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1 Integrated Motion Control in Packaging Machines Delivers Value (June 2011)

Maximizing packaging machine productivity and performance is imperative to success and is driving OEMs to adopt and invest in the latest technologies that can meet their customers’ challenges. At the forefront of these performance-driven technologies is an integrated control system—or programmable automation controller (PAC)—and latest-generation motion solutions.

2 Control System Upgrades Product Testing and Validation Machinery (December 2008)

Opto 22 Embeds Snap Motion Control subsystem in production equipment to control, monitor and gather operational data.

3 Braking Toward the Future (August 2012)

In the past decade, electrohydraulic braking systems--including ABS and traction control--have grown increasingly popular, due largely to the vehicle design flexibility and performance advantages they offer. The industry has seen several other instances of intelligent machine controls, unrelated to braking, over the years as well. But what all of these technologies have typically had in common is that they’ve existed as standalone, point-to-point functions that have not been integrated together. The present and future of braking is all about taking the next logical step--getting fully connected and finding ways to embed intelligence throughout a machine.

4 Monitoring the Health of Plant Machinery (September 2018)

Health monitoring or condition monitoring has been used for many years on machines and in plants where the cost of an outage is high. It allows failures to be anticipated and maintenance or repairs to be scheduled for the least loss of production, as well as avoiding unnecessary periodic maintenance.

5 Industry News (March 2017)

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

6 The Gizmo Society (June 2018)

It is hard these days to find any device that is not IoT-compatible or WiFi-connected. I recently had a new well pump installed that requires an iPhone for setup, which makes it hard for me to check or change the setup since I do not own an iPhone. In Olden Times, you had potentiometers or RS-232 connections - and that was fine.

7 Product News (June 2017)

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

8 Product News (August 2017)

The latest tools and techologies in power transmission, motion control and related components.

9 MediaMation Utilizes Digitization and Pneumatics to Alter Theater Experience (August 2017)

"For your safety, please keep your hands, arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times."

10 Industry News (June 2017)

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

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

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

12 Product News (October 2018)

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

13 12 Current Trends in Motion Control (March 2018)

Smart Factory solutions hint at machine design potential in 2018.

14 Smarter Machines Need Smarter Components (March 2018)

The future of motion control is connectivity. Read this issue to learn why.

15 Motors and Mechatronics - Moving to a Higher Plane (September 2017)

This is an article about motors - preventive motor maintenance, actually. And something else - mechatronics. In today's high-tech manufacturing and industrial use environments, it is near impossible to talk about equally complex motor maintenance and repair-or-replace protocols without it.

16 Now That Is Smart Manufacturing! (February 2017)

A machine called Sub1 Reloaded solved a Rubik's Cube in 637 thousandths of a second in Munich.

17 Product News (April 2016)

Latest news about upcoming products.

18 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.

19 How to Design A Better Servo Control System (Fall 2007)

Servo control system engineers typically work designing new systems or redesigning existing systems for conveyors, pick and place machines, gantries, machine tools or other equipment.

20 Pushing the Envelope(s) (September 2015)

With advances in modern technology reducing demand for envelopes, manufacturers are finding it increasingly hard to justify investment.

21 Product News (August 2016)

News about industry products.

22 Modular Control Systems for Wind Energy (August 2016)

For a 5-megawatt wind turbine prototype, aerodyn employs the latest control and software technologies, including a comprehensive PC-based control solution and the new modular TwinCAT Wind Framework. The TwinCAT Wind Framework features the latest software engineering and Big Data applications to extend current Industry 4.0 concepts to the wind energy industry. The modular software supports, for example, the direct provision of sensor data to the operator’s database, and in general enables the easy adaption of the wind turbine operation management to future requirements.

23 Saving Time with Auto-Tuning Drives (March 2017)

If there are two things that are in tight supply in the industry, it's time and talent. Manufacturers are always pressured to do more faster, and the industry is producing fewer experts to help them do it, so the industry's had to get crafty and find what time-cutting procedures they can.

