Motors, Drives
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
Motors, Drives 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
Motors, Drives 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
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
Motors, Drives 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
Selecting the right motor is crucial as it can provide performance, cost, and maintenance advantages. Design engineers also can combine motors to gearheads for increased reliability and convenient ordering processing. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
Motors, Drives December 6, 2018

Picking the right motor size

Finding the right size is crucial for choosing a motor as well as balancing torque, speed, and inertia for optimal application performance.

By Andrew Skidmore
Applications ranging from CNC machines to material handling require accurate and durable linear motion systems. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
Motors, Drives 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.
Motors, Drives 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
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
Motors, Drives 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
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Motors, Drives November 11, 2018

Four potential futuristic attributes of collaborative robots

Collaborative robots will continue to evolve and future research may allow them to become more interactive and adaptable to human behavior.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Figure 3. Typical speed torque curves. Courtesy: EASA
Motors, Drives November 9, 2018

What’s in a nameplate?

Information helps the selection of the right motor regardless of application.

By Jim Bryan
Figure 1: Shown is a typical analog positioning system with the PLC on the left and integrated motor on the right. An analog output from the PLC wires directly to the integrated motor, which converts the analog signal into a position at the output shaft. Courtesy: Applied Motion Products
Motors, Drives November 7, 2018

Keeping the noise down

Ethernet-enabled motor integration offers an automation solution.

By Eric Rice