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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
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699

Tags:  Nippon Pulse, Electromate, Linear Motor, Shaft Motor, Linear Shaft Motor, Servo Motor, Automation, DC Motor, Tubular Motor

Free e-Learning modules from Maxon Motor

The maxon academy features several e-Learning modules to help deepen your knowledge on drive technology.  We recently introduced a series of How-to Videos that are easy-to-follow tutorials with specific information on topics from motor selection to gears, winding and motor type comparisons.  These short videos are perfect for busy engineers that need a quick review on the selection of high-precision drives and systems.

Additional information and technical data is available by contacting

For more on information on maxon, visit

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

Closed-Loop Stepper Motor Performance Gains

A New White Paper from Galil Motion Control

Galil White Paper PicModern motion controllers can include the ability to run stepper motors with encoder feedback, resulting in true closed-loop motion control. This mode of motor control is very similar to standard three-phase brushless servo motor control, where the three phases are offset 120 electrical degrees. With steppers, the motor has two phases offset by 90 electrical degrees. The benefits of closed-loop control with stepper motors include greatly improved velocity smoothness and reduced power consumption compared to open-loop steppers and much higher torque at low velocity compared with traditional three-phase brushless servo motors…

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

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

Galil’s Motion Controller Family

For more information, please contact:

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

Optimized System Design using Dynamic Drives

There are two basic requirements that state-of-the-art machines, systems and devices must meet in order to succeed in the market: an extensive range of functions and high reliability.  Dramatically improve the throughput and performance of machines as well as the quality of the goods produced by these machines using highly dynamic DC motors and dynamic positioning control technology.   Click on this link to read the complete white paper.


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


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

maxon presents new High Torque DC brushless motors

For applications demanding very high torque, drive specialist maxon motor is now launching its EC-i 40 DC brushless motor in a High Torque version.  The iron-core internal rotor drive is available with a diameter of 40 mm and delivers up to 234 mNm of torque.

maxon's new EC-i 40 DC brushless high torque motor

maxon’s new EC-i 40 DC brushless high torque motor

When it comes to powerful movements, maxon delivers with its EC-i 40 High Torque series of DC motors.  The Swiss drive specialist presents three powerful iron-core internal rotor drives.  The drives have a diameter of 40 mm and are equipped with an innovative rotor.  They feature high dynamics, a low cogging torque, and extremely high output torque.  The strongest motor in this series offers a maximum nominal torque of 234 mNm and is 56 millimeters in length.  It exceeds the performance of its precursor model by up to 70 percent.

Especially suitable for robotics

The three new brushless DC motors are cost-effective and ideally suited for applications in robotics, prosthetics, and industrial automation.  The compact design offers a great solution in applications with extreme space constraints.  When needed, the EC-i 40 High Torque motors can be combined with maxon gearheads, servo controllers, or position controllers.  The EC-i 40 series is easily configured and available in our online shop.

Additional information and technical data is available by contacting maxon at

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Tags:  maxon, maxon motors, Electromate, EC-I 40, BLDC motor, brushless motor, servo motor, automation, DC motor

Servo Solutions for Mobile Automation Challenges. On-Demand Webinar

YouTube Video-  57minutes

With automation expanding out of the factory, machine builders are faced with a varying set of new challenges. Mobile platforms, such as unmanned systems, are expected to operate in extreme environments and carry their own power source; all while being light weight and compact.

To meet the current and future needs of the market, enabling technologies need to be applied and discovered. At the forefront of the enabling technologies are servo drive controllers.

Servo controllers not only make a robot or mobile platform move, they can also be solutions to the other design requirements. A servo is an integral component to any mobile solution and can help with power efficiency, communication, agility and dexterity. This webinar will touch on the challenges presented to robot designers and how servo drives can make them successful.

Webinar Presenter: Shane Beilke, Advanced Motion Controls: Executive Team – Product Strategy

Click on the link below to view this webinar.

Tags:  AMC, Advanced Motion Controls, Mobile Automation, Bots, Mobile Robotics, Servo Controllers, Automation, Motion Control, Mobile Systems

The Key Components Behind the Robots

DesignNews On Demand Webinar –Duration: 60-minutes

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About the webinar

What’s behind every great robot? A great motor or even multiple motors, for starters. It also involves the bearings, cables, drives, and controllers, and in some cases, linear actuators. Whether your robot is being deployed on a factory floor, in an operating room, or in one of the now-famous drones, it’s these technologies that serve as the differentiators. In fact, robotics can be in applications that range from the very coarse to the very fine. For that reason, the types of motors and other components must also vary widely.

Attend this webinar and learn about:

  • The different components that are available, specifically for robotics applications
  • How the components differ
  • How you can choose the most appropriate parts for your robotic application
  • The efficiencies that can be gained by making the right choice


John Payne
Vice President of Motion
Yaskawa America Inc.

Chad Henry
North American Sales Manager
Staubli Robotics


Rob Spiegel
Senior Editor
Design News, UBM Canon

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