Electromate Inc. recognized as the 35th Best Workplace in Canada

 

For Release: 12:01am April 15, 2021

 


Electromate
 has been recognized as the 35th Best Workplace in Canada. This list, and related stories, appeared in a Special National Report on Friday April 16, 2021 in Canada’s National Newspaper, The Globe and Mail.

“Electromate is honored to be named the on the 2021 list of Best Workplaces in Canada and ranking 35th on such a prestigious list is very humbling”, says Warren Osak Founder and President of Electromate. “Creating a ‘Great Place to Work’ has been pivotal in driving our employee satisfaction and engagement, which has directly resulted in driving customer satisfaction and revenue.”

“The success of our organization is nothing more that the collective capacity of our people to create immense value, and I’ve learned over time that Culture isn’t just a tool to help create enterprise value – it’s THE ONLY THING.”

“Electromate prides itself on its commitment to the principles of Kaizen, or continuous improvement.  This holds true for the professional and personal development of its employees which has greatly contributed to the creation of our great workplace culture embodying the Core Values of Integrity, Innovation, Enthusiasm, Continuous Learning and Customer Advocacy”, says Warren Osak. 

The 2021 Best Workplaces in Canada list is compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute. The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from confidential employee survey results and the remaining one-third comes from an in-depth review of the organization’s culture. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together, they provide crucial data relative to five trust-building dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.

Over 80,000 employees participated in the 2021 “Best Workplaces in Canada” survey, rolling out to impact over 300,000 Canadian employees.

For more information please contact the Institute visit www.greatplacetowork.ca.

About Great Place to Work:

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. It is a global research and consulting firm with a mission to build a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces. Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In Canada, Great Place to Work produces both industry and demographic specific Best Workplace lists. This is part of the world’s largest annual workplace study, which culminates in a series of national lists in over 50 countries, including the study’s flagship list of 100 Best Companies published annually in Fortune magazine. Globally, this survey represents the voices of 11 million employees, which are the primary determinant used in selecting winners. There’s only one way to get on this list – your employees have to put you on it.

About Electromate Inc:

Electromate’s Core Purpose is to help Manufacturers compete globally by building better machines using differentiated Automation Technology.  They specialize in Robotic and Mechatronic Solutions for the Industrial Automation marketplace.  Respected by customers as a premiere source for High Performance Automation and Motion Control Components & Systems, Electromate specializes in AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors & Drives, Motion & Automation Controllers, Positioning Systems & Actuators, Feedback Devices, Gearing Products and HMI’s & Operator Displays, all supported via extensive product selection, just-in-time delivery, dedicated customer service and technical engineering support.

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Tags:  Electromate, Great Place to Work, Culture, Best Workplace

Cheese Cutting Using the Tolomatic ERD30 electric rod-style cylinder

Product Family: Electric

Product Used: ERD30 electric rod-style cylinder

Product Type: Standard

Application Requirements

Stroke: 40 in.

Force: 4,000 lbs

Application Description: Cutting blocks of cheese.

Challenge:

A cheese company had several cutting stations that currently used hydraulic cylinders to cut blocks of cheese. Due to increased food safety requirements, the manufacturer wanted to replace the hydraulic cylinders with electric cylinders to eliminate contamination concerns from possibility of leaking hydraulic fluids. Because they were familiar with the long life of hydraulic cylinders, the manufacturer also required an electric cylinder with very long life.

Tolomatic Solution:

An all stainless steel ERD30 electric cylinder with an IP69k rating was chosen and combined with an Allen Bradley MPS motor to provide a hygienic, long lasting electric solution. The actuator featured a roller screw to provide the customer with the long service life that they required.

Customer Benefit:

  • Elimination of contamination risk due to potential hydraulic fluid spill
  • Roller screw & other components selected for long service life
  • Energy efficient electric actuators save electric utility costs

For more information regarding actuators solutions in food processing applications, contact Electromate today.

Tags:  Tolomatic, Actuator, Linear Actuator, ERD30, Electromate

Upcoming Webinar: “Finally! Precision Piezo Motion Without the Premium Price Tag” – Thursday May 6th at 11am EST

Piezoelectric motors have long been used for ultra-precise expensive motion solutions in niche industries but the latest innovations in piezo technology enable these devices to be suitable for mainstream motion solutions.

