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RKF Series Rotary Actuator from Harmonic Drive LLC

The RKF series is compact and includes high-torque AC servo actuators with high rotational accuracy, a flange output combining Harmonic Drive™ strain wave gearing for precision control and an AC servo motor.  This is combined with a dedicated servo drive that fully demonstrates the performance of the RKF series of implements compact machines and equipment with a high rotational accuracy.

Harmonic Drive RKF AC Servo Actuator

Harmonic Drive RKF AC Servo Actuator

Features include:

  • Compact and lightweight
  • High power
  • High positioning and high rotational accuracies

The RKF actuator is used in the following applications:

  • Semiconductor manufacturing systems
  • FPD manufacturing systems
  • Electronic component insertion machines
  • Measurement analytical and test systems

More information on the RKF AC Servo Actuator from Harmonic Drive can be viewed at-

http://www.electromate.com/products/series.php?&series_id=100155

For more 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:  Harmonic Drive, Electromate, AC Servo Actuator, RKF Series, Strain Wave Gearing

Tecnotion Linear Motors Pass CSA Certification

Tecnotion takes pride in the continuous improvements in product quality, safety and performance.  We are excited to announce that our entire iron core series are now fully certified for CSA!  With the addition of the CSA certification to the CE certification a milestone has been reached.   The certification applies for series TM, TL TB and TBW.

Tecnotion Linear Motors

Tecnotion Linear Motors

The iron core series completely meet the rules of certification for USA and Canada.  The products are eligible to bear the CSA mark.  The CSA International certification ensures increased quality and safety and it provides better opportunities at the North American Market.

To accomplish the CSA certification minor changes have been made to the iron core series.  All iron core motors now contain the same black casting compound.  The new casting material has improved flame retardant properties and is more environmentally friendly.  The cable diameter of the TM-series has been decreased.

More information on the Tecnotion Linear Motors can be viewed at-
http://www.electromate.com/products/?partner=1333113809&d=105526

For more 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:  Tecnotion, Linear Motor, Servo Motor, Electromate, CSA Approval

Netzer Absolute Encoders Feature 20 Bit Resolution, Non-Contact Technology and Modular Design

Netzer Encoder Family

Netzer Encoder Family

Netzer Precision Motion Sensors has taken a revolutionary position sensing technology, originally developed for harsh environment specialized applications, and made it available for today’s broader range of defense, homeland security, aerospace and instrumentation motion control requirements.  Standard and customized rotary and linear electric encoders are also applicable for space and avionics, medical, automotive and a wide range of other applications.

Netzer’s Rotary Electric Encoders™ provide exceptionally accurate, high resolution, absolute position with miniature to wide diameter hollow shaft.  Available with Analog Sin/Cos , Digital SSi , Digital AqB+I  outputs, these rotary encoders feature up to 20 Bit Resolution (with 12 bit A/D) and accuracy to <0.01° .

The Electric Encoder™ non-contact technology relies on interaction between the measured displacement and a space/time modulated electric field. It offers a blend of features unequalled by optical or magnetic encoders.

Advantages of Electric Encoders™ include:

  • Simple, robust structure with a virtually no- failure- mechanism
  • Generous mounting tolerances
  • Very low weight, inertia, and profile (=<10mm)
  • Ring shaped, hollow shaft with a wide range of diameters
  • Absolute position output over 360° rotation range
  • Precision to 0.001° in selected models
  • Default operation range from -55°C to +125°C
  • Dual and triple redundancy options
  • No magnetic signature
  • High tolerance to condensation and contaminants
  • Insensitivity to EMI/RFI and magnetic fields
  • High customizability
  • Low power consumption
  • Ultra-high-speed options
  • Wide variety of position feedback protocols
  • Models range from 25mm OD to 248mm OD [6mm to 170mm ID]

More information on the Netzer Encoders can be viewed at-
http://www.electromate.com/products/series.php?&series_id=101696

For more 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:  Encoder, Absolute Encoder, Netzer Precision Motion Sensors, Electromate

EtherCAT FieldBus Network Primer

EtherCAT Field NetworkThis document describes the evolution of motion and control system architectures and what new benefits are realized today when using EtherCAT®, whether for a large number of axes or simple systems using just a few. OEMs have many choices available and naturally gravitate to a given architecture in order to speed development and reduce costs. Machine systems, and mainly motion control, are normalized to meet the requirements of the application.