24 Gearmotors Pulling, Pushing and Controlling Their Weight (October 2018)

Industrial mainstay adapts to remain relevant in a 4.0 world

25 Eight Reasons to Use Air Bearings Over Mechanical Bearings (December 2016)

Mechanical guiding systems, such as crossedroller bearings, work well for most motion control applications; however, when precision, angular repeatability, and geometric performance (runout, straightness) are critical or where submicron bearing rumble is problematic, air bearings are recommended. An air-bearing stage is a rotary or linear positioner that floats on a cushion of air, using one of several preload mechanisms, nearly eliminating mechanical contact and thus wear, friction, and hysteresis effects. Here are eight reasons why an air-bearing stage might be the right choice for your application:

26 Product News (April 2017)

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

27 Engineering Showcase - March 2019 (March 2019)

Special advertising section featuring mechatronics and motion control.

28 Product News (August 2021)

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

29 Product News (June 2021)

he complete Product News section from the June 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

30 Field Weakening - What, How, and Why to do It (June 2021)

Let's start with why field weakening is useful: it produces a wider speed range for a motor - with a constant torque at lower speeds and an almost constant power capability at higher speeds.

31 Examining Functional Safety in Motion Control Applications (March 2021)

The increased complexity of components as well as the need for system integration continues to challenge machine designers today.

32 Animatronics (September 2021)

Animatronics covers a wide range of applications, power levels and interfaces, as well as different actuator methods.

33 Product News (September 2021)

The complete Product News section from the September 2021 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

34 Motion Control Trending Topics 2021 (December 2021)

Digital transformation is taking place across industrial manufacturing and is most prominent in areas such as motion control, automation and robotics.

35 Stay "On-Track" When Selecting a Linear Guide System (December 2021)

Linear guide systems are perhaps the most diverse group of products in the motion control industry. Here's how to pick the best one for your application.

36 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.

37 A Ten-Minute Introduction to Digital Filters (March 2021)

Filtering is needed in various control and communication Applications.

38 Keeping Drives Electrically Quiet: Ferrites, Shielding and Grounding (October 2020)

Motion control systems often combine high power drive signals in close proximity (or even within the same cable) with lower level signals, like encoders. You will often see ferrite beads added around cables; their effectiveness in minimizing noise is greatly affected by how they are deployed. This involves which signals are grouped, what are the drive characteristics, and how shielding and grounding are handled in the system.

39 Keeping Production Running (April 2019)

Cement Backer Board Plant Utilizes Oil Shear Clutch Brake

40 Belts Vs. Couplings (August 2015)

rotary-type blowers? Examples: for motor KW; RPM; temperature; pressure production; lifetime; etc. In other words, how do I choose between belts or couplings?

41 In Motion (March 2019)

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

42 Motor Sizing Unusual Loads (February 2020)

One of the fun parts of the motion industry is involvement in popular movies! Motor specifications can be a bit rough: "I need to spin a 120-pound actor (and chair) 180 degrees in one-half second. He will be sitting up-right."

43 Value-Driven (March 2020)

New Opportunities and Technologies Allow AC Motors to Enhance Motion Control Applications.

44 Closing the Loop around a Transverse Flux Hybrid Step Motor (August 2020)

Transverse magnetic flux motors -- also known as step motors -- become Hybrid Servos when you operate them closed loop. This is the same transformation that happens between running a 3-phase synchronous motor from line voltage as opposed to running it closed loop as a brushless servo. In the case of hybrid motors, there are many degrees of what is advertised as "closed loop," and thus significant differences in the performance improvements seen.

45 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.

46 Transverse Magnet Flux AKA Hybrid Step Motor Driver Techniques (June 2020)

The transverse flux permanent magnet motor -- also known as a hybrid step motor or hybrid servo motor -- has a wide range of performances, depending upon how you drive these motors, and whether you operate them in open loop or one of the many variants of closed loop methods you use. In this third installment we will cover some of the many ways to drive these motors, as well as how these choices affect the performance of these motors.

