Mechatronics
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
Mechatronics 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
Mechatronics 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
Figure 2: Fundamental front end (FFE). Courtesy: Yaskawa
Mechatronics January 2, 2019

Regenerative solutions

Make the right choice to drive electrical efficiency.

By Christopher Jaszczolt
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.
Mechatronics 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
Mechatronics 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)
AutomationDirect’s IronHorse MTCP2 industrial duty motors are available in 1200, 1800, and 3600 RPM and have totally enclosed fan cooled (TEFC) enclosures with a cast-iron frame and ribbed design. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Mechatronics December 22, 2018

Cast-iron three-phase ac motors

AutomationDirect’s IronHorse MTCP2 industrial duty motors are available in 1200, 1800, and 3600 RPM and have totally enclosed fan cooled (TEFC) enclosures with a cast-iron frame and ribbed design.

By AutomationDirect
Mechatronics December 20, 2018

Global low-voltage motor market bounces back

Oil & gas revenue increases lead 4% sector growth according to a report from IHS Markit.

By Bob Vavra
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.
Mechatronics December 13, 2018

Controls upgrade boosts machine productivity 40%

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

By Chuck Dillard
Applied Motion Products' HX56-100 hazardous location stepper motor is certified for use in hazardous locations such as oil, gas, printing, and paint finishing applications. Courtesy: Applied Motion
Mechatronics December 13, 2018

Stepper motor certified for hazardous locations

Applied Motion Products' HX56-100 hazardous location stepper motor is certified for use in hazardous locations such as oil, gas, printing, and paint finishing applications.

By Applied Motion
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
Mechatronics 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