Those who use stepmotors know these motors are infamous for failure
or stalling just when they’re needed the most. It is easy to assume
the motor just went bad when this happens. However, a deeper look during
troubleshooting often exposes the real reason the motor failed and a
long-term solution that prevents future malfunctions.
Do You Want Motors That Last 2X
WEG has developed a way
to make their motors last twice as long. By combining a WEG VFD with a
W21 NEMA Premium or High Efficiency motor, you can optimize motor flux
at low speeds to produce full torque, while reducing the temperature by
11%. This motor/drive combination doubles the life of the motor. For
more information, call 1-800-ASK-4WEG (275-4934)
or log onto www.weg.net.
The promulgation of automation has thrust many engineers into the
role of specifying drive parameters. So it can be useful to examine the
equations that describe how drives transform one form of mechanical
power into another. The key to many motion applications is in sizing the
drive components lying between the motor and load.
Two servomotors drive a single shaft in what’s billed as the
world’s largest trim-in-place thermoforming machine. The thermoformer,
dubbed the FT14k, recently went to work for a company molding yogurt
cups at a 140 cups/cycle rate. It incorporates an all-electric
dual-action press designed to turn out cups, trays, or plates.
Direct-drive linear servoactuators produce linear motion directly
rather than convert rotary motion to a linear displacement. As is the
case with rotary servomotors, the shedding of ball-screw mass, friction,
wear, cogging, resonance, and so forth gives direct-drive linear
actuators agility and lets them be easily controlled.
This issue's Featured Web Content comes from the University of New
South Wales in Sidney, Australia. It uses animated gifs and schematics
to explain the physical principles of some of the different types of
electric motors, generators, alternators, linear motors, and
The MotoRGS linear-slide assembly incorporates a Kerk Rapid Guide
Screw (RGS) linear slide and a Haydon Size-17 hybrid stepper motor. A
supportive integral mounting base offers positioning accuracy,
repeatability, and axial stiffness.
HaydonKerk Motion Solutions
BX4 Brushless motor with Four-Pole
Power and reliable long service life
What can the Faulhaber
BX4 Brushless motor with 4-pole technology do for your designs? From
aerospace to robotics to medical applications, the BX4 can deliver power
for a wide range of applications. Constructed with a modular design with
fewer parts and no adhesive bonded joints. Continuous torque up to 12.2
mNm combined with the 22F series gearhead torque increases to 1,500 mNm.
Click here for more info and video on the all new BX4 from
The new Compumotor-brand Open Frame Stepper (OFS) microstepping
drives are an alternative to ac-powered step drives, especially for
less-demanding point-to-point applications. The drives feature
three-state, PWM, MOSFET H-Bridge technology, which allows 3.5-A peak
current/phase and handling of Size 11 through Size 34 stepmotors.
Parker Electromechanical Automation
A new line of motion products include high-quality, low-cost dc step
drives, stepmotors, and integrated stepper motor and drives. The dc step
drives come with 5 or 10-A output and low-cost dc step drives with 2 or
Automation Systems Interconnect Inc.
The VWDIR20 parallel-shaft ac gearmotor is available in eight
standard models. The gearmotor features 1/4-hp (186-W) 115-V, 60-Hz
split-phase operation and a phenolic high-speed gear for low noise and
steel gearing in subsequent stages, with ratios ranging from 14:1 to
Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.
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Machine Design Video Spotlight
||IAI's Energy Efficient
Solution: Green Automation
||IAI America's Derrick Ellerman
discusses the Green Automation aspect of factory automation that is
becoming increasingly an important part in choosing a complete motion
control system. The electro-mechanical ROBO Cylinder is energy
efficient, which dramatically reduces running costs and offers complete
motion control solutions that have many advantages over pneumatic
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Sponsored by Objet
DATE: February 5th, 2009
TIME: 2:00pm ET/11am PT
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Join us as Burton Snowboard Senior Prototyping Specialist Ryan Larson
and Objet Senior Applications Engineer Neil Ranney team up for a webinar
that explores how Burton Snowboards uses rapid prototyping and 3D
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LEESON's new SM2 Vector Series inverters deliver up to 200%
starting torque and control an Inverter rated motor down to 1Hz at full
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