The ongoing pressure on engineering companies to reduce costs, increase efficiency and yield a higher return on investment (ROI) is pushing many business leaders to consider alternatives to direct-drive motor systems in the form of various mechanical transmission solutions. Although gearing systems can offer simplicity, cost effectiveness and flexibility, it's not always clear which type of setup is best to use. Here, Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK, explores and critiques the four main gear types.
Microsemi Announces Imaging/Video Solution Providing a Secure, Reliable, Low Power Device for Imaging Applications
New Solution Comprised of FPGA Mezzanine Daughter Card and IP Suite
At Semicon West, Festo Introduces Productivity Tools for the Semiconductor Industry - Tools That Bring Products to Market Faster at Less Cost
Festo will showcase productivity solutions, Handling Guide Online, Optimized Motion System, CTEU fieldbus module, and Mobile FAST App. Visitors to the Festo booth will have the opportunity of requesting a sample of the VUVG universal solenoid valve. (Festo Semicon Booth #1029)
IMTS - Mitsubishi Electric Automation to Exhibit CNC Controls and Enterprise Connectivity Solutions at IMTS in Chicago
"The M8 Series features a CNC-dedicated CPU, which substantially increases the processing speed of the controller for high-speed, high precision machining," said Scott Strache, CNC product manager, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. "This results in reduced cycle times, netting more quality parts in a work shift."
Backlash and Torsional Rigidity are both important values to consider when selecting a high precision gearbox as they both affect lost motion (arcmin). GAM's SPH Flange Gearbox has a single piece steel housing and ring gear machined directly inside for maximum stiffness. The helical gears are precision cut and ground for extremely quiet and smooth torque transmission with a standard backlash rating of < 3 arcmin or < 1 arcmin reduced.
Remtec Automation will attend the one-year anniversary of The Soldier for Life program at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in support of the FANUC CNC Certification program that facilitates successful reintegration of soldiers into civilian careers in advanced manufacturing technology.
Sawyer robot wins Golden Finger Award, named Best Industrial Robot 2016
In recent years, there have been many demands for equipment with high productivity to have a system that retains positioning information, even after the main power supply is turned off.
Exclusively dedicated to industrial robotics, I.A.R.'s Advanced Mobile Unit is a dynamic, high-tech training environment on wheels.
"I am excited and honored to take on this role, and I look forward to working with Rick and our talented senior leadership team to achieve our future growth objectives," said Cicco.
The TMF-5 is the only standard linear motion product available on the market that can move an articulated robot with a payload over six metric tons. The TMF-5 is specially designed for the latest generation of heavy weight robots from FANUC, ABB and KUKA.
piCOMPACT®23 is now available with a range of unique and patented added features
Combining easy-to-integrate software and hardware designs, NEXCOM NET controllers reduce development efforts for machine makers, hastening the rollout of next generation industrial machines which can coordinate with other industrial systems and connect to the cloud.
The Star: Chinese appliances giant Midea moved a step closer to fulfilling its ambition to acquire German industrial robotics firm Kuka with two weekend deals raising its stake to nearly a majority. Two of Kuka’s biggest German shareholders – technology company Voith and entrepreneur Friedhelm Loh – said they had decided to take up Midea’s offer of €115 (RM512) per share and sell their stakes. German news agency DPA reported that Voith had agreed to sell its stake of 25.1% for €1.2bil (RM5.34bil). And Loh told the business daily Handelsblatt he had decided to sell his stake of 10% for nearly €500mil (RM2.22bil). Combined with its existing holding of 13.5% in Kuka, the two purchases mean Midea now holds 48.5%, or not far from the outright majority, in the Augsburg-based robot builder. Cont'd.. .
In the run up to the Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies Conference - www.next-generation-automotive-automation.com - we have recently conducted an interview with Subaru in which they discussed how next-gen automation technologies and collaborative robotics can improve safety and productivity. A link to the interview can be found below: Steven Eakins, Manufacturing Engineer, Subaru of Indiana Automotive - http://www.next-generation-automotive-automation.com/media/downloads/4-speaker-interview-with-steven-eakins-of-subaru.pdf
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BitFlow has offered a Camera Link frame grabbers for almost 15 years. This latest offering, our 6th generation combines the power of CoaXPress with the requirements of Camera Link 2.0. Enabling a single or two camera system to operate at up to 850 MB/S per camera, the Axion-CL family is the best choice for CL frame grabber. Like the Cyton-CXP frame grabber, the Axion-CL leverages features such as the new StreamSync system, a highly optimized DMA engine, and expanded I/O capabilities that provide unprecedented flexibility in routing. There are two options available; Axion 1xE & Axion 2xE. The Axion 1xE is compatible with one base, medium, full or 80-bit camera offering PoCL, Power over Camera Link, on both connectors. The Axion 2xE is compatible with two base, medium, full or 80-bit cameras offering PoCL on both connectors for both cameras. The Axion-CL is a culmination of the continuous improvements and updates BitFlow has made to Camera Link frame grabbers.