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1 Motion Control - Product Spotlight (August 2011)

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

2 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.

3 Examining Functional Safety in Motion Control Applications (March 2021)

The increased complexity of components as well as the need for system integration continues to challenge machine designers today.

4 Medical Motion Control (August 2013)

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

5 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.

6 12 Current Trends in Motion Control (March 2018)

Smart Factory solutions hint at machine design potential in 2018.

7 Smarter Machines Need Smarter Components (March 2018)

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

8 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:

9 In Motion (March 2019)

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

10 Honing a Competitive Advantage (December 2009)

Sunnen grows product portfolio with motion control solution from Siemens.

11 Engineering Showcase - March 2019 (March 2019)

Special advertising section featuring mechatronics and motion control.

12 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.

13 Music in Motion (December 2008)

Woodworking process gets much needed upgrade for guitar manufacturer.

14 Product News (August 2021)

The complete Product News section from the July 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

15 Product News (April 2008)

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

16 Product News (September 2021)

The complete Product News section from the September 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

17 Animatronics (September 2021)

Animatronics covers a wide range of applications, power levels and interfaces, as well as different actuator methods.

18 Value-Driven (March 2020)

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

19 Product News (June 2021)

he complete Product News section from the June 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

20 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."

21 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.

22 The Limbs of Lumenhaus (October 2010)

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

23 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

24 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.

25 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.

26 Industry News (March 2017)

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

27 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."

28 Engineering Showcase - Motion Control (March 2020)

Special advertising section focuses on motion control.

29 Product News (August 2017)

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

30 Motion, Drive and Automation at Hannover Messe 2013 (February 2013)

Power transmission and motion control companies will be on-hand during Hannover Messe 2013 to display the latest technology offerings in key product categories including roller bearings, gears, pumps, motors, transmissions, drive system components, clutches and braking systems.

31 The Green Revolution - A Global Win-Win (February 2009)

Green technology is more than changing a couple of light bulbs or reducing waste. In 2009, the concept is relevant in every facet of manufacturing as companies make a greater push towards energy efficiency and sustainability. In the power transmission and motion control fields, this technology has been integrated into the daily routine, both as an environmentally friendly business venture and a way to offer green products to customers. It’s apparent that the revitalization of manufacturing, both here and abroad, will center on energy technology.

32 Energy Efficiency, Configurable Solutions Highlight Pack Expo (December 2014)

A wide variety of companies displayed mechanical power transmission and motion control technologies at Pack Expo, held in November in Chicago. The event, which is the largest packaging and processing trade show in North America, attracted more than 48,000 attendees, according to show owner and producer PMMI. The four-day event included 2,352 exhibiting companies, an increase of more than 19 percent from the previous show in 2012.

33 Beauty in Algorithms (December 2008)

It took the introduction of fractals and chaos theory to get Bruce Shapiro interested in motion control.

34 Why MDA Matters (August 2014)

Most of you probably think you know what IMTS is about—machine tools, cutting tools, and various manufacturing processes. And if you stick to the North, South and West halls, you’ll be mostly right. But there’s a substantial group of exhibitors in the East building that are dedicated to automation, motion control and mechanical components.

35 Plan Accordingly (April 2016)

Three upcoming shows cater to different areas of power transmission components and motion control technologies, including Windpower 2016, Powdermet 2016 and the Sensors Expo & Conference. All three exhibitions will offer the latest products, solutions and latest real world applications dedicated to wind energy, powder metal technologies and sensors. Here’s a quick rundown:

36 Engineering Showcase 2017 (March 2017)

One of our goals at Power Transmission Engineering is to help you understand, identify and select the best technology for your mechanical power transmission or motion control applications. With every project, you have to decide which components to use, and which suppliers, based on functionality, quality and price. We aim to help you make those decisions informed by providing the latest information on current technology, especially when it comes to mechanical components.

