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Attend an Automation and Food Safety Webinar. IP69K Products to meet new FDA FSMA standards

Join us for a Webinar on March 26, 2014 at 11:00AM EST
Register to watch this webinar live or anytime after March 26, 2014.
This webinar will include a general discussion on IP69K and USDA Approval
of Automation Products for the Food & Beverage, Pharma and Food Processing
Industries.  The webinar will cover the following discussion topics:
•   What is FSMA –Food Safety Modernization Act
•   IP69K Protection Rating Explained
•   USDA Approval Standard Explained
•   Important Considerations When Selecting Actuators for the Food and
Beverage Industry
•   Installation Requirements to Conform with USDA Accepted Equipment
•   Construction of Actuators for IP69K Approval
•   Value Proposition of Electric vs. Pneumatic including Total Cost of
Ownership Calculation
•   Hygienic Machine design standards
•   End User Purchase drivers for Hygienic Machinery
•   Powertrain section for Hygienic Machinery – overview of Kollmorgen
AKMH  servo motors
•   Planetary Gearhead solutions for the food and beverage market
•   Important Considerations When Selecting Gearboxes for the Food and
Beverage Industry
•   Construction of Gearboxes for IP69K Approval
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Presenters: Aaron Dietrich, Tolomatic.  Bill Sutton, Kollmorgen.  Howard Horn,
Micron Gearbox

If you’re too busy to attend live, register anyways and we’ll send you a recording
of the webinar you  can watch when it’s  convenient for you. You can also watch
previously recorded webinars on our YouTube channel.


New AqB+Index Interface now available on Extreme Environment Encoders

Even though the Netzer Electric Encoder™ is inherently absolute, there is still a market requirement for incremental AqB+Index output – similar to that of classical optical encoders.
Netzer Precision Motion Sensors now offers its standard Electric encoder™ with an AqB+Index output option which is obtained by processing the internal sine/cosine analog signals.  Unlike in optical encoders which may miscount as a result of contamination, the structure and principle of operation of the Electric Encoder™ provides a reliable output and makes this concern irrelevant.
Netzer Encoder Product Family

Netzer Encoder Product Family

The Electric Encoder™ with AqB+Index output is also unique in that the number of pulses per rotation and index pulse parameters can be factory tailored.   This combines with other advantages such as durability, hollow shaft and low profile.  The AqB+Index conversion electronics comes as external module in some of the encoders and is included internally in others.

Advantages of Netzer Electric Encoders™ include:

  • Simple, robust structure with a virtually no- failure- mechanism
  • Generous mounting tolerances
  • Very low weight, inertia, and profile (=<10mm)
  • Ring shaped, hollow shaft with a wide range of diameters
  • Absolute position output over 360° rotation range
  • Precision to 0.001° in selected models
  • Default operation range from -55°C to +125°C
  • Dual and triple redundancy options
  • No magnetic signature
  • High tolerance to condensation and contaminants
  • Insensitivity to EMI/RFI and magnetic fields
  • High customizability
  • Low power consumption
  • Ultra-high-speed options
  • Wide variety of position feedback protocols
Netzer Precision Motion Sensors has taken a revolutionary position sensing technology, originally developed for harsh environment specialized applications, and made it available for today’s broader range of defense, homeland security, aerospace and instrumentation motion control requirements.  Standard and customized rotary and linear electric encoders are also applicable to medical, automotive and a wide range of other applications.

More information on the Netzer Encoders can be viewed at-

For more information, please contact:

Warren Osak
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699

Tags:  Encoder, Absolute Encoder, Netzer Precision Motion Sensors, Electromate, AqB+Index, Extreme Environment

Extreme Environment Servo Motor is Ideal for Downhole Drilling

Maxon 480W motor withstands up to 200°C, 1000G, and 1700 bar

Maxon EC-4pole 32 HD Motor

Maxon EC-4pole 32 HD Motor

Maxon Motor released its EC-4pole 32 HD motor, which is designed for operation in air or flooded in hydraulic oil.  The power rating depends on the surrounding medium and amounts to 220W in air and 480W in oil.  In addition, the motors are designed for ambient temperatures of more than 200°C and atmospheric pressures of up to 1700 bar.  The Ø 32 mm motors must also be able to withstand vibrations of up to 25 grms as well as impacts of up to 1000 G.  The motors feature efficiency up to 89 percent in air, more than 80 percent in oil.  For the use of the motor in conjunction with a gearhead, maxon offers the GP 32 HD planetary gearhead.

For more information on the Downhole Drill Motors & Gearboxes from Maxon, click on the link below:

Maxon Downhole Drilling Motor/Gearbox Product Family 

Warren Osak
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699

Tags:  Downhole Drilling Motor, Extreme Environment, Harsh Environment, Servo Motor, 4pole Motor, Extreme Environment Motor, Harsh Environment Motor

Power Off Brake Backlash. What you need to know.

