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1 Motion Control - Product Spotlight (August 2011)

This special product news section takes a look at the latest in motion control products.

2 Medical Motion Control (August 2013)

Controls from Quicksilver help in the design and development of medical rehabilitation equipment originally designed for returning astronauts.

3 Integrated Motion Control in Packaging Machines Delivers Value (June 2011)

Maximizing packaging machine productivity and performance is imperative to success and is driving OEMs to adopt and invest in the latest technologies that can meet their customers’ challenges. At the forefront of these performance-driven technologies is an integrated control system—or programmable automation controller (PAC)—and latest-generation motion solutions.

4 Guidelines for Designing Better Motion Control Systems (February 2012)

Motion control systems engineers work chiefly in two well-defined areas: 1) new designs and 2) redesigns or retrofits. This article examines the best approach for each option.

5 Honing a Competitive Advantage (December 2009)

Sunnen grows product portfolio with motion control solution from Siemens.

6 Eight Reasons to Use Air Bearings Over Mechanical Bearings (December 2016)

Mechanical guiding systems, such as crossedroller bearings, work well for most motion control applications; however, when precision, angular repeatability, and geometric performance (runout, straightness…) are critical or where submicron bearing rumble is problematic, air bearings are recommended. An air-bearing stage is a rotary or linear positioner that floats on a cushion of air, using one of several preload mechanisms, nearly eliminating mechanical contact and thus wear, friction, and hysteresis effects. Here are eight reasons why an air-bearing stage might be the right choice for your application:

7 The Limbs of Lumenhaus (October 2010)

Motion systems bring award-winning and energy-optimizing “Smart House” to life.

8 Industry News (March 2017)

The complete Industry News section from the March 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

9 Product News (April 2008)

The complete product news section from the April 2008 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

10 Autosave Increases Productivity, Reduces Downtime for Nestle Purina (August 2009)

As automation devices have grown more complex and have incorporated more plant data in their operation, there is an increased need for programming changes to continue smooth operation or improve performance. In environments requiring frequent changes, it is not uncommon for code to be lost or changes overwritten, resulting in increased downtime and decreased productivity

11 Now That Is Smart Manufacturing! (February 2017)

A machine called Sub1 Reloaded solved a Rubik's Cube in 637 thousandths of a second in Munich.

12 Wall to Wall Technology (August 2014)

With the addition of Industrial Automation North America (IANA) as well as Motion, Drive & Automation North America(MDA NA), IMTS 2014 has greatly expanded its range of manufacturing technology services. These co-located shows complement the metalworking solutions found at IMTS by bringing in key suppliers from around the world.

13 Music in Motion (December 2008)

Woodworking process gets much needed upgrade for guitar manufacturer.

14 Control System Upgrades Product Testing and Validation Machinery (December 2008)

Opto 22 Embeds Snap Motion Control subsystem in production equipment to control, monitor and gather operational data.

15 Energy Efficiency, Configurable Solutions Highlight Pack Expo (December 2014)

A wide variety of companies displayed mechanical power transmission and motion control technologies at Pack Expo, held in November in Chicago. The event, which is the largest packaging and processing trade show in North America, attracted more than 48,000 attendees, according to show owner and producer PMMI. The four-day event included 2,352 exhibiting companies, an increase of more than 19 percent from the previous show in 2012.

16 Why MDA Matters (August 2014)

Most of you probably think you know what IMTS is about—machine tools, cutting tools, and various manufacturing processes. And if you stick to the North, South and West halls, you’ll be mostly right. But there’s a substantial group of exhibitors in the East building that are dedicated to automation, motion control and mechanical components.

17 Motion, Drive and Automation at Hannover Messe 2013 (February 2013)

Power transmission and motion control companies will be on-hand during Hannover Messe 2013 to display the latest technology offerings in key product categories including roller bearings, gears, pumps, motors, transmissions, drive system components, clutches and braking systems.

