Motion Control

For a product to be assembled successfully, it’s essential to move the right parts, to the right place, in the right orientation, at the right time. Motion control technology makes that happen.

ARTICLES

Helukabel Joins CC-Link Partner Association

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ELGIN, IL—Cable manufacturer Helukabel has joined the CC-Link Partner Association, the nonprofit organization that manages and oversees CC-Link networking technology.


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Robotic Assembly of Automotive Wire Harnesses

New research suggests that six-axis robots can be used to install automotive wiring harnesses.
By Xin Yang
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Multi-axis robot arms perform a wide variety of processes in automotive assembly plants, including painting, welding and fastening.


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Applying VFDs to servo applications

AC induction motors are increasingly being used in applications once dominated by servomotors.
By John Sprovieri
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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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‘Turf Muncher’ Rides on U.S.-Made Wheels

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HAMILTON, OH—The 14,000-pound Turf Muncher from Mitchell Machine Works rides on wheels made in the USA by Hamilton Caster.


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Linear Actuators Move Observation Platform

By Jim Camillo
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Forty years ago this month, the Skydeck at the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) was opened to the public. The observation floor remains one of Chicago’s most famous attractions, drawing nearly 1.3 million visitors annually.


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Cranes, Hoists and Lift-Assist Devices Aid Workers on the Assembly Line

Equipment options range from robust cranes and hoists, to intelligent assist devices and flexible work positioners.
By Jim Camillo
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For many years, plant managers told assemblers to “work smarter, not harder” without providing them the proper tools to achieve this goal. This was especially challenging for workers who had to lift heavy objects around their workstations.


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Sensors for Automated Assembly

The typical multistation automated assembly system is equipped with myriad sensors.
By John Sprovieri
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Assembly machines are dumb. They can only do what they’re told, over and over again. Without a sense of sight or touch, they can’t know if parts or pallets are where they’re supposed to be.


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CAD Configurator Speeds Assembly of Palletizer

By Jim Camillo
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All professors are teachers, but some are also entrepreneurs. Three of note are mechanical engineering professors Stephen L. Dickerson, Wayne Book and Nader Sadegh, who together founded CAMotion Inc. in 1997 while working at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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Automation Components Supplier Expands in Indiana

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HUNTINGTON, IN—PHD Inc., a supplier of industrial automation components, is investing $4.18 million to expand and re-equip its manufacturing facility here, creating up to 22 new jobs by 2017. The company is installing multi-axis CNC equipment in the coming weeks, with plans to begin insourcing production of CNC-machined parts.


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Bosch Pneumatics Is Now Aventics

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LEXINGTON, KY—The former pneumatics business unit of Bosch Rexroth Corp. is now a standalone company operating under the name Aventics. The company’s U.S. headquarters will remain in Lexington, while its global headquarters will be in Laatzen, Germany.


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EVENTS

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

9/14/14
Chicago, IL
United States

The 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2014) will be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, September 14–18, 2014.

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Automate 2015

3/23/15
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
United States

Automation is helping companies in every industry become stronger global competitors. To succeed, you need the right solution providers, the right technology, and the right expertise. Automate 2015 will provide it all and more!

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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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