Understanding the Linear Shaft Servomotor

Nippon Pulse’s Linear Shaft Motor is a brushless, high-precision direct drive linear servo motor with a tubular design.  The motor consists of a magnetic shaft and coil assembly (forcer), and is driven and controlled by the flow of current.

The Linear Shaft Motor can replace ball-screws, pneumatics, U-shaped motors and other linear motion systems.

Design Concepts of the Linear Shaft Motor

  • Simple: Two parts and a non-critical air gap
  • Non-Contact: No wearing and maintenance free
  • High Precision: Ironless design and all the magnetic flux is used

Linear Shaft Motor Specification Overview

  • Variety of shaft diameters, ranging from 4mm to 100mm
  • Stroke lengths of 20mm to 4.6M
  • Achievable peak force of 2340N
  • Maximum continuous force of 585N

Advantages of Linear Shaft Motors

The Linear Shaft Motor is a simple, high-efficiency, high-precision motor that requires no maintenance over its lifetime.  The servo motor consists of only two parts: a magnetic shaft, and a “forcer” of wound coils.  The Linear Shaft Motor offers ultra-high precision because it has no iron in the forcer or shaft, giving you the precision and zero cogging expected in a coreless design while providing the stiffness expected in an iron-core motor.

Because the forcer coil completely wraps around the shaft’s internal magnets, all the motor’s magnetic flux is efficiently used. This allows for a 0.5mm to 2.5mm nominal annular air gap between the shaft and forcer.  This air gap is non-critical, meaning there is no variation in force as the gap changes over the stroke length of the device.

Nippon Pulse’s Linear Shaft Motor can be used in a variety of applications, including pick-and-place machines and dispensing machines.  Applications that require smooth, precise movements and high accuracy will benefit from the Linear Shaft Motor.  If your application has varying force requirements or low-power/high-efficiency requirements, contact an applications engineer to learn how your application can benefit from the Linear Shaft Motor servomotor.

Applications of the Linear Shaft Motor (LSM)

  • High-speed pick-and-place machines
  • High-accuracy pick-and-place or dispensing applications
  • Scanners that need smooth and precise movements
  • Long-life and low-maintenance expectations
  • Applications that require low power and high efficiency

More information on the Linear Shaft Motor Family from Nippon Pulse can be viewed at-


For more information, please contact:

Warren Osak
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
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Tags:  Nippon Pulse, Electromate, Linear Motor, Shaft Motor, Linear Shaft Motor, Servo Motor, Automation, DC Motor, Tubular Motor

Job Posting. Regional Sales Manager: Automation Systems- Southwestern Ontario

Electromate is a leading Canadian Distributor of Automation & Motion Control components & systems.  We provide the industry’s most comprehensive selection of motion controllers, servo/stepper components, positioning & bearing systems for the Industrial Automation industry.

Electromate’s Core Purpose is to help Canadian Manufacturers build better machines using differentiated automation technology.  We specialize in Robotic and Mechatronic Solutions for a variety of high technology industries including:  medical, biomedical, pharmaceutical, life science, aerospace, machine tool, semiconductor, embedded robotics, optics, photonics, packaging, defense, test & measurement and metal fabricating and forming.

Thanks to the continued success of our satisfied customers, our firm is expanding our sales department. Challenge your expertise in the field of Outside Sales by providing engineering sizing/selection and sales of automation components and systems.

Click on the link below to view the Job Posting.

Job Posting. Regional Sales Manager: Automation Systems- Southwestern Ontario

Visit us at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show this week

Visit Electromate at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show this week.
September 28 – October 1, 2015

Location:  International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
We are in Booth #1616

Building a high-precision actuator is easy!

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Warren Osak
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Meet the New Members of POSITAL’s Incremental Encoder Family

Posital IXARC Incremental Encoders

Posital IXARC Incremental Encoders

Industrial motion control systems come in all shapes and sizes and different standards are common in different region.  POSITAL has responded to the challenges of this diverse market by offering you an extraordinarily wide range of choices.