18 The Green Revolution - A Global Win-Win (February 2009)

Green technology is more than changing a couple of light bulbs or reducing waste. In 2009, the concept is relevant in every facet of manufacturing as companies make a greater push towards energy efficiency and sustainability. In the power transmission and motion control fields, this technology has been integrated into the daily routine, both as an environmentally friendly business venture and a way to offer green products to customers. It’s apparent that the revitalization of manufacturing, both here and abroad, will center on energy technology.

19 Motors and Motion Meet in St. Louis (December 2014)

The motors might be small, but the big-brain technology driving these electrical wonders was on full display at the 2014 Small Motor & Motion Association Fall Technical Conference, convened November 4-6 in St. Louis, MO. SMMA, the manufacturing trade association (120 members strong) that tends to the best interests of the electric motor and motion control industries — including manufacturers, suppliers, users, consultants and universities — played gracious host to a wide array of presenters from an equally diverse range of sources — from academia to the federal government. Like gears, motors are most everywhere, as evidenced by SMMA’s membership (consumer-, public interest-, national defense- and commercial-oriented) demographic which includes: appliance; transportation; medical equipment; office automation and computers; aerospace; and industrial automation. The association’s mission: To “serve as the principal voice of the electric motors and drives industry” and to provide a forum to “develop, collect and disseminate technical and management knowledge.”

20 Beauty in Algorithms (December 2008)

It took the introduction of fractals and chaos theory to get Bruce Shapiro interested in motion control.

21 Engineering Showcase 2017 (March 2017)

One of our goals at Power Transmission Engineering is to help you understand, identify and select the best technology for your mechanical power transmission or motion control applications. With every project, you have to decide which components to use, and which suppliers, based on functionality, quality and price. We aim to help you make those decisions informed by providing the latest information on current technology, especially when it comes to mechanical components.

22 Engineering Showcase 2015 (March 2015)

One of our goals at Power Transmission Engineering is to help you understand, identify and select the best technology for your mechanical power transmission or motion control applications. With every project, you have to decide which components to use, and which suppliers, based on functionality, quality and price. We aim to help you make those decisions informed by providing the latest information on current technology, especially when it comes to mechanical components.

23 2016 PTE Buyers Guide (December 2016)

A comprehensive directory of suppliers of gears, bearings, motors, couplings and other mechanical power transmission and motion control components.

24 Plan Accordingly (April 2016)

Three upcoming shows cater to different areas of power transmission components and motion control technologies, including Windpower 2016, Powdermet 2016 and the Sensors Expo & Conference. All three exhibitions will offer the latest products, solutions and latest real world applications dedicated to wind energy, powder metal technologies and sensors. Here’s a quick rundown:

25 Engineering Showcase 2016 (March 2016)

One of our goals at Power Transmission Engineering is to help you understand, identify and select the best technology for your mechanical power transmission or motion control applications. With every project, you have to decide which components to use, and which suppliers, based on functionality, quality and price. We aim to help you make those decisions informed by providing the latest information on current technology, especially when it comes to mechanical components.

26 He Shoots, He Scores! (April 2016)

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as scoring a goal. Here at Power Transmission Engineering, our goal is to provide you with as much relevant educational and technical material as possible, and every issue we strive to cover the subjects of power transmission and motion control from as many different angles as possible, so that no matter your job title, and no matter your industry, if gears, bearings, motors and related components are important to you, we’ve got you covered.

27 Tuning a PID Controller (April 2011)

This paper introduces the basic fundamentals of proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control theory and the characteristics of each of the PID control loops.

28 Energy Strategy Makes a Difference (June 2010)

How to optimize performance and sustainable production through strategic planning, informed analysis and automation and control technology.

29 Industry News (August 2012)

The complete Industry News section from the August 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

30 Blocks (Around the Clock) (August 2011)

Reading Rock manufactures concrete blocks - the kind that were probably used to build the schools that you attended. With employees working three shifts six to seven days a week, they make plenty of them.

31 (Material) Moving into the Future (June 2011)

a custom hydraulic brake system from Mico Inc. aid in the development of specialized material handling equipment.

