic fields, and they can be integrated easily mechanically.
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Honda Insight named 2019 Green Car of the Year at Los Angeles Auto Show
2019 Honda Insight.
Honda's third-generation Insight hybrid sedan has been named Green Car Journal's 2019 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show's AutoMobility LA. The award honors the vehicle that most significantly raises the bar in environmental performance while remaining within reach of most consumers.
The expanded 2019 Green Car Awards also recognized two increasingly important categories this year: the 2019 Luxury Green Car of the Year, awarded to the Jaguar I-PACE, and the 2019 Green SUV of the Year, awarded to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
The original futuristic-looking Honda Insight made waves as the first gasoline-electric hybrid production model on American roads in late 1999. Today, the all-new, third-generation Insight hybrid has reinvented itself, making a bold statement that driving enjoyment, technology prowess, and impressive 52-mpg combined fuel efficiency can come in a mainstream package with Honda's signature DNA and style.
"Today's driver wants more from a hybrid than just great fuel economy. Insight truly represents the direction Honda is pursuing with electrified vehicles, delivering style and sophisticated driving dynamics with outstanding fuel economy," said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Auto Sales. "We appreciate Green Car Journal for recognizing Honda for the fourth time with Green Car of the Year."
The Green Car of the Year was selected by Green Car Journal editors and invited jurors from highly respected efficiency and environmental organizations. This year's invited Green Car of the Year jurors include celebrity auto enthusiast Jay Leno; Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Matt Petersen, president and CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and Board Chair of Climate Mayors; Dr. Alan Lloyd, president emeritus of the International Council on Clean Transportation and Senior Research Fellow at the Energy Institute, University of Texas at Austin; Mindy Lubber, president of CERES; and Jason Hartke, president of the Alliance to Save Energy.
Along with the Honda Insight, finalists for 2019 Green Car of the Year included the Lexus ES 300h, Nissan Altima, Toyota Avalon Hybrid, and Volkswagen Jetta.
Winner of the 2019 Luxury Green Car of the Year, the Jaguar I-PACE is an impressive premium model replete with aggressive styling, great performance, and desired efficiency delivered by all-electric power. Acceleration and road-handling manners are superb and assisted with advanced Torque Vectoring by Braking and Adaptive Surface Response, lending sports car-like agility to this crossover SUV. It features a confidence-inspiring 234-mile electric driving range.
In addition to the Jaguar I-PACE, finalists in contention for Luxury Green Car of the Year were the Audi e-tron, Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid, Range Rover P400e, and Tesla Model 3.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
Mitsubishi's Outlander PHEV, the 2019 Green SUV of the Year winner, is the automaker's formidable answer for those desiring plug-in hybrid power in an affordable, all-wheel drive SUV. Using an innovative series-parallel plug-in hybrid system, the mid-size SUV can operate on all-electric drive, conventional gas-electric hybrid drive, or series hybrid drive with the engine generating electricity to assist the battery in powering electric drive motors.
Considered with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for Green SUV of the Year were finalists Cadillac XT4, Hyundai Kona, Lexus UX, and the Volvo XC40.
By virtue of their environmental achievement, all of the exceptional 2019 Green Car Awards finalists were recognized with Green Car Journal's prestigious 2019 Product of Excellence distinction.
Source: Los Angeles Auto Show
Published December 2018
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