Discover what the piezo-electric effect is and how it can be harnessed to design a new class of rotary and linear motion products. Learn how Piezo motors are driven and how they can be controlled with PWM and serial commands. Gain an understanding of how Piezoelectric motors compare to traditional dc and stepper motor solutions and what advantages and opportunities they present for designers and engineers of OEM equipment and instruments.

See examples of how Piezoelectric motors can be applied to solve motion challenges in a range of applications and industries.

Key Takeaways:

  • What a Piezo motor is and how it works
  • How a Piezo motor compares and contrasts with conventional dc and stepper motors
  • Some of the key benefits / advantages of Piezomotor technology
  • Examples of applications for Piezomotors utilizing the benefits

SMAC Moving Coil Actuators are used in a variety of biomedical applications

SMAC Moving Coil Actuators manufactures precision electric actuators using Moving Coil Technology. These actuators allow force, position, and speed to be completely programmable. With precise force control, soft-land capability, repeatable positioning, and data feedback, they have a variety of applications within industries such as Medical, Bioscience, and Pharmaceutical. To learn more about SMAC actuators for biomedicine, contact Electromate today.

Medical

Automated Screwing Caps on a Syringe

The automated screwing of caps onto a syringe requires precise torque control, lending SMAC’s actuators with fully programmable force and data feedback capability a perfect choice.

Simplifies Suture Assembly Process

The process of suture assembly can be complex and tedious when done with a pneumatic system. Additionally, the load cell can be oversensitive to noise introduced by the environment, required periodic calibration. This leads to an increase in downtime and a decrease in productivity. With SMAC, there is no need for downtime due to calibration, no load cell, less maintenance, fewer components, and more cost effectiveness.

Diabetes Dosing Assembly and Testing

With SMAC, diabetes dosing assembly and testing can be done in one complete package with a linear and rotary axis; there is no need for a load cell, LVDT, and ball screw. These tests monitor the torque and the amount of dosing desired, then pressing the end button inward and monitoring the effort and position. This is all done to ensure the internal components are functioning properly.

Medical Catheter Assembly

When assembling a medical catheter, the LAR95 series linear rotary actuator assembles the needle to housing within 3 seconds from the time of pick up to when it is fully tightened. With precise force control and fast, accurate handling, you can be sure no parts will be damaged.

Bioscience

Measure Cell Height

In both dry and saturated conditions, SMAC actuators measure cell height with smoothness of motion and accuracy. Their compact size and pricing also make SMAC the perfect choice.

Pharmaceutical

Soft Contact Lens Molding

With SMAC, pharmaceutical companies have been able to automate their molding stations. When the monomer is still fluid, a smooth velocity profile and good force control is essential. This prevents any bubbles or imperfections from forming within the lens.

For more information regarding SMAC actuators, contact Electromate today.  The SMAC biomedical capabilities brochure can be here.

 

Tags:  SMAC, actuators, moving-coil actuators, Electromate

maxon motors are used in the Hobby-Eberly Telescope

The HETDEX project (Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment) is the first major attempt to find and examine “dark energy” in the universe. Through this project, we are able to record three-dimensional positions of one million galaxies using special spectrographs. In the summer of 2012, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope began scanning the universe with the help of maxon motors for telescopes.

Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET)

The Hoby-Eberly Telescope is located at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas and contains a spherical mirror with 91 identical hexagonal segments, each one meter in size. These mirror segments for a mirror with a diameter of 11 meters, making it the largest in the world. The HET in and of itself is the fourth largest optical telescope in the world, but due to its innovative design, it was cost-effective to make. Costing around $13.5 million, the HET cost about ¼ the cost of a comparably large telescope.

This spectroscopic telescope is mounted on a Prime Focus Instrument Package (PFIP) equipped with two spectrographs. The mirror always points at a position 55 degrees above the horizon, but it can be swiveled horizontally full circle, allowing it to observe 70% of the skies.

In future projects, upgrades to the wide field components will increase the angle of view to 22 arc minutes and usable aperture to 10 meters, making it possible to gather the highest possible light quantity via glass fiber coupling. These upgrades will revolutionize spectroscopic observation.