32 Electronic Control for Hydraulic Applications - A Case Study (June 2009)

This case study presents how electronics and software can be applied to a mobile hydraulic application, as well as how electro-hydraulics have evolved over time.

33 Six Keys to Sustainable Manufacturing (February 2009)

The federal government estimates that manufacturing uses about one third of the energy consumed in the U.S., so manufacturing companies can play an important role in building a sustainable future.

34 Product News (March 2017)

The complete Product News section from the March 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

35 Product News (June 2013)

The complete Product News section from the June 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

36 Designing Drive Systems for Low-Web-Speed Applications (December 2012)

This paper will look at the solutions that current drive and motor technology can offer in not only improving tension control but also solving several other issues that are inherent to systems with high ratio gearing.

37 Product News (August 2009)

The complete Product News section from the August 2009 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

38 Soft Drink Solutions (December 2009)

Servo system from Bosch-Rexroth helps create more efficient beverage palletizer.

39 Braking the Cycle (August 2015)

Tucked away in the southwest quadrant of the state of Georgia, amid stately pine stands, pecan farms and cotton fields, sits Oak Crest Lumber.

40 Modular Control Systems for Wind Energy (August 2016)

For a 5-megawatt wind turbine prototype, aerodyn employs the latest control and software technologies, including a comprehensive PC-based control solution and the new modular TwinCAT Wind Framework. The TwinCAT Wind Framework features the latest software engineering and Big Data applications to extend current Industry 4.0 concepts to the wind energy industry. The modular software supports, for example, the direct provision of sensor data to the operator’s database, and in general enables the easy adaption of the wind turbine operation management to future requirements.

41 Product News (August 2016)

News about industry products.

42 Saving Time with Auto-Tuning Drives (March 2017)

If there are two things that are in tight supply in the industry, it's time and talent. Manufacturers are always pressured to do more faster, and the industry is producing fewer experts to help them do it, so the industry's had to get crafty and find what time-cutting procedures they can.

43 Product News (April 2017)

Clutches and Brakes take center stage in the April 2017 edition of Product News.

44 IMTS 2016 Booth Preview (August 2016)

A nose-in-the-tent peek at the booths featuring mechanical motion components.

45 Product News (April 2016)

Latest news about upcoming products.

46 Slicing Downtime (March 2016)

An independent cheese packager in central Wisconsin packages millions of pounds of cheese every year. Whether shredded, sliced, crumbled or waxed, each package is designed specifically for a customer’s unique needs. As a “toll processor,” production line speed is critical to productivity as well as profitability.

47 Servo Motor Performance at Stepper Motor Prices (April 2015)

Enhancing production with — and for — less is the standing order in today’s manufacturing world. Speeding up production while at the same time looking for ways, to cut, for example, energy costs, is a tricky equation with no single answer; where and how management goes about achieving that can take several paths.

48 Bosch Rexroth Offers Hydraulic Solution for Blast Furnace (September 2014)

While the basic design of iron and coke blast furnaces is centuries old, today's steel makers are looking for innovative ways to produce molten iron with increased production and efficiency

49 Belts Vs. Couplings (August 2015)

rotary-type blowers? Examples: for motor KW; RPM; temperature; pressure production; lifetime; etc. In other words, how do I choose between belts or couplings?

50 Pushing the Envelope(s) (September 2015)

With advances in modern technology reducing demand for envelopes, manufacturers are finding it increasingly hard to justify investment.

51 How to Design A Better Servo Control System (Fall 2007)

Servo control system engineers typically work designing new systems or redesigning existing systems for conveyors, pick and place machines, gantries, machine tools or other equipment.

52 No Time to Kill for Barge Operation (August 2014)

The scene is serene and picturesque. Sunshine reflects off the light chop of the Ohio River, as a barge winds its way into view. While those driving along Louisville’s River Road may be inclined to reach for a camera to capture this idyllic scene, the mood at Nugent Sand Company is anything but tranquil.

