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

Motion Control – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – Select From the S-20-100X Series of 1 Inch Dia. Pull Type Solenoids to Meet Voltage, Duty Cycle, Force, and Stroke Requirements of an Application!

Motion Control – Tubular Solenoids

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Motion Control – Van Nuys, CA – Magnetic Sensor Systems (MSS) has released their S-20-100X model of Pull Type Tubular Solenoids. Their S-20-100X series of solenoids features 18 different solenoids to select from based on the Voltage, Duty Cycle, Force and Stroke requirement of the user.
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MSS Solenoids coils typically utilize Class “F” 23 to 40 AWG (American Wire Gauge) windings with Class “A” insulation for better protection of the solenoid during longer duty cycles.

Motion Control – 1, 2, 3 and 4 Axes of Motion Controllers for Servos and Steppers are Low Cost and Plug-and-Play!

Motion Control – Motion Controllers for Servos and Steppers!


Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control – Need a quick and easy solution to install a single or multi-axis Plug-and-Play motion controller? The answer: The MCC Series of stepper and servo motor controllers from OES (Optimal Engineering Systems) which are designed to control from one to four axes of motion for users without prior motion control experience. These MCC controllers integrate a motion control card and operator interface in one package. Having a user-friendly interface, they allow the user to operate the motion controller, without the need for a PC, PLC, host controller, or programming.

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The modes of operations are: Set Acceleration, Set Velocity, Set Position, Absolute Move, Relative Move, Find Home, Reset Position Counter, Go to Position Zero, Joystick Operation and Stop All Motors. The MCC Controllers feature a 4-Line LCD, 32-button keypad, STEP and DIRECTION outputs for each axis.

Innovative Motion Control – Maxon Flat Motors used in Solar Powered Drone

Innovative Motion Control – Solar Powered Drone

Motion Control Innovation – XSun designs and manufactures a drone that is both energy-independent and can make its own decisions, for fully-automated missions. The company needed reliable, high-performance sub-assemblies to design it’s SolarXOne. This is why the start-up approached maxon for the propulsion system.
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Fall River, MA — Innovative Motion Control -Benjamin David, benefiting from a decade of experience at Airbus Defense & Space, created the company XSun based on a rather simple idea: Adapting space technologies for use at lower altitude. This approach produced SolarXOne: A solar-powered, electrical, self-contained drone with a tandem wing design. SolarXOne, with its dragonfly-like design, has excellent aerodynamic performance and a large surface area of solar panels, to collect as much solar energy as possible. This is all within a very high-performance, fully-electric environment.

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Motion Control – Akribis Systems Voice Coil Motors & Voice Coil Position Actuators Available from Electromate!

Motion Control – Voice Coil Motors &  Actuators!

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control – A “voice coil” is a generalized term that refers to any galvanometer-like mechanism that uses a solenoid to move an object back-and-forth within a magnetic field.

Motion Control Voice coil actuators, or non-commutated DC linear actuators, consist of a permanent magnetic field assembly (permanent magnets and ferrous steel) and a coil assembly. The current flowing through the coil assembly interacts with the permanent magnetic field and generates a force vector perpendicular to the direction of the current. The force vector can be reversed by changing the polarity of current flowing through the coil.

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator from Equipment Solutions features 200 Nanometer position Repeatability!

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator features 200 Nanometer repeatability!

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Forestville, CA, – — Motion Control – This Custom LFA-2003 Linear Focus Actuator Features: 20 millimeter clear aperture, 3 millimeters linear motion, 200 nanometer position repeatability, Flexture guidance system, ‘C’ mount lens adapter, integrated coil temperature sensor, direct SCA814 Servo Controlled Amplifier compatibility, 74mm x 61mm, 690 grams.

Motion Control – Compact 0.750 Inch Diameter Voice Coil Motor Features A 1.500 Inch Stroke and High Force-to-Size Ratio!

Motion Control – Long Stroke Voice Coil Motor!

