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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.
Downtime, downtime, downtime. When it's planned, it's bearable. When it's not, it's not. To maintain machinery, planned downtime is necessary. To fix broken equipment, unplanned downtime is excruciating, especially when your factory is running closer and closer to full capacity.
The complete Industry News section from the February 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Industry News section from the December 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Navigating Clutch/Brake Operation in Harsh Environmental Conditions: Chemicals, saltwater, food particles, heat, dust, and electrical corrosion are just a few of the many issues that can cause clutches and brakes to fail prematurely.
The Latest Clutch & Brake Technology Looks at Reliability, Cost and Design Specifications.
New products within the Industry
Wichita Clutch helps drive storm simulator at the University of Florida.
âœ[Motion, Drive & Automation] at Hannover Messe is the place where the future is determined.â
The complete Product News section from the March 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
News about latest Products in the Industry
News from around the Industry
A nose-in-the-tent peek at the booths featuring mechanical motion components.
The complete Product News section from the August 2014 issue of Power Transmission Engineering
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.
The complete Product News section from the March 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering
Quite often, the collection of precise data in drive technology applications can be problematic. Data monitoring in a rotating drivetrain is difficult because a direct networking cable connection is often not an available option. Nothing sends shivers down the spine of for example, a production line manager or a system integrator like uncertainty. That's why achieving precise measurement of things like torque and other parameters in machinery applications is, while daunting, a dearly desired goal, especially if those measurements are only available at the drive and motor.
You may have noticed a lot of merger and acquisition activity lately in the power transmission industry. What does it mean?
News about the latest Products from the Industry
The complete Product News section from the August 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering
The complete Product News section from the December 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Industry News section from the September 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News section from the October 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Many refineries and chemical plants are built with large pieces of rotating equipment in an outdoor setting exposed to the elements. The author has been researching thermal growth issues for decades across North America.
The technology continues to evolve in chain- and belt-driven systems
The future of motion control is connectivity. Read this issue to learn why.
Smart Factory solutions hint at machine design potential in 2018.
Industrial mainstay adapts to remain relevant in a 4.0 world
The American Gear Manufacturers Association has evolved its trade show. What was formerly Gear Expo is now the Motion + Power Technology Expo (MPT Expo), an event intended to represent the entire motion and power transmission supply chain. As part of the expansion of the showâ™s scope, AGMA has partnered with the NFPA (National Fluid Power Association) to include a fluid power pavilion and additional educational sessions.
The Swiss Army Knife of PT Components.
The complete Product News section from the February 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Improving System Performance One Application at a Time. PTE recently caught up with IKO, Rollon and THK to breakdown the basics in linear motion rolling guides.
All about new Products
News about latest products
The complete Industry News section from the October 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Electromechanical rodless linear actuators can offer better load handling in smaller spaces than rod-style actuators, but realizing those benefits requires careful attention at the specification level. Whether you are replacing a failed actuator, looking for better performance or building a new application from the ground up, success depends on how precisely you specify application requirements.
Automated production of large objects such as auto body prototypes, boat hulls and surfboards traditionally requires computerized numerical control (CNC) systems costing nearly a million dollars. Thomson Cuts Costs and Production Time for Autoscale Inc.
The complete Industry News section from the February 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
News from around the Industry.
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:
A machine called Sub1 Reloaded solved a Rubik's Cube in 637 thousandths of a second in Munich.
Motor technology thrives in aerospace/defense applications.
The complete Industry News section from the March 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
News about the latest Products
Schaeffler invests in North America, plus other news from around the industry.
As the old adage goes, "There is more than one way to skin a cat." In the early stages of any project, system designers are faced with choices; whether they are designing a new application or retrofitting an old one, they need to determine what is the most efficient, economical and practical way of completing the task at hand. Though there are usually at least two viable means to accomplish the task, the first step is always to review and weigh the merits of each option.
The latest tools and techologies in power transmission, motion control and related components.
This is an article about motors - preventive motor maintenance, actually. And something else - mechatronics. In today's high-tech manufacturing and industrial use environments, it is near impossible to talk about equally complex motor maintenance and repair-or-replace protocols without it.
"For your safety, please keep your hands, arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times."
News about upcomming products
The latest new hires and corporate announcements from around the industry.
When it comes to specifying linear motion within a machine, system designers have many options from which to choose. Making the right choice can impact the ease of installation, footprint and cost of operation.
Are you looking for one simple formula to help you choose between centralized and decentralized motor control? Unfortunately, such a formula does not exist. However, evaluating the overall size of the system, comparing labor and material costs, and maintaining flexibility can help guide engineers in the right direction.
The complete Industry News section from the September 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Many industrial facilities with air-cooled heat exchangers (ACHE) and cooling towers often have older units installed. Depending on the age, repairs, and maintenance done over the years it may have had an impact on performance. Upon conducting site inspections of the equipment, it is sometimes found that ACHE or cooling tower components have degraded. This can result in a system that is not very energy-efficient and delivers substandard cooling performance.