Scientists want to use this upgraded version of the HET to obtain a better understanding of “dark energy.” Current hypotheses stipulate that almost ¾ of all matter and energy in the universe consists of “dark energy.” Dark energy is considered to be a mysterious force that causes the universe to drift apart at increasing speeds at it ages.

HETDEX Looks to the Universe

The goal of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) is to examine dark energy and determine whether the current laws of gravity are correct. Scientists also hope to gather new astronomic details surrounding the Big Bang. From 2012 to 2015, the portion of the sky that includes the Big Dipper will be scanned by the HET. This project hopes to map 1 million galaxies that are up to 10 to 11 billion light years away from earth.

PFIP Design

The PFIP is positioned on a tracking device at the top of the telescope. It is equipped with a wide field correct, capturing camera, measuring devices, and a focal plane system. This standalone automation unit consists of 12 subsystems and 24 movement axes. Of the movement axes, 15 of these are motorized. The movements need to be smoothly and precisely executed at various speeds – in particular, extremely slow speeds. Additionally, the motion controller must be able to perform multiple operations in different situations such as following a velocity curve, moving to and holding an absolute position, and more.

maxon Brushless EC Motors

The PFIP subsystems utilize brushless EC motors from maxon motor. These telescope brushless motors are equipped with gearheads, magnetic incremental encoders, and electrically operated brakes as needed. Smooth motion at low speeds is achieved using sinusoidal commutation. As such, an optional incremental encoder is used in addition to the standard Hall sensors, providing additional position data to the motion controller.

Accurate maxon Positioning Control Units

All controllers used are maxon type EPOS2 50/5 featuring:

  • Close-loop control circuits for current, velocity, and position
  • Interpolated motion mode allowing them to follow a programmed multi-axis trajectory
  • Digital and analog input/output devices

With these controllers, it’s also possible to program reactions to digital input signals such as home position, quick stop, and drive activation/deactivation. In order to be compliant with the specs for the PFIP and HET, all components had to be able to function at temperatures of -10˚C or below. Maxon motor offers a range of products that can meet not only the temperature requirement, but also provide the quality, reliability, and ruggedness required for industrial automation systems.

For more information regarding brushless motors & motion controllers for telescope applications, contact Electromate today.

 

Tags:  EPOS2, brushless motor, servo drive, maxon, Electromate

New FM060-25-CM micro-sized Servo Drive from ADVANCED Motion Controls

The FM060-25-CM is part of a new breed of micro-sized, high-power servo drives, immediately available from ADVANCED Motion Controls. Rated to output 25A continuous and 50A peak, this fully featured digital servo drive is small enough to fit in the tightest locations.  It is ideally suited for mobile and portable applications such as mobile robotics, automated mobile robots (AMRs), AGVs, material handling, warehouse automation, lab automation and more.

The mounting footprint of the FM060-25-CM is 50.8mm x 25.4mm with a height of 22.1mm making it possible for up to 3 units to fit within the footprint of a standard business card.  The FM060-25-CM uses CANopen for network communication.  Along with this model are two lower current options, the FM060-10-CM rated to 10A continuous and FM060-5-EM rated to 5A continuous, designed to the same dimensions.

Features include:

  • 8 x 25.4 x 22 mm (2 x 1 x 0.87 in)
  • 10-55 VDC input
  • 25 A continuous, 50 A peak for FE060-25-CM
  • 10 A continuous, 20 A peak for FE060-10-CM
  • 5 A continuous, 10 A peak for FE060-5-CM
  • Incremental encoder and BISS C-mode feedback
  • Torque, velocity, and position operating modes

The FM060-25-CM can be configured to work with any servo motor because the control loops for Current, Velocity and Position can be individually tuned to match the application’s motor, load inertia, supply voltage and motion requirements. 

Once configured for the system, the FM060-25-CM can be controlled over a CANopen network using PVT commands or profile motion commands. It can also be commanded using analog signals, indexes & sequences, step & direction, and encoder following.  Despite its small size, no feature or capability has been spared when compared with full-sized counterparts.

