Motion Control – Rotational Voice Coil Stage Offers Galvo Like Performance at a Fraction of the Size and Cost!

Motion Control – Rotational Scanner
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The Motion Control RVC-9025 Rotational Voice Coil Stage provides a means to quickly and repeatably steer an optical beam with a diameter of up to 25 millimeters over 90° with 25 microradians of resolution.

Forestville, CA, — The motion control RVC-9025 provides galvo like performance at a fraction of the size and cost. It is capable of positioning a mirror anywhere within its ±22.5° mechanical range in about a millisecond with micro-radian resolution.

Motion Control – Hollow Core Voice Coil Motor Has Low Inertia, High Precision available from Moticont!

Motion Control – Hollow Core Voice Coil Motor!

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Van Nuys, CA — Motion Control – Moticont introduces an open aperture (hollow core) voice coil or moving coil linear motor from Moticont, the HVCM-051-025-013-01. Featuring an open aperture of 0.50 in. (12.7 mm) this low cost, clean room friendly non-commutated motor is available off-the-shelf. The light weight and low inertia moving coil of the linear actuator demonstrates:

High acceleration/deceleration, high speed, zero cogging, and by connecting directly to the load, zero backlash.

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The HVCM-051-025-013-01 Linear actuator has a hollow core that allows for optics, illumination, laser beams, or cables to pass through, additionally, it has a continuous force rating of 5.3 lbs (23.7 N) and a peak force of 16.9 lbs (74.8 N) at a 10% duty cycle.

Motion Control – Select the Low Cost, Economical, Bi-Directional Latching Solenoid Best Suited for an Application!

Motion Control – Latching Solenoids

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Motion Control – Van Nuys, CA –Latching Bi-Directional Solenoids released by Magnetic Sensor Systems (MSS) are low cost, economical to use, and easy to integrate into an application. The S-18-100LC2 and S-18-100LF2 Latching Bi-Directional Solenoids feature the same compact dimensions: 1.00 in. wide x 0.84 in. high x 1.73 in. long with 6-32 threaded Push/Pull plungers. 

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The plungers have a travel of 0.19 in. and in the extended position are 0.50 in. long, two 8-32 (or optional M4) threaded mounting holes are located on the underside of the solenoids.

Motion Control – The Minuteman  Series, Teflon® Composite Bearings Are Now Available As A Twin Pillow Block Linear Rail Assembly!

Motion Control – Teflon® Composite Twin Bearing/Pillow Block Rail Assembly!

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E. Longmeadow, MA –Motion Control – Save time and energy by ordering one or more MinutemanTM M-SRBT Twin Pillow Block Linear Rail Assemblies from LM76. Recognized by engineers, machine builders, and retrofitters, the MinutemanTMSeries of Teflon® composite bearings from LM76 are ideal for applications that involve linear, rotary, and/or oscillating motion. The self lubricating Minuteman Series composite bearings can handle 10 times the load, has a very low coefficient of friction, dampen vibrations, tolerates shock, and are lower in cost than that of conventional linear ball bearings.

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These composite bearings can be submerged, washed down with water, high pressure steam, or chemicals, and can operate in harsh, abrasive, and contaminated environments.

Industrial Safety – Is Your Workplace Safe? Use the Free Gotcha Stick to be SURE!

Industrial Safety – Get a Free Gotcha Stick!

Industrial Safety — Omron introduces the safety Gotcha Stick Safe Distance Scale. This safe distance stick accurately tests the allowable barrier opening size based on the distance from the point of operation. It features English measurements on one side, and Metric measurements on the other.

Although not officially adopted by OSHA, the safety “Gotcha Stick” is based on data from “A Review of Machine-Guarding Recommendations,” by Donald R. Vaillancourt and Stover H. Snook of the Liberty Mutual Research Center for Health & Safety. This data redefines the dimensions of the human arm for the purposes of machine guarding. The resulting new stick has been modified to include openings of less than 1/4 inch over the first 1/2 inch distance.

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Guarding machinery by means of hard (fixed) barriers is one of the main ways of protecting personnel from point-of-operation hazards. The safety “Gotcha Stick” is the easiest means of verifying that openings in hard guarding will not allow the point-of-operation to be accessed by the operator.

Omron’s safety products are used to protect workers around machinery, automated equipment and industrial robots. Their products serve a wide variety of applications and markets, including semiconductor, automotive, electronics manufacturing, packaging and consumer markets.