53 Product News (June 2015)

News about latest Products in the Industry

54 Best Practices for Selecting and Sizing Guide Wheels (October 2011)

How to select a guide wheel with the properties best-suited for a given application to create a system that reduces design costs and engineering changes, and lowers warranty, assembly, installation and mounting costs.

55 Product News (August 2011)

The complete Product News section from the August 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering

56 Product News (August 2010)

The complete Product News section from the August 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

57 Getting Creative (October 2012)

Beverage industry conveyor pours on advantages in distribution center. Case study describes the new conveying systems at Motion Industries Canada.

58 Selecting and Sizing Ball Screw Drives (October 2012)

The ball screw drive is an assembly that converts rotary motion to linear motion and vice versa. The ball screw drive consists of a ball screw and a ball nut with recirculating ball bearings...

59 Smart Actuators for Off-Highway (February 2013)

Smart actuators bring big benefits to utility and other off-highway vehicles

60 PTExtras (December 2012)

Take a look at some of the latest videos posted on powertransmission.com, plus the most recent updates to our online buyers guide.

61 Industry News (October 2012)

The complete Industry News section from the October 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

62 Linear Motion Q&A: Customized Machinery Built with Off-the-Shelf Components (April 2010)

This Q&A session with various experts at Thomson Linear Systems covers linear slides & stages, clutches & brakes, bearings and actuators.

63 Oscillation Welding Protects Pipelines (April 2010)

Ball screw assemblies are key to this patent-pending oilfield corrosion prevention solution.

64 Product News (February 2008)

The complete Product News section from the February 2008 Power Transmission Engineering.

65 Product News (August 2013)

The complete Product News section from the August 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering

66 PT Extras (August 2013)

Gear Expo coverage, plus a new video from Motion Industries and Rexnord.

67 Product News (August 2008)

The complete product news section from the August 2008 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

68 Motion System Management (August 2008)

Companies focus on customization and quality in linear motion

69 Product News (April 2010)

The complete product news section from the April 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

70 Product News (February 2010)

The complete Product News section from the February 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

71 Product News (October 2008)

The complete product news section from the October 2008 issue of Power Transmission Engineering (PTE).

72 Industry News (April 2016)

News from around the Industry.

73 Ball Screws Revisited - Ask the Expert (February 2013)

A reader asks for clarification on last issue's Ask the Expert column about ball screw sizing.

74 Product News (August 2015)

News about the latest Products from the Industry

75 Industry news (April 2015)

News From Around the Industry

76 Product News (April 2015)

Latest Products

77 Industry News (September 2015)

News From Around the Gear Industry

78 PRODUCT NEWS (October 2015)

All about new Products

79 Product News (March 2016)

News about the latest Products

80 Product News (Spring 2007)

News about upcomming products

81 Product News (December 2015)

News about latest products

82 Industry News (August 2013)

The complete Industry News section from the August 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

83 INDUSTRY NEWS (March 2015)

News From the Industry

84 Under Pressure (June 2014)

Wichita Clutch helps drive storm simulator at the University of Florida.

85 Inexpensive Methods to Measure the Performance Characteristics of a Linear Motion Device (December 2013)

This article describes a series of tests that can be performed by the average user, with little experience, and without sophisticated measuring instruments, to quickly determine the most important performance characteristics of linear motion systems.

86 The Efficient Drive System (December 2013)

It's a fact that drive systems wouldn't function properly or efficiently without couplings. They quietly go about their business of transferring motion from one drive element to the next. In the PT market today, couplings have the unique challenge of satisfying a variety of customer needs including tighter tolerances, higher speeds and a more versatile selection process.

87 The Future Rests on the River Leine (March 2015)

“[Motion, Drive & Automation] at Hannover Messe is the place where the future is determined.”

88 Value Added at MDA, IANA and IMTS (September 2014)

What was once targeted specifically toward the machine tool and metalworking industries, IMTS 2014 in Chicago spent a great deal of time and resources on automation, controls, mechanical components, self-diagnostics and an increase in productivity on the shop floor.