Information on the FM060-25-CM can be viewed at: 
https://www.electromate.com/fm060-25-cm/

For further information, please contact:

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


Tags:  Advanced Motion Controls, FE060-25-CM, Servo Drive, Servo Amplifier, Electromate

Maxon’s New IDX Integrated Servo Motor- Power at the Press of a Button

Maxon’s new IDX compact integrated servo gearmotor + drive combines a powerful, brushless EC-i motor and an EPOS4 positioning controller, which can be complemented with a maxon planetary gearhead when required.  This integrated motor stands out for its high torque density, high efficiency, maintenance-free components, and a high-quality industrial housing providing IP65 protection.  The IDX also features configurable digital and analog inputs and outputs, and intuitive software enabling easy commissioning and integration into master systems.

The IDX integrated servo motor yields extremely high continuous torques and high-power density.  Its compact size makes the IDX more efficient than current solutions on the market. The unit’s high-quality design is complemented with an IP65-protected housing.

Maxon IDX integrated servo motors are suitable for use across the entire speed range (from standstill to maximum speed) and have an extremely high overload capability. Together with its internal positioning controller and integrated single turn absolute encoder, absolute positioning is standard.

The IDX motors have a large functional scope for systems with an operating voltage from 12 to 48 VDC.  As such they are extremely flexible for use in industrial, robotics, AGV (Automated Guided Vehicles) and logistics applications with the most stringent of requirements, such as autonomous transport systems.

Information Maxon’s new IDX compact integrated servo gearmotor + drive can be viewed at:https://idx.maxongroup.com/idx/index#Start

For further information, please contact:

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

Tags:  maxon motor, IDX, Integrated Motor, Motion Controller, Automation, Motion Control, Motor Control, Electromate, Servo Motor, Brushless Servo Motor, BLDC Motor

maxon motors play a crucial role in the Boeing 787’s air conditioning system

When in flight, the air becomes thin, particularly at altitudes of 11 km above sea level. This is where modern pressure cabins and environmental control systems (ECS) come into play; they create and maintain a comfortable atmosphere in commercial aircraft. When Boeing was designing their 787 Dreamliner, they utilized a special air-conditioning system to improve passenger comfort for long distance flights. This air conditioning system used brushless maxon DC motors, spur gearheads, and resolver combinations to ensure a comfortable climate at high altitudes.

Environmental Control Systems (ECS)

An Environmental Control System (ECS) consists of three main components: air exchange, pressure control, and temperature control. At high altitudes, you must create an atmosphere for your passengers with high enough air pressure, adequate oxygen supply, and a comfortable ambient temperature. These needs require a climate control system.

Air conditioning systems in aircraft differ from traditional air-conditioning systems in terms of both design and their energy source. Aircraft ACs require an energy source with much higher power capacity and they must meet higher safety requirements. Additionally, factors like temperature and humidity place a role in creating a comfortable environment. You must also consider the amount of oxygen required by a human and the number of seats on an aircraft. During the flight, aircraft air conditioning units are supplied with compressed air by the jet engines.

Pressurized cabins ensure the air pressure is at a level that is both comfortable and tolerable for passengers. During flight, the circumference of the aircraft expands due to pressure compensation. This puts stress on the airframe. As altitude increases, pressure in the cabin is slightly reduced. Passengers can experience an amplitude increase to approximately 2400 meters.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner launched in 2011. Unlike any aircraft before it, its fuselage consists largely of carbon fiber. It offers an improved cabin atmosphere and different pressure conditions to make long-distance flights more comfortable for passengers. The corrosion-resistant shell of the aircraft allows 15% air humidity in the interior, instead of the standard 4%. Thus, its climate system works differently. Air is not drawn from the jet engines from the outside atmosphere. Rather, onboard electric motors power compressors to prepare the cabin air for a comfortable flight and the air conditioning system is operated entirely electronically.

maxon Motors for a Perfect Climate

Motors for aeronautic and astronautic applications have to withstand much greater temperatures and vibrations, have longer lifespans, and must be very reliable. In the Boeing 787, 48 maxon motors are at work within the climate control system. Specific motor modifications were made for the complex air conditioning system. Components include drives for the cabin ventilation, for cooling the electronics, and for closing and opening the air inlet on the outside of the aircraft. These motors have to withstand temperatures of -55˚C to +85˚C and vibrations during takeoff and landing.

