CNC, Motion Control
Zettlex supplies inductive sensors used for servo controls and motor encoders for mission-critical applications in the medical, industrial, defense, aerospace, and petrochemical sectors. Courtesy: Zettlex, Control Engineering Europe
CNC, Motion Control January 8, 2019

Shaft encoders versus bearingless encoders: Technology types, applications

Should shaft encoders or bearingless encoders be used? Should capacitive, magnetic, or inductive encoder sensors be used? Where should design engineers deploy each encoder type and why?

By Mark Howard
Bosch Rexroth’s CNC system MTX with new hardware is designed to achieve even shorter cycle times and better machining quality with just one central controller. Courtesy: Bosch Rexroth
CNC, Motion Control January 6, 2019

CNC system for machine tool applications

Bosch Rexroth’s CNC system MTX with new hardware is designed to achieve even shorter cycle times and better machining quality with just one central controller.

By Bosch Rexroth
Robotic piece-picking solution for intralogistics combines innovative grasping technology, intelligent sensors, computer vision, and machine learning to automate individual item picking in warehouses and fulfillment centers. Courtesy: Robotic Industries Association/RightHand Robotics, Inc.
CNC, Motion Control December 29, 2018

Smarter robot grasping with sensors, software, and the cloud

Hardware and software advances such as improved sensors and the cloud have helped robot grippers enable safer, closer human-robot collaboration, ease of use, and flexibility for many different applications.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control December 23, 2018

Three industrial robot end of arm tooling trends

Industrial robot end of arm tooling (EOAT) trends include safer grippers and greater connectivity as companies face greater productivity and demand from their customers.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
A controls and automation upgrade to this traverse winder included eight Siemens S120 Vector drive systems to uncoil, slit, and recoil copper. Six Siemens S120 Servo drive systems were used for traversing. Courtesy: Electronic Drives & Controls Inc.
CNC, Motion Control December 13, 2018

Controls upgrade boosts machine productivity 40%

Machine running speed nearly doubled with greater product control, quick ROI.

By Chuck Dillard
Figure 2: Safety professionals need to know all the details of a process, explained Jeff Pratt, Crown Equipment, senior corporate EHS Engineer (and vice-chair of the RIA R15.08 committee), and César Reyes Núñez, Crown Mexico, EHS coordinator, at the International Robot Safety Conference. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control December 10, 2018

Industrial robot safety requires industrial risk management

Five ways to lower robotic system risks: Industrial safety, while a widely used term, is a misnomer; nothing is without risk. When something is declared safe in an industrial setting, those involved should think again about risk assessment and determine if the risk is acceptable.

By Mark T. Hoske
Applications ranging from CNC machines to material handling require accurate and durable linear motion systems. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
CNC, Motion Control December 4, 2018

Eight factors to consider when implementing a linear motion application

When implementing and specifying a linear motion application, users should consider many aspects including the required accuracy, speed, and the duty cycle to ensure the best possible performance.

By Richard R. Knotek, Niklas Sjostrom
Applications ranging from CNC machines to material handling require accurate and durable linear motion systems. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
CNC, Motion Control December 4, 2018

Maintenance, installation guidelines for linear motion applications

Consider these installation, maintenance, and operating tips and advice for a linear motion system.

By Richard R. Knotek, Niklas Sjostrom
Courtesy: CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control November 17, 2018

How integrators are staying ahead of machine and embedded vision trends

There are many innovations available for integrators to choose from as machine and embedded vision technology continues to evolve.

By AIA
Figure 1: Engineers can successfully match motors and drives from different vendors if they carefully consider both devices’ specifications and the environmental factors of the application. Images courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
CNC, Motion Control November 12, 2018

How to manage multi-vendor motion control architectures

Manufacturers and machine builders may be required to match motors and drives from different brands; careful design considerations can yield successful applications.

By Matt Prellwitz