Category Archives: Actuators

Motion Control Application – Open Screw Drive System Moves Heavy Sound Stage Sets Smoothly, Quickly, and Quietley!

Motion Control Application – High Speed Drive System

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Problem: Move heavy sets on a sound stage smoothly, quickly, and most importantly quietly! Ball screws specified in the original design proved unacceptable due to the limited length of travel, screw deflection which resulted in a lack of smoothness, and high noise levels. A rack and pinion was also considered but the noise level was also too high and there was no room for a gearbox. Linear motors are quiet however the cost was prohibitive, and a belt system could not handle the heavy loads.

Solution: The new Streamliner Open Screw Drive System from Winner was selected by the production company to move the heavy sets on the sound stage.

Motion Control – Low Cost 1, 2, 3, and 4 ADAGIO Axis Stepper Motor Motion Control Systems Available from Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES)!

Motion Control – Stepper Motor Motion Control Systems

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motion control - stages - customThe tables, depending on length of travel, measure 120 x 120 mm (4.73 in x 4.73 in.), 150 x 150 mm (5.90 in x 5.90 in.) and 160 x160 mm (6.30 in x 6.30 in.) The AQ150 Series has top and side rail covers. Featuring a 4 mm per turn, precision 2 µ backlash lead screw, typical performance specifications of the AQ140 and AQ150 linear stages include: repeatability of 5 µ, positional accuracy 8 µ, straightness 6 µ, driving parallelism 15 µ, pitching 25 arc seconds, and deflection 25 arc seconds.
Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control – To complement the Optimal Engineering Systems’ (OES) expanding line of single and multi-axis motion control stages, OES has added the ADAGIO-X-STPR Series of Motion Control Systems.

Motion Control – Need help coupling two parallel shafts? We offer a full family of Power-On Clutches!

Motion Control – Power-On Clutches!

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — Power-on Clutches are used to couple two parallel shafts. The armature hub assembly is mounted to the same shaft as the rotor assembly. The armature hub accommodates a pulley, gear, sprocket, etc., to transmit torque to the second shaft. The field assembly is mounted on the shaft and retained by a loose-fitting pin or bracket through the anti-rotation tab.

Motion Control – The Mars helicopter continues to makes history – with maxon’s precision motors!

Motion Control – Mars helicopter has maxon’s motors!

Space fans are thrilled: NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its pioneering flight on Mars. This is the first time in the history of powered, unmanned spaceflight that a device has flown in a controlled manner on another planet.

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motion control - maxonTaunton, MA — Motion Control Products – A short flight for “Ingenuity,” but a big success for unmanned space flight. NASA’s Mars helicopter flew over the surface of the Red Planet for about 40 seconds on Monday, April 19th and landed back on four legs. From NASA’s perspective, this is a historic event similar to the Wright brothers’ first controlled flight in 1903.

With the Mars helicopter, the concept of powered, unmanned, and autonomous flights on foreign planets is being tested. This is comparable to the first Mars rover “Sojourner”, which paved the way for scientific follow-up missions such as “Curiosity” and currently “Perseverance”. “Ingenuity” is about to complete several flights over a period of 30 days, each lasting up to 90 seconds and reaching a maximum altitude of five meters.

Motion Control – Low Profile XYZ Force Positioning System from H2W Technologies!

Motion Control – Low Profile XYZ Positioning Stage

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Santa Clarita, CA —– Motion Control – This compact closed loop system was designed to satisfy the customers dual feedback requirements. This allows for simultaneous position and force monitoring which can adjust accordingly in three axis of motion (XYZ). It was designed to operate in an inverted orientation. This low profile XYZ-Force positioning stage design is comprised of a SRS-002-003/002-003-01-XY single rail positioning stage (horizontal XY-axis) with a mounted VMS06-008-LB-01 voice coil positioning stage (vertical Z-axis).

Motion Control – Moticont Adds 1 Inch Stroke, Direct Drive Linear Actuator to Their Patented SDLM Series of Electric Cylinders!

Motion Control –  Electric Cylinders!

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Van Nuys, CA — Motion Control – The SDLM Series of Electric Cylinders from Moticont now includes a 1.0 inch (25.4 mm) stroke actuator in their compact 0.750 in. (19.1 mm) diameter series of linear actuators. The new SDLM-019-095-01-01 actuator features a continuous force of 6.8 oz (1.9 N) and a peak force of 21.6 oz (6.0 N). A precision linear optical quadrature encoder is integrated and protected inside the actuator housing.

