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.

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McClellan Automation to Collaborate With Patti Engineering

AUBURN HILLS, MI—Patti Engineering Inc., a specialist in control systems integration, will expand its collaboration with McClellan Automation Systems, a company that designs and builds automated assembly systems.


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Automation Helps Productivity Take off at Boeing

Sophisticated motion control systems ensure safety and productivity on the Dreamliner assembly line.

Manually assembling small parts isn’t that difficult. Inserting a screw into a hole or a wire into a connector is simply a matter of hand-eye coordination. Assembling larger parts, like, say, the multiton fuselage sections of a jetliner, is whole other matter.


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Robot Transfer Unit Adds Flexibility to Machining Production

Methods Machine Tools has built top-notch automation equipment in North America since the late 1950s. It has seven regional technical centers across the United States, including one in Wixom, MI, that focuses on automotive applications.


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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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Rotary vs. Linear Indexing

Suppliers complement their cam- and servo-driven systems with newer technologies like direct-drive indexers and precision-link conveyors.

BMW performs a lot of welding operations at its assembly plants, which are located throughout Europe and in South Carolina. Recently, the automaker hired The EDAG Group to develop a small-lot welding system for a European plant.


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How to Specify Pneumatic Cylinders

Stroke length, force requirements, and operating environment are among the many considerations when specifying pneumatic cylinders.

Air cylinders are offered in a variety of industry standards. Within these standards, air cylinders come in an assortment of shapes, sizes and types.


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Linear Encoder Limits Variation of Plane Parts

Regardless of its size, an airplane part needs to be monolithic, with minimal dimensional variation. Such parts ensure better control of the aircraft’s final weight.


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Motor Drives Ensure Precise Label Placement

High among the achievements of NITA Labeling Equipment—a Quebec, Canada, manufacturer of pressure-sensitive labeling machines—is being named the Innovative Company of 2010 by the Industrial Research Association of Quebec.


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Helukabel Joins CC-Link Partner Association

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.

Multi-axis robot arms perform a wide variety of processes in automotive assembly plants, including painting, welding and fastening.


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