Bosch Rexroth launches new microsite for resource kits

In an effort to make life even easier for time-challenged engineers, Bosch Rexroth has launched a microsite for its latest factory automation products and the associated resource kits. This website features easy navigation through ten of Rexroth’s newest products in the areas of electric drives and controls, linear motion and mechatronics, plastic chain conveyors and connected

Top five benefits of compact, interchangeable Mini-Rail systems

Based on Simplicity technology, the Mini-Rail plain rail system’s effective two-piece design allows for fast installation and provides outstanding performance in demanding linear motion applications from semi-conductor wafer handling to packaging equipment. With no rolling elements, Mini-Rail will not catastrophically fail. Mini-Rail is a fully interchangeable and economical solution to industry standard linear guides. Features

What are actuators?

An actuator is a device that converts energy into motion or applies force. The mechanical device takes energy in the form of hydraulics, pneumatics, or from a motor, and converts it into motion. That motion can come in many forms, such as ejecting, blocking, or clamping. Actuators are used in manufacturing applications such as switches,

What are ball screws?

A ball screw, like a lead screw, converts rotary motion into linear motion. The device consists of a threaded shaft and a ball nut. The latter device rides on the screw, supported by a series of ball bearings that provide a rolling surface rather than the sliding surface of a lead screw. The balls roll

What are leadscrews?

A positioning device without a linear motor is likely to use a leadscrew or a ball screw (discussed in an accompanying section). The leadscrew or power screw is a threaded shaft on which rides a simple threaded nut. It has no ball bearings. Leadscrews use the helix angle of the thread to convert rotary motion

What are linear motors?

Linear motors produce linear motion, not rotary motion, as do most motors. Like many rotary motors, linear motors consist of a coil (primary part or forcer) and magnets (secondary part). Although there are many types of linear motors, brushless ironcore and ironless designs prevail in automation and positioning applications. Each has special construction features and

New precision linear motion drive features thrust capacity from 7 to 800 pounds

New from Amacoil/Uhing is the Precision Motion Drive System. This is a Model RG rolling ring linear drive integrated with a motion controller for precision linear motion applications. The Precision Motion Drive is fully programmable and meets application requirements for precision winding/spooling, pick-and-place machines, X-Y coordinate tool movement, metrology equipment and other machinery providing fast,

Newport introduces high accuracy versions of HXP Hexapods

Newport Corporation, a global manufacturer in high precision motion and photonics solutions, is introducing the HXP-HA Series of high accuracy hexapods. With two programmable pivot points, Newport’s proprietary RightPath trajectory control and a new patent pending calibration process, the HA hexapods provide guaranteed accuracy on all linear axes opening up new precision positioning applications for hexapods

Thomson Electrak HD superior performance linear actuators

Thomson has listened carefully to design engineers and discovered an urgent need for higher performing actuators. In response, we developed a new platform of electric linear actuators, Electrak HD. We started with the rugged Electrak line of actuators and added state-of the art controls, higher power and superior environmental protections. We’re proud to announce the

Helix Linear announces its new line of Micro Precision Linear Actuators

Helix Linear Technologies introduces its new compact and affordable Micro Precision Linear Actuator product line. Priced at $199.00 for a 300mm stroke complete with stepper motor, makes this the most precise and cost-effective linear actuator on the market. Helix has designed these linear actuators with Anodized aluminum and noncorrosive components for years of dependable life

PBC Linear’s guide for approved bearing inspection method

Understanding the method to properly inspect the Frelon liner in PBC Linear’s Simplicity plain bearings is essential to taking full advantage of the product. The Frelon liner supplies numerous attributes that make it preferable in many unique applications; however, being a teflon-based material requires a different method of inspection: Approved Inspection Method: Pin Gauges (AKA: Go or

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

Southco introduces restyled detent hinge with improved corrosion resistance and cycle life

Southco, a company specializing in engineered access solutions, has refreshed its successful C6 Detent Hinge series with an improved design that offers increased corrosion resistance for applications that require doors and panels to be held securely at predetermined angles. Constructed of robust plastic and stainless steel, the new C6 Detent Hinge features contemporary styling and enhanced functionality

Simple rubber washer prevents shaft collars from getting stuck on shafts

Amacoil has introduced the Elasto-Ring washer for use with U-Clip quick release shaft collars. Elasto-Ring installs by hand with no tools required and assures easy removal of the U-Clip collar. Amacoil is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Elasto-Ring washers, Uhing U-Clip and EasyLock shaft collars and for Uhing rolling ring traverse drives. When a U-Clip

Gain access to various tips and tricks to planning component and assembly designs with the new Design Guide

Design engineers will find Minnesota Rubber and Plastics’s latest “Design Guide” useful in planning their component and assembly designs. Available in handy USB business card format, this Design Guide has hundreds of useful ideas for designing and manufacturing custom-molded rubber and plastic parts. The purpose of this 115-page Design Guide is to better understand processes, materials