In recent years, industrial electronics suppliers have supported efforts to simplify control-cabinet setup with Actuator-Sensor or AS-Interface connections. These solutions can often replace messes of wires with clean and uncluttered cabling. Well-established in Europe, the U.S. automation industry (especially for packaging) is now adopting AS-Interface for its cost-effective high-speed performance. That’s especially true for actuators […]
Portescap integrates driver into new mini brushless dc motor
Portescap’s new 22ECP miniature brushless dc motor includes an integrated driver to optimize motor performance and simplify installation. The new 22-mm diameter motor is just 35 mm in length and delivers 50 percent more continuous torque than comparable brushless slotless miniature motors, without compromising smoothness of operation or motor lifespan. The new motor is the […]
Columbus McKinnon to acquire conveyor maker Dorner Mfg.
Columbus McKinnon Corp., manufacturer and marketer of intelligent motion solutions, products, technologies and services for material handling, has agreed to acquire Dorner Mfg. Corp. “The acquisition of Dorner provides a catalyst for growth in extremely attractive markets and begins the process of reimagining the future of Columbus McKinnon. Dorner advances our strategy to broaden expertise […]
What’s the difference between dynamic braking and regenerative braking?
When a motor’s rotor speed is greater than its synchronous, or designated, speed, it can act as a generator, creating electrical energy from mechanical energy. This electrical energy needs somewhere to go, and there are two ways to deal with it — dissipate it as heat, or reuse it. Dynamic braking takes the energy generated […]
What are bearing currents and what causes them?
Pulse-width modulation is a fundamental operating principle of variable frequency drives (VFDs), but the high-frequency switching that delivers pulses of voltage from the drive to the motor can cause bearing currents — high-frequency currents that flow through the motor bearings, often leading to damage and premature failure. To achieve pulse-width modulation, insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) […]
What is time-sensitive networking (TSN)?
Most Industrial Ethernet networks can provide hard real-time communication for multi-axis, synchronized motion control. But each one uses its own methods for time synchronization and data transmission to guarantee cycle times, latency, and jitter, making these networks incompatible with one another. Time-sensitive networking (TSN) sets out to solve the network compatibility problem by providing standard […]
PTDA welcomes 14 new members
The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), the leading association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel, welcomed 14 new member companies. New Distributor Members Algoma’s Bearing Supply Inc. (Sault Ste Marie, Ont., Canada) is Algoma’s locally owned and operated distributor for bearings, power transmission and specialty lubricants. Their products help customers with mechanical […]
IXARC absolute encoders with IO-Link interface from POSITAL
POSITAL has announced that its family of absolute IXARC rotary encoders has been expanded to include support for the popular IO-Link communications interface. IO-Link is a low-cost, easy-to-implement communications system designed to simplify connections between large-scale fieldbus or industrial Ethernet networks and sensor or actuator devices located on the factory floor. On one side of […]
Marland Monitoring System (from Marland Clutch) now offers remote access to backstop operating conditions
Marland Clutch now offers the Smart Marland Monitoring System for up-to-the-minute access to critical backstop operating conditions including vibration, temperature and oil level. The IoT solution lets users remotely monitor the condition of their equipment from anywhere using a computer or cellphone. • Monitor up to 6 devices from a single gateway; set desired report […]
GAM Enterprises SPH planetary gearbox for cyclic or continuous high-speed applications
The SPH inline planetary gearbox is GAM’s latest setup for today’s demanding motion control challenges. With helical gears, the SPH is designed for dynamic and cyclic applications and can also be optimized for high speed and continuous-duty applications. It is available in six frame sizes with nominal torque ratings 15 to 900 Nm. The SPH […]