Allied Motion completes acquisition of Heidrive

Allied Motion Technologies Inc. announced that it has officially completed the acquisition of Heidrive GmbH, a drive technology and engineering company, for 20 million euro (approximately US $22 million). Headquartered in Kelheim, Germany, Heidrive designs and manufactures customized, innovative synchronous motion systems for highly demanding applications such as medical technology, robotics, cargo aviation and building

Positioning peristaltic rollers allows more precise dispensing

David Bach / BST-Bach Solutions & Technology, LLC Accurate dispensing affects a great deal of drug development and delivery. For instance, leading-edge pharmaceuticals, bio-tech “designer molecules” and high-potency compounds are tremendously expensive and come with difficult safety concerns that require accurate dispensing and aspirations. Many of these compounds are composed of proteins or synthetic molecular chains

“Plug and spin” brushless DC motors in just a few seconds with STMicroelectronics’ new nucleo pack

STMicroelectronics introduces a $35 starter kit plus a new free software algorithm to help engineers and hobbyists implement efficient vector control in a short time for motor-driven projects such as drones, appliances, E-bikes, home-automation, healthcare and industrial machinery. The P-NUCLEO-IHM001 Motor-Control Nucleo Pack in combination with new software elements from the STM32 Motor Control Ecosystem

Robotic arm for real-time MRI guidance

Fannin Innovation Studio, an early-stage life science commercialization firm, and the University of Houston have formed a startup company around the college’s robotic arm technology, which enables interventions using real-time MRI guidance. GuidaBot is developing a robotic, four-degree-of-freedom manipulator designed to work within the powerful magnetic field of an MRI, allowing physicians to perform interventions

Kollmorgen exhibits leading hygienic design solutions at PACK EXPO 2015

Kollmorgen will exhibit its industry-leading motion solutions at PACK EXPO, September 28 to 30, 2015, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. PACK EXPO attendees are invited to register online using Kollmorgen’s complimentary pass code: 79K95. In addition to product demos of the company’s innovative servo motors and stepper motors, Kollmorgen will highlight new enhancements to

How Universal Robots doubled production at Tegra Medical

Medical device manufacturer, Tegra Medical, has recently deployed three robot arms from Universal Robots (UR) at their facility in Franklin, Mass. The robots freed up 11 full time workers, who now handling more complex tasks, and improved product quality. Tegra’s ROI from these three robot arms happened in three to six months. Employing three collaborative robot

Saelig presents new Amplicon Impact-R 1100F series computer

Saelig Company announces the Amplicon Impact-R 1100F series, a fanless system powered by the Intel ATOM D2550 processor. Configured with a high performance 2.5 in. MLC Solid State Drive (SSD), the Impact-R 1100F series is a silent controller system. With options for multiple serial communication ports, the Impact-R 1100F can offer up seven DB9 connections

Kollmorgen introduces the next generation of stepper motors

Kollmorgen introduces the next generation of stepper motors, the PMX series, adding smaller 08, 11 and 14 frame sizes to the traditional 17, 23 and 34 frame size offering. Thanks to a wider range of sizes and options, OEMs now have added flexibility to meet multiple performance and application needs from a single motion source.

Schneider Electric’s new motor is ideal for small spaces

Schneider Electric presents the smallest Lexium MDrive integrated motor, 1.7 in. (42mm) NEMA size 17, which delivers a large range of features to small spaces. Features that now include an IP65 rated version with industrial M12 connectors. M12 Lexium MDrive products provide a robust interface, with IP65 certification for protection against water and dust in

Start of helpful humanoid robots? CITEC uses compact LDS component as sensor array

Editor’s Note: LaserMicronics, a service provider for laser-based manufacturing, has released the whitepaper “Robot hand with a sensitive touch: LDS tactile sensors for sensorimotor skills.” The paper describes a 2014 project from the CITEC department at Bielefeld University in Bielefeld, Germany, where researchers created a tactile sensor resembling a human fingertip. The sensor was then

Nature meets technology: Festo’s BionicANTs cooperate to solve a common task

Editor’s Note: Festo, an industrial control and automation company, has released the whitepaper “BionicANTs: Cooperative behavior based on a natural model.” The paper describes the BionicANT, a creation of Festo engineers that duplicates the physical anatomy of its natural counterpart and reproduces the insect’s cooperative behavior. Festo engineers have used the delicate anatomy of an

Vicon captures a new development in motion capture (mocap)

Vicon announced the launch of its new flagship camera platform, the Vicon Vantage. Drawing on over 30 years’ of motion capture (mocap) experience, the Vantage platform combines innovative technology with accessible design to open up motion capture to a broader audience. Vicon is a motion capture technology specialist company for science and life industries. Advances in

Small motor and gearhead make spectrophotometer fast and accurate

Small dc motors and planetary speed reducers make precise adjustments so spectrograph can tell quickly and accurately the molecules in samples as small as 0.5 µl. Scientists working in genomics and proteomics need results at the touch of a button so they can set about their real work – drug discovery, advanced diagnostics, and understanding

AMETEK MICROjammer Blowers offer precise control of air flow for your air-pillow packaging equipment

AMETEK’s MICROjammer series of high-performance, variable-speed brushless DC blowers may be a near-perfect choice of air mover for a medical devices such as treatment for bed sores, or as an air pillow packager. Historically the most compact and efficient unit in its class, the latest state-of-the-art version with full-wave controller allows an unparalleled amount of

STMicroelectronics debuts high-power motor driver

Premiered at PCIM Europe 2015, STMicroelectronics’ powerSTEP driver delivers the advantages of compact motor-control design for applications at high power ratings. The fully integrated stepper-motor driver system-in-package offers an unprecedented power density of up to 500 W/cm2, enabling cost-effective systems that deliver better performance and reliability without sacrificing flexibility or ruggedness. As a complete 14