47 Step vs. Servo - Selecting the Best (October 2018)

Over the many years, there have been many technical papers and articles about which motor is the best. The short and sweet answer is - let's talk about the application. More recently a number of papers and articles have appeared that compared each motor's advantages and disadvantages in generic or specific terms. Many times, the methods used to drive and control these motors are not completely described due to the many control schemes available for use. A few articles focus on just the open loop step motor and the closed loop servo motor advantages and disadvantages in a laundry list format. This article is attempting to "drill down" into the reasons why and to describe how it is done.

48 Bosch Rexroth Offers Hydraulic Solution for Blast Furnace (September 2014)

While the basic design of iron and coke blast furnaces is centuries old, today's steel makers are looking for innovative ways to produce molten iron with increased production and efficiency

49 Product News (December 2020)

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

50 The Show Must Go On...Somehow (August 2020)

Normally at this time of year we talk a lot about trade shows. We go to manufacturing and engineering events because that's where technology-oriented companies often unveil their innovations. Like many of you, we want to see that technology in person, talk to the experts who created it and better understand how it fits into the overall manufacturing and engineering landscape. One of our most important missions is learning about that information and sharing it with all of you.

51 Keeping the Lights on - Machine Monitoring Basics (June 2018)

As manufacturers continually search for ways to cut costs and increase ROI, machine monitoring and predictive maintenance (PdM) solutions are an increasingly cost-effective way for plants and factories to help reduce process downtime.

52 Custom Machine and Tool Bolsters Accuracy and Efficiency for Vande Berg Scales (June 2018)

If you can find that magic bullet that will reduce the machining process, you can achieve meaningful efficiency gains. It is imperative that check-weighers or in-motion weighing systems remain both accurate and efficient while attaining a consistently smooth operation because they dynamically weigh products as they move across the belt.

53 Highly Sophisticated War Machines are Tilling New Battleground (February 2021)

A common if not somewhat cynical reference to our nation's array of military capabilities is thinking of it as a "toy box."

54 An Overview of Fretting Wear (April 2021)

The reasons of this failure, its consequences and mitigation methods.

55 Six Keys to Sustainable Manufacturing (February 2009)

The federal government estimates that manufacturing uses about one third of the energy consumed in the U.S., so manufacturing companies can play an important role in building a sustainable future.

56 Machine Elements - Shaping the Future through Continuous Evolution (February 2022)

Does Moore's Law apply to machine elements such as gears, bearings and mechanical components?

57 Honoring the Past, Present, and Future (August 2021)

Velocipede Time Machine Celebrates 'The Nation of Inventors' at Hagley Museum

58 U.S. Wind Power Blowing Hot as New Installations Flourish (October 2017)

A look at recent installations, plus interviews with some wind industry insiders.

59 Gear Expo 2017 Showstoppers (September 2017)

This special advertising section features some of our VIP exhibitors.

60 Neighborhood Watch - Advancements in Condition Monitoring Equipment (June 2009)

Now more than ever, manufacturing companies are examining what steps need to be taken to ensure improvements to machine reliability by predicting system failures and minimizing downtime.

61 Mold Machining Center Maintains Accuracy (June 2008)

Entrust enlists Advanced Machine & Engineering for 7-axis, 2-spindle performance.

62 Rolling-Element Bearing Analysis (June 2013)

This article describes how more sophisticated modeling techniques allow the latest software to identify design issues with bearings, shafts, gears and complicated multi-body systems.

63 Application of Ceramics to NU-Type Cylindrical Roller Bearings for Machine Tool Main Spindles (December 2011)

Bearings used to support main spindles on machine tools must be capable of higher speed and greater rigidity. This is true in that any main spindle that turns together with a tool or work piece mounted onto it is one of the critical machine tool components that directly affects machining efficiency and accuracy of the machine tool; and, the bearings that support the main spindle are the most critical machine elements on the machine tool.

