Archive For: Motion Control

Beam Testing at Portland State – Issue 37, 2017

Beam Testing at Portland State – Issue 37, 2017

For their undergraduate senior capstone project, a team of Mechanical Engineering students at Portland State University (PSU) recently designed an electronic system upgrade for the control system of a 100-year-old beam testing machine. Using a range of AutomationDirect parts, the purpose of the project was to make the operator experience comparable to modern machines.
 
Selecting Motors for Industrial Applications

Selecting Motors for Industrial Applications

Efficient use of motors is always important, but there are many other things to consider when specifying an electric motor. Mechanical and environmental considerations are on the list, as is the application and operation. All of these factors are important, but the application is where the selection process should start.
 
Linear Motion | Automation Notes

Linear Motion | Automation Notes

Linear motion actuators are used in factories for pick and place operations, CNC lasers and routers, complex adhesive application or whenever super-precise and accurate positioning is required.
 
Small Timing Belts and Pulleys

Small Timing Belts and Pulleys

AutomationDirect’s SureMotion line of motion control products now includes additional synchronous timing belts and pulleys for small motor applications. An excellent choice for many industrial applications, SureMotion MXL series timing belts are 1/4-inch wide, have a 0.080-inch pitch, and are available in neoprene with fiberglass reinforcement and urethane with polyester reinforcement styles. Neoprene belts have ... Read More
 
Lock-Jaw2 Robot Competes in BattleBots TV Show Using AutomationDirect Parts

Lock-Jaw2 Robot Competes in BattleBots TV Show Using AutomationDirect Parts

Robots Activate! Is a familiar phrase to those fans who follow the BattleBots competition which just completed its 2016 season broadcast on ABC Television in the United States. One of the BattleBots competition veterans, Donald Hutson, has been involved since the show began and has been on the robot combat circuit since 1986.
 
It’s a Wrap! Automated Taping Machine

It’s a Wrap! Automated Taping Machine

The capstone senior design project is the crowning achievement for seniors at the University of Connecticut School of Engineering.  In this two-semester course, senior students are mentored by faculty and industry engineers as they work to solve real-world engineering problems for their corporate sponsor. Students learn about the principles of design, how ethics affect engineering ... Read More
 
There’s No Vaccine to Prevent this Strain of LOCK-JAW!

There’s No Vaccine to Prevent this Strain of LOCK-JAW!

Lock-Jaw is a ‘heavyweight’ (250 lb.) robot built for the 2015 BattleBots competition on ABC. Lock-Jaw’s creator is veteran builder Donald Hutson from team Mutant Robots. Donald has competed in many types of combat robotics events including the original Robot Wars back in 1996 with his first 220 lb robot called Tazbot. Donald is also ... Read More
 
SureMotion Linear Slides

SureMotion Linear Slides

AutomationDirect’s SureMotion line of motion control products now includes both motor-ready actuator assemblies and an assortment of sliding components and accessories to provide a wide variety of motion control solutions for X-Y and X-Y-Z positioning systems. Twin round-shaft slide actuators feature a continuously-supported round rail slide with ball screw actuation and provide robust precision linear ... Read More
 
WEG| Small Town Touch with a Global Reach

WEG| Small Town Touch with a Global Reach

It’s not every day that a 92-year-old founder of a global company comes to a sales meeting but that’s not unusual at WEG. This type of corporate culture defines the company and makes its customers eager to work with them. Whether it’s hosting backyard barbeques with executives or working side-by-side in the office, WEG has ... Read More
 
SureMotion Line Includes Drive Couplings

SureMotion Line Includes Drive Couplings

Rotating shaft-driven mechanical components are commonly used in all forms of machinery that perform the various processes and functions of modern industry. While perfect alignment of shafts and rotating components is desired, shaft ends can often be misaligned. This misalignment places stress on shafts and related parts, which can result in early failure of both.