Mechatronics

Mechatronics April 1, 1998

Software for servo amplifiers, motors

Vernon Hills, Ill.— Microsoft Windows 95/NT and 3.1 compatible MCOMM software allows the monitoring of up to 16 critical amplifier functions, defining of 4 critical high-speed amplifier functions, and display data in trend graph format. Using the alarm display, entire time-stamped alarm histories including amplifier code, description information, and probable causes can be reviewed.

By Staff
Mechatronics April 1, 1998

Power Modules and Devices Advance Motor Controls

The core function of power modules is to perform motor power switching and amplification in electric variable-speed and servo drives. Some power modules integrate capabilities and intelligence well beyond these basic functions. They simplify motor drive design via low parts count, compactness, and reliability.

By Frank J. Bartos, CONTROL ENGINEERING and George Gulalo, Motion Tech Trends
Mechatronics April 1, 1998

Motion control development software

Rochester, N.Y.— Designed for Microsoft Windows95/NT, MotionDisk provides graphical tools for programming multiaxis motion control, I/O functions, factory networking, and operator interface in an integrated environment. MotionDesk provides synchronizing of all files between Orion motion controllers and selected project configuration.

By Staff
Mechatronics April 1, 1998

Plug-and-play, stand-alone servo controller

Port Washington, N.Y.— TMC-2000 controller is capable of controlling up to 4 axes of servo and/or stepper motors, and running four programs simultaneously. Available with prefabricated cables that interface with Thompson Industries' brushless motors and digital amplifiers, the TMC-2000 provides a plug-and-play solution to motion control problems including point-to-point, linear and circu...

By Staff
Mechatronics April 1, 1998

PC-Based Control Goes Real-Time

Personal-computer-based control is one of the fastest growing segments in machine control for monitoring a process and for discrete logic control of processes, such as material handling, machining, grinding, or gaging.Development of Windows NT by Microsoft (Redmond, Wa.) enabled PC-based real-time machine control to become reality.

By Dean J. Petrone and Michael D. Stackhouse, Timken Research
Mechatronics March 1, 1998

Hannover Fair ’98 Goes More Global Than Ever

Start the second 50 years! Hannover Industrial Fair begins its second half-century after a long, successful run that began under quite humble circumstances. This "world's largest industrial trade fair" arose from the post-World War II ravages of Germany.As Hannover Fair faces its second half century, more changes are certain due to economic and technology trends.

By Frank J. Bartos, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics March 1, 1998

Electric Motors/Controls

Fort Smith, Ark.— New products from Baldor include spindle drive motors, square flange pump motors, encoderless vector controls, hollow-shaft gear reducers, large 5800 frame motors, and a new line of advanced motion control products. In addition, the company recently introduced its new Standard-E motors that comply with the now-in-effect Energy Policy Act.

By Staff
Mechatronics March 1, 1998

May We Have the Envelopes Please

"Control products just keep getting more advanced, yet simpler to use,"was the consensus among editors at Control Engineering when it was time for them to choose the best control products of 1997. For the 11th consecutive year, the editors chose the 50 best products based on three criteria: technological advancement, impact on the market, and service to the industry.

By Michael Drakulich and Henry Morris, Control Engineering
Mechatronics February 1, 1998

It’s Showtime!

Well, you asked for it. The 1998 edition of one of the world's largest manufacturing and technology shows is tanned, rested, and ready to go seamless.Evolving as a result of recent feedback from visitors and exhibitors requesting an even more streamlined and workable event, this year's National Industrial Automation Show (NIAS), and the three other shows that make up National Manufacturin...

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mechatronics February 1, 1998

AC Microdrives Ply Parallel Paths

Despite the temptation, size alone is not the right descriptor for ac "microdrives"—those ultracompact variable-frequency drives (VFDs) that sprouted during the first-half of the 1990s. For quite a while, it seemed, each new model would be even more miniature than the one announced just a month or so earlier.

By Frank J. Bartos, CONTROL ENGINEERING