37 Motors and Motion Meet in St. Louis (December 2014)

The motors might be small, but the big-brain technology driving these electrical wonders was on full display at the 2014 Small Motor & Motion Association Fall Technical Conference, convened November 4-6 in St. Louis, MO. SMMA, the manufacturing trade association (120 members strong) that tends to the best interests of the electric motor and motion control industries — including manufacturers, suppliers, users, consultants and universities — played gracious host to a wide array of presenters from an equally diverse range of sources — from academia to the federal government. Like gears, motors are most everywhere, as evidenced by SMMA’s membership (consumer-, public interest-, national defense- and commercial-oriented) demographic which includes: appliance; transportation; medical equipment; office automation and computers; aerospace; and industrial automation. The association’s mission: To “serve as the principal voice of the electric motors and drives industry” and to provide a forum to “develop, collect and disseminate technical and management knowledge.”

38 He Shoots, He Scores! (April 2016)

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as scoring a goal. Here at Power Transmission Engineering, our goal is to provide you with as much relevant educational and technical material as possible, and every issue we strive to cover the subjects of power transmission and motion control from as many different angles as possible, so that no matter your job title, and no matter your industry, if gears, bearings, motors and related components are important to you, we’ve got you covered.

39 2016 PTE Buyers Guide (December 2016)

A comprehensive directory of suppliers of gears, bearings, motors, couplings and other mechanical power transmission and motion control components.

40 Engineering Showcase 2016 (March 2016)

One of our goals at Power Transmission Engineering is to help you understand, identify and select the best technology for your mechanical power transmission or motion control applications. With every project, you have to decide which components to use, and which suppliers, based on functionality, quality and price. We aim to help you make those decisions informed by providing the latest information on current technology, especially when it comes to mechanical components.

41 Engineering Showcase 2015 (March 2015)

One of our goals at Power Transmission Engineering is to help you understand, identify and select the best technology for your mechanical power transmission or motion control applications. With every project, you have to decide which components to use, and which suppliers, based on functionality, quality and price. We aim to help you make those decisions informed by providing the latest information on current technology, especially when it comes to mechanical components.

42 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.

43 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.

44 Product News (October 2018)

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

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

Industrial mainstay adapts to remain relevant in a 4.0 world

46 Lead Screws vs. Ball Screws: Which Will Work Best for Your Application? (September 2021)

Reviewing the characteristics of lead screws vs. ball screws can help you select the right screw-driven system for your linear motion application.

47 Gear Manufacturing in Motion (August 2021)

Electric and fluid power has expanded the focus recently at the Motion + Power Technology Expo - September 14-16, St. Louis, Missouri - but gear manufacturing remains the core of AGMA's biennial trade show.

48 Getting Ready for Normal (June 2021)

In May, Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri sat down and recorded a video on behalf of AGMA's upcoming Motion+Power Technology Expo

49 Product News (June 2013)

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

50 Product News (August 2009)

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

51 Soft Drink Solutions (December 2009)

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

52 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.

53 Industry News (April 2021)

The complete Industry News section from the April 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

54 Power Transmission Suppliers Converge at AGMA's MPT Expo (September 2021)

St. Louis plays host to the leading suppliers in mechanical power transmission, September 13-16

55 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.

56 Freddie Mercury in the Show Me State (September 2021)

The Motion + Power Technology Expo takes place September 13-16 in St. Louis. It's going to be a different kind of trade show than most people have ever experienced.

57 Leveraging Stepper Motor Linear Actuator Configurability (December 2020)

When designers and integrators need simple, flexible and compact linear actuation, they often turn to stepper motor linear actuators (SMLAs). The high configurability of SMLAs is among their greatest virtues, but sorting through myriad configuration options to tailor the optimal solution for a particular application can be a challenge for even the most seasoned motion engineer.

58 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.

59 Industry News (April 2020)

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

60 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.

61 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.

62 Industry News (February 2020)

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

63 Product News (March 2020)

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

64 Product News (June 2020)

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

65 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.

66 Industry News (February 2021)

The complete Industry News section from the February 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

67 Product News (March 2021)

The complete Product News section from the March 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering

68 Bosch Rexroth Celebrates 30 Years of Linear Motion Innovations (December 2020)

Bosch Rexroth began developing linear bushings, shafts, slides, and transfer tables as prototypes in the 1960s. The first two complete linear modules with linear guides in combination with a ball screw assembly and toothed belt drive as a ready-to-install subsystem were launched in 1990 -- a quantum leap in the linear axes range which had previously been dominated by components.

