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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.

Friday, 03 November 2006
Baldor Electric Company has added washdown adjustable speed drives to its H2 line. The new drives are rated NEMA 4X and are available from 1 to 10 hp. The washdown drives are available in open-loop, encoderless and closed-loop vector and servo configurations.
Friday, 03 November 2006
The Amacoil/Uhing model RS linear drive is now said to offer a wider range of linear pitch settings for improved versatility and functionality in meeting linear motion application requirements. The change to linear pitch requires no re-gearing or adjustment to motor speed, nor do any other components of the linear motion system have to be changed.
Friday, 03 November 2006
A series of closed loop linear steppers is available from H2W Technologies. The linear stepper motor stages with an integral linear encoder feature resolution to .00004 in., repeatability to .0004 in./ft and accuracy to .001 in./ft. Units are capable of speeds up to 118 in./s and acceleration up to 5 G.
Friday, 03 November 2006
Danaher Motion introduces version 3.04 for the Motion Programming Interface (MPI), an object-oriented C library for motion engineers. MPI software features include: an integrated, professional C library for high performance controls, drive/motors and I/O; low latency command-to-motion execution, suitable for integration of real-time motion with vision or high-speed I/O; deterministic network master with node self-enumeration, redundant fault tolerance and event management; real-time data access to networked controls, drives and I/O.
Tuesday, 17 October 2006
YET US has added to its XtraDrive servo system line of products. The 5 kW, 1.5 axis controller has ECAM capability. The 400 Vac, 3-phase input drive system achieves speeds up to 6000 rpm with a torque range to 71 Nm peak. Operation delivers 16.5 A rms continuous and 40.5 A rms peak.
Tuesday, 17 October 2006
The BX15A Series PWM servo amplifiers from Advanced Motion Controls are designed to drive brushless DC motors at a switching frequency of 26 kHz ± 15%. A single red/green LED indicates operating status. The amplifiers are protected against over-voltage, over-current, over-heating and short-circuits. Units interface with a digital controller or can be used as a stand-alone drive. The models require a single unregulated dc power supply. Loop gain, current limit, input gain and offset can be adjusted using 14-turn potentiometers.
Tuesday, 17 October 2006
Marktech Optoelectronics has introduced the Toshiba TB6560HQ/FG 2-phase bipolar stepping motor drivers. The drivers combine low on-resistance through the use of a BiCD process with thermally dissipative package, making it possible to reduce heat generation. The devices also enable micro-step driving in support of microcontroller-less applications using CLKin control.
Wednesday, 11 October 2006
The EPOS P 24/5 from Maxon Precision Motors is a programmable digital motion controller capable of position, velocity and current mode. After initial programming, the unit may be operated as a stand-alone position controller, or used to control other non-programmable EPOS units. The design makes the unit suitable for controlling small brush or brushless motors.
Wednesday, 11 October 2006
Panasonic Electric Works Corp. of America (formerly known as Aromat Corp.) has added to the FP(sigma) ultra-compact Programmable Logic Controller series with more features to support more complex controls. The FP(sigma) V3 PLC is 30 x 90 x 60 mm and equipped with RISC base processor operating at 0.32 µs/basic instruction.
Tuesday, 12 September 2006
SICK STEGMANN, INC. has introduced SinCos SRS64 Motor Feedback Systems with Hiperface interface. The single-turn servo motor feedback systems are said to be suitable for applications requiring high resolution, or the Hiperface interface, in an industrial housing suitable for mounting external to a servo motor. They provide precise absolute positioning with 32,768 steps per revolution. In addition, they provide 1024 sine/cosine cycles per turn, which after A/D conversion in a servo drive, produces up to 4 million counts per turn.

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