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Motion Control Four Axis Robots Available from Moticont!

Motion Control - Moticont 4 Axis Robot

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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control four-axis positioning systems are offered utilizing any of our two-axis systems like GXY-280-280-01 or GXY-280-280-02 along with our voice coil motor driven LMA series or lead screw driven LA Series linear and/or variety of rotary actuators. The Multi-Axis Positioning System is designed to allow direct coupling between the load and the drive motors. This feature eliminates backlash, allows for fast acceleration / deceleration, high speed operation while increasing the reliability.

Three-axis plus Rotary-axis System

Zero Backlash

Long System Life

Continuous Force in X and Y Directions: up to 9.3lbs (41.4 N)

Peak Force: Up to 15 lbs (66 N)

Total Travel (typical): 11 inches (25 cm) by 11 inches (25 cm)

Working Area (typical): 8 inches (20 cm) by 8 inches (20 cm)

Optional Incremental Encoder for Closed Loop Operation

High Speed and Acceleration

High Accuracy

Cog Free

High Repeatability

Closed Loop Three Phase Brushless Motor Driven

Available with Control Electronics

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For additional information contact Moticont, “A Motion Company” at 6901 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406, USA; Tel: (888) 785-1804, Fax: (818) 785-5713, E-Mail: moticont@moticont.com or visit the website at http://www.moticont.com

 

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Motion Control – High Precision, Low Profile, Motorized Goniometer Stages Available from OES!

OES AK130 Motorized Goniometer Stage

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Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control – Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) offers a very low cost, low profile solution for the precise measurement of angles or the rotation of an object to a precise angular position. The AK130-15 Goniometer Stage is just 2.362 in. (60 mm) high and the height of the center of rotation is 4.724in. (120 mm). The 4.724in. x 5.118 in. (120 mm x 130 mm) table has +/- 15o of rotation at speeds up to 10 o/sec, and features a precision ground worm gear with a 304:1 ratio and a resolution of 0.0005o with a 10 micro-step per step stepper motor driver; the stage is also available with a servo motor and optical encoder. This low profile goniometer stage is ideal for: Microscopy, crystallography, measurement of surgical cutting blades, laser positioning, light measurement, and inspection applications.

Critical measurement and inspection operations are assured because of the high precision worm gear and crossed roller guides, (Repeatability of +/- 3 arcsec, Accuracy of +/- 8 arcsec, and Backlash of +/- 3 arcsec). This compact black anodized Motorized Goniometer Stage measures just 12.952 in. (329 mm) long (including the standard 1.8o stepper motor by 5.118 in. (130 mm) wide and can handle loads to 33 lb (15 Kg) of load. Mounting holes on the stage and in the base assure easy integration into an application. A calibrated indicator displays the angle of rotation, a hand knob is provided for manual adjustment, and the stage can be ordered plug-and-play with a fully compatible controller from OES.

About OES – Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) is a manufacturer of motion control products including: Stepper motor controllers and drivers, solenoid electronics, and positioning stages and slides. Applications include: Animation, automated assembly systems, automation, CNC machines, flight simulation, inspection systems, linear and rotary stages, machine tools, medical devices, motion control camera boom systems, optical comparators, CMMs, pan-tilt gimbals, PCB assembly & inspection, pick-and-place, positioning stages, robotics, scanners, security cameras, telescope drive mechanisms, time-lapse photography and winders.

Some of the industries OES serves are: Aerospace, Astronomy, Chemical, Communications, Educational Institutes, University, Colleges, Government Agencies, National Labs, Manufacturing, Medical, Metrology, Military, Motion Control, Museum, News Agencies, Semiconductor and Test Equipment. Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc’s. competitive advantage is its state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facility in North America enabling OES to supply clients with custom designed orders or high volume just-in-time deliveries globally.

For additional information contact Customer Service at Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) , 6901 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406; Tel: 888-7071-1826, +1 (818) 222-9200, E-Mail: sales@oesincorp.com or visit the website at http://www.oesincorp.com

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Motion Control Application- maxon motors in the Formula Renault 3.5!

The Formula Renault racing series has become one of the most important racing series for future world-class Formula 1 drivers. Since 2012, a new, more powerful V8 engine has been roaring under the hood of the World Series racing cars. Inside it, maxon motors are responsible for adjusting the electronic throttle system.

