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Quick Connect Gearheads for Any Servo or Stepper Motor

The new Harmonic Drive® Quick Connect Gearhead website features the following:

Harmonic Planetary gears have simultaneous meshing between the sun gear and planet gears and between the planet gears and the internal gear. The sun gear is connected to the motor and a carrier, supporting the planet gears, is connected to the output. Single stage planetary gears can achieve reduction ratios up to 10:1. Ratios above 10:1 utilize a two stage design where the carrier of the first stage drives the sun gear of the second planetary stage.

Harmonic Drive® gearing utilizes a unique operating principle which is based upon the elastic mechanics of metals. The greatest benefits are the zero-backlash characteristics and the weight and space savings compared to other gears because our gear mechanism consists of only three basic parts. They are the: Wave Generator, Flexspline and Circular Spline.

See a video demonstrating how the Harmonic Drive HPGP Harmonic Planetary gears work  Watch Video.

For more information, please contact:

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

Tags:  Harmonic Drive, Harmonic Drive Gears, Actuators, Gearhead, Harmonic Drive Actuator, Harmonic Drive Gearing, Electromate, Strain Wave Gearing, Flex Spine, Circular Spine, Wave Generator, Planetary Gearbox, Harmonic Gearbox, Harmonic Gearhead

Announcing MOTIONEERING® Online

Announcing MOTIONEERING® Online – Kollmorgen has revamped, modernized and put online one of the most respected applications sizing programs of the last 20 years.  You now can access this application sizing and selection tool where ever you have access to the internet.  This initial launch of MOTIONEERING Online is just a start of a series of releases that will empower you to optimize solutions for your toughest applications.  Sizing frameless motors and drive systems has never been easier.  Using a mechanism project concept for collecting and saving multiple axes of load information, MOTIONEERING® Online can automatically calculate application results and compare against a catalog of systems – recommending the most optimized set of Kollmorgen system solutions available.

Versatile units-of-measure selection options for mechanism and motion profile data-entry, with the ability to convert data into other available units, makes this a convenient international tool.  A user-friendly Help file teaches program functions and algorithms used to provide results.

Register for MOTIONEERING Online today.  Click here to access


Motioneering Project Start Screen

Mechanism Projects

  • Direct drive entry, lead screw, conveyor
  • Rack and pinion, nip rolls
  • Direct Drive Rotary
  • Electric cylinder
  • Direct Data Entry
  MOTIONEERING Online Filtered Results

Solution Set Search Screen

  • Color-coded indication of system’s ability to meet application requirements
  • Review system components specifications
  • Save, print, or create a pdf application report
  • Evaluate system performance curve with application points


MOTIONEERING® Online  NEW and Improved Features:

  • Inertia Calculator – lets you build up inertia based on odd shapes by additive or subtractive methods
  • Custom motion profile – easy to add entire segments or copy segments to repeat
  • Environmental Factor – takes into account your ambient temperature
  • Project by Project Units – You can tailor your units on a project by project basis, or use the global units settings

Supported Browsers:

  • IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari

Tags:  Kollmorgen, Motioneering, Sizing Software, Electromate


GAM Launches a New Gearbox Sizing Tool

GAM’s new Sizing Tool makes it easy to find the right gear reducer, coupling, or linear mount product compatible with your motor.  Simply select your motor, adjust the ratings based on the application, and narrow down the products that match.

Gam Gearbox Sizing Tool

Gam Gearbox Sizing Tool

Over 9,000 of the most popular servomotors on the market are available for selection.  After choosing a motor, easily narrow down the list of matching products by filtering attributes. 

Other notable highlights of the sizing tool give users the ability to adjust the continuous and peak torque values of the motor based on the actual performance requirements to ensure accurate sizing and a side-by-side product comparison function.  Once a product has been sized, you can get a personalized specification page with instant access to everything you need for your design including:  

*     CAD models tailored to the specific motor available for download
*     Detailed product information
*     .PDF versions of the catalog or individual catalog sections
*     Recommended complimentary products
*     Quick RFQ and online ordering options


Watch the Tutorial

Try Gam’s New Sizing Tool now at the link below.


Tags:  Gam Gear, Gam, Electromate, Planetary Gearbox, Planetary Gearhead, Sizing Software, Sizing Tool, Inline Gearhead, Inline Gearbox, Right Angle Gearbox, Right Angle Gearhead

Pre-recorded Webinar. Round vs Square: Linear Guide Rail Basics

Pre-recorded Webinar by Thomson Linear Motion.  67minutes

What is the difference between Round Rail and Square Rail? How do you know which one is more appropriate for a given application? How do you size them? Learn the basics of Linear Guide technology and how to size them for your next application. Get a guided tour through the new online Linear Guide Component Tool.