  • Programmable Output Driver (HTL/TTL)
  • Customize PPR to Your Application.  Programmable: Any PPR 1−16348, TTL/HTL & More
  • Thousands of Encoders Based On One Hardware
  • Programmable Counting Direction: A before B, B before A
  • Easy to Program with UBIFAST Configuration Tool
  • Large Variety of Mechanical Designs and Electrical Connections
  • Coverage of Standards from America, Asia and Europe
  • Rugged, Reliable Magnetic Sensing Technology
  • Compact Size down to 36 mm Diameter

Quickly Program with any WiFi-Enabled Device

POSITAL’s new programmable incremental rotary encoders take versatility to a new level.  Resolution can be set anywhere from 1 to 16,384 pulses per turn in software, without changing the mechanical properties of the devices.  Similarly, pulse direction and the output driver – either Push-Pull (HTL) or RS422 (TTL) – can be defined through software parameters. Changes can be made quickly using POSITAL’s easy-to-use UBIFAST programming tool.  Device programmability is very significant for system integrators and machine builders since it helps them reduce inventories.  Now, they can hold a relatively small stock of ‘standard’ models and set them up for specific applications on an as-needed basis.

POSITAL has also introduced a unique Internet-enabled configuration management system for IXARC programmable encoders.  Whenever a device is reconfigured, the operator can register the changes with POSITAL through an automatic email interface.  POSITAL will update the configuration history of the device in a database maintained by the company.  If a replacement part is required, this record can be accessed and used to manufacture an encoder with an identical performance profile.  It could also be provided to a distributor or system integrator who could take a mechanically compatible device from their stock, enter the appropriate software parameters and deliver the completed unit directly to the end user.

A Million Possibilities

IXARC rotary encoders are offered in a wide variety of mechanical features, connector types and connection interfaces.  With over a million possible choices, you can find variants that will fit directly into their equipment with minimal modifications.POSITAL’s online product finder enables you to browse through the full range of options and retrieve the specification datasheets and CAD drawings you need.   Order fulfilment is usually within two weeks, virtually anywhere in the world.
For more information, please contact:EDITORIAL CONTACT:

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

Tags:  Posital, Posital Fraba, Electromate, Encoder, Multi-Turn Encoder, Optical Encoder, Incremental Encoder, Absolute Encoder, Programmable Encoder, Inclinometer

Energy efficiency in microdrives, practical aspects

White Paper by Jan Braun, maxon motor ag, published January 2014

Low energy consumption.  Heat.  Power density. For microdrives in particular, these factors play an important role when energy-efficient operation is the goal.

Energy efficiency is an important factor not only in automotive applications, but also for many smaller sized motors.  Typical applications include battery-powered devices as well as aerospace applications.  The following are only a few examples: laser leveling devices, motorized golf caddies, medical power tools, insulin pumps, robots, packaging machines, and fuel cell powered vehicles.

With all these applications, it is critical to use available power as efficiently as possible.  This also means that only a minimal amount of power should be lost as heat.  The rise in temperature should be kept to a minimum…

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

Jan Braun White Paper

Additional information and technical data is available by contacting sales@electromate.com.

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Tags:  maxon, maxon motors, Electromate, pancake motor, BLDC motor, brushless motor, servo motor, automation, DC motor



IAI CT4 Cartesian robot with grip-and-turn functionality

IAI’s CT4 is now equipped with a variation of Pick Rotate specification which provides a grip-and-turn function. The grip-and-turn function, for light work pieces, allows efficient handling of materials and shapes which are difficult to grip by vacuum.

IAI CT4 Cartesian Robot

IAI CT4 Cartesian Robot

The CT4 high-speed Cartesian Robot shortens assembly/inspection cycle times by operating at high speed, ensuring high rigidity and demonstrating excellent straight moving performance.  High-speed operation with commanded acceleration of up to 3.2 G (maximum instantaneous acceleration: 4.8 G).

More information on the CT4 high-speed Cartesian Robot from Intelligent Actuator can be viewed at-


For more information, please contact:


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

Tags:  IAI, Intelligent Actuator, Electromate, CT4, Cartesian Robot, Tabletop Robot

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