Maxon motion control application - RenaultRace Car

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control Components Application – The World Series by Renault is a combination of several racing series. The main series is the Formula Renault 3.5. The prestigious Formula Renault 3.5 has become one of the most important racing series for future world-class Formula 1 drivers. In recent years, several drivers have succeeded in making the jump from the Formula Renault 3.5 to the Formula 1, such as Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo of the Scuderia Toro Rosso, as well as current world champion Sebastian Vettel from Germany

The Formula Renault 3.5 is considered to be a preparation series for the Formula 1 and therefore the vehicles have many of the characteristics of the top motorsport class: Carbon brakes, semi-automatic gearshift, left foot brake, and, since 2012, a powerful V8 engine and an adjustable rear wing. In the new World Series vehicles developed by Renault, Zytek engines are used. Zytek is a British company that produces control systems for the automotive industry, drive technology, engines and hybrid technology. All 26 vehicles used in the Formula Renault 3.5 are driven by the new Zytek engines. The engine has been designed especially for the Formula Renault series. The 3.4 liter V8 engine, with its 530 hp at 9250 rpm, provides 50 hp more than the previous engine. And where the weight is concerned, the new Renault again has the edge, as it is around 15 kg lighter than the previous model. A fly-by-wire throttle control system has been integrated into the engine. This system, also called “drive-by-wire” in motorsport, electronically transmits the gas pedal movements to the engine controller. In principle, it handles how far the throttle valves are opened at which pedal position.

This gives the racing driver the ability to obtain a specific torque from the engine at a certain gas pedal position and the respective engine speed. In the case of the Formula racing car, there are three different levels (pedal maps) for different route conditions.

Maxon motion control application - Renault Race Car Motor

Strong vibrations conquered easily

Accurate control of this throttle system is handled by a maxon DC motor and planetary gearhead. This technology makes the racing cars approx. four seconds faster per round. The maxon DC motors from the RE motor family and the gearhead from the GP family were specially adapted to meet the demands of the high vibration and high temperature environment. During the test phase, the maxon engineers – in close cooperation with Zytek – verified that the engines can function problem-free under the challenging loads. “We began testing maxon’s products in July 2011 and have been extremely impressed with their technical backup and service. The motors need to work in a very hostile environment and maxon really understood the product and the problem and even made suggestions on how to improve the product to help us,” said John Manchester, Operations Director at Zytek. Paul Williams, Sales Engineer at maxon motor uk, commented: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Zytek. 80% of our business comes from modifying our products for our customers and we thrive on challenging projects.”

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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 Story – Sound of Light from Intellidrives!

Optoacoustic tomography (OAT) is a technique for generating high-resolution images of biological tissue that scatters light waves, typically biological tissue..

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Philadelphia, PA, — Motion Control Components and Systems – Application – OAT systems create these images with pulses of dark red light that have a maximum duration of 50 nanoseconds. These pulses heat the tissue and cause it to expand launching ultrasound wave, a phenomenon known scientifically as an optoacoustic effect. This thermo-elastic expansion produces high-frequency acoustic or ultrasonic waves that the imaging scanner detects and uses to create an image with computational methods such as filtered back-projection. OAT is unaffected by the scattering of photons, allowing it to take high-resolution images of deep biological tissue.

OAT also uses techniques such as functional and molecular imaging to identify each absorbing molecule that contributed to the image brightness. OAT uses light of different wavelengths to target various molecules of medical interest, such as hemoglobin, oxyhemoglobin and melanin.

This approach allows OAT to distinguish between molecules in the target tissue with different light absorbing properties, including exogenous contrast agents such as imaging probes to appear distinctly different on optoacoustic images.

Science at Work

Scientists at Tomowave Laboratories use technologies based on light and sound to make imaging systems for the healthcare industry. These technologies use optoacoustic and laser ultrasonic methods to produce modalities such as laser optoacoustic ultrasonic imaging system, which uses pulses of laser light with a dark red color.

Biological tissue absorbs this light, causing it to heat-up by a fraction of one degree. The resulting temperature increase causes an increase in pressure, which generates ultrasonic (optoacoustic) waves. The imaging scanner uses arrays of transducers to measure these ultrasound waves at different locations to generate images of internal tissue of different human and animal organs, such as breast or prostate. These systems listen to the sound of light, allowing doctors to detect and diagnose cancer and other conditions.

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Right: Volumetric image of the breast taken from clinical breast imaging system

Left: Section of the breast image showing a tumor and the vasculature being recruited by the tumor

Recently, engineers at Tomowave have developed a system that combines light and sound to generate three-dimensional images of tissue submerged in the imaging module, primarily the tissue of small animals used for research purposes and development of new contrast agents or therapeutic methods.

This optoacoustic tomography system is the first of its kind to produce functional 3D images of biological tissue with equally high resolution in each volumetric direction. The system provides comprehensive information on anatomy and function. These images are especially useful for studying the distribution of blood and its oxygenation level.

Imaging Module

This system’s imaging module uses a 360-degree rotation to generate three-dimensional images.

