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1 Industry News (June 2017)

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

2 Force Control Assists in Helicopter Transmission Overhaul (December 2017)

Oil shear brake technology is the key to quick and reliable test stand development.

3 Product News (June 2013)

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

4 Product News (June 2017)

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

5 Product News (April 2017)

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

6 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.

7 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.

8 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.

9 Product News (August 2016)

News about industry products.

10 Industry News (March 2017)

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

11 Product News (August 2009)

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

12 Product News (April 2016)

Latest news about upcoming products.

13 Industry News (August 2012)

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

14 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.

15 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.

16 Industry News (October 2012)

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

17 Industry news (April 2015)

News From Around the Industry

18 Industry News (August 2013)

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

19 Product News (October 2013)

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

20 INDUSTRY NEWS (March 2015)

News From the Industry

21 Industry News (August 2014)

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

22 Industry News (October 2013)

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

23 PT Extras (August 2013)

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

24 Industry News (September 2015)

News From Around the Gear Industry

25 Step vs. Servo - Selecting the Best (October 2018)

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.

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

Industrial mainstay adapts to remain relevant in a 4.0 world

27 Product News (June 2009)

The complete product news section from the June 2009 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

28 Product News (December 2009)

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

29 Getting Creative (October 2012)

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

30 Product News (August 2010)

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

31 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...

32 Industry News (September 2017)

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

33 Gearbox Innovation Evolves in Step with Expanding Servo Market (September 2018)

Approximately one quarter of all servo motors around the world require some type of gear reduction in their applications. From large satellite dishes to precision medical devices, gearboxes boost torque and reduce speed for servos in order for them to be sized more efficiently. While gearbox fundamentals haven't changed much over the past 20 years, their effectiveness has improved significantly, driven mostly by the need to accommodate advancements in servo technology.

34 Industry News (August 2018)

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

35 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.

36 Industry News (September 2018)

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

37 Industry News (October 2018)

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

38 Introducing the Ball Screw (December 2018)

The Swiss Army Knife of PT Components.

39 Industry News (December 2018)

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

40 Pushing Forward with Belts and Chains (June 2018)

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

41 Product News (March 2018)

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

42 Industry News (April 2017)

Corporate and personnel announcements from the April 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

43 Controlling Backlash in Mammography Systems (April 2017)

Medical imaging equipment, water handling systems, conveyors, robotic systems and rotary and linear actuators are among the many devices that may be fitted with electric friction brakes to hold their loads in place when the power is off or disrupted.

44 Industry News (June 2016)

News from around the industry

45 Industry News (August 2017)

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

46 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.

47 Industry News (February 2018)

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

48 Product News (October 2018)

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

49 Industry News (April 2016)

News from around the Industry.

50 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.

51 The Limbs of Lumenhaus (October 2010)

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

52 Energy Strategy Makes a Difference (June 2010)

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

53 Soft Drink Solutions (December 2009)

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

54 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.

55 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.

56 Motion Control - Product Spotlight (August 2011)

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

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

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

58 Honing a Competitive Advantage (December 2009)

Sunnen grows product portfolio with motion control solution from Siemens.

59 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

60 Medical Motion Control (August 2013)

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

61 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.

62 Cut and Print (December 2011)

Norkol Converting Corporation is one of the nation’s leading independently owned converters and distributors of commercial printing papers. The company has full production capabilities and state-of-the-art machinery for winding, trimming and sheeting. The company utilizes traditional slitter re-wind equipment that unwinds, slits and then re-winds paper to new dimensions. These conventional re-winders, while typically producing new widths of paper with clean cuts, work at an inefficient, slow pace.

63 Product News (April 2008)

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

64 Music in Motion (December 2008)

Woodworking process gets much needed upgrade for guitar manufacturer.

65 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.

66 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.

67 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.

68 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.

69 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."

70 Product News (August 2017)

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

71 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.

72 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.

73 Smarter Machines Need Smarter Components (March 2018)

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

74 The Gizmo Society (June 2018)

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.

75 12 Current Trends in Motion Control (March 2018)

Smart Factory solutions hint at machine design potential in 2018.

76 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:

77 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.

78 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

79 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.

80 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.

81 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?

82 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.

83 Pushing the Envelope(s) (September 2015)

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

84 Monitoring the Health of Plant Machinery (September 2018)

Health monitoring or condition monitoring has been used for many years on machines and in plants where the cost of an outage is high. It allows failures to be anticipated and maintenance or repairs to be scheduled for the least loss of production, as well as avoiding unnecessary periodic maintenance.