The complete Product News section from the June 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Digitalization is increasingly transforming mechanical engineering and manufacturing technologies, bringing with it not only unparalleled control and flexibility over production systems but so much more.
The complete Industry News section from the April 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Motion control systems often combine high power drive signals in close proximity (or even within the same cable) with lower level signals, like encoders. You will often see ferrite beads added around cables; their effectiveness in minimizing noise is greatly affected by how they are deployed. This involves which signals are grouped, what are the drive characteristics, and how shielding and grounding are handled in the system.
Obituary: Daniel B. Jones, plus the complete Industry News section from the October 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
I went to pick up a pizza the other day and had a hard time finding a spot in the restaurant's lot. I was a little surprised by this, because I personally haven't eaten in a restaurant in about a year. But there were lots of people inside, eating at tables - acting almost as if life were normal.
The complete Industry News section from the April 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The increased complexity of components as well as the need for system integration continues to challenge machine designers today.
The complete Industry News section from the February 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Bosch Rexroth began developing linear bushings, shafts, slides, and transfer tables as prototypes in the 1960s. The first two complete linear modules with linear guides in combination with a ball screw assembly and toothed belt drive as a ready-to-install subsystem were launched in 1990 -- a quantum leap in the linear axes range which had previously been dominated by components.
When designers and integrators need simple, flexible and compact linear actuation, they often turn to stepper motor linear actuators (SMLAs). The high configurability of SMLAs is among their greatest virtues, but sorting through myriad configuration options to tailor the optimal solution for a particular application can be a challenge for even the most seasoned motion engineer.
Power Transmission component suppliers discuss COVID-19 Threat and how their companies are responding to keep the supply chain connected.
New Opportunities and Technologies Allow AC Motors to Enhance Motion Control Applications.
Chain and sprocket drives of one form or another have been driving machines and conveying materials for over a thousand years. The chain manufacturing industry has developed numerous types and sizes of drive chains. Although it is a mature form of power transmission, there are still many industrial applications for which drive chain is suited. It is economical, resistant to shock loads, easy to install, has the ability to transmit high torque, operates in hostile environments, and is efficient. Chain and sprocket drives are highly engineered and manufactured within close tolerances.
The complete Industry News section from the June 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
If you are involved in the acquisition of technology (whether your direct role is machine design, maintenance, purchasing or management), trade shows still provide one of the best ways to evaluate options, learn about the latest technology and find solutions to problems.
The complete Industry News section from the April 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Special advertising section featuring mechatronics and motion control.
The complete Industry News section from the March 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News section from the August 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News section from the September 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
One of the fun parts of the motion industry is involvement in popular movies! Motor specifications can be a bit rough: "I need to spin a 120-pound actor (and chair) 180 degrees in one-half second. He will be sitting up-right."
The complete Product News section from the March 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News Section from the February 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The following article is a round-up of the latest linear motion product and industry news items featured at www.powertransmission.com and on social media.
The complete Product News section from the October 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering, featuring new technologies from Timken, Applied Motion Products, LM76, Ogura, Portescap, Ruland Manufacturing, and Heidenhain
News From Around the Gear Industry
The following special product news section examines the latest products and technologies in motion control.
Beverage industry conveyor pours on advantages in distribution center. Case study describes the new conveying systems at Motion Industries Canada.
The revolution goes by many names: machine-to-machine communication, smart manufacturing and the Industrial Internet, to name a few. In Europe, the prevailing term is Industry 4.0. In Germany, where that phrase was coined, the government is putting down â‚¬200 million to cultivate a lead in the industry. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that its potential economic impact will be almost $4 trillion (or more) by 2025. Enthusiastic evangelists will tell you that the Industrial Internet is the most important advance in their industries that theyâ™ve seen in their decades-long careers.
Third-quarter earnings are confirming the worst-case scenario, i.e. â” not only are energy related end markets in a downturn, but conditions continue to worsen.
We anticipate no substantive improvement in manufacturing activity. Not in the U.S. or internationally. If anything, headwinds may have become slightly more pronounced because a U.S. â” Iran âœdealâ that everybody hates except a) the Iranian government and b) the Obama administration will result in the release of Iranian oil supply back onto the global market. Oil had rallied from about $50 to $60 over the past month (I like round numbers), but has since roundtripped. Expect further, deeper capital spending cuts in the U.S. oil sector to continue affecting demand for large capital equipment.
First quarter results confirmed our view. Capital expenditures are being slashed in the oil sector, the stronger U.S. dollar is enabling Japanese machinery competitors to gain share in the Middle East and Latin America, and lower soft commodity prices translate into a continuing North American decline in demand for farm equipment.