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Intellidrives Motion Control Components Application - Intellidrive Rotary Table PSR180UT

 

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Preclinical research systems rotate the object of study, while the module itself rotates in systems used in clinical settings such as breast imaging systems.

Noninvasive breast imaging systems apply the same technology to produce three-dimensional volumetric optoacoustic images and stack of two-dimensional ultrasonic images, allowing for image co-registration.

These systems produce scans at different wavelengths in minutes with minimal patient discomfort.

Custom software processes the volumetric data according to the specific items of interest, which may include hemoglobin content, oxygen saturation and vasculature visualization.

The imaging system uses a PSR180UT low profile rotary servo table from IntelLiDrives to rotate the imaging module at a constant speed, which is programmed in advance.

A real time precision encoder output allows synchronization of the image capture with the motor’s position, allowing the system to reconstruct the images in three dimensions.

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About IntelLiDrives

IntelLiDrives, Inc. manufactures linear actuators, XY tables and rotary tables for the industry, government, science and research institutions around the world. Our precision rotary actuators, XY stages and linear actuators are used in the applications in medical devices, life sciences, semiconductor and electronic assembly manufacturing, data storage, laser processing, military/aerospace, photonics, automotive and test assembly, research and development and other industries requiring high precision and throughput motion control solutions.

For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1-215-728-6804 or e-mail Intellidrives at sales@intellidrives.com.com or go Intellidrive – Contact Us at: www.intellidrives.com/contact-us

LM76 – Low Cost, FDA/USDA/3A-Dairy Compliant Water Dog Linear Slides!

Low Cost, FDA/USDA/3A-Dairy Compliant Water Dog Linear Slides!

Linear Motion Control Components - LM76 Water Dog Sliders!

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E. Longmeadow, MA Motion — Control Components – Linear Motion – FDA/USDA/3A-Dairy compliant, Water Dog Sliders from LM76 feature Corro-SlickTM coated 300 series stainless steel rails and contoured WDX Polymer blocks. Water Dog Sliders can be washed down with the most aggressive chemicals and caustic foaming agents and have an operating temperature range of – 400O to +180 OF. Quiet, low maintenance Water Dog Sliders can be used: Dry, submerged in liquids, and in refrigerated and frozen environments

The hard Rc78 Corro-SlickTM coating applied to the 300 series stainless steel rails is exceptionally corrosion and wear resistant. The coating under a microscope appears as small extremely hard spheres which results in a reduction in the coefficient of friction. The Corro-SlickTM coating which becomes an integral part of the rail is not subject to cracking or micro-fractures with deflection of the rails.

Widely used in packaging, food processing, pharmaceutical, bio-pharma, bottling, medical, and dairy industries the smooth WDX Polymer as used in Water Dog Sliders has a very low coefficient of friction, does not absorb fluids, is self lubricating, is FDA/Caustic Wash Down compliant, and prevents debris from adhere to it’s surfaces.

Linear Motion Control Components - Water Dog Sliders from LM76!

Water Dog sliders are available in two sizes. WD1 rail and block assemblies measures just 1.02 inches x 1.00 inches high. Standard off-the-shelf rail lengths are 12, 24, 36 and 48 in., and standard stock lengths of 157 in. are available. The WD1 blocks are 1.00 in. wide x 0.75 in. high x 4.00 in. long with two Stainless Steel anchors threaded for 1/4-20 screws. Rails are drilled on 3.15 inch centers for easy integration into a processing system and are designed for side loads up to 179 lbs and vertical compression loads of 89 lbs.

WD2 rail and block assemblies measures just 1.57 in. x 1.125 in. high. Standard off-the-shelf rail lengths are 12, 24, 36 and 48 in., and custom length to 122 in. are available. The WD2 blocks are 1.50 in. wide x 1.00 in. high x 5.250 in. long with four Stainless Steel anchors threaded for 1/4-20 screws. Rails are drilled on 3.15 inch centers and are designed for side loads up to 258 lbs and vertical down loads of 178 lbs.

About LM76

Founded in 1976, LM76 has been a leading designer/manufacturer of linear bearings, slides and linear motion systems. LM76 is renowned for its industry leading Minuteman PTFE Composite linear bearings. LM76 is a leading supplier of precision linear shafting: RC60, 300 Series Stainless Steel, and ceramic-coated aluminum shafting. LM76 also offers several FDA/USDA compliant linear bearings and slides for the food processing, pharmaceutical, medical, and packaging industries.

For additional information contact Mike Quinn at: LM76, 140 Industrial Dr., E. Longmeadow, MA 01028; Telephone: 413-525-4166, Fax: 413-525-3735 or E-Mail: mquinn@lm76.com or visit the website at http://www.lm76.com

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