Why Round Rail?
Typical Applications

Why Profile Rail?
Typical Applications

Design Tree
Basic Parameters
Application Requirements
Optional Features

Sizing and Selection
60 Case Tool
New Linear Guide Component Tool
Custom Configuration

Click on the link below to watch the Webinar.

tags:  round linear bearings, square linear bearings, Thomson, round rail, square rail, Electromate, profile rail

Electromate Launches BlackBerry App for the Motion Control User

Tech-laden Free App is a ‘must-have’ technical resource for any novice or experienced engineer who uses Motion Control Products in their Industrial Automation machinery.

Released January 6th, 2014 this BlackBerry App features Robotic and Mechatronic Technical Training Information, Tutorial Video’s, Webinar’s, Sizing Software, White Papers, Application Notes, etc.

The App supports BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry OS7 and BlackBerry Playbook operating systems.

This Free App is available for download from BlackBerry World or at the following link.

App Includes:

  • Latest Technical Training Video’s
  • Sizing Software
  • Formulae Handbooks
  • Pre-recorded Webinars
  • Technical Notes & Whitepapers
  • Glossary
  • Feature Articles
  • Catalog Center
  • News & Events

For more information, please contact:


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

Tags:  BlackBerry App, Electromate, Robotic and Mechatronic Technical Training, Tutorial Video’s, Webinar’s, Sizing Software, White Papers, Application Notes

Join the New LinkedIn Group ‘Motion Control Fundamentals’

Motion Control Fundamentals LinkedIn Group

Motion Control Fundamentals LinkedIn Group

Created by, this Technical Group strives to advance the knowledge of the fundamentals of Electro-mechanical Motion Control.  We welcome regular posts by group members of any Technical Notes & White Papers, Video’s, Webinars, Podcasts, Engineering Formulae, Sizing Software, etc., related to the discipline of Motion Control.  We appreciate your participation and encourage your comments.

If you are novice or technically proficient user of Motion Control products/systems, please join this group.  No Job Postings please.

Click on the link below to join now.

Tags: Motion Control, Motor Control, Machine Control, Mechatronics, High-Tech Systems, Robotics, Automation, Servo Systems, Stepper Systems, Linear Motion, Rotary Motion, Technology, Mechanical Motion Control

DC Servo Motor Sizing Made Easy: A Practical 1/2 Day Course presented by Jan Braun, maxon motor ag

This half-day seminar provides the practical information you need to successfully select the right DC motor — be it brushed or brushless — for your application. You’ll learn about the interpretation of motor data and how you can use this information for motor sizing. Whether you need high speed and dynamics or just high torque, this seminar will teach you to size a motor + drive with just the right power reserves, avoiding costly oversized motors.

Maxon "The selection of high-precision microdrives" Textbook

Maxon “The selection of high-precision microdrives” Textbook

Presenter:  Jan Braun,, maxon motor ag, author of the “maxon academy Formulae Handbook”

What You’ll Receive:

  • Textbook: “The selection of high-precision microdrives” (a $65 US value) — A complete, easy-to-read reference guide for motor and drive selection OR you’ll receive an $89 Can. voucher to be used towards your next Maxon order
  • maxon Formulae Handbook
  • E-Learning software tutorial on USB Stick
  • maxon Catalog

What You’ll Learn:

  • Basics of DC motor data. Learn how to interpret motor data sheets and use the speed-torque line information for optimum motor sizing.
  • Systematic drive selection in the context of your application specific requirements and boundary conditions. This includes optimum power management, control loops, accuracy and ambient conditions.
  • Basics of gearhead data and their impact on motor selection.
  • Selection criteria for DC motors. Topics include the characteristics of different commutation types for brushed and brushless DC motors and when to use them.
  • maxon selection program. Find out how this software-tool can help you in the motor selection.
  • Application examples. Learn how to extract the key parameters for drive selection from your application: The examples include continuous operation as well as dynamic operation cycles.
  • Motion Control: The main features and application possibilities of maxon EPOS and ESCON controllers.


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St. Laurent, PQ
Tuesday February 19, 2013
Phone: (866) 788-2518

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Wednesday February 20, 2013
Phone: (905) 364-9999

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Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Lunch included

Price: $89 CDN/person + HST* (*Ontario Only; Quebec registrants will be charged 5% GST only) if pre-registered by midnight January 31st ; after February 1st the cost is $109 CDN/person + applicable taxes.

To Register: The Seminar requires pre-registration & payment by Credit Card or PayPal. Click on the link below to be directed to our Online Payment Registration Form.

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