69 Industry News (October 2020)

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

70 Industry News (September 2020)

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

71 Turning the Corner (April 2021)

I went to pick up a pizza the other day and had a hard time finding a spot in the restaurant's lot. I was a little surprised by this, because I personally haven't eaten in a restaurant in about a year. But there were lots of people inside, eating at tables - acting almost as if life were normal.

72 Product News (June 2017)

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

73 Industry News (June 2017)

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

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

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

75 Product News (February 2020)

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

76 Product News (April 2017)

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

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 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.

79 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.

80 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.

81 A Ten-Minute Introduction to Digital Filters (March 2021)

Filtering is needed in various control and communication Applications.

82 Field Weakening - What, How, and Why to do It (June 2021)

Let's start with why field weakening is useful: it produces a wider speed range for a motor - with a constant torque at lower speeds and an almost constant power capability at higher speeds.

83 Closing the Loop around a Transverse Flux Hybrid Step Motor (August 2020)

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.

84 Transverse Magnet Flux AKA Hybrid Step Motor Driver Techniques (June 2020)

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.

85 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.

86 Keeping Production Running (April 2019)

Cement Backer Board Plant Utilizes Oil Shear Clutch Brake

87 Product News (August 2016)

News about industry products.

88 Product News (April 2016)

Latest news about upcoming products.

89 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.

90 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.

91 Industry News (August 2012)

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

92 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.

93 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.

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

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

95 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

96 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.

97 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.

98 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.

99 Pushing the Envelope(s) (September 2015)

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

100 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?

101 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.

102 Energy Strategy Makes a Difference (June 2010)

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

103 Product News (February 2019)

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

104 Under Pressure (June 2014)

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

105 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.

106 Industry News (February 2015)

News from around the Industry

107 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.

108 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.

109 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.

110 Industry News (August 2013)

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

111 Product News (March 2015)

New products within the Industry

112 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.

113 Product News (June 2015)

News about latest Products in the Industry

114 Product News (August 2015)

News about the latest Products from the Industry

115 Industry News (September 2015)

News From Around the Gear Industry

116 Industry news (April 2015)

News From Around the Industry

117 Product News (April 2015)

Latest Products

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

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

119 INDUSTRY NEWS (March 2015)

News From the Industry

120 Smart Actuators for Off-Highway (February 2013)

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

121 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.

122 Motion System Management (August 2008)

Companies focus on customization and quality in linear motion

123 Product News (October 2008)

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

124 Product News (February 2010)

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

125 Product News (August 2008)

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

126 Product News (February 2008)

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

127 PT Extras (August 2013)

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

128 Product News (August 2013)

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

129 Product News (April 2010)

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

130 Oscillation Welding Protects Pipelines (April 2010)

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

131 Getting Creative (October 2012)

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

132 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...

133 Industry News (October 2012)

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

134 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.

135 Product News (August 2011)

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

136 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.

137 Product News (August 2010)

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

138 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.

139 PRODUCT NEWS (October 2015)

All about new Products

140 Industry News (February 2019)

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

141 Industry News (March 2019)

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

142 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.

143 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.

144 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.

145 Industry News (December 2018)

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

146 Introducing the Ball Screw (December 2018)

The Swiss Army Knife of PT Components.

147 Industry News (April 2019)

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

148 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.

149 Product News (September 2019)

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

150 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

151 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.

152 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.

153 Product News (August 2019)

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

154 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.

155 Industry News (June 2019)

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

156 Product News (December 2015)

News about latest products

157 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.

158 Product News (March 2017)

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

159 Miniature Motion Solutions (June 2017)

Motor technology thrives in aerospace/defense applications.

160 Industry News (August 2017)

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

161 IMTS 2016 Booth Preview (August 2016)

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

162 Industry News (April 2016)

News from around the Industry.

163 Product News (Spring 2007)

News about upcomming products

164 Product News (March 2016)

News about the latest Products

165 Industry News (October 2018)

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

166 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.

167 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?

168 Industry News (September 2018)

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

169 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.