Motion Control – NEW! Three-axis Gimbal Mount with Three-Phase Brushless Servo Motors has Higher Resolution and Speed!

Motion Control – Servo Motor Three-axis Gimbal Mount!

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Van Nuys, CA – The New AU300-AER-02 Three-axis Gimbal Mount from OES (Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc.) with Three-Phase Brushless Servo Motors and Quadrature Incremental Encoders features very high resolution and high speed. Each axis features: Low backlash worm gear drives and precision “V” groove and cross roller bearings for high accuracy and repeatability. The typical accuracy is 0.05° equal to 180 arcsec and typical repeatability is +/- 0.01° equal to +/- 36 arcsec. The maximum travel speed of each axis is 45° per second.

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This new three-axis gimbal mount handles loads up to 10 kg (22 lbs) and has a clearance of 300 mm x 300 mm (11.8 in. x 11.8 in.) around the roll axis stage and each stage is capable of the full 360° rotation of its axis. The azimuth axis rotary table is mounted on a large 360 mm (14.173 in.) x 360 mm (14.173 in.) x 13 mm (0.512 in.) plate with handles and has predrilled accessible mounting holes for easy integration into new or existing applications and for increased stability.

Motion Control ServoStep Integrated Stepper Motor in size NEMA 17, torque up to 0.8 Nm!

Motion Control Integrated Step Motors

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — JVL Industri Elektronik A/S, one of the world leaders in the field of integrated servo – and stepper motors introduces a new compact and slim stepper motor. The new ServoStep integrated stepper motor series MIS171 to MIS176 have a NEMA 17 42×42 mm flange and include controller with 6 different industrial Ethernet protocols, absolute multiturn encoder, closed loop and M12 connectors. This new motor family is based on the latest microprocessor and cooling technology and an advancement compared to previous designs.

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All the necessary electronics in a stepper system are integrated in the motor itself and are similar to the concept used by other JVL motors, making it very easy to use in all kind of motion control stepper or servomotor applications. The motor contains everything needed to solve a modern control task, either as a stand-alone with own easy programmable motion controller or controlled from an external PLC or PC. 8 I/O points can be individually configured as digital input, digital output or analogue input. Modbus RTU or CANopen provide easy connections to a PLC or HMI.

Motion Control – New from MAXON, Miniaturized Controller the EPOS4 Micro 24/5 CAN!

Motion Control – Miniaturized Controller

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Taunton, MA — Motion Control Products – Maxon is launching a new, miniaturized controller with a size of only 32 mm x 22 mm as part of its successful line of positioning controllers. The attractive price-performance ratio, with a functionality that’s virtually identical to the larger units, addresses cost-sensitive single- and multi-axis applications.

The functionality, operation, software, and accessories of the new controller are derived almost directly from the existing products in the EPOS4 range.

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.

Motion Control – Electromate Recognized with 2021 AHTD Foundation Award!

Motion Control – Electromate 2021 AHTD Foundation Award!

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motion control - electromateToronto, Ontario – June 18, 2021 – Electromate received a Foundation Award from the Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD), recognizing the company’s 25 years of membership and support. This is the first year the Award has been given, honoring a small group of members out of approximately 300 automation solution providers and manufacturers.

The AHTD is dedicated to maximizing the productivity, growth, and enterprise opportunities of its high-tech automation solution provider and manufacturer members. These goals align with Electromate’s commitment to driving innovation, identifying emerging technologies and products, promoting the education of automation and motion control, and fostering its relationships with industry peers.

Motion Control – Low Profile XY Brushless Linear Motor Positioning Stage from H2W Technologies

Motion Control – Low Profile XY Linear Motor Positioning Stage

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motion control - h2wSanta Clarita, CA —– Motion Control – The
SRS-004-006/004-003-01-XY is a low profile XY single rail positioning stage that uses brushless linear motors to generate a continuous/peak force of 6.2 lbs [27.8 N]/18.7 lbs [83.3 N] (bottom axis), 3.1 lbs [13.8 N]/9.4 lbs [41.8 N] (top axis), with a total stroke length of 4.3 in [109 mm] (bottom axis), 4.3 in [109 mm] (top axis). The top axis is able to directly mount to the moving bottom axis motor. This helps reduce the overall height and moving mass of the system.

Motion Control – Compact, Open Aperture Voice Coil Stages Features 1 Micron and 30 Micron Positioning Resolutions!

