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1 Industry News (August 2014)

The complete Industry News section from the August 2014 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

2 INDUSTRY NEWS (March 2015)

News From the Industry

3 Industry News (April 2017)

Corporate and personnel announcements from the April 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

4 Industry News (June 2012)

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5 Industry News (October 2013)

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6 Industry News (October 2011)

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7 Industry News (February 2012)

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8 Industry News (March 2019)

The complete Industry News section from the March 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

9 In Motion (March 2019)

The following special product news section examines the latest products and technologies in motion control.

10 Industry News (February 2019)

The complete Industry News section from the February 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

11 Realizing the High Precision Load Handling Benefits of Rodless Electromechanical Actuators (February 2019)

Electromechanical rodless linear actuators can offer better load handling in smaller spaces than rod-style actuators, but realizing those benefits requires careful attention at the specification level. Whether you are replacing a failed actuator, looking for better performance or building a new application from the ground up, success depends on how precisely you specify application requirements.

12 Industry News (February 2020)

The complete Industry News section from the February 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

13 Keeping Production Running (April 2019)

Cement Backer Board Plant Utilizes Oil Shear Clutch Brake

14 Industry News (April 2019)

The complete Industry News section from the April 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

15 Industry News (June 2019)

The complete Industry News section from the June 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

16 Reduce Your Linear Motion Assemblies to a Single Component with Motorized Lead Screw Actuators (December 2019)

When it comes to specifying linear motion within a machine, system designers have many options from which to choose. Making the right choice can impact the ease of installation, footprint and cost of operation.

17 Chain & Sprocket Systems and Maintenance (June 2019)

Chain and sprocket drives of one form or another have been driving machines and conveying materials for over a thousand years. The chain manufacturing industry has developed numerous types and sizes of drive chains. Although it is a mature form of power transmission, there are still many industrial applications for which drive chain is suited. It is economical, resistant to shock loads, easy to install, has the ability to transmit high torque, operates in hostile environments, and is efficient. Chain and sprocket drives are highly engineered and manufactured within close tolerances.

18 Industry News (December 2018)

The complete Industry News section from the December 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

19 Gearbox Innovation Evolves in Step with Expanding Servo Market (September 2018)

Approximately one quarter of all servo motors around the world require some type of gear reduction in their applications. From large satellite dishes to precision medical devices, gearboxes boost torque and reduce speed for servos in order for them to be sized more efficiently. While gearbox fundamentals haven't changed much over the past 20 years, their effectiveness has improved significantly, driven mostly by the need to accommodate advancements in servo technology.

20 Industry News (August 2018)

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21 Product News (March 2018)

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22 Thermal Growth Issues and Solutions for Shaft Couplings (August 2018)

Many refineries and chemical plants are built with large pieces of rotating equipment in an outdoor setting exposed to the elements. The author has been researching thermal growth issues for decades across North America.

23 Industry News (September 2018)

The complete Industry News section from the September 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

24 Industry News (October 2018)

The complete Industry News section from the October 2018 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

25 Introducing the Ball Screw (December 2018)

The Swiss Army Knife of PT Components.

26 Pushing Forward with Belts and Chains (June 2018)

The technology continues to evolve in chain- and belt-driven systems

27 Product News (March 2020)

The complete Product News section from the March 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

28 Product News (February 2019)

The complete Product News section from the February 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

29 Upgrading Air-Cooled Heat Exchangers (ACHE) and Cooling Towers (June 2020)

Many industrial facilities with air-cooled heat exchangers (ACHE) and cooling towers often have older units installed. Depending on the age, repairs, and maintenance done over the years it may have had an impact on performance. Upon conducting site inspections of the equipment, it is sometimes found that ACHE or cooling tower components have degraded. This can result in a system that is not very energy-efficient and delivers substandard cooling performance.

30 Motor Management - Best Practices (October 2015)

Reducing losses and increasing profits by instituting a motor management plan is what this series of articles is all about. Here in Part I, we discuss how to create a motor inventory and establish repair-or-replace motor guidelines. Subsequent topics in this three-part series will address (Part II) motor failure policies and purchasing specifications, and (Part III) repair specifications and preventive and predictive maintenance, respectively.

31 BSA is the Forum that Keeps Bearing Companies Rolling (December 2008)

In today’s increasingly competitive global economy, industries and the companies that serve them are always looking for an edge. Price and quality being routinely accepted as a given, businesses—large and small—are always looking for a little help. For the worldwide bearing industry, that help exists in the form of the Bearing Specialists of America (BSA).

32 MPTA Remains a Viable Resource for Power Transmission Industry (April 2008)

The Mechanical Power Transmission Association was founded in 1933 as the Multiple V-Belt Drive and Mechanical Power Transmission Association.