170 Pushing Forward with Belts and Chains (June 2018)

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

171 Industry News (February 2018)

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

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

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

173 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.

174 IFPE 2017 (February 2017)

Fluid Power, Motion Control and Power Transmission Industries Come Together in Las Vegas to Promote New Solutions.

News Items About motion control

1 Kollmorgen PCMM Motion Controller Meets a Broad Range of OEM Requirements (April 20, 2016)
Kollmorgen introduces the Programmable Controller Multi-axis Master (PCMM), a powerful new motion controller that meets a broad range of ...

2 AutomationDirect Linear Slides Provide Various Motion Control Solutions (March 29, 2016)
AutomationDirect’s SureMotion line of motion control products now includes both motor-ready actuator assemblies and an assortment o...

3 Nexen Introduces Precision Motion Control Application & Selection Guide (January 27, 2015)
Nexen Group, Inc., a manufacturer of precision motion control solutions, recently introduced its latest Precision Motion Control Applicat...

4 Thomson Supplies Motion Control Tech for Tractor Design Competition (July 21, 2016)
Thomson Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, was a silver sponsor of this year’s International ...

5 MCMA Reports Growth on Global Motion Control Shipments (February 23, 2017)
Global shipments for motion control products increased by 10.3 percent to $3.3 billion in 2016, according to new statistics released by t...

6 Celera Motion Offers New Motion Control Brochure (November 22, 2017)
Celera Motion, a Novanta Company, has created a new brochure dedicated to innovative applications within mechatronic based motion control...

7 Global Motion Control Shipments Report Growth (July 13, 2017)
Following a significant market decline in 2015, the global motion control market regained a concrete growth in 2016, totalling over $10.8...

8 IHS Markit Expects Global Motion Control to Return to Solid Growth (July 3, 2017)
Following a significant market decline in 2015, the global motion control market regained a concrete growth in 2016, totalling over $10.8...

9 IHS Reports on Motion Control Industry in 2013 (January 9, 2014)
Global sales of motion control products recovered in 2013 to reach $12.2 billion, but growth was far too weak to overcome the 2012 market...

10 Motion Control Shipments Fell in First Half 2013 (August 12, 2013)
Global shipments for motion control products fell by 6.8% in the first half of 2013, according to new statistics released by the Motion C...

11 Yaskawa Releases Motion Controller (December 3, 2010)
The Drives and Motion Division of Yaskawa America recently announced the release of the MP2600iec motion controller. The controller provi...

12 Motion Control Technology Featured on YouTube (September 1, 2010)
Electromate has just launched its new YouTube Channel Video Library featuring the latest in motion control technology. The channel is pop...

13 Multi-axis Motion Controller Executes G-code Applications (December 28, 2009)
TMC-3D, the Technosoft multi-axis motion controller, is now adapted to execute G-code language commands. Many industrial applications tod...

14 Siemens Motion Controllers Enhance User Productivity (October 12, 2011)
Siemens Industry, Inc. recently announced the extension of the upper performance range of its popular Simotion D motion controllers. ...

15 Elmo Presents Motion Control Solutions (January 9, 2013)
Elmo Motion Control will present its compressive, high-performance motion control solution for the most challenging applications in lab a...

16 Motion Control Shipments Dip in First Quarter (May 10, 2013)
Global shipments for motion control products fell by 7.7 percent in first quarter 2013, according to new statistics...

17 PI Offers Motion Controller for Closed Loop Systems (March 13, 2013)
PI (Physik Instrumente) LP is offering a new motion controller for closed-loop precision positioning systems.The C-884, 4-axis digital se...

18 Galil Motion Control Introduces The Galil Design Kit (February 6, 2018)
Galil Motion Control Inc., the industry leader in motion control technology, has released the Galil Design Kit. This is Galil's new...

19 IHS Reports Motion Control Growth Tied to Global Machinery Production (June 8, 2016)
Following a sound 8.4 percent revenue growth in 2014, the global market for motion control hardware suffered strong headwinds and decline...

20 Motion Control Certification Available at MCMA TechCon (September 27, 2018)
Whether you are new to motion control or simply want to differentiate yourself – this certification benefits everyone working with ...