Highlighted too is not only the rise and acceptance for network connected motion control applications but also why they are here to stay. In fact, the continued demand for servo solutions like those provided by EtherCAT-based systems will grow faster than most others and come at lowered system costs to implement…

Click on the link below to view the complete White Paper.

http://www.a-m-c.com/download/whitepaper/EtherCAT_Performance_Advantage.pdf

More information on the EtherCAT products available from Electromate can be found at the link below-

http://www.electromate.com/products/?keyword=ethercat

For more information, please contact:

EDITORIAL CONTACT:
Warren Osak
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www.electromate.com

Author:  Karl A. Meier,  Advanced Motion Controls
June 2013

ADVANCED Motion Controls® introduces the most configurable analog servo drives to date

Available immediately are the B060A400AC and B100A400AC analog brushless servo drives providing up to 21kW and 35kW respectively.  The B060A400AC is capable of outputting 60A peak and 30A continuous while the B100A400AC outputs 100A peak and 50A continuous. These servo drives can operate with both AC and DC supply voltages with an AC voltage range of 200-240VAC and a DC voltage range of 255-373 VDC.  The built-in shunt circuit alleviates regeneration issues to increase the maximum deceleration rate of large inertial loads. Modes of operation include: Current, Duty Cycle, Voltage, IR Comp, Encoder Velocity, Hall Velocity and Tachometer.

B060A400AC Servo Amplifier

B060A400AC Servo Amplifier

DIP Switch selectable settings allow fine-tuning to match motor and machine dynamics without having to change components on the board.  Included are 17 current loop integrator gain settings, 32 current loop proportional gain settings, 8 velocity loop integrator gain settings and 4 tachometer scaling settings.  In addition, selectable inhibit logic, fault logic and linear ramping make these drives compatible with more controllers.  With so many configuration options these are our most configurable analog servo drives ever.

These new servo drives are suited for a wide range of applications including: assembly/general factory automation, satellite ground station positioning, robotics, testers, metalworking machines, alternative energy control, simulators and more.

More information on the B060A400AC and B100A400AC analog brushless servo drives can be viewed at-
http://www.electromate.com/products/?keyword=A400AC&d=105686

A copy of this Press Release can be viewed at-
http://www.electromate.com/news/?c=pressreleases&press_id=10539

For more 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:  Servo Amplifier, Servo Drive, BLDC Drive, PWM Amplifier, AMC, Advanced Motion Controls, Electromate

Large Scale Automated Sorting Gantry System

Macron Moment: First large-scale, wireless infrared signaling gantry system

Click to see Macron’s first large scale gantry in action.

Year: 1999

Application: Pick and place package sorting

Industry: Packaging automation & material handling

Problem: A client required an in-house automated sorting and packaging system to fulfill shipping orders for prescription contact lenses. The linear robotic system needed to be capable of filling 1,700 dispensary compartment locations with totes from a dispenser locator, with speed and accuracy. The large system needed to be structurally sound and fit within the packaging warehouse, and since the machine would be constantly running, the client required a system with high repeatability and reliability.

Solution: To meet the client’s specific motion requirements, Macron developed a custom, large-scale crane assembly mounted with gantry systems, led with wireless infrared signaling. The structure was 167’ long, 13’ wide, and 18’ tall, configured with two 83’ dual x-axis gantries constructed of MSA-14S actuators. To provide a full range of motion, each gantry was additionally equipped with two independent Y/Z axes, constructed with Macron MSA-14S and MSA-14Z actuators, powered by Yaskawa motors.

Macron’s large-scale sorting system was 167′ x 13′ x 18′

The client initially approached Macron Dynamics with a system plan in hand, a complex horizontally designed system consisting of many individual mechanisms to operate a complicated sorting unit and logic program. Pairing innovation with Macron products’ modular capabilities, engineers suggested a simpler design to effectively fulfill the client’s requirements.

