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1 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.

2 Medical Motion Control (August 2013)

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

3 Introducing the Ball Screw (December 2018)

The Swiss Army Knife of PT Components.

4 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.

5 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.

6 Honing a Competitive Advantage (December 2009)

Sunnen grows product portfolio with motion control solution from Siemens.

7 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.

8 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.

9 Product News (August 2017)

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

10 Motion System Management (August 2008)

Companies focus on customization and quality in linear motion

11 Product News (October 2018)

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

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

Industrial mainstay adapts to remain relevant in a 4.0 world

13 Product News (March 2017)

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

14 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.

15 Smart Actuators for Off-Highway (February 2013)

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

16 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.

17 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.

18 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.

19 Oscillation Welding Protects Pipelines (April 2010)

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

20 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.

21 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...

22 Product News (April 2015)

Latest Products

23 INDUSTRY NEWS (March 2015)

News From the Industry

24 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.

25 Pushing Forward with Belts and Chains (June 2018)

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

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

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

27 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?

28 Industry News (September 2018)

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

29 Industry News (December 2018)

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

30 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.

31 12 Current Trends in Motion Control (March 2018)

Smart Factory solutions hint at machine design potential in 2018.

32 Industry News (October 2018)

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

33 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.

34 Industry News (August 2017)

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

35 Miniature Motion Solutions (June 2017)

Motor technology thrives in aerospace/defense applications.

36 Industry News (March 2017)

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

37 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."

38 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?

39 Smarter Machines Need Smarter Components (March 2018)

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

40 Industry News (February 2018)

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

41 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.

42 Product News (February 2019)

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

43 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.

44 Product News (August 2009)

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

45 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.

46 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.

47 Industry News (June 2019)

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

48 Soft Drink Solutions (December 2009)

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

49 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.

50 Product News (August 2016)

News about industry products.

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

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

52 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

53 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.

54 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.

55 Pushing the Envelope(s) (September 2015)

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

56 Engineering Showcase - March 2019 (March 2019)

Special advertising section featuring mechatronics and motion control.

57 In Motion (March 2019)

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

58 Industry News (February 2019)

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

59 Industry News (March 2019)

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

60 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.

61 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.

62 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.

63 Industry News (April 2019)

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

64 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.

65 Industry news (April 2015)

News From Around the Industry

66 Music in Motion (December 2008)

Woodworking process gets much needed upgrade for guitar manufacturer.

67 Product News (October 2008)

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

68 Product News (August 2008)

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

69 Product News (April 2008)

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

70 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

71 Product News (February 2010)

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

72 Product News (August 2011)

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

73 The Limbs of Lumenhaus (October 2010)

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

74 Product News (August 2010)

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

75 Product News (April 2010)

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

76 Product News (February 2008)

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

77 Product News (August 2013)

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

78 Industry News (December 2014)

News from around the industry.

79 Product News (December 2014)

News from the industry about new products.

80 Product News (June 2012)

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

81 Product News (October 2010)

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

82 Linear Motors (October 2016)

When the need arises for linear motion or positioning, there are many choices. One can use an Acme screw, ball screw, rack & pinion, or belts. The cost of a linear motor solution is generally greater than a mechanical linear product, but when one needs highly accurate, repeatable, high-speed motion, then the answer may be a linear motor.

83 Why Direct Drive (March 2017)

In today's highly competitive world, the better someone understands the advantages and benefits of direct drive technology, then the more they will have an advantage in machine building, giving them an edge over their competition.

84 PT Extras (August 2013)

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

85 Linear Bearing CAD Models and More On the Fly (April 2018)

Here's what one supplier is doing to take advantage of the mobile phone in your pocket.

86 Efficiency of Design (February 2018)

Energy efficiency is for more than just motors. Here are some mechatronics companies making sure you get more bang for your buck when it comes to your power bill.

87 Motion Control - Product Spotlight (August 2011)

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

88 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.

89 Industry News (September 2015)

News From Around the Gear Industry

90 Product News (August 2015)

News about the latest Products from the Industry

91 Product News (June 2015)

News about latest Products in the Industry

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

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

93 PRODUCT NEWS (October 2015)

All about new Products

94 Product News (December 2015)

News about latest products

95 IMTS 2016 Booth Preview (August 2016)

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

96 Industry News (April 2016)

News from around the Industry.

97 Product News (March 2016)

News about the latest Products

98 Product News (Spring 2007)

News about upcomming products

99 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.

100 Product News (March 2015)

New products within the Industry

101 Industry News (August 2013)

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

102 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.

103 Industry News (October 2012)

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

104 Getting Creative (October 2012)

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

105 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.

106 Under Pressure (June 2014)

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

107 Industry News (February 2015)

News from around the Industry

108 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.

109 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.

110 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: