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Power Transmission Engineering E-mail Newsletter October 2011

Your Monthly Resource on Power Transmission and Motion Control


October 2011

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Next-Generation Lubricants Developed at Argonne National Labs

by Jack McGuinn, Senior Editor

Next-Generation Lubricants Developed at Argonne National Labs

It's not rocket science, but what they do at Argonne National Labs (ANL) is every bit as complex and noteworthy as the work done at NASA. Managed by University of Chicago Argonne LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, the 1,500-acre facility, located 25 miles southwest of Chicago, is the nation's oldest (1946) and largest national laboratory for science and engineering research and employs approximately 3,200 employees...Read more.


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With the wide variety of possible functions that can be implemented into servo drives today, thanks to advanced technology, many servo motor manufacturers are tempted to pack them all into one "full-featured" product. But, is a "full-featured" product designed to satisfy the widest possible user audience the right choice for cost-conscious OEMs? The downside to this is that one could end up paying significantly higher prices compared to the servo drive that they actually need for a particular application. This new Dunkermotor white paper asks, "Why pay for more than you need?" and provides the answers design engineers are seeking.


Lubrication Articles—Editors' Picks

Do you need to stay up-to-date on the latest technical aspects of power transmission lubrication? PTE's article archive provides a great resource. Here are some of our editors' picks for articles about lubrication.

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Product Updates

You can always find the latest in power transmission and motion control technology at Here are some examples of new products that have been posted recently.

Zero-Max ServoClass Couplings Offer Robust Design Features
Design engineers looking to increase speeds in electronic assembly systems will find ServoClass Couplings from Zero-Max a viable design option. ServoClass Couplings provide high torsional stiffness, zero backlash and low hysteresis to ensure repeatable precise positioning at speeds up to 10,000 rpm...Read more.

Siemens Motion Controllers Enhance User Productivity
Siemens Industry, Inc. recently announced the extension of the upper performance range of its popular Simotion D motion controllers. The new generation of Simotion D445-2 multi-axis controllers has new features such as onboard Profinet interfaces, high-speed I/O, and with three times the performance, a single controller can support up to 128 axes of motion...Read more.

Nord Supplies Gearmotors for Solar Thermal Project
Solar thermal installations built around a central tower have long been limited to mere tech demonstrations and R&D facilities, until now. In conjunction with Nord Drivesystems, Gemasolar, in the south of France, is now making the leap to full-scale production sites... Read more.

Maxon Releases Compact Four Quadrant Servo Controller
Maxon's Escon 36/2 DC is a four-quadrant PWM servo controller for use with DC motors up to 72 W. The Escon 36/2 DC is a very fast digital current controller with an enormous bandwidth for optimal motor current/torque control...Read more.

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