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New Motion Control Technology Handbook

Check out Manufacturing Automation’s MOTION CONTROL Technology Handbook to learn more about the latest products, technologies and solutions shaping the market.

 

A Comparison of DC Linear Actuators with DC Linear Motors

New article from maxon motors

Factory automation and robotic application engineers are often faced with the challenge of requiring fast, accurate and powerful linear actuation within a small allocated volume.  The two most commonly available technologies are rotary DC motor driven actuators and linear DC motor actuators.  This article provides details on the advantages and disadvantages with all technologies. 

Click on the link below to download the article.

http://www.electromate.com/db_support/downloads/Maxon-DC-actuators-vs-DC-motors.pdf

 

Tags:  maxon, maxon motor, maxon DC motor, Electromate, servo motor, BLDC motor, brushless motor, flat motor, pancake motor, automation, electric motor, motion control, linear actuator, linear motor

 

 

Evolution of Ethernet in Control Systems. A New White Paper from Galil

Authors:  Robin Riley, Ann Keffer, Wayne Baron  Galil Motion Control

Ethernet was developed in the 1970’s and was started being used commercially in the 1980’s.   By the end of the 1980’s it was the dominant network technology.  It was initially used to connect computer systems and peripherals in a Local Area Network (LAN) and quickly evolved to be the protocol used for Wide Area Networks (WAN).  Then came the world-wide web and the incorporation of the internet into every aspect of communication.

In the mid to late 1990’s, Ethernet’s popularity spread to control systems.  The engineering team here at Galil Motion Control determined Ethernet was a viable protocol in 1999 and introduced its first Ethernet Motion Controller.  Even today, Ethernet is the most popular method of network communication in control systems.

Before Ethernet

Before Ethernet was considered viable for control systems, several other communication protocols were popular.

  • Bus-based communication was used when the controller lived within the computer. This solution was often cumbersome because the computer had to be large enough to house the motion controller, and the computer had to be and very close to the often noisy, dirty machine.
  • Daisy-Chain serial communication allows for distributed systems. The network was a series of controllers with a master. The master transmitted packets to the first device. The first device read the packet address, kept the packet if appropriate, or sent it on if it was addressed to another controller. This solution was very slow at the typical 9600 baud rate.
  • RS-485 multi-drop allowed data to be received by multiple motion controllers at the same time, but the speed was also slow, and the packet size was small.
  • Various proprietary serial communication networks became popular. These protocols were useful when data was short, repetitive and simple. Some of them are still used in some control systems today.
  • Proprietary serial communication protocols such as CANOpen, Profibus, MultiNet and DeviceNet were developed because motion control systems needed more intelligence than bus-based and primitive serial networks could provide. The protocols needed to be able to take advantage of increasingly capable motion system hardware. Because these protocols were proprietary and part of a ‘turn-key’ solution, they were also expensive and created a barrier to migration. Customers were locked into a single hardware and software vendor and support for these solutions had to come straight from the supplier.

By the 1990’s, Ethernet provided an alternative to proprietary bus communication because it was scalable, affordable, and flexible.  Ethernet became ubiquitous…

Click on the link below to download the entire White Paper.

http://www.electromate.com/db_support/downloads/EvolutionofEthernetinControlSystemsWhitePaper.pdf

To view a 57 minute pre-recorded webinar on this topic, click on the link below-

 

Click on the link below for information on Galil’s Motion Controller Family-

Galil’s Motion Controller Family

For more information, please contact:

EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Warren Osak
sales@electromate.com
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
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Tags:  Ethernet, Motion Control, Automation, CANOpen, Profibus, MultiNet, DeviceNet, Deterministic Networks, Non-Deterministic Networks, Electromate, Distributed Control, UDP/IP,  Transmission Control Protocol (TCP/IP), EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP, ASCII

 

View a short video on Maxon’s state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Hungary

3 Minute YouTube Video

View a short video on Maxon’s state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Hungary.