Author- Rocco Dragone, Deltran Product Specialist, division Thomson Industries

Power Off Brakes, sometimes referred to as Safety Brakes, Spring Set Brakes or Fail Safe Brakes, are widely used in the industry, usually on the back of motors, to hold a machine, pulley, Z axis, or robotic arm in position in case of a power failure.

There are many application and technical issues that arise when it comes to utilizing Power Off Brakes.  One of the most common issues has to do with backlash in the brake, or what is described as lash, free play, or lost motion.  Backlash is defined as how much or how many degrees (+and-) the shaft will rotate (lost motion) while the brake is holding (no power). This depends on the type of “hub” or “drive”….

Click on the link below to download this complete White Paper.

Information on Electromate’s family of failsafe brakes can be found at-

For more information, please contact:

Warren Osak
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699

Tags:  Electric Brake, Failsafe Brake, Brake Backlash, Power Off Brake, Power On Brake, Electromate

Selecting and Sizing Ball Screw Drives

Reprint of Thomson Industries, Inc. Article by Jeff G. Johnson

Thomson Ball Screw Family

Thomson Ball Screw Family

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.  The connection between the screw and the nut is made by ball bearings that roll in the matching forms in the screw and ball nut.  The forces transmitted are distributed over a large number of ball bearings, giving a comparatively low relative load per ball.  With rolling elements the ball screw drive has a very low friction coefficient.  Ball screw drives typically provide mechanical efficiency of greater than 90% so their higher initial cost is often offset by reduced power requirements.

Click on the link below to download this complete White Paper.

For more information, please contact:

Electromate Industrial Sales Ltd.

Phone:  905-850-7447
Fax:      905-850-7451
Toll Free Phone: 877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:   877-737-8699

Tags:  Ball Screw, Lead Screw, Ball Nut, Plastic Nut, Ball Screw Drive, Recirculating Ball Bearings

Stepper Motor Linear Actuators 101

What exactly is a Stepper Motor Based Linear Actuator?

Need to know how a Stepper Motor Linear Actuator works?

Suppose you, as an engineer, are tasked to design a machine or part of a machine that requires precise linear positioning.   How would you go about accomplishing this?  What is the most straightforward and effective method?

Haydon Kerk Stepper Motor Linear Actuator White Paper

Haydon Kerk Stepper Motor Linear Actuator White Paper

When students are trained in classic mechanical engineering, they are taught to construct a system using conventional mechanical components to convert rotary into linear motion.   Converting rotary to linear motion can be accomplished by several mechanical means using a motor, rack and pinion, belt and pulley, and other mechanical linkages.   The most effective way to accomplish this rotary to linear motion, however, is within the motor itself.

This White Paper, from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, discusses the technology behind stepper motor linear actuators, what makes them different, and concludes with a detailed example illustrating how they should be sized to move a given load.   Click on the link below to download it.

More information on the Haydon Kerk Can Stack Stepper Motor Linear Actuators can be viewed at-

For more information, please contact:

Electromate Industrial Sales Ltd.

Phone:  905-850-7447
Fax:       905-850-7451
Toll Free Phone: 877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:   877-737-8699

Tags:  Stepper Motor, Step Motor Linear Actuator, Stepper Motor Linear Actuator, Electromate, Haydon Kerk, Step Motor, White Paper

New High-torque, high-performance brushless servomotors from ElectroCraft

The RapidPower Plus Series of high-torque, high-performance NEMA 23 frame brushless servomotors from ElectroCraft Inc. are designed for higher-precision applications.  The low-vibration BLDC motors use M-8 ceramic and rare-earth neodymium magnets, to provide quick acceleration and consistent speed (up to 15,000 rpm).  Sealed ball bearings and reduced torque ripple from skewed magetization also ensure a smooth operation at any speed.

ElectroCraft RPP23 Servo Motor

ElectroCraft RPP23 Servo Motor

These high performance brushless servo motor incorporate the latest electro-magnetic components creating high continuous torques with low inertia for rapid acceleration.   They are available with hall-effect commutation or encoder feedback and a variety of connection options.

Features include:

  • Construction and TENV enclosure design let it handle challenging environments as well as applications where high speed, accuracy and durability are essential
  • Myriad of windings, shaft configurations, and encoder options
  • Peak Torque: to 550 in-oz or 390 Ncm
  • Cost-effective
  • Short-delivery

More information on the NEMA 23 RapidPower Plus Servo Motor Series from ElectroCraft can be viewed at-

For more information, please contact:


Warren Osak
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699

Tags:  ElectroCraft, Electromate, Servo Motor, Brushless Servo Motor, BLDC Motor, Automation, Motion Control, NEMA Motor

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