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To request the FREE safety “Gotcha Stick” click here.

Motion Control – High Precision, Compact 300 mm, Hollow Core, Motorized Rotary Stage!

Motion Control – Rotary Stage

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Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control – The new AY110-300 Motorized Rotary Stage from Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) features a large 180 mm (7.087 in.) open aperture. This precision, large open aperture (hollow core), low profile stage is just 65 mm (2.559 in.) high and it’s foot print is only 303 mm by 319 mm (11.929 in. by 12.559 in.) not including the motor. The rotary table of the stage has a precise pattern of threaded holes for mounting custom tooling and fixtures, and holes in the base for easy integration into new and existing applications. The diameter of the rotary table is 300 mm (11.811 in.) and the range of travel is a full 360o, and it is capable of continuous rotation.

Motion Control- Application – Underwater inspection on twelve wheels.

Motion Control – Application – Underwater Inspection

Motion Control – Application – Inspecting flooded pipes of power plants requires skilled, high-precision handling. And the robotic vehicles have to be optimized accordingly, for example to dive 20 m deep. The new seawater manipulator is capable of maneuvering underwater in pipes, where it can be used to perform inspections. RE motors by maxon are responsible for the dynamic drive of the robot.

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Application – In robotics, manipulators are those devices that enable physical interaction with their surroundings. For this interaction, the robotic vehicles are equipped with appropriate tools, gripper systems or measuring devices. In the case of the seawater manipulator, this equipment largely consists of high-performance cameras used for pipe inspection. Ibass, from Augsburg in Germany, develops, manufactures and distributes manipulators for various in-pipe applications: inspection, grinding, welding, retrieval or suction.

Motion Control – Maxon’s ESCON Module 24/2 Servo Motor Controller!

Motion Control – Miniature Servo Motor Controller

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Taunton, MA -Motion Control – Maxon Motor expands its offering of miniaturized controllers with its latest OEM plug-in module. This high performance 4-quadrant PWM servo motor controller is designed to command permanent-magnet-activated brushed and brushless DC motors with Hall sensors up to 48 Watt continuous output and 144 Watt peak output.

Motion Control – New LDL Programmable Linear Actuator from SMAC

Motion Control – A Great Place to Work!

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Motion Control – Vaughan, Ontario, Canada – The New LDL Programmable Electric Linear Actuator from SMAC has been designed as a cost-competitive alternative to pneumatics.  A common trend in industrial automation is that users are looking for electric alternatives to their pneumatic components for a number of reasons: increased control, improved cycle life, and reduced operating cost.

The LDL series actuator features several innovative cost reduction elements that result in a list price starting at $300 US/ea. 

Motion Control – Miniature Voice Coil Stage features 1 Micron Repeatability!

Motion Control – Miniature Voice Coil Stage!

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Forestville, CA, — Motion Control – This VCS-10V Voice Coil Stage: 10mm of linear motion; Ball bearing guidance system; 1 micron position repeatability; 40 G’s acceleration; Non-contact electro-optic position sensor; Kinematic load mount; Direct SCA814 Servo Controlled Amplifier compatibility; 33 x 36 x 76mm, 230 grams

Motion Control – FDA/USDA/3A-Dairy Compliant ETX Scraper Seals for Linear Bearings Used In Food Processing Applications!

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E. Longmeadow, MA — Motion Control — Linear Motion – LM76 has introduced FDA/USDA/3-A Dairy compliant, snap-in ETX Scraper Seals for linear bearings. Machined from Ertalyte® PET-P, ETX Scraper Seals have high strength, excellent wear resistance, low coefficient of friction, and excellent dimensional stability at higher temperatures than seals from other materials.

Motion Control – Dual Axis Yaw-and-Pitch Stages Feature Full Range of Motion of Each Axis Under a Single Fixed Point in Space!

Motion Control – Yaw Pitch Stages

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Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control – A new, series of Dual-axis Yaw-and-Pitch Stages have been introduced by OES (Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc.). This new series of high precision Yaw-and-Pitch stages are ideal for precise measurements of compound curves and angles of an object during inspection or reverse engineering, laser machining and drilling, scanning, tracking, mirror positioning, and for use with coordinate measuring machines and autocollimators.

Motion Control – Maxon Motor Introduces The First Sterilizable Drive System!