Click on the link below to view the Maxon Motor Product Family.

http://www.electromate.com/products/?partner=1072297493

EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Warren Osak
sales@electromate.com
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699
www.electromate.com

 

Tags:  maxon, maxon motor, maxon DC motor, Electromate, EC-i40, servo motor, BLDC motor, brushless motor, flat motor, pancake motor, automation, electric motor, motion control

 

 

 

maxon motor takes part in chase to catch up with a comet

After more than ten years of travel through space, the European space probe Rosetta has reached the comet Chury.  Three months from now, for the first time in the history of space travel, a lander will touch down on the surface of the four-kilometer-wide comet.  DC motors manufactured by maxon are part of this pioneering feat.

On August 6th, the big day finally arrived: After a journey of more than ten years, the Rosetta space probe reached the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, known as “Chury”.  The mission team at the European Space Agency (ESA) jumped for joy. F or the first time in the history of space travel, a probe has rendezvoused with a comet.  It will now orbit and map the comet and gather various types of data.  Already, the first images received have yielded astonishing new insights:  The comet Chury, which is four kilometers wide, is not round or oval, but instead looks like two rocks loosely stuck together.  At minus 70°C, the surface is much warmer than expected and the first information indicates that it is covered with a black layer of dust.

First choice for space missions

maxon motor takes part in chase to catch up with a comet – Rosetta Mission

maxon motor takes part in chase to catch up with a comet – Rosetta Mission

Rosetta will now gradually approach the comet, until a distance of only 10 kilometers separates them.  The most difficult part of the mission will take place in mid-November 2014, when the Philae lander is scheduled to touch down on Chury.  It will be the first controlled landing on a comet.  A real pioneering feat – and maxon motor is part of it, with a DC motor on board. This is not the first time that the micro drives from Switzerland have been the first choice for space missions.  SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which transports cargo to the ISS station, also contains maxon motors.  The same holds true for the Mars rovers, which have been diligently traveling across the surface of the red planet for many years.

What is next?

On our Twitter channel @maxonmotor, we will keep you up-to-date with news from the Rosetta mission.

Click on the link below to view the Maxon Motor Product Family.

http://www.electromate.com/products/?partner=1072297493

EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Warren Osak
sales@electromate.com
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699
www.electromate.com

 

Tags:  maxon, maxon motor, maxon DC motor, Electromate, EC-i40, servo motor, BLDC motor, brushless motor, flat motor, pancake motor, automation, electric motor, motion control

Motion Control Technology Handbook

Published by Manufacturing Automation

Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s ‘Motion Control Technology Handbook’ is a digital magazine that focuses on Automation and Motion Control products and systems.  Posted on MA’s website as an interactive flip-style magazine, the Technology Handbook provides market information, technical product information, tutorial video’s, white papers as well as trends within the Motion Control Industry.

Motion Control Technology Handbook

 

This is a must-read for all to OEM machine builders, end users and system integrators.  Click on the link below to view the Handbook.

http://mfgautomation.techhandbook.dgtlpub.com/2013/2013-11-30/home.php

Tags:  Motion Control, Motor Control, Machine Control, Servo Systems, Stepper Systems

Live Webinar: Designing an Optimal Rotary Motion Joint for Robotics & Factory Automation

 

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now.

Register now to watch this webinar live or anytime after July 29, 2014.

Harmonic Drive® gearing is a dominant technology used in precision rotary motion applications in the field of robotics and factory automation as well as other industries such as machine tool, semiconductor, and medical equipment.   Basic principles and technical considerations will be reviewed leading to a discussion of rotary actuator joint design optimized for the application requirements while minimizing size & weight.

Webinar Content to Include:
-Overview of Harmonic Drive gearing principles and operation
-Technical considerations of joint performance
-Application design examples
-Design enhancements and customization

Title: Designing an Optimal Rotary Motion Joint for Robotics and Factory Automation
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Bob Mullins, VP of Sales, Harmonic Drive LLC

 

Tags:  Harmonic Drive, Electromate, Strain Wave Gearing, Rotary Motion, Automation, Motion Control, Webinar, HD, Robotics, Factory Automation

 

 


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