89 Diagnosing the Health of Medical Motors (March 2015)

John Morehead, national sales manager of Crouzet Motors (Vista, CA), was bunkered down in his office in Palatine, IL surrounded at all points by ankle-deep snow from an unfortunately terrible Chicago’s winter night.

90 Product News (March 2015)

New products within the Industry

91 Industry News (February 2015)

News from around the Industry

92 IFPE 2017 (February 2017)

Fluid Power, Motion Control and Power Transmission Industries Come Together in Las Vegas to Promote New Solutions.

News Items About motion control

1 PI Offers Motion Controller for Closed Loop Systems (March 13, 2013)
PI (Physik Instrumente) LP is offering a new motion controller for closed-loop precision positioning systems.The C-884, 4-axis digital se...

2 Motion Control Shipments Dip in First Quarter (May 10, 2013)
Global shipments for motion control products fell by 7.7 percent in first quarter 2013, according to new statistics...

3 MCMA Reports Growth on Global Motion Control Shipments (February 23, 2017)
Global shipments for motion control products increased by 10.3 percent to $3.3 billion in 2016, according to new statistics released by t...

4 IHS Reports on Motion Control Industry in 2013 (January 9, 2014)
Global sales of motion control products recovered in 2013 to reach $12.2 billion, but growth was far too weak to overcome the 2012 market...

5 Elmo Presents Motion Control Solutions (January 9, 2013)
Elmo Motion Control will present its compressive, high-performance motion control solution for the most challenging applications in lab a...

6 Siemens Motion Controllers Enhance User Productivity (October 12, 2011)
Siemens Industry, Inc. recently announced the extension of the upper performance range of its popular Simotion D motion controllers. ...

7 Multi-axis Motion Controller Executes G-code Applications (December 28, 2009)
TMC-3D, the Technosoft multi-axis motion controller, is now adapted to execute G-code language commands. Many industrial applications tod...

8 Motion Control Technology Featured on YouTube (September 1, 2010)
Electromate has just launched its new YouTube Channel Video Library featuring the latest in motion control technology. The channel is pop...

9 Yaskawa Releases Motion Controller (December 3, 2010)
The Drives and Motion Division of Yaskawa America recently announced the release of the MP2600iec motion controller. The controller provi...

10 Nexen Introduces Precision Motion Control Application & Selection Guide (January 27, 2015)
Nexen Group, Inc., a manufacturer of precision motion control solutions, recently introduced its latest Precision Motion Control Applicat...

11 Motion Control Shipments Fell in First Half 2013 (August 12, 2013)
Global shipments for motion control products fell by 6.8% in the first half of 2013, according to new statistics released by the Motion C...

12 Kollmorgen PCMM Motion Controller Meets a Broad Range of OEM Requirements (April 20, 2016)
Kollmorgen introduces the Programmable Controller Multi-axis Master (PCMM), a powerful new motion controller that meets a broad range of ...

13 Thomson Supplies Motion Control Tech for Tractor Design Competition (July 21, 2016)
Thomson Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, was a silver sponsor of this year’s International ...

14 AutomationDirect Linear Slides Provide Various Motion Control Solutions (March 29, 2016)
AutomationDirect’s SureMotion line of motion control products now includes both motor-ready actuator assemblies and an assortment o...

15 IHS Reports Motion Control Growth Tied to Global Machinery Production (June 8, 2016)
Following a sound 8.4 percent revenue growth in 2014, the global market for motion control hardware suffered strong headwinds and decline...

16 Kollmorgen Offers New Automation and Motion Control Catalog (August 8, 2016)
Kollmorgen’s new Automation and Motion Control catalog details the features, benefits and specifications of the company’s com...

17 Kollmorgen to Discuss Motion Control Family at Pack Expo (August 10, 2011)
Kollmorgen will be on hand to discuss its family of motion systems and components, and co-engineering services at the Converting & Pa...

