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Simplifying integration of peripheral devices

MotionWorks will be able to work with HMIs from several widely used vendors.

When designing a complex machine, engineers have two options. They can get all parts of the system—controller, drives, motors, I/O and human-machine interface (HMI)—from a single vendor. Or, they can pick and choose devices from mul-tiple suppliers.


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Applying VFDs to servo applications

AC induction motors are increasingly being used in applications once dominated by servomotors.

The distinction between AC induction motors and permanent-magnet DC servomotors was once fairly clear. AC motors were for high-horsepower applications, such as compressors, pumps, blowers and bulk-handling conveyors. DC servomotors were for applications requiring low horsepower, high torque, high cycling and precise positioning, such as machine tools and pick-and-place machines.


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Innovative servo drive suppresses vibrations

Suppressing vibration dramatically reduces settling time.

 Speed is essential for high-volume assembly. However, speed also creates problems. 


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Details drive choice of servomotors

In a competitive marketplace, details help differentiate one product from another. A thoughtful feature or a more rugged design can make all the difference. Consumers who buy based solely on price often end up disappointed.


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Small Servomotors for High-Precision Motion

"We’ve managed to pack quite a lot of power density in a small package." —David Ma, Yaskawa America

Semiconductor processing equipment is a notoriously demanding application for motion control engineers. Extreme precision, reliability and smoothness are absolute requirements. At the same time, space is at a premium.


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Motion Control: Rigid vs. Flexible

"If production volume is high, that points to rigid automation."—Chris Knudsen, Yaskawa America Inc.

When specifying a motion control system for, say, a pick-and-place application on an automated assembly line, engineers have two choices.


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Function Blocks Simplify Programming

PLCopen has a library of 25 single- and multiaxis function blocks.

Software is playing an increasing role in industrial automation. That’s been good in terms of boosting the functionality and flexibility of machines. But, writing code can also add cost and time to the development process.


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Synchronization Is Critical to High-Speed Assembly

Synchronization is an essential element of both symphony orchestras and football teams. It’s also important to the success of high-speed assembly lines.


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The Benefits of a Modular Machine

Traditionally, a complex manufacturing machine has one large, powerful controller that governs sequencing, motion and I/O. Multiple drives and motors are connected to the controller via a motion network.


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Precise Linear Motion is Key to Achieving Optimum Machine Control

CHARLOTTE, NC—Precise motion controllers are certainly important in advanced manufacturing equipment. But just as the performance of a super athlete depends on a combination of brains and physical ability, so do high-precision linear motion systems. Without mechanical systems capable of taking full advantage of the instructions supplied by the motion controller, many processes would be impossible.


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