21 Global Motion Control and Motors Market Sees Record Growth in 2018 (March 27, 2019)
The global motion control and motor market experienced record growth in 2018, with $3.827 billion in shipments, up 8 percent over 2017....

22 Heidenhain Showcases Motion Control Technologies at SLAS2021 (January 13, 2021)
Heidenhain is proud to showcase motion control enabling technologies at the upcoming SLAS2021 digital exposition on January 25-27. This a...

23 Intellidrives Introduces Next Generation of Motion Controls and Automation (October 9, 2020)
Intellidrives offers IMAC VISUAL for the next generation of motion controls and automation. With a drag-and-drop, visual blocks based pro...

24 Faulhaber Introduces Miniature Motion Controllers (April 19, 2021)
With the new MC3001 motion controllers, available as MC 3001 B (board-to-board connectors) or MC3001P (28-pin plug connector), Faulhaber ...

25 IMTS Preview: Elmo Motion Control (August 13, 2018)
Elmo Motion Control (Booth E-134142) offers intelligent, ultra-small, rugged servo drives and motion controllers. Elmo provides motion so...

26 ETEL's Motion Controller Offers Real-Time Processing for Complex Manufacturing (June 23, 2021)
ETEL’s new UltimET Advanced is a powerful and versatile multi-axis motion controller now available to bring fast real-time processi...

27 Haydon Kerk Offers Customized Nut Designs for Motion Control Applications (August 14, 2012)
Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, a unit of AMETEK/Precision Motion Control, offers customized nut designs for high-end...

28 Dunkermotor Receives cUL Certification for Motion Control Components (June 27, 2012)
Dunkermotor, now part of Ametek Precision Motion Control, has received cUL Certification for its brushless motors, intelligent servo moto...

29 Galil Motion Control Offers New Multi Axis Motion Controller (December 24, 2020)
The DMC-21x5 is the latest addition to the Econo family and is an easy upgrade path from the long running DMC-21x3 series. The DMC-21x5 u...

30 Siemens One Dynamics Offers Powerful Technology Package for Motion Control (October 16, 2020)
With the software version NCU-SW 6.14, Siemens is launching three technology packages exclusively for the CNC Sinumerik One. The Sinumeri...

31 Soft Servo Systems Updates Software and Motion Control Products (January 22, 2006)
Soft Servo Systems announced the release of Versio...

32 AMETEK Motion Control Products Meet Energy Directives (March 26, 2013)
AMETEK Precision Motion Control (PMC) has taken the lead in achieving the required efficiency grades to meet the European Union’s E...

33 Galil Releases New Motion Controller (December 16, 2011)
Galil Motion Control recently released the DMC-300xx Pocket Motion Controller Series, their latest generation, single-axis Ethernet motio...

34 PLC Applications Made Easy with Technosoft Motion Control Libraries (July 17, 2009)
The TML_LIB_X20 Motion Control Library embeds the Technosoft drives' intelligence into a B&R PLC environment. The library is a co...

35 Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument Introduces New Series of Brushless Motors and Motion Control Solutions (April 15, 2021)
Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI) is launching a series of brushless DC servomotors, AGV motors, controllers, and integra...

36 Zoller to Demonstrate Siemens Motion Control at IMTS (September 8, 2010)
During IMTS, Zoller Inc., a provider of tool presetters and tool management software based in Pforzheim, Germany and Ann Arbor, MI, will ...

37 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...

38 Motion Industries Acquires Motion Control/Automation Company (September 2, 2020)
Motion Industries, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Applied Machine and Motion Control, Inc. (AMMC), a Kentucky-based supplier of mo...

39 Smart Ethernet Drives Add Flexibility to Advanced Motion Control System Building (March 29, 2010)
The latest generation of smart drives from Baldor Electric Company offers economic and space-saving solutions for many common single-axis...

40 Kollmorgen to Discuss Motion Control Family at Pack Expo (August 10, 2011)
Kollmorgen will be on hand to discuss its family of motion systems and components, and co-engineering services at the Converting & Pa...