33 Industry News (February 2022)

The complete Industry News section from the February 2022 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

34 Motor Management - Best Practices (December 2015)

Energy costs and downtime can be greatly reduced by instituting a motor management plan. Part II of this three-part series specifically addresses the establishment of a motor failure policy and the development of purchasing specifications. Part I addressed the general aspects of a motor management plan, including the first steps of creating a motor inventory and guidelines for motor repair and replacement. Part III will examine motor repair specifications as well as preventive and predictive maintenance.

35 Motor Management Best Practices Part 3 (February 2016)

This three-part series on motor management best practices focuses on the importance of instituting a motor management plan as a necessity in effectively administering the electric motors in a facility. The goal of a motor management plan is to take advantage of opportunities for energy savings and increased productivity using energy efficient, reliable motors such as NEMA Premium efficiency motors, herein referred to as “premium efficiency” motors.

36 Industry News (March 2021)

The complete Industry News section from the March 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

37 Emerging Motor Technologies (February 2018)

Copper's continuing role in energy-efficient motor development.

38 Copper in Motor Repair Facilities (March 2017)

Three electric motor repair facilities share best practices for utilizing copper in motor repair, and recommending new motors to replace older, less-efficient motors

39 Oil Shear Brakes Speed Loading of Oceangoing Vessels (October 2021)

While "applying the brakes" generally means slowing down, applying the right brakes can transform an equipment fix into a decade of reliable service and support.

40 Industry News (August 2021)

The complete Industry News section from the July 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering

41 Centralized vs. Decentralized: Choosing the Right Type of Motor Control System (August 2020)

Are you looking for one simple formula to help you choose between centralized and decentralized motor control? Unfortunately, such a formula does not exist. However, evaluating the overall size of the system, comparing labor and material costs, and maintaining flexibility can help guide engineers in the right direction.

42 Industry News (February 2018)

The latest new hires and corporate announcements from around the industry.

43 Product News (June 2020)

The complete Product News section from the June 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

44 Industry News (April 2020)

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45 Industry News (September 2020)

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46 Industry News (October 2020)

Obituary: Daniel B. Jones, plus the complete Industry News section from the October 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

47 Industry News (February 2021)

The complete Industry News section from the February 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

48 Industry News (December 2020)

The complete Industry News section from the December 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

49 Leveraging Stepper Motor Linear Actuator Configurability (December 2020)

When designers and integrators need simple, flexible and compact linear actuation, they often turn to stepper motor linear actuators (SMLAs). The high configurability of SMLAs is among their greatest virtues, but sorting through myriad configuration options to tailor the optimal solution for a particular application can be a challenge for even the most seasoned motion engineer.

50 Industry News (March 2020)

The complete Industry News section from the March 2020 issue of Power Transmission Engineering

51 Industry News (August 2017)

Schaeffler invests in North America, plus other news from around the industry.

52 Picking and Placing with Flexible Fingers (September 2019)

They're like real fingers, able to pick up hard stuff, a spark plug or a metal pipe connector, and pick up soft stuff without breaking or smushing it: an egg, a loaf of bread, a donut.

53 Insider's Guide to Automate 2019 and Promat (March 2019)

Automate Show Examines the Integration of Robotics, Automation and Machine Vision, while Promat explores the latest in material handling technology.

54 Pack Expo: The Push to Automation (August 2017)

With Pack Expo Las Vegas around the corner, we took a look at the state of the packaging industry today to see what you can expect at the show. The answer is more automation.

55 Battle Bots - Victorian Edition (April 2017)

Airships, gears, robots, steam power and buzzer-beating theatrics highlight the 2017 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition known as FIRST Steamworks.

56 PT Extras (August 2013)

Gear Expo coverage, plus a new video from Motion Industries and Rexnord.

57 Product News (June 2013)

The complete Product News section from the June 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

58 Product News (December 2009)

The complete Product News section from the December 2009 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

59 Product News (August 2009)

The complete Product News section from the August 2009 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

60 Product News (June 2009)

The complete product news section from the June 2009 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

61 Your Robotic Chariot Awaits (March 2017)

Furrion is developing a mech in the hopes of launching racing into realms so far only explored by science fiction.

62 Mind Sport (September 2016)

Here’s what we know about Tremont, Illinois: It’s a small village in Tazewell County, (population 2,400+), holds an annual summer turkey festival (quite popular) and the courthouse is a famous historic site where politician James Shields challenged an “up-and-coming” lawyer named Abraham Lincoln to a duel with cavalry broad swords (they showed up, but the duel never materialized). In 2016, you can add FIRST Robotics Competition World Champion to the village’s rather eccentric list of accomplishments.

63 Service Without a Smile (April 2010)

Manufacturing employees have always kept their eyes on the robotic systems that continue to pop up in assembly lines and industrial workspaces. These metallic, low-maintenance robotic employees don’t waste time with smoke breaks or catching up on episodes of Lost. They tend to stick to the task at hand with little argument or attitude, giving human counterparts a bad name when they gripe about factory temperatures or lack of a decent dental plan.

