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1 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.

2 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.

3 Motion System Management (August 2008)

Companies focus on customization and quality in linear motion

4 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...

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 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.

7 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.

8 Smart Actuators for Off-Highway (February 2013)

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

9 Oscillation Welding Protects Pipelines (April 2010)

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

10 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.

11 Precision Bellows Couplings (March 2015)

Bellows couplings first began to be widely used by machine tool builders in the mid-to-late 20th century. With the advent of CNC technology, machine engineers started looking to improve upon some of the negative influences traditional power transmission couplings can have on a precision rotary / linear motion system.

12 Product News (April 2015)

Latest Products

13 Product News (March 2017)

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

14 INDUSTRY NEWS (March 2015)

News From the Industry

15 Product News (June 2015)

News about latest Products in the Industry

16 Industry news (April 2015)

News From Around the Industry

17 Product News (August 2015)

News about the latest Products from the Industry

18 Industry News (September 2015)

News From Around the Gear Industry

19 PRODUCT NEWS (October 2015)

All about new Products

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

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

21 Under Pressure (June 2014)

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

22 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.

23 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.

24 Industry News (February 2015)

News from around the Industry

25 Product News (March 2015)

New products within the Industry

26 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.

27 Product News (December 2015)

News about latest products

28 Industry News (March 2017)

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

29 Industry News (August 2017)

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

30 Product News (August 2017)

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

31 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."

32 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.

33 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.

34 Miniature Motion Solutions (June 2017)

Motor technology thrives in aerospace/defense applications.

35 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.

36 Industry News (April 2016)

News from around the Industry.

37 Product News (March 2016)

News about the latest Products

38 IMTS 2016 Booth Preview (August 2016)

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

39 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:

40 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.

41 Product News (Spring 2007)

News about upcomming products

42 Product News (August 2011)

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

43 Product News (February 2008)

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

44 Product News (August 2013)

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

45 Product News (April 2008)

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

46 Product News (August 2008)

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

47 Product News (October 2008)

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

48 Medical Motion Control (August 2013)

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

49 PT Extras (August 2013)

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

50 Product News (June 2012)

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

51 Product News (October 2010)

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

52 Product News (December 2014)

News from the industry about new products.

53 Industry News (December 2014)

News from around the industry.

54 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.

55 Music in Motion (December 2008)

Woodworking process gets much needed upgrade for guitar manufacturer.

56 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.

57 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.

58 Motion Control - Product Spotlight (August 2011)

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

59 Getting Creative (October 2012)

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

60 Industry News (October 2012)

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

61 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.

62 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.

63 The Limbs of Lumenhaus (October 2010)

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

64 Honing a Competitive Advantage (December 2009)

Sunnen grows product portfolio with motion control solution from Siemens.

65 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

66 Product News (February 2010)

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

67 Product News (April 2010)

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

68 Product News (August 2010)

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

69 Industry News (August 2013)

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

News Items About linear motion

1 Drive Nut Provides Backlash-Free Linear Motion (January 23, 2012)
As a design alternative to screw-based linear drive systems, the Amacoil-Uhing Model RS4 drive nut provides backlash-free linear motion a...

2 New Linear Motion Systems & Components Catalog B615 (June 14, 2007)
The process of selecting the right linear motion rails, guideways, raceway rails and positioning tables for your application just became ...

3 New Linear Motion Catalog B612 (June 14, 2007)
QBC is an authorized national catalog stock distributor of Thomson Industries linear motion products. The new 40-page catalog features ov...

4 'Roll-Slide Mini' Carriage and Rail Linear Motion Systems Now Available From LM76 (December 18, 2014)
Low cost, "Roll-Slide Mini" carriage and rail linear motion systems are now available from LM76 in lengths from 160mm (6.3...

5 Del-Tron’s Online Catalog Features 3-D Models of Linear Motion Products (April 17, 2006)
Del-Tron Precision is creating 3D models of its linear motion products available in all major computer-aided design (CAD) formats in a...

6 Zero-Max Linear Actuators Convert Rotary Motion Into Linear Motion (March 17, 2006)
The Roh’lix linear actuators from Zero-Max convert rotary motion to linear travel and carry loads at speeds up to 70" per second dep...

7 Parker Offers Linear Motion in a Small Package (May 18, 2007)
The T1D and T1S ready-to-run positioners from Parker can perform and accommodate customization at the same time. Features include an ...

8 Zero Max’s New Linear Actuators Convert Rotary Motion into Precise Linear Motion (April 12, 2006)
The Roh’lix linear actuators from Zero-Max convert rotary motion to linear travel and carry loads at speeds up to 70" per second, de...

9 SKF Acquires Taiwanese Linear Motion Company (March 8, 2007)
SKF signed an agreement to acquire ABBA Linear Tech Co., an Taiwanese manufacturer of profile rail guides. The ABBA Group is headquart...

10 Linear Motion Manufacturers Diversify into New Markets (September 28, 2011)
According to a recent IMS Research report "The World Market for Linear Motion Products -2010 Edition" the combined ball screw a...

11 Amacoil Uhing Introduces Linear Motion Drive System (August 31, 2016)
New from Amacoil/Uhing is the Precision Motion Drive System. This is a Model RG rolling ring linear drive integrated with a motion contro...

12 LM76 Distributes SAIBO Linear Motion Systems (May 5, 2016)
The low cost, wide, stable platforms of the SAIBO SB-LGC Linear Motion Systems are available exclusively from LM76 in two sizes to meet l...

13 Catalyst Motion Group Z-Theta System Combine Rotary and Linear Motion in One Unit (October 29, 2015)
Catalyst Motion Group recently created a Z-Theta system capability utilizing in-house branded products. Z-Theta systems offer a compact a...

14 LM76 Offers Saibo Linear Motion Systems (September 24, 2014)
LM76 is the exclusive distributor of Saibo Linear Motion Systems in the US. Saibo SB-LGA Roller Block and Rail Systems feature: Low noise...

15 Moticont Servo Motors Fit Variety of Linear Motion Applications (September 22, 2016)
The off-the-shelf, LBIM-021 series of linear three-phase brushless servo motors from Moticont are sized to fit a broad range of linear mo...