41 Rockwell Automation Enables CIP Networking in Motion Control Applications (March 2, 2007)
Rockwell Automation can now demonstrate how manufacturers can use standard Ethernet and the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) networking s...

42 PTDA Shows Growth in PT and Motion Control Activity (August 25, 2014)
The PTDA Business Index for 2Q2014 indicates strong growth in both business activity and new orders. From 1Q2014 to 2Q2014, business acti...

43 Physik Instrumente Offers Automation and Motion Control Catalog (May 31, 2018)
This is a comprehensive catalog of linear and rotary positioning systems engineered and manufactured for industrial precision automatio...

44 Elmo Motion Control Expands Operations (January 26, 2017)
Elmo commenced product manufacturing in Poland in Q2 2015. The new EU production facility is part of Elmo's strategic plan to enhance...

45 Siemens Simplifies Motion Control Tasks with Technology Controller (January 17, 2017)
Siemens has matched its new advanced Simatic S7-1500 T-CPU controller with its popular Sinamics servo drive system, simplifying complex m...

46 PI Updates Mercury Motion Controller (May 24, 2017)
PI (Physik Instrumente) has released a higher performance model of its successful Mercury Stepper Motion controller. Stepper motors take ...

47 Galil Motion Control Offers EtherCAT Drive (May 30, 2018)
The EDD-3701x EtherCAT slave drive joins Galil’s EtherCAT Family.  This family has grown to include two EtherCAT masters and...

48 Heidenhain Catalog Shows Latest Motion Control Component Advances (November 15, 2017)
From fundamentals and processes in Heidenhain's state-of-the-art development of precision measurement components to an overview of th...

49 PI Offers Nano-Positioning and Motion Control Systems at Optics and Photonics 2017 (August 7, 2017)
Optics & Photonics is known as the premier show in North America for the latest advancements in optical engineering and applications,...

50 Celera Motion Introduces New Brochure with Mechatronic-Based Motion Control (April 16, 2018)
Celera Motion, A Novanta Company has created a new brochure dedicated to innovative applications within mechatronic-based motion contro...

51 Kollmorgen Offers New Automation and Motion Control Catalog (August 8, 2016)
Kollmorgen’s new Automation and Motion Control catalog details the features, benefits and specifications of the company’s com...

52 Advanced Motion Controls Offer 100 Amps Peak FlexPro Servodrives (August 6, 2021)
Now joining the Advanced Motion Controls FlexPro family are the first of their "mini"-sized servodrives. With a slight size inc...

53 MCMA Offers Webinar on Encoders for Motion Control (April 23, 2019)
Learn about Posital’s new large-bore, low profile hollow-shaft absolute encoders (rotary position sensors) for motors and robot j...

54 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...

55 A3 Offers Insight on Machine Vision and Motion Control Markets (December 10, 2019)
North American Machine Vision Market Down 4.6% North American sales of machine vision systems and components contracted 4.6% compari...

56 Boston Engineering to Present Design Tools for Motion Control at Automate 2015 (March 6, 2015)
Guy Fichera, director of Boston Engineering’s Industrial & Commercial practice, will deliver a "Design Tools for...

57 RSF Launches New Motion Control Device to Facilitate Simpler Data Collection (April 16, 2015)
RSF Elektronik is now offering a device that allows the connection of up to three encoder feedback components into a module that acts as ...

58 Lenze and Digitaltest Collaborate on Motion Controller Testing (March 8, 2016)
Lenze Americas, Uxbridge, MA and Digitaltest, Inc., Concord, CA announced that they have completed a project to provide enhanced automate...

59 Motion Control Association and Motion & Motor Association Merge to Become MCMA (June 22, 2015)
The Motion Control Association (MCA) and the Motor & Motion Association (SMMA) recently completed a merger that combines the two lead...

60 Power Transmission/Motion Control Industry Shows Continued Growth in 1Q2015 (June 1, 2015)
The PTDA Business Index for 1Q2015 indicates slowing but continued positive growth. Reinforcing this positive outlook is the overall 1Q20...

61 Steinmeyer Announces Advanced Motion Controller (December 2, 2013)
Steinmeyer, Inc. recently announced a small new point to point controller to complement its line of precision linear stages. The new FMC2...