18 Cablecraft Motion Controls Launches New Website (April 7, 2011)
Cablecraft Motion Controls recently announced a new website providing information on the company's full line of cable and linkage pro...

19 Zoller to Demonstrate Siemens Motion Control at IMTS (September 8, 2010)
During IMTS, Zoller Inc., a provider of tool presetters and tool management software based in Pforzheim, Germany and Ann Arbor, MI, will ...

20 Siemens Simplifies Motion Control Tasks with Technology Controller (January 17, 2017)
Siemens has matched its new advanced Simatic S7-1500 T-CPU controller with its popular Sinamics servo drive system, simplifying complex m...

21 Soft Servo Systems Updates Software and Motion Control Products (January 22, 2006)
Soft Servo Systems announced the release of Versio...

22 Rockwell Automation Enables CIP Networking in Motion Control Applications (March 2, 2007)
Rockwell Automation can now demonstrate how manufacturers can use standard Ethernet and the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) networking s...

23 PLC Applications Made Easy with Technosoft Motion Control Libraries (July 17, 2009)
The TML_LIB_X20 Motion Control Library embeds the Technosoft drives' intelligence into a B&R PLC environment. The library is a co...

24 Elmo Motion Control Expands Operations (January 26, 2017)
Elmo commenced product manufacturing in Poland in Q2 2015. The new EU production facility is part of Elmo's strategic plan to enhance...

25 Smart Ethernet Drives Add Flexibility to Advanced Motion Control System Building (March 29, 2010)
The latest generation of smart drives from Baldor Electric Company offers economic and space-saving solutions for many common single-axis...

26 Dunkermotor Receives cUL Certification for Motion Control Components (June 27, 2012)
Dunkermotor, now part of Ametek Precision Motion Control, has received cUL Certification for its brushless motors, intelligent servo moto...

27 Motion Control Association and Motion & Motor Association Merge to Become MCMA (June 22, 2015)
The Motion Control Association (MCA) and the Motor & Motion Association (SMMA) recently completed a merger that combines the two lead...

28 PTDA Shows Growth in PT and Motion Control Activity (August 25, 2014)
The PTDA Business Index for 2Q2014 indicates strong growth in both business activity and new orders. From 1Q2014 to 2Q2014, business acti...

29 Power Transmission/Motion Control Industry Shows Continued Growth in 1Q2015 (June 1, 2015)
The PTDA Business Index for 1Q2015 indicates slowing but continued positive growth. Reinforcing this positive outlook is the overall 1Q20...

30 Boston Engineering to Present ‘Design Tools for Motion Control’ at Automate 2015 (March 6, 2015)
Guy Fichera, director of Boston Engineering’s Industrial & Commercial practice, will deliver a “Design Tools fo...

31 Steinmeyer Announces Advanced Motion Controller (December 2, 2013)
Steinmeyer, Inc. recently announced a small new point to point controller to complement its line of precision linear stages. The new FMC2...

32 Lenze and Digitaltest Collaborate on Motion Controller Testing (March 8, 2016)
Lenze Americas, Uxbridge, MA and Digitaltest, Inc., Concord, CA announced that they have completed a project to provide enhanced automate...

33 RSF Launches New Motion Control Device to Facilitate Simpler Data Collection (April 16, 2015)
RSF Elektronik is now offering a device that allows the connection of up to three encoder feedback components into a module that acts as ...

34 Haydon Kerk Offers Customized Nut Designs for Motion Control Applications (August 14, 2012)
Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, a unit of AMETEK/Precision Motion Control, offers customized nut designs for high-end...

35 AMETEK Motion Control Products Meet Energy Directives (March 26, 2013)
AMETEK Precision Motion Control (PMC) has taken the lead in achieving the required efficiency grades to meet the European Union’s E...

36 Galil Releases New Motion Controller (December 16, 2011)
Galil Motion Control recently released the DMC-300xx Pocket Motion Controller Series, their latest generation, single-axis Ethernet motio...