Mechatronics

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Motors, Drives March 4, 2021

Improved stepper motor systems support more applications

Stepper motor systems deliver more precision than standard variable-speed motors without the expense and complexity of servo motors, and newer high bus voltage options provide additional flexibility. See 5 motor technologies, common uses.

By Joe Kimbrell
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IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 2, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, February 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in February 2021 included stories on the 2021 Engineers' Choice Awards, top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, the evolution of control systems with artificial intelligence, 3 data analysis tips, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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AI and Machine Learning March 1, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Feb. 22-28, 2021

Articles about the evolution of control systems with artificial intelligence, top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, 2021 Engineers' Choice Awards, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 22-28, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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Ethernet February 22, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Feb. 15-21, 2021

Articles about the 2021 Engineers’ Choice Awards, the evolution of control systems in artificial intelligence, top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 15-21, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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Motors, Drives February 17, 2021

Direct drive vs. geared rotary servomotor: A quantification of design advantage: Part 3

Direct-drive servomotors are becoming more common as range and availability expands for use in many machine and motor applications.

By Dakota Miller and Bryan Knight
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IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 15, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Feb. 8-14, 2021

Articles about the 2021 Engineers' Choice Awards, top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, replacing seven SCADA systems with one, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 8-14, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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Motors, Drives February 8, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Feb. 1-7, 2021

Articles about the 2021 Engineers' Choice Awards, top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, 3 data analysis tips, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 1-7, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
An engineering breakthrough from Festo combines the simplicity of pneumatics with the benefits of electric automation. The new Simplified Motion Series (SMS) takes proven spindle axes, toothed belt axes, mini slides, electric cylinders, and rotary actuators and integrates them with an onboard-servo drive. Users commission two-position functionality via onboard push buttons with no additional software needed. IO-Link control can be used for flexible, multi-position applications. It received 2021 Engineers’ Choice recognition in the Motion Control – Drives category. Courtesy: Festo
Process Manufacturing February 5, 2021

Low-cost, easy-to-use electric motion

Use easy-to-use electric actuators: Digital I/O ensures pneumatics-like control, while IO-Link adds a third, mid-point position for new capabilities.

By Tim Sharkey
Technology suppliers are embracing open-source automation. For example, the recently introduced Bosch Rexroth ctrlX Automation platform follows open automation principles. Based on a Linux operating system, the Bosch Rexroth ctrlX Core control system is designed as an open industrial automation platform, allowing customers the maximum freedom to apply or adapt their control systems in whatever direction they see fit. Courtesy: Bosch Rexroth
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 4, 2021

Lessons learned for new approaches in machine control

Movie rentals and automation? Digital assets create better customer experience, which applies to today’s open-automation advances, such as separating software from hardware, using open-source designs and easier to implement, more flexible automation.

By Allen Tubbs
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PLCs, PACs February 1, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Jan. 25-31, 2021

Articles about top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, free PLC programming software for education, replacing seven SCADA systems with one, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Jan. 25-31, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay