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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.

Tuesday, 09 December 2008
The HepcoMotion HDS2 heavy duty slide system from Bishop-Wisecarver offers capacities up to 68 kN and provides flexibility for many sizes and types of heavy duty components to be interchanged. Stainless steel or corrosion resistant component options are available. Three larger bearing sizes provide increased load capacity, including a 150 mm diameter vee bearing and a 144 mm diameter taper roller bearing.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Aries Engineering Co., Inc. the manufacturer of HyperCyl hydra-pneumatic drive units now offers an electro-mechanical actuator. HyperCyl-ema is a servo driven actuator designed for precision assembly applications or applications not suited for standard HyperCyl or IntelliCyl products.
Monday, 09 November 2009
Baldor Electric Company has announced the availability of a bearing protection ring as an option on Baldor Reliance motors.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
The KESA37 stainless steel gear reducer from SEW-Eurodrive is designed to satisfy production conditions in the food and beverage industry, in the pharmaceutical industry and in constantly wet environments.
Wednesday, 08 October 2008
The IndraDrive CS with Ethernet-based interfaces from Bosch Rexroth is said to provide a wide variety of master communication interfaces, thus facilitating the integration of its IndraDrive line in existing system topologies. The intelligent and open drives support various field busses, such as SERCOS 2, PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet or analog and parallel interfaces. IndraDrive is therefore said to be easily integrated in various automation architectures and network topologies, due to new Industrial Ethernet-based interfaces, like SERCOS III, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET RT, PROFISAFE, and EtherCAT.
Wednesday, 08 October 2008
OES Inc. has introduced the model MC-225A dual axis stepper drive platform. The driver board features a dual axis design, which is expandable to six axes, with an embedded “smarts” option for controlling bipolar stepper motors with currents of up to 2.5 A per phase and up to 35 Vdc. The modular design is said to dramatically reduce machine development time by allowing the addition of motor driver boards, processor boards and custom interfaces as required.
Wednesday, 08 October 2008
BEI Kimco Magnetics has introduced an Integrated Motor Encoder Assembly that features a large diameter clear aperture with integral high resolution encoder. The assembly incorporates ABEC7 class precision ball bearings and a tightly toleranced hollow shaft configuration that is said to offer superior repeatability and wobble characteristics essential for optical applications requiring a large diameter clear aperture.
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Airpot Corp. has announced a long length (up to 1 m) Airpel Anti-Stiction actuator. The actuator is said to meet the needs of coordinate measuring machine and other metrology device manufacturers for a low friction counterbalance device to allow smooth movement and precise positioning of the z-axis measuring arm while manipulating the device through its measurement range. Airpel Anti-Stiction cylinders use a simple pneumatic cylinder with an internal design that is said to allow for virtually zero friction, while precisely controlling the amount of counter force needed to eliminate the effect of driver and probe arm mass.
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Interroll has announced an 8.5 in. diameter drum motor for belt conveyor drives in medium and heavy unit load applications. The heavy duty 220 series drum motor features an internal gearing system with 97% efficiency and uses less power than many conventional drives. When fully loaded, the drum motor is said to use 32% less power than equivalent gear motor drives. The series is a self-contained unit, as the motor, gearbox and bearings are enclosed in a steel shell.
Friday, 17 April 2009
In order to easily provide power to EtherCAT sensors over a standard Cat 5 cable, Beckhoff Automation has released the EK1132 Power over EtherCAT junction terminal. Ultra high speed EtherCAT sensors that deliver low µs-level communication can now be more easily installed in high performance industrial applications, the company says.

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