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Controls from Quicksilver help in the design and development of medical rehabilitation equipment originally designed for returning astronauts.
It is hard these days to find any device that is not IoT-compatible or WiFi-connected. I recently had a new well pump installed that requires an iPhone for setup, which makes it hard for me to check or change the setup since I do not own an iPhone. In Olden Times, you had potentiometers or RS-232 connections - and that was fine.
The complete Product News section from the October 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
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.
The latest tools and techologies in power transmission, motion control and related components.
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 operatorâ™s database, and in general enables the easy adaption of the wind turbine operation management to future requirements.
Industrial mainstay adapts to remain relevant in a 4.0 world
Over the many years, there have been many technical papers and articles about which motor is the best. The short and sweet answer is - let's talk about the application. More recently a number of papers and articles have appeared that compared each motor's advantages and disadvantages in generic or specific terms. Many times, the methods used to drive and control these motors are not completely described due to the many control schemes available for use. A few articles focus on just the open loop step motor and the closed loop servo motor advantages and disadvantages in a laundry list format. This article is attempting to "drill down" into the reasons why and to describe how it is done.
Transverse magnetic flux motors -- also known as step motors -- become Hybrid Servos when you operate them closed loop. This is the same transformation that happens between running a 3-phase synchronous motor from line voltage as opposed to running it closed loop as a brushless servo. In the case of hybrid motors, there are many degrees of what is advertised as "closed loop," and thus significant differences in the performance improvements seen.
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 transverse flux permanent magnet motor -- also known as a hybrid step motor or hybrid servo motor -- has a wide range of performances, depending upon how you drive these motors, and whether you operate them in open loop or one of the many variants of closed loop methods you use. In this third installment we will cover some of the many ways to drive these motors, as well as how these choices affect the performance of these motors.
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 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.
News about industry products.
Sunnen grows product portfolio with motion control solution from Siemens.
With advances in modern technology reducing demand for envelopes, manufacturers are finding it increasingly hard to justify investment.
The complete Product News section from the August 2009 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
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.
Opto 22 Embeds Snap Motion Control subsystem in production equipment to control, monitor and gather operational data.
This paper introduces the basic fundamentals of proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control theory and the characteristics of each of the PID control loops.
Servo system from Bosch-Rexroth helps create more efficient beverage palletizer.
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.
Enhancing production with â” and for â” less is the standing order in todayâ™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.
rotary-type blowers? Examples: for motor KW; RPM; temperature; pressure production; lifetime; etc. In other words, how do I choose between belts or couplings?
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
a custom hydraulic brake system from Mico Inc. aid in the development of specialized material handling equipment.
Th e Allen Telescope Array at Hat Creek, CA is a joint venture between the University of California Berkeley and the SETI Institute of Mountain View, CA. SETI has hired Minex Engineering of Antioch, CA to help with the design and installation of state-of-the-art drives and controls for the antenna array.
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.
One of the driving forces behind the industrial revolution was the inventionâ”more than a century agoâ”of the electric motor. Its widespread use for all kinds of mechanical motion has made life simpler and has ultimately aided the advancement of humankind. And the advent of the inverter that facilitated speed and torque control of AC motors has propelled the use of electric motors to new realms that were inconceivable just a mere 30 years ago. Advances in power semiconductorsâ”along with digital controlsâ”have enabled realization of motor drives that are robust and can control position and speed to a high degree of precision. The use of AC motor drives has also resulted in energy savings and improved system efficiency. This paper reviews the development and application of inverter technology to AC motor drives and presents a vision for motor drive technology.
In the past decade, electrohydraulic braking systems--including ABS and traction control--have grown increasingly popular, due largely to the vehicle design flexibility and performance advantages they offer. The industry has seen several other instances of intelligent machine controls, unrelated to braking, over the years as well. But what all of these technologies have typically had in common is that theyâ™ve existed as standalone, point-to-point functions that have not been integrated together. The present and future of braking is all about taking the next logical step--getting fully connected and finding ways to embed intelligence throughout a machine.
News Items About Controls
1 QC Appoints Davis Controls as Distributor (February 15, 2011)
QC Industries, LLC recently appointed Davis Controls – Oakville to distribute their conveyors in Canada.Davis Controls has been est...
2 QuickSilver Controls Offers SilverMax Full 23 Direct Drive Series (December 15, 2016)
QuickSilver Controls, Inc. recently announced its full range of NEMA 23 frame direct drive hybrid servo motors. Four stack sizes provide ...
