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1 Planning Ahead (April 2019)

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.

2 Using Couplings to Reduce Downtime (August 2019)

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.

3 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.

4 Industry News (December 2018)

The complete Industry News section from the December 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

5 Industry News (February 2020)

The complete Industry News section from the February 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

6 Under Pressure (June 2014)

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

7 Making the Smart Choice in PT Components (April 2018)

The Latest Clutch & Brake Technology Looks at Reliability, Cost and Design Specifications.

8 Product News (March 2015)

New products within the Industry

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

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

10 Product News (March 2017)

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

11 Industry News (February 2015)

News from around the Industry

12 Product News (April 2015)

Latest Products

13 Product News (August 2015)

News about the latest Products from the Industry

14 Smart Couplings Remove Guesswork from Measurements in Machinery Applications (March 2020)

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.

15 Product News (August 2014)

The complete Product News section from the August 2014 issue of Power Transmission Engineering

16 IMTS 2016 Booth Preview (August 2016)

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

17 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.

18 Purchasing Efficiency (September 2018)

You may have noticed a lot of merger and acquisition activity lately in the power transmission industry. What does it mean?

19 Product News (June 2015)

News about latest Products in the Industry

20 Product News (December 2011)

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

21 Product News (August 2011)

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

22 12 Current Trends in Motion Control (March 2018)

Smart Factory solutions hint at machine design potential in 2018.

23 Pushing Forward with Belts and Chains (June 2018)

The technology continues to evolve in chain- and belt-driven systems

24 Industry News (February 2018)

The latest new hires and corporate announcements from around the industry.

25 Fluid Couplings vs VFDs for High Inertia Rotating Driven Loads (September 2017)

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.

26 CNC System Upgrades (December 2017)

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.

27 Smarter Machines Need Smarter Components (March 2018)

The future of motion control is connectivity. Read this issue to learn why.

28 Thermal Growth Issues and Solutions for Shaft Couplings (August 2018)

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.

29 Industry News (October 2018)

The complete Industry News section from the October 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

30 The ABCs of Linear Motion Rolling Guides (December 2018)

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.

31 Gearmotors Pulling, Pushing and Controlling Their Weight (October 2018)

Industrial mainstay adapts to remain relevant in a 4.0 world

32 Product News (October 2018)

The complete Product News section from the October 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

33 Industry News (September 2018)

The complete Industry News section from the September 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

34 INDUSTRY NEWS (March 2015)

News From the Industry

35 Industry news (April 2015)

News From Around the Industry

36 MediaMation Utilizes Digitization and Pneumatics to Alter Theater Experience (August 2017)

"For your safety, please keep your hands, arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times."

37 Introducing the Ball Screw (December 2018)

The Swiss Army Knife of PT Components.

38 Product News (December 2015)

News about latest products

39 Product News (Spring 2007)

News about upcomming products

40 Product News (March 2016)

News about the latest Products

41 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.

42 Industry News (April 2016)

News from around the Industry.

43 PRODUCT NEWS (October 2015)

All about new Products

44 Industry News (September 2015)

News From Around the Gear Industry

45 Industry News (August 2017)

Schaeffler invests in North America, plus other news from around the industry.

46 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:

47 Product News (August 2017)

The latest tools and techologies in power transmission, motion control and related components.

48 Miniature Motion Solutions (June 2017)

Motor technology thrives in aerospace/defense applications.

49 Industry News (March 2017)

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

50 Motors and Mechatronics - Moving to a Higher Plane (September 2017)

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.

51 Chain & Sprocket Systems and Maintenance (June 2019)

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.

52 Navigating the New Normal (April 2020)

Power Transmission component suppliers discuss COVID-19 Threat and how their companies are responding to keep the supply chain connected.

53 Precision Manufacturing and the Digitalization of Linear Motion Technology (June 2020)

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.

54 Value-Driven (March 2020)

New Opportunities and Technologies Allow AC Motors to Enhance Motion Control Applications.

55 Product News (March 2020)

The complete Product News section from the March 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

56 Product News (February 2020)

The complete Product News Section from the February 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

57 Motor Sizing Unusual Loads (February 2020)

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."

58 Industry News (April 2020)

The complete Industry News section from the April 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

59 Product News (June 2020)

The complete Product News section from the June 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

60 Keeping Drives Electrically Quiet: Ferrites, Shielding and Grounding (October 2020)

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.

61 Industry News (October 2020)

Obituary: Daniel B. Jones, plus the complete Industry News section from the October 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

62 Industry News (September 2020)

The complete Industry News section from the September 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

63 Centralized vs. Decentralized: Choosing the Right Type of Motor Control System (August 2020)

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.

64 Upgrading Air-Cooled Heat Exchangers (ACHE) and Cooling Towers (June 2020)

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.

65 In the News: Linear Motion (December 2019)

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.