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Van Nuys, CA — Motion Control – Moticont has added a 0.750 in. (19.1 mm) diameter (smaller than a US Quarter) Linear Voice Coil Motor, to their expanding line of voice coil or moving coil motors. The LVCM-019-048-02 Linear Voice Coil Motor is a true servo motor featuring zero cogging, high accuracy, and high repeatability when operated in a closed position loop.  Voice Coil Motors (also referred to as actuators) are clean, quiet, efficient, brushless high speed linear servo motors.

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  This small LVCM-019-048-02 diameter actuator has a 1.500 in (38.1 mm) stroke length and a high-force-to-size ratio of 7.4 oz (2.1 N) and a peak force of 23.5 oz. (6.5 N) at 10% duty cycle.

Motion Control – Maxon Is Providing Its e-bike Platform and Joining the Thömus Cross-country Team!

Motion Control – Maxon Application!

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In 2022, Olympic silver medalist Mathias Flückiger rides for the Thömus-maxon cross-country racing team.


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Taunton, MA — Motion Control – Swiss bicycle manufacturer Thömus and drive specialist maxon are entering into a partnership in cross-country cycling. As part of this cooperation, maxon is providing its e-bike platform to Thömus as the basis for an electric mountain bike for World Cup training. They also plan to make this bike available to the retail trade in the future.

Motion Control – Kollmorgen debuts EKM Series Brushless AC Servo Motors

Motion Control – Brushless AC Servo Motors!motion control - electromate robotics
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                             Motion Control – These enhanced, high-performance motors are MilSpec 810E rated and IP67 sealed. They are supplied standard with a stainless-steel shaft and chemical agent-resistant paint for reliable duty in harsh environmental conditions.

Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control – Kollmorgen has recently introduced the new EKM series of Enhanced, High-Performance, Brushless AC Servo Motors. EKM Series Motors are Mil-Spec 810E rated and IP67 sealed for duty in harsh environmental conditions.

Motion Control – Application – Finding The dark energy of the universe.

Motion Control – Application – Searching for “Dark Energy”!

Motion control – Application- The HETDEX project is the first major attempt to find “dark energy” in the universe. With special spectrographs, the three-dimensional positions of one million galaxies are recorded. In the summer of 2012, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope started scanning the universe – aided by maxon motors every step of the way.

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Hobby-Eberly Telescope: View of the mirror. The University of Texas at Austin/ A. Sebring. © 2012 HET


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Taunton, MA — Motion Control – Application – The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is located at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas. Its spherical primary mirror consists of 91 identical hexagonal segments, each one meter in size. Together, these individual mirror segments form a mirror with a diameter of almost 11 m, which makes it the largest in the world. The effective aperture of the primary mirror currently amounts to 9.2 m at an opening angle of four arc minutes*.

Motion Control – Kollmorgen debuts new generation of robot-ready frameless servo motors

Motion Control – Frameless Servos for Robots

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — Kollmorgen has introduced the new TBM2G series of frameless servo motors, introducing features that simplify the design of collaborative, surgical, aerospace and defense and other robots while delivering optimal performance in a lighter, more compact package. These new motors will complement Kollmorgen’s existing TBM and KBM series of frameless motors.

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Resulting from several years of research, testing and customer feedback, the TBM2G series offers high-performance torque in an extremely compact electromagnetics package. These next-generation motors enable robots with lower joint weight, higher load-carrying capacity, improved energy efficiency, lower thermal rise, and faster, smoother movements.

Motion Control – High Speed, High Force, Sub-micron Positioning, Voice Coil Stage Features 20 mm Aperture!

Motion Control Miniature Stage

Forestville, CA, —motion control  — High speed, high force, sub-micron, >300 nanometer (1.1811 10-6 in.) positioning resolution, cross roller voice coil stages are self contained, compact, and can be mounted in a horizontal or vertical axis. The high speed, 20 mm (0.7874 in.) travel, Equipment Solutions’ Motion Control VCS-2020 Voice Coil Stage features a 20 mm dia. aperture. An integrated Analog position feedback sensor assures 100 nanometer (3.937 10-6 in.) repeatability. This compact voice coil stage is ideal for such micro-positioning applications as: Scanning interferometry, disk drive testing, auto focus systems, surface structure analysis, confocal microscopy, biotechnology, and semiconductor test equipment.


