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Gearing in Motion-Control Designs

What are the Advantages of Using a Gearhead? Estimates say that only about one-third of the motion control systems in service use gearing, although there are good reasons for doing so. For example, when your motion control system must run at 1,000 rpm or less, the use of a gearhead is advantageous. It’s also wise to use gearing when designing systems that have size constraints. Pairing a gearhead with your servo motor or using an integrated gearmotor can let you employ a smaller motor, thereby reducing the system size. […]

By | January 7th, 2019|Drives and Motors, Eurtherm, Motion, Motion|Comments Off on Gearing in Motion-Control Designs

Real Time Enterprise Interoperability

OPC-UA Technology Delivers Real-Time Enterprise Interoperability OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) has been a protocol for industrial automation since its release in 2006. It is considered one of the most secure and versatile communication technologies for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). A unique feature is that it is operating system (OS) is agnostic. It [...]

By | December 15th, 2018|Articles, Data Automation, Drives and Motors, Red Lion|Comments Off on Real Time Enterprise Interoperability

Pairing Gearheads with Servo Motors

Pairing Gearheads with Servo Motors Machine designers are increasingly turning to gearheads to take advantage of the latest advances in servo motor technology. Essentially, a gearhead converts high-speed, low-torque energy into low-speed, high-torque output. A servo motor provides highly accurate positioning of its output shaft. When these two devices are paired with one another, they enhance each other’s strengths, providing controlled motion that is precise, robust, and reliable. As servo technology has evolved—with manufacturers producing smaller, yet more powerful motors —gearheads are becoming increasingly essential partners in motion control. Finding the optimal pairing must take into account many engineering considerations. Before addressing those, a short review of gearhead basics. […]

By | December 7th, 2018|Articles, Drives and Motors, Eurtherm, Gearheads, Motion|Comments Off on Pairing Gearheads with Servo Motors

SSD Link is Obsolete; Have you a got a plan? Don’t worry, we have a solution!

By Brian Bobbe Although your current drives and PLC system maybe be working well, do you know for how long and what you’re plan is if you do go down? We completely understand the stress it causes you when you know that your current drive systems are obsolete not to mention it’s tricky to plan [...]

By | January 18th, 2017|Articles, Drives and Motors, Uncategorized|Comments Off on SSD Link is Obsolete; Have you a got a plan? Don’t worry, we have a solution!

Drive and Motor Troubleshooting 101

By: Jeff Blom       In many industrial and commercial plants, automation of any process and associated control relies heavily on motors, and variable frequency drives (VFDs). When a motor or drive goes down, production often grinds to a halt.  Approximately 50% of the service requests we receive are related to motors, drives, or associated equipment. [...]

By | September 9th, 2016|Drives and Motors|196 Comments