The Macron solution entailed building a vertical system with 2 dual x-axis gantries, reducing mechanisms and providing a less complex sorting logic. To complete the comprehensive sorting linear robot, Macron developed a gripping mechanism attached to the gantry systems’ Z-axes, designed to grab the totes, and carry them to their correct dispensary compartment.

Due to the large nature of the linear robotic system, Macron Dynamics integrated bus bars into the gantry system to supply power to the linear robot’s controller panel while avoiding the difficulty of controlling and managing cables and airlines.

To control the motion and navigational function of the gripper, Macron Dynamics used infrared receiver transmitter technology provided by a distributor partner, serving to guide the gripper and gantries to their precise sorting locations. The new wireless infrared signaling system provided controlled routing of the Y/Z gantries, allowing the system to successfully automate the constant pick and place sorting of boxes and totes to their various dispensary compartments.

System benefits:

Macron’s custom vertical gantry design provided the client with a less complex solution than fit within the spatial constraints of the client’s warehouse. Total travel distance for the large-scale system consisted of 83 feet for each X-axis, 13 feet for the Y-axes, and 4 feet for Z-axes.

Macron large-scale sorting gantry

Bus bars supplied power to the control panel, while infrared receiver transmitter technology guided the gripper and gantries to their precise sorting locations

Constructed of Macron 14 actuators, the system had X-axis repeatability of +/- .003 in, Y-axis repeatability of +/- .001, and Z-axis repeatability of +/- .002 in. This repeatability provided an extremely accurate and reliable system to sort and distribute totes to individual compartments in a large assortment of 1,700 dispensary slots. Travel times met the client’s need for quick sorting and dispensing, with X-axis and Y-axis travel speeds of 2-3 m/sec, and a Z-axis travel speed of 1 m/sec.

Macron’s belt-driven linear robotic solution provided the client with a faster, economical alternative to a robotic arm assembly. The gantry structure consisted of 20 axes, simultaneously running to provide multiple sorting functions at once. Since the system contained 2 concurrently running gantries, the sorting machine never had down time. Even in the event that one gantry would be down for maintenance, the other gantry would still provide order fulfillment.

The X/Y/Z gantry system was able to detect depleted containers ready for refill, and would automatically deliver empty totes to the refill side of the machine. This reliable detection allowed for a constant replenishment of totes, supporting the need for an automatic, continuous sorting flow.

Click here to see a video of Macron’s first large-scale gantry in action.

More information on the complete Macron Dynamics Product Line can be viewed at

http://www.electromate.com/products/?partner=1031080155

For more information, please contact:

EDITORIAL CONTACT:

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

maxon motors in implants and prosthetics

The new issue of “driven”, the maxon motor magazine, brings stories and applications from the field of medical technology to your tablet, interactive and easy to understand.  This issue is all about implants and prosthetics, ranging from a state-of-the-art motorized prosthetic hand to an implanted medication pump.  The tablet magazine is available for Apple iOS and Google Android.

Maxon Driven MagazineIn the new issue 1//2013 of “driven”, implants and prosthetics take center stage.  Learn about the fascinating possibilities of modern prosthetics and how maxon products are used in artificial limbs.  For example, did you know that the gripping movement and gripping force of modern hand prostheses are powered by maxon drives?  And even today, minimotors are pumping fluids and medications through human bodies.

Check out the Expertise section of the driven tablet magazine to enhance your knowledge in the selection of drive systems.  The current issue addresses the problem of synchronizing the control of multiple drives. In this section, readers can also try their hand at solving a difficult drive puzzle.  The main prize is a three coaxial helicopter waiting for a skilled pilot to operate the controls.

driven – the maxon motor magazine is published three times a year for iPad and Android tablet PCs.  At the end of each year, highlights from the three tablet issues will be compiled in a print edition.  The maxon magazine is available as a free download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Click here to order the 2012 print edition.

For more information about driven, please visit magazine.maxonmotor.com .

More information on the minimotors from Maxon Motor AG can be viewed at-

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

For more 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


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