64 Global Industrial Outlook: Houston, We Have a Problem (December 2014)

With two armed conflicts underway impacting economic performance in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, we continue our investment stance of “Buy on the Sound of Cannons — Selectively” — but readers of Power Transmission Engineering should not be sanguine. Geopolitics is beginning to exert significant pressure on several end markets: I specifically refer to oil price. West Texas Intermediate or WTI has dropped from its $95-105 trading range in late spring to about $75 — about a (25%) drop despite wo ongoing conflicts because of excess supply.

65 Industry News (April 2017)

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

66 Engineering Showcase 2017 (March 2017)

One of our goals at Power Transmission Engineering is to help you understand, identify and select the best technology for your mechanical power transmission or motion control applications. With every project, you have to decide which components to use, and which suppliers, based on functionality, quality and price. We aim to help you make those decisions informed by providing the latest information on current technology, especially when it comes to mechanical components.

67 Product News (September 2016)

News about recent products in the Industry

68 Medical Motion Control (August 2013)

Controls from Quicksilver help in the design and development of medical rehabilitation equipment originally designed for returning astronauts.

69 Product News (June 2013)

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

70 Guidelines for Designing Better Motion Control Systems (February 2012)

Motion control systems engineers work chiefly in two well-defined areas: 1) new designs and 2) redesigns or retrofits. This article examines the best approach for each option.

71 Motion Control - Product Spotlight (August 2011)

This special product news section takes a look at the latest in motion control products.

72 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.

73 (Material) Moving into the Future (June 2011)

a custom hydraulic brake system from Mico Inc. aid in the development of specialized material handling equipment.

74 Industry News (August 2012)

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

75 Designing Drive Systems for Low-Web-Speed Applications (December 2012)

This paper will look at the solutions that current drive and motor technology can offer in not only improving tension control but also solving several other issues that are inherent to systems with high ratio gearing.

76 Servo Motor Performance at Stepper Motor Prices (April 2015)

Enhancing production with — and for — less is the standing order in today’s manufacturing world. Speeding up production while at the same time looking for ways, to cut, for example, energy costs, is a tricky equation with no single answer; where and how management goes about achieving that can take several paths.

77 No Time to Kill for Barge Operation (August 2014)

The scene is serene and picturesque. Sunshine reflects off the light chop of the Ohio River, as a barge winds its way into view. While those driving along Louisville’s River Road may be inclined to reach for a camera to capture this idyllic scene, the mood at Nugent Sand Company is anything but tranquil.

78 Wall to Wall Technology (August 2014)

With the addition of Industrial Automation North America (IANA) as well as Motion, Drive & Automation North America(MDA NA), IMTS 2014 has greatly expanded its range of manufacturing technology services. These co-located shows complement the metalworking solutions found at IMTS by bringing in key suppliers from around the world.

79 Tuning a PID Controller (April 2011)

This paper introduces the basic fundamentals of proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control theory and the characteristics of each of the PID control loops.

80 The Limbs of Lumenhaus (October 2010)

Motion systems bring award-winning and energy-optimizing “Smart House” to life.

81 Electronic Control for Hydraulic Applications - A Case Study (June 2009)

This case study presents how electronics and software can be applied to a mobile hydraulic application, as well as how electro-hydraulics have evolved over time.

82 Music in Motion (December 2008)

Woodworking process gets much needed upgrade for guitar manufacturer.

83 Product News (April 2008)

The complete product news section from the April 2008 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

84 Product News (August 2009)

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

85 Autosave Increases Productivity, Reduces Downtime for Nestle Purina (August 2009)

As automation devices have grown more complex and have incorporated more plant data in their operation, there is an increased need for programming changes to continue smooth operation or improve performance. In environments requiring frequent changes, it is not uncommon for code to be lost or changes overwritten, resulting in increased downtime and decreased productivity

86 Energy Strategy Makes a Difference (June 2010)

How to optimize performance and sustainable production through strategic planning, informed analysis and automation and control technology.

87 Soft Drink Solutions (December 2009)

Servo system from Bosch-Rexroth helps create more efficient beverage palletizer.

88 Honing a Competitive Advantage (December 2009)

Sunnen grows product portfolio with motion control solution from Siemens.

89 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.

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