Global economic activity remains good -- noise about China slowing, notwithstanding -- and despite the ObamaCare debacle, non-Christmas-related consumer spending looks pretty good. Europe is still Europe and China continues to grow 7-8 percent -- even as the government seeks to clamp down on its own shadow banking system. And India remains a mess.
News from around the Industry
Third-quarter earnings confirmed the worst-case scenario â” plunging oil prices are whacking almost the entire industrial sector. The theme is hardly new, as the pattern of our headlines has revealed over the past fifteen or so months:
Latest news from around the Industry
The complete Product News section from the December 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering, featuring the latest from SKF, R+W, Brecoflex, Nexen, GÃ¼del, Renold Gears, Hansford Sensors, Ogura Industrial, Igus, Destaco, RÃ¶hm and Iwis.
Gear Expo coverage, plus a new video from Motion Industries and Rexnord.
The complete Industry News section from the June 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Automate 2017 (April 3-6) will showcase the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions, from traditional industrial applications to cutting edge new technologies.
Our âœBatten Down The Hatchesâ call proved timely as the market sold off by about (10 percent) before staging a partial recovery
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.
Global economic demand remains solid - even if you couldn't tell by recent third-quarter results and despite all efforts by U.S. politicians of both political parties. Let's go through what happened and what is coming.
The complete Product News section from the December 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News section from the February 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News section from the April 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Industry News section from the December 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News section from the April 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete product news section from the December 2008 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News section from the February 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News section from the June 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Industry News section from the August 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News section from the December 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering
The complete Industry News section from the June 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
RBI Solar relies on TB Wood's custom jaw couplings to provide long lasting performance in tough environments.
Couplings. There certainly is no shortage of couplings - or things to couple them with. There also seems to be no lack of applications for them. You say you need to reduce the transmission of shock loads from one shaft to another? That's a classic application for shaft couplings; but really, couplings are application-intensive. They're everywhere.
The complete Product News section from the October 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Industry News section from the December 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Controls from Quicksilver help in the design and development of medical rehabilitation equipment originally designed for returning astronauts.
The complete Product News section from the August 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering
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...
The complete Industry News section from the October 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
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.
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.
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 customersâ™ challenges. At the forefront of these performance-driven technologies is an integrated control system—or programmable automation controller (PAC)—and latest-generation motion solutions.
This special product news section takes a look at the latest in motion control products.
Take a look at some of the latest videos posted on powertransmission.com, plus the most recent updates to our online buyers guide.
Smart actuators bring big benefits to utility and other off-highway vehicles
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 Chicagoâ™s winter night.
News From the Industry
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.
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.
A reader asks for clarification on last issue's Ask the Expert column about ball screw sizing.
The complete Industry News section from the August 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Motion systems bring award-winning and energy-optimizing âœSmart Houseâ to life.
The complete Product News section from the August 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete product news section from the October 2008 issue of Power Transmission Engineering (PTE).
Woodworking process gets much needed upgrade for guitar manufacturer.
Companies focus on customization and quality in linear motion
The complete product news section from the August 2008 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News section from the February 2008 Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete product news section from the April 2008 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Opto 22 Embeds Snap Motion Control subsystem in production equipment to control, monitor and gather operational data.
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
Ball screw assemblies are key to this patent-pending oilfield corrosion prevention solution.
This Q&A session with various experts at Thomson Linear Systems covers linear slides & stages, clutches & brakes, bearings and actuators.
The complete product news section from the April 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
The complete Product News section from the February 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
Sunnen grows product portfolio with motion control solution from Siemens.
News From Around the Industry
News Items About Altra Industrial Motion
1 GKN Sells Stromag Business to Altra Industrial Motion Corp. (November 29, 2016)
GKN recently announced that it has agreed to sell its Stromag business (part of the GKN Land Systems division) to Altra Industrial Motion...
2 Altra Industrial Motion Breaks Ground in Changzhou, China (May 10, 2012)
Altra Industrial Motion recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new 90,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facil...
3 Hannover Messe Preview: Altra Industrial Motion (March 20, 2017)
Altra Industrial Motion will be displaying many of its brands at Hannover Messe 2017, showcasing a capability to offer premium engineerin...
4 Hannover Fair Preview: Altra Industrial Motion (April 17, 2017)
Altra Industrial Motion Corporation is offering a free Virtual Reality (VR) experience to all stand visitors at this year’s Hannove...
5 Altra Industrial Motion Offers Power Transmission Solutions for Vertical Lift Systems (April 20, 2018)
Altra Industrial Motion supplies technically advanced clutches and brakes, geared motors, speed reducers, couplings, controls and senso...
6 Altra Industrial Motion Completes Combination with Fortive's Automation & Specialty Platform (October 12, 2018)
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. has announced the completion of Altra’s combination with four operating companies from Fortive&rsqu...