66 Reduce Your Linear Motion Assemblies to a Single Component with Motorized Lead Screw Actuators (December 2019)

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.

67 Engineering Showcase - March 2019 (March 2019)

Special advertising section featuring mechatronics and motion control.

68 Industry News (March 2019)

The complete Industry News section from the March 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

69 In Motion (March 2019)

The following special product news section examines the latest products and technologies in motion control.

70 Industry News (February 2019)

The complete Industry News section from the February 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

71 Realizing the High Precision Load Handling Benefits of Rodless Electromechanical Actuators (February 2019)

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.

72 Gears, Fluid Power and Electric (February 2019)

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 show’s scope, AGMA has partnered with the NFPA (National Fluid Power Association) to include a fluid power pavilion and additional educational sessions.

73 Industry News (April 2019)

The complete Industry News section from the April 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

74 Get Ready, Get Set...Show (June 2019)

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.

75 Product News (September 2019)

The complete Product News section from the September 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

76 Product NEws (October 2019)

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

77 Product News (August 2019)

The complete Product News section from the August 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

78 Industry News (June 2019)

The complete Industry News section from the June 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

79 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.

80 Product News (February 2019)

The complete Product News section from the February 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

81 Motion Control - Product Spotlight (August 2011)

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

82 Global Industrial Outlook: Kind of Sluggish (August 2015)

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. — Iran “deal” 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.

83 Steps Towards Revolution (December 2015)

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 €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 they’ve seen in their decades-long careers.

84 Global Industrial Outlook: Slow Growth Ahead; Farm Belt No Help (June 2015)

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.

85 Product News (February 2015)

News from around the Industry

86 The Ugly, the Bad and the Good - Global Industrial Outlook - December 2013 PTE (December 2013)

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.

87 The CHIEF Issues - Global Industrial Outlook (February 2014)

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.

88 Global Industrial Outlook: Oil Slick Cascading Through Sector (December 2015)

Third-quarter earnings are confirming the worst-case scenario, i.e. — not only are energy related end markets in a downturn, but conditions continue to worsen.

89 Global Industrial Outlook: Batten Down the Hatches (February 2016)

Third-quarter earnings confirmed the worst-case scenario — 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:

90 Automate 2017 Highlights Solution Providers and Integrators (March 2017)

Automate 2017 (April 3-6) will showcase the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions, from traditional industrial applications to cutting edge new technologies.

91 Industry News (June 2017)

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

92 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.

93 Global Industrial Outlook: Reality Sinks In (March 2016)

Our “Batten Down The Hatches” call proved timely as the market sold off by about (10 percent) before staging a partial recovery

94 Industry News (February 2016)

Latest news from around the Industry

95 Product News (December 2013)

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

96 Industry News (June 2011)

The complete Industry News section from the June 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

97 Product News (February 2012)

The complete Product News section from the February 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

98 Product News (April 2012)

The complete Product News section from the April 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

99 Industry News (December 2011)

The complete Industry News section from the December 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

100 Product News (April 2011)

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

101 Product News (December 2008)

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

102 Product News (February 2011)

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

103 Product News (June 2012)

The complete Product News section from the June 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

104 Industry News (August 2012)

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

105 Solar Tracker System Helps Overcome Site Topography Challenges (August 2020)

RBI Solar relies on TB Wood's custom jaw couplings to provide long lasting performance in tough environments.

106 Product News (December 2010)

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

107 Couplings: Designed to Carry the Pay(load) (August 2018)

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.

108 Industry News (December 2013)

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

109 Product News (October 2012)

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

110 Product News (December 2017)

The complete Product News section from the December 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering, featuring the latest from SKF, R+W, Brecoflex, Nexen, Güdel, Renold Gears, Hansford Sensors, Ogura Industrial, Igus, Destaco, Röhm and Iwis.

111 PT Extras (August 2013)

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

112 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.

113 Getting Creative (October 2012)

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

114 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.

115 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.

116 Product News (August 2010)

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

117 The Limbs of Lumenhaus (October 2010)

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

118 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...

119 Industry News (October 2012)

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

120 Industry News (August 2013)

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

121 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.

122 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.

123 Smart Actuators for Off-Highway (February 2013)

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

124 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.

125 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.

126 Oscillation Welding Protects Pipelines (April 2010)

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

127 Product News (August 2008)

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

128 Motion System Management (August 2008)

Companies focus on customization and quality in linear motion

129 Product News (April 2008)

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

130 Product News (February 2008)

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

131 Medical Motion Control (August 2013)

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

132 Product News (August 2013)

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

133 Product News (October 2008)

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

134 Music in Motion (December 2008)

Woodworking process gets much needed upgrade for guitar manufacturer.

135 Product News (February 2010)

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

136 Product News (April 2010)

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

137 Honing a Competitive Advantage (December 2009)

Sunnen grows product portfolio with motion control solution from Siemens.

138 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

139 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.

140 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.

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...