64 Helping Hands: How Robotic Automation Can Help Manufacturing Resurgence (April 2010)

Before Mike Cicco was involved on the engineering side, he used to sell robotic systems to manufacturers. Most of his sales pitches were met with hesitation and skepticism as he tried to explain the “benefits” of replacing employees on the shop floor with an automated system.

65 Solar Energy - The Alternative Alternative (October 2009)

While gear and bearing manufacturers engage in a wind energy arms race, the robotic automation industry has its sights set directly on the sun. Solar power—wind energy’s somewhat neglected step brother—has been gaining ground in alternative energy since 2001.

66 Now That Is Product Placement (August 2009)

ABB Robotics gets free advertising via summer blockbuster.

67 When (Robotic) Animals Ruled the Earth... (April 2011)

Nowadays, you can find scientists and engineers creating micro-robotic creatures for a slew of fascinating research projects.

68 Meet Paro, the Robotic Baby Seal (August 2011)

I robot. You robot. He robot. Robots are everywhere. For decades, they have been as prevalent on TV and in science fiction novels and movies as they are now on the world’s factory floors—and operation rooms. Fiction is now fact.

69 Surviving the Robot Revolution (June 2015)

It had no arms or legs to speak of; no fleshy, meaty exterior or squishy insides; no heart, no brain, no soul. It was just a protracted steel body, long and spindly, a rectangular “head” at the end, and one glowing sensor. It wasn’t alive. It wasn’t sentient. It was a robot.

70 Robots Go Where Even Heroes Fear to Tread (August 2012)

The DARPA Robotics Challenge is creating first-response robots capable of going where the danger is.

71 Cut and Print (December 2011)

Norkol Converting Corporation is one of the nation’s leading independently owned converters and distributors of commercial printing papers. The company has full production capabilities and state-of-the-art machinery for winding, trimming and sheeting. The company utilizes traditional slitter re-wind equipment that unwinds, slits and then re-winds paper to new dimensions. These conventional re-winders, while typically producing new widths of paper with clean cuts, work at an inefficient, slow pace.

72 Product News (August 2010)

The complete Product News section from the August 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

73 Blocks (Around the Clock) (August 2011)

Reading Rock manufactures concrete blocks - the kind that were probably used to build the schools that you attended. With employees working three shifts six to seven days a week, they make plenty of them.

74 Product News (April 2017)

Clutches and Brakes take center stage in the April 2017 edition of Product News.

75 Product News (August 2016)

News about industry products.

76 Industry News (June 2016)

News from around the industry

77 Industry News (April 2016)

News from around the Industry.

78 Controlling Backlash in Mammography Systems (April 2017)

Medical imaging equipment, water handling systems, conveyors, robotic systems and rotary and linear actuators are among the many devices that may be fitted with electric friction brakes to hold their loads in place when the power is off or disrupted.

79 Product News (June 2017)

The complete Product News section from the June 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

80 Industry News (September 2017)

The complete Industry News section from the September 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

81 Fluid Couplings vs VFDs for High Inertia Rotating Driven Loads (September 2017)

As the old adage goes, "There is more than one way to skin a cat." In the early stages of any project, system designers are faced with choices; whether they are designing a new application or retrofitting an old one, they need to determine what is the most efficient, economical and practical way of completing the task at hand. Though there are usually at least two viable means to accomplish the task, the first step is always to review and weigh the merits of each option.

82 Industry News (June 2017)

The complete Industry News section from the June 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

83 Slicing Downtime (March 2016)

An independent cheese packager in central Wisconsin packages millions of pounds of cheese every year. Whether shredded, sliced, crumbled or waxed, each package is designed specifically for a customer’s unique needs. As a “toll processor,” production line speed is critical to productivity as well as profitability.

84 Industry News (September 2015)

News From Around the Gear Industry

85 Industry News (October 2012)

The complete Industry News section from the October 2012 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

86 Selecting and Sizing Ball Screw Drives (October 2012)

The ball screw drive is an assembly that converts rotary motion to linear motion and vice versa. The ball screw drive consists of a ball screw and a ball nut with recirculating ball bearings...

87 Getting Creative (October 2012)

Beverage industry conveyor pours on advantages in distribution center. Case study describes the new conveying systems at Motion Industries Canada.

88 PTExtras (December 2012)

Take a look at some of the latest videos posted on powertransmission.com, plus the most recent updates to our online buyers guide.

89 Industry News (August 2013)

The complete Industry News section from the August 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

90 Braking the Cycle (August 2015)

Tucked away in the southwest quadrant of the state of Georgia, amid stately pine stands, pecan farms and cotton fields, sits Oak Crest Lumber.

91 Industry news (April 2015)

News From Around the Industry

92 Product News (October 2013)

The complete Product News section from the October 2013 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

93 Force Control Assists in Helicopter Transmission Overhaul (December 2017)

Oil shear brake technology is the key to quick and reliable test stand development.