3 AMETEK Solidstate Controls Appoints Technical Training Manager (February 14, 2017)
Craig Williams, a 16-year veteran of the power quality industry, has joined AMETEK Solidstate Controls (SCI) as technical training manage...
4 Heidenhain Hires North American Product Manager for Controls (February 10, 2014)
Heidenhain Corporation recently announced the new hire of John Parker as the North American Product Manager for Controls. Bringing nearly...
5 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...
6 Parker Hannifin Acquires Bayside Controls (April 12, 2005)
Parker Hannifin Corp. acquired Bayside Controls on February 14, 2005. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bayside will be i...
7 QuickSilver Controls SilverMax X34 Integrated Hybrid Servomotor Features Improved Driver Design, 3200 in-oz Torque (June 15, 2017)
QuickSilver Controls, Inc. announced the release of their High Power NEMA 34 Integrated Hybrid Servo Family. The integrated servo includ...
8 SOR Controls Acquires Smart Sensors Inc. (October 4, 2013)
SOR Controls Group, Ltd. announced it has acquired Smart Sensors Incorporated (SSi), enabling SOR to strengthen its portfolio of temperat...
9 QuickSilver Controls SilverMax Hybrid Servo Motors Introduce Direct Drive Solution (December 30, 2015)
QuickSilver Controls, Inc. has released the SilverMax Line hybrid servo motors. Hybrid servos provide superior continuous torque at low s...
10 NEMA's Industrial Controls Indexes Increase in First Quarter (September 12, 2017)
NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls index showed a 0.5 percent decrease in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter ...
11 Advance Motion Controls Expands Servo Drive Offerings (March 20, 2018)
Advanced Motion Controls has announced six new servo drives capable of 100 A peak and 60 A continuous output. This new power rang...
12 American Control Electronics Introduces PML Series Controls for DC Brushless Motor Family (December 3, 2018)
American Control Electronics (ACE) has introduced the PML Series, a new family of versatile, feature-rich, configurable controls for brus...
13 Fanuc Controls Deliver High-Speed Laser Processing (May 25, 2011)
Fanuc Factory Automation America (Fanuc FA America) recently introduced the Series 30i/31i-L Model B high-speed laser controls capable of...
14 Minarik Introduces Controls for Brushless DC Motor (January 18, 2019)
Minarik Drives has introduced the MDBL Series, a new family of versatile, feature-rich, configurable controls for brushless DC motors. MD...
15 KMC Global Expands Controls and Automation Division (January 21, 2019)
KMC Global, a group of wholly owned, autonomous companies—including PRAB Inc.—that manufacture equipment designed to enhance ...
16 Lenzes New Inverter Offers IP65 Protection to Vector-Based Motor Controls (June 11, 2007)
The new SMV frequency inverter from Lenze Ltd. includes an enclosure that allows outdoor use or use in damp environments with protection ...
17 Modulated Hydraulic Pressure Source Controls Brake Torque (June 29, 2010)
The 520 Series hydraulic apply calliper disc brake for on- and off-highway service braking applications uses a modulated hydraulic pres...
18 Ogura Brake Controls Shutter Doors (July 1, 2011)
Anyone who has ever lifted a manual rolling shutter door knows that sometimes doors in a freefall condition can have significant force be...
19 ABB PLC Simplifies Controls (September 4, 2013)
A new rugged PLC system from ABB provides an easy-to-implement solution for controlling equipment operating in harsh conditions and extre...
20 Groschopp Offers Single-Phase Controls for Brushless DC Motors (December 2, 2016)
Groschopp, Inc. has released single phase 120 VAC controls that are strategically designed to efficiently commutate power into standard 3...
21 Brother Gearmotors Partners with Dart Controls (December 5, 2017)
Brother Gearmotors, a division of Brother International Corporation offering a wide range of ultra-reliable, sub-fractional gearmotors an...
22 Heidenhain Opens CNC Controls Training Center in Chicago (June 11, 2019)
Heidenhain has recently opened its TNC-CNC Academy. This expanded CNC controls training center in the Chicago area is available for users...
23 Bosch Rexroth Offers Electric Drives and Controls Training Courses (April 29, 2015)
Bosch Rexroth is now offering hands-on training courses for electric drive and control topics to help machine manufacturers and operators...
24 Carlyle Johnson Acquires Regent Controls (August 16, 2018)
The Carlyle Johnson Machine Company, a manufacturer of industrial clutches and brakes, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Regent C...
25 Cerus Offers Start-Stop Controls (August 15, 2012)
Cerus Industrial, Inc. announces the most advanced industrial motor start/stop controls in the industry - with features that simplify ins...