Motion Control – Miniature Brushless DC motor, Gearhead, Encoder

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With the ENX EASY, maxon motor’s NEW ENX EASY is a sterilizable encoder for use with maxon’s brushless DC motors. This opens up a range of new possibilities in medical technology.

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control Components – This is the world’s first steam sterilizable encoder ENX EASY. It is available in an incremental (1024 counts) and absolute version (4096 steps), both designed for 1,000 autoclave cycles.

Motion Control – Positioning Stage Has 3,890 lbs Load Capacity!

Motion Control – Linear Positioning Stage

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada -Motion control LINTECH’s 160 series tables are designed to
maximize performance while minimizing physical size and
cost. These tables use a low friction, preloaded, recirculating linear ball bearing system, which rides on precision ground linear rails. The linear rails are mounted to an aluminum base, which offers a rigid support over the entire travel of the table’s carriage.

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator from Equipment Solutions Features 200 Nano Meters Repeatability!

Motion Control – 200 Nano Meters  Repeatability Actuator!

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Forestville, CA, – — Motion Control – This LFA-0604 Linear Focus Actuator: Flexture guidance system, 6 millimeter clear aperture, 4 millimeters of linear motion, 90 G’s acceleration (no load), 200 nanometers positioning repeatability, non-contact electro-optic position sensor, direct SCA814 Servo Controlled Amplifier compatibility, 38mm x 24mm, 80 grams

Motion Control – Direct Drive Linear Motors with Integrated Encoders Offer High Resolution, Speed, No Backlash, and Zero Cogging!

Motion Control – Electric Cylinder

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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control – The new, SDLM-025-070-01-01 direct drive linear motor from Moticont, also known as an electric cylinder, features a built-in encoder, has zero backlash, zero cogging, and provides users with high acceleration, high speed, high resolution, and long life.  This direct drive linear motor features 1.25 µm (0.000049 in.) in of resolution.  This compact direct drive linear motor is just 1.00 in. (25.4 mm) in diameter and 2.75 in (69.9 mm) long.  Inside the motor housing, the linear optical quadrature encoder is directly connected to the shaft for the greatest possible accuracy.

Motion Control – Application – In “Off-Roading” LM76’s Black Racer Bearing is a Winner!

Motion Control – Application – Ceramic Linear Bearings

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Motion Control – Anyone who’s worked on cars knows how critically important ball joints are to steering and suspension. They also know what happens when ball joints fail!

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E. Longmeadow, MA – — Motion Control – Application Story – When an aftermarket manufacturer of off-road steering and suspension systems needed an upper ball joint bearing, they called LM76. These systems are purchased by off-road vehicle owners who want to upgrade their OEM steering and suspension units for hard-hitting environments. Pounding, shock, sand and debris are all part of the mix when it comes to extreme off-roading and LM76 Black Racer bearings are right at home. According to company engineers, after a year of brutal testing, Black Racer met all design goals and exceeded expectations.

Motion Control – High Precision 300 MM Motorized Vertical Lift Stage from OES Features: Stability, High Load Capability, and Low Cost!

Motion Control – Vertical Lift Stage

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Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control – A vertical lift of 300 mm (11.811 in.), high stability, and low cost are just some of the features of the AT20-300 Motorized Vertical Lift Stage from Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES). This high load, 50 kg (110.2 lbs), vertical lift stage can be easily integrated into almost any application. The large 400 mm x 200 mm (15.748 in. x 7.874 in.) stage has a pattern of threaded mounting holes. The rigid box construction of the moving component of the elevator stage travels on six slide rails assuring smooth vertical travel and parallelism of the table and mounting surface at all times, and features: 3.315 µ (non- Micro-Step) resolution, 5 µ repeatability, and 15 µ positional accuracy.

Motion Control – 5 challenges an electric motor has to overcome on Mars

Motion Control – Electric motors on Mars

Outer space is unforgiving. This is why precision drives embarking on a trip to other planets need to meet extremely high-quality standards.