The cabin ventilation system consists of 36 shut-off valves that are driven by maxon EC 45 flat motors. These motors achieve speeds of up to 20,000 rpm with an open design. They also offer excellent heat dissipation at high torques. The stator of the flat motors installed in the air conditioning system has been adapted. The printed circuit board has been modified with low-temperature Hall sensors, the motor has been given a special protective conformal coating, and a modified stator magnetic path prevents movement when the motor is unpowered to improve efficiency.

maxon motors play a crucial role in the Boeing 787’s improved air conditioning system. Electromate supplies maxon motors like those used in this application. Contact us today for a quote!

Electromate Powered Solutions service a wide range of manufacturing sectors that utilize automation technology to significantly enhance productivity and flexibility of various automation processes.

Tags:  maxon motor, Electromate, EC 45 flat motor, brushless motor, flat motor, BLDC motor

Introducing the New DMC-21×5 Multi Axis Motion Controller from Galil Motion Control

The DMC-21×5 is the latest addition to the Econo family and is an easy upgrade path from the long running DMC-21×3 series. The DMC-21×5 utilizes nearly all of the same peripherals as the DMC-21×3 controller, making the transition simple. The main difference between the DMC-21×5 and its predecessor is a state of the art ARM based processor that places its communication, command processing and memory capabilities on par with Galil’s line of current generation motion controllers, while still remaining at the Econo Series price of the DMC-21×3.

The DMC-21×5 is available in one through eight axis formats where each axis is user-configurable for stepper or servo motor operation. Standard programming features include PID compensation with velocity and acceleration feed forward, multitasking for simultaneously running up to eight programs, and I/O processing for synchronizing motion with external events.

Modes of motion include point-to-point positioning, position tracking, jogging, linear and circular interpolation, PVT, contouring, electronic gearing and electronic cam (ECAM).

Like all Galil controllers, the DMC-21×5 controllers use Galil’s popular, intuitive command language allowing for a user friendly interface. Galil’s servo design kit software (GDK Pro) further simplifies system set-up with auto-servo tuning and real-time display of position and velocity information.

Information on the DMC-21×5 multi-axis programmable motion controller from Galil Motion Control can be viewed at:

https://www.electromate.com/pub/media/assets/catalog-library/pdfs/galil-motion-control/DMC21x5_catalog.pdf

For further information, please contact:

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

 

Tags:  Galil Motion Control, DMC-21×5, Motion Controller, Automation, Motion Control, Motor Control, Machine Control, Electromate

Application Story: maxon Motors in Prosthetics

Losing a hand or a limb, no matter the cause, can turn everyday tasks into trials. The Michelangelo Hand prosthesis returns quality of life to those who have lost a hand. maxon DC brushless motors play a crucial role in the functioning of this prosthesis.

Michelangelo Hand

The Michelangelo Hand was developed by Ottobock in Vienna with the goal of replicating a human hand as much as possible and returning quality of life to amputees. Through years of experiments, the Michelangelo was developed. It can perform seven gripping movements, all triggered by contraction of the user’s muscles in the stump. The development was not easy, as all electronic and mechanical components had to be miniaturized and the prosthesis had to be lightweight. At completion, the Michelangelo weighs 520g and is comfortable for the user to wear.

The Role of maxon Drives

The gripping functions of the hand are driven by a brushless maxon motor (EC10) and an adapted EC45. The first motor oversees driving the thumb and has ironless winding with a worm shaft, customized by maxon motor. The second controls the main drive for the index and middle fingers, with the ring and little fingers moving passively.

The drive system ultimately had to have high power density, run smoothly, and be resistant to high axial shift loads. maxon’s brushless DC motors meet these requirements.

Human Interface

In order to interface the prosthesis with the human body, electrodes are used to measure electrical pulses in the muscles at the stump. These signals are then sent to a processor. The Axon-Bus data transfer system is incredibly fast and reliable, making handling the prosthesis easier and intuitive. The harder a user tenses their muscles, the faster and stronger the hand grips. Simultaneously, the thumb measures the closing force, allowing for accurate control of gripping force when an object is at risk of falling.

To learn more about the Michelangelo Hand and its maxon drives, read the full article here or contact Electromate now.

Electromate Powered Solutions service a wide range of manufacturing sectors that utilize automation technology to significantly enhance productivity and flexibility of various automation processes.

Tags:  maxon, Michelangelo Hand, Ottobock, EC45, Servo Motor, Flat Motor, Electromate, DC Motor


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