Motion Control – Hollow Core Voice Coil Stage

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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control – The compact open aperture HCDS-051-032-013-01-B1-30 and the HCDS-051-032-013-01-B1-01 Voice Coil Stages from Moticont have a foot print of just 2.000 in. (50.8 mm) wide by 5.000 in (127.0 mm) long and feature positioning resolutions of 30 microns and just 1 micron respectively. These precision stages allow the user to select the level of precision needed for an application.

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The 1 micron resolution HCDS-051-032-013-01-B1-01 Voice Coil Stage features cross roller linear bearings whereas the 30 micron HCDS-051-032-013-01-B1-30 Voice Coil Stage uses linear ball bearings.

Motion Control Tutorial – Slotted vs. Slotless Motor Technology

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Motion Control Tutorial – When first introduced, brushless DC motors, despite their many advantages, were cast as a costly alternative to brush-commutated motors and were typically only specified for low-power applications where long life was the primary desired requirement. Without the mechanical brush-commutator mechanism that would wear and eventually result in motor failure, brushless motors could be relied upon to deliver performance over time. As for other advantages, conventional wisdom held that brushless motors provide high speed and fast acceleration, generate less audible noise and electromagnetic interference, and require low maintenance. Brush-commutated motors, on the other hand, would afford smooth operation and greater economy. In the past decade, though, brushless motors have gained broader appeal and greater acceptance in industry for a wider range of applications previously dominated by brush-commutated products, due in part to dramatic reductions in the cost and size of electronic components and advances in motor design and manufacturing.

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At the same time, manufacturers have further sought to challenge conventional wisdom by improving brushless motor design in an effort to combine the traditional advantages of brush-commutated and brushless types. A noteworthy example of how far these innovations have progressed involves the slotless (instead of slotted) construction of the brushless motor’s stationary member, or stator.

Motion Control – Two Axis X-Theta Positioning System from H2W Technologies

Motion Control – Two Axis X-Theta Positioning System

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Santa Clarita, CA —– Motion Control – The SRT-030/360-026-01 is a two axis X-Theta positioning system ideal for precision motion control applications that require coordinated linear and rotary positioning. The 2 axis system consists of a rotary DC servo motor with encoder mounted to a moving brushless linear motor driven positioning stage.

The linear axis uses an H2W brushless linear motor BLDM-C08 to generate a continuous force of 26 lb [115.5 N] and a peak force of 78 lb [347 N] with a stroke length of 30 in [768 mm].

Motion Control – SMAC expands their electric actuator family to include the New LBR40 Series Linear Rotary Actuator!

Motion Control – Linear Rotary Actuator!

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — The LBR40 is a slim, stackable linear rotary actuator with a SMAC HT35 direct drive brushless motor. Encoder resolutions are available from 5 micron to 1um for application flexibility to optimize on position control. Priced competitively with the added benefit of real time feedback of data required to assure quality. IP67 protection is available as well as a built-in controller with popular communication protocols.

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.

Motion Control – High Precision 60 mm Vertical Elevator Stages from OES!

Motion Control – Elevator Stages!

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Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control – The AT10-60-01, AT10-60-02 and the AT10-60-03 Motorized Elevator Stages have been released by Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES). The AT10-60-01 (shown) is driven by a Two-Phase Stepper Motor with micro-stepping capabilities. The repeatability is typically +/- 5 micron and typical positional accuracy is 15 micron. The knob for manual adjustment can be replaced with a Quadrature Incremental Optical Encoder for position verification.

Motion Control – LDL25 Series Linear Actuator, available from Electromate, is a cost-competitive alternative to pneumatics!

Motion Control – Linear Actuator
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Cost-competitive Alternative to Pneumatics, Starting at $300 US/ea

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — The LDL 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: control, cycle life, operating cost and environment, etc. The LDL series actuator features several innovative cost reduction elements that result in a list price starting at $300 US.

Motion Control – Miniature 5/8 of an Inch Diameter Voice Coil Motor with Built-in Shaft Has High Speed, High Acceleration, and High Force to Size Ratio!

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Van Nuys, CA — Motion Control – Moticont’s GVCM-016-010-01 Miniature Linear Voice Coil Motor (Linear DC Motor) has a high force to size ratio with 5.0 oz (1.4) continuous force and 15.7 oz (4.4 N) of peak force with a housing measuring just 0.625 in. (15.9 mm) dia. by 0.375 in. (9.5 mm) long.

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This motor features high acceleration/deceleration, high speed, high reliability, zero backlash and a 0.125 inch (3.2 mm) stroke length. This very small brushless servo motor is an ideal low cost replacement for pneumatic linear actuators.