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – Every Mars drive from maxon is based on a catalog product and is modified for the specific mission. That’s because the DC motors, gearheads, and encoders face brutal conditions during liftoff, the long journey through space, and the mission on the Red Planet. In this blog, I will talk about the properties a drive needs to have to qualify for a journey to Mars.
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Vibration and Shock

The first challenge is to survive the rocket launch. This means that the motor must be resistant to shock and vibration. The vibration is not as strong as people might think: A little more than on a passenger plane, but not much more, and only for a few minutes. Shocks, on the other hand, are something that we need to deal with on a regular basis when working with standard products. These occur mainly during staging, which is when the first stage separates from the rest of the rocket. The resulting forces would destroy normal motors because the rotor would become separated from the stator. That’s why we need to reinforce our drives, for example by encapsulating the rotor and using special welds, special retaining rings, and optimized materials.

Vacuum and Radiation

The trip to Mars takes about six months. During this time, the drives need to survive the vacuum and radiation. The most damaging radiation doesn’t come from the Sun, but from high-energy particles from outside the solar system, which can damage the electronics. That’s why we need specially hardened electronics for the Hall sensors on the motors. To be extra safe, we’re installing them in pairs for redundancy. In a vacuum, the durability of components is important. You can’t use a glue that undergoes changes in its chemical properties and loses its adhesiveness after a few days in a vacuum.

Weight Reduction

Rockets can carry only a limited mass to other planets. To be as light as possible, we also resort to unusual shapes and use thinner housings, or titanium instead of steel. We also often use the smallest possible drive sizes, because we know that the operating time required is usually shorter than for industrial applications. Higher wear is therefore acceptable.

Atmosphere of Mars

After arriving, the motor must work flawlessly for the entire duration of the mission: Due to the thin atmosphere, the lubricants need to be resistant to outgassing and need to retain their properties. Especially for brushed DC motors, it is also necessary to use the right brush mixture. No patina forms on Mars, which is why we developed special brushes impregnated with a lubricant (silver graphite with 15% MoS2). That’s one of the most important modifications, because regular brushed motors fail after only a few hours in a vacuum.

Quality Tests

While drives used on Earth are also tested, there are limits to those tests due to financial considerations. This is different with a Mars mission, where any kind of risk is unacceptable. Here it pays to test every single component. We also test every assembly, and the tests are comprehensively documented. This is how we prove to our customer that the motor is exactly as we promised. The models used on mission must be identical to the units that were qualified, because these were exposed to the same strains in tests as in real life. They were put on a shaker, exposed to temperature cycles, and subjected to durability tests. If the drives pass all these tests, then we can be confident that the design is good. The only remaining step is to build all the other drives in the exact same way—hence all the documentation. The process takes a lot of effort, but it’s worth it: The history of space missions shows that anything that’s overlooked will cause problems—and outer space is unforgiving.

Learn more about maxon’s contribution to the current NASA Perseverance mission: mars.maxonworld.com

About Maxon

The Swiss specialist for quality drives maxon is a developer and manufacturer of brushed and brushless DC motors, as well as gearheads, encoders, controllers, and entire mechatronic systems. maxon drives are used wherever the requirements are particularly high: in NASA’s Mars rovers, in surgical power tools, in humanoid robots, and in precision industrial applications, for example. To maintain its leadership in this demanding market, the company invests a considerable share of its annual revenue in research and development. Worldwide, maxon has more than 3000 employees at nine production sites and is represented by sales companies in more than 30 countries.

Maxon is a developer and manufacturer of brushed and brushless DC motors, as well as gearheads, encoders, controllers, and entire mechatronic systems. With over 50 years of experience in drive technology, maxon works closely with engineers designing high-tech innovations. maxon drives are used wherever the requirements are particularly high: in NASA’s Mars rovers, in surgical power tools, in humanoid robots, and in precision industrial applications. Worldwide, maxon has more than 2800 employees at nine production sites and is represented by sales companies in more than 30 countries. www.maxongroup.com

Contact maxon for more details https://support.maxongroup.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Comprehensive documentation and software are included with every delivery, and are also available for you to download from our website at www.maxonmotor.com.

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Motion Control Application – Monitoring Over 6,000 Miles with the Galil DMC-4020 Motion Controller

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada – Motion Control Application – It’s estimated over 850,000 have entered the United States unlawfully since 2002. The try and prevent this, U.S. Border Patrol agents have the arduous task of monitoring over 6,000 miles of land along the southern US-Mexican and northern US-Canadian borders. To assist in this demanding task, a number of solutions are employed. This includes rangers, canine units, helicopters, drones, ATV’s, watchtowers, and 20-foot tall walls. Even with all these efforts, it’s not enough to cover all those miles.