motion control - miniature componentsThe compact 117 mm 75 mm 81 mm (4.60 in. 2.96 in. 3.18 in.), low mass, motion control voice coil stage is a fully self-contained system including a high precision cross roller stage, voice coil actuator, analog position sensor, servo amplifier and servo controller. The low inertia cross roller stage is integral to the standard threaded “C” lens mount and motor coil for tip/tilt free motion. Custom lens mounts are available. The voice coil motor is rated at 17.8 N (4 lbs.) continuous force and 71.8 N (16 lbs.) peak for 10 seconds and is clean room compatible. For easy integration into a new or existing application the VCS-10H Voice Coil Stage has multiple sets of mounting holes on several surfaces.

Equipment Solutions, Inc. (ESI) is a provider of engineering and manufacturing services. ESI specializes in the design and production of automation, motion control, and instrumentation products including motion control components and sub systems. ESI’s products range from galvanometer amplifiers with an integrated arbitrary waveform generator, to high-resolution displacement sensors, voice coil and stepper motor stages, amplifiers and controllers.

For additional information contact Jeff Knirck at Equipment Solutions,Inc. Mailing Address – PO Box 159, Forestville, CA 95436; Shipping Address 6490 Front Street, Forestville, CA 95436; Tel: 408-245-7162, Fax: 408-245-7160, E-Mail: info@equipsolutions.com or visit the Website at http://www.equipsolutions.com


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Motion Control – Application – maxon drives are used in the rover and in the first Mars helicopter

Motion Control – Application – Maxon Goes to Mars!

 

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The Helicopter is Still Flying …

… 28 Trips and Counting!

Taunton, MA — Motion Control – Application – DC motors from maxon have been used in virtually all successful robot missions on Mars. More than 100 of these drives from Switzerland are already on the Red Planet and the number will go up again when the Perseverance rover starts its work. Its mission is to collect soil samples on Mars that will be analyzed on Earth later. The rover also carried the Ingenuity helicopter drone, which will be performing the first flights on the Red Planet. maxon’s precision motors and gearheads are used in numerous mission-critical tasks.

Motion Control – Ultra-High Precision, Compact, Low Cost, Optical Positioning System Features Zero Translation from Equipment Solutions!

Motion Control – Linear Focus Actuator
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Sunnyvale, CA, — Motion Control – Optical Positioning System – Developed for precision optical positioning applications the LFA-1210 Linear Focus Actuator features a patented zero-translation tangential flexure for high speed travel. The clear aperture, 10 mm (0.394 in.) stroke length and standard 12 mm optics mount (or an optional DIN mount for use on microscopes) make this linear focus actuator ideal for: Optical focusing, scanning, interferometry, surface structure analysis, disk drive testing, autofocus systems, confocal microscopy, biotechnology, and semiconductor test equipment.

Motion Control – New Miniature Metric Linear Voice Coil Motor is introduced by Moticont!

Motion Control – Miniature Metric Voice Coil Motor!

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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control – Moticont has introduced a new miniature metric linear voice coil motor! The LVCM-013-008-02M Linear Voice Coil motor, also known as a moving coil motor, is only 12.7 mm (0.500 in.) in diameter. The stroke length is 3.175 mm (0.125 in.) and the length at mid-stroke is just 12.7 mm (0.50) in. long. However, this new miniature voice coil motor has a high force-to-size ratio with a continuous force of 0.86 N (3.1 oz) and a peak force of 2.73 N (9.8 oz).

Motion Control – Electric Cylinder from Moticont Has Zero Cogging and High Throughput!

Motion Control – Electric Cylinder Has Zero Cogging

 

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Van Nuys, CA — Motion Control – Moticont has added another non-commutated linear actuator to its DDLM series of low cost actuators.

The 0.125 in. (3.2 mm) diameter shaft has an internal thread on each end, a total of length of 4.960 in (126.0 mm), and extends 1.585 in. (40.3 mm) past the mounting end of the actuator. The shaft extends thru the 3/8-32 UNF x 0.250 (6.4 mm) long threaded studs at each end of the housing which can be used for mounting the DDL-019-070-01 linear actuator. Long life plain linear bearings support the internal shaft at both end of the actuator.