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Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards

Editorial Director: Ryerson Polytechnical Institute electronic engineering technologist with over a decade of manufacturing experience and 20-plus years in technical publishing, is also trained in hydraulics, electro-pneumatics, bearings, mechanical CAD software, sensors, motor drives and electric motors.

Monday, 30 July 2007
Schunk Inc. has introduced a series linear axis, LIRAX-M LD, designed for assembly automation and for handling weights up to 20 kg. The unit is constructed out of an aluminum profile that has integrated roller guides and is actuated by a linear motor. The profile provides a standard stroke length of up to 2 m.LIRAX-M-LD axis modules are available in two different designs.
Monday, 24 March 2008
Magnetek Material Handling has introduced the Impulse G+/VG+ Series 3 adjustable frequency crane controls. The controls feature a display with 5 lines of 16 characters and Xpress Programming that permits programming the initial setup in seconds.
Tuesday, 22 February 2005
DPN WEB EXCLUSIVE: Aromat Corp.  has introduced the FP2-MCU, a multi communication unit for FP2 series programmable controllers. Using detachable serial blocks, a total of two different configurations can be selected.
Monday, 17 January 2005
DPN WEB EXCLUSIVE: Parker Hannifin's Actuator Division has introduced P5S-P series Precision Slide Tables. The tables consist of a pneumatically actuated carriage table riding on four sets of stainless steel recirculating ball-bearing units on two guide rails.
Tuesday, 02 May 2006
NB Corp. TOPBALL slide products are said to offer 27 times more travel life to automation equipment, machinery, optical and measuring instruments. Since slide products are said to have three times the load capacity, they minimize space requirements. The products are suitable for new designs and interchangeable for retrofitting.
Friday, 28 April 2006
YET US Inc.'s XtraDrive servo system features patented NCT control technology. The unique adaptive control structure is said to eliminate difficult and time-consuming system re-tuning by automatically accommodating changing load requirements. The non-linear technology achieves zero settling time, optimizing non-linear gain control and overall system productivity. The complete servo system includes an integrated amplifier with embedded 1.5 axis controller.
Monday, 24 April 2006
A stacking, laminating and coating service for small motors, stators and gyroscopes that permits smoother, more densely populated wire-winding is being offered by Applied Plastics Co., Inc. The service holds lamination alignment to within ±0.0005 in. and includes deburring and selective coating from 0.002 to 0.005 in. thick in one pass, to meet MIL specs. Permitting smoother and tighter wire-winding for motors, stators, and gyroscopes, the service is said to help prevent wire cuts and shorts, resulting in less scrap.
Monday, 03 April 2006
AllMotion Inc. has announced the dual axis EZHR17EN stepper motor controller and driver system. Units are 40 x 40 mm with encoder feedback that provides up to 2 A drive current for one axis and up to 1 A for the second with optional second stepper or bidirectional dc driver daughtercard. The EZHR17EN and daughtercard can microstep up to 1/256 and 1/16 steps, respectively.
Tuesday, 28 February 2006
Sanyo DC Micro Motor Division has developed a micro motor featuring a ceramic air bearing design. The PM series brushless motor design uses air as a lubricant with the sleeve and shaft of the ceramic air bearings containing a 3- to 5-micron gap between them.
Tuesday, 28 February 2006
The Bug series of linear actuators from Ultra Motion has been redesigned to offer improved strength, precision and reliability; while keeping the same footprint. New features of the series include ABEC-7 angular contact bearings and interchangeable motor mounting plates. A Kevlar drive belt and pulleys provides 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1 and 5:1 drive ratios with low backlash and low audible noise by eliminating gears between the motor and the drive screw.

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