alpha & Wittenstein opens Canadian office

To better serve its northern neighbors, alpha & Wittenstein, Bartlett, Ill., has opened a North American Global Center of Excellence in Canada. The new office is located in Waterdown, Ontario and can be reached at (905) 690-7086. The company supplies servo motion control components and systems. For more information, visit www.alphagear.com.

SKF acquires ABBA Linear Tech

SKF USA Inc., Bethlehem, Pa., recently acquired ABBA Linear Tech Co., Taipei, Taiwan, a manufacturer of profile rail guides that enable precise positioning for factory automation, medical, assembly, machine tool, semiconductor processing, and other applications. Guides can be specified in a variety of sizes, configurations, and lengths, with different carriage designs available to accommodate various load and stiffness demands. For more information, visit www.skfusa.com/profilerailguides.

WAGO expands U.S. headquarters

WAGO Corp., Germantown, Wis., has completed the expansion of its North American headquarters, increasing the company's manufacturing and storage facility from 60,000 to 75,000 sq ft. WAGO produces spring pressure connection products designed to eliminate loose wires as a result of vibration and temperature cycling. For more information, visit www.wago.us.

Fenner Precision acquires Winfield Industries

Fenner Precision, Manheim, Pa., recently acquired Winfield Industries Inc., Buffalo, N.Y. Fenner Precision designs and manufactures belts, rollers, and pulleys for the paper propulsion industry, while Winfield manufactures polyurethane and silicone rollers for digital imaging, medical, and diagnostic imaging applications. The Winfield facility will continue to operate in Buffalo, but under the Fenner Precision name. For more information, visit www.fennerprecision.com.

Webcast explores gearbox, gearmotor considerations

How do you select a motor and gearbox (speed reducer) separately, and then perfectly match them for your OEM application? Is it better to specify a pre-engineered gearmotor? These are some of the questions that will be answered in the upcoming, free webcast — Gearmotors: Achieving the Perfect Match — from Groschopp Inc., Sioux Center, Iowa, to be presented live on April 9 at 2 p.m. EDT. The event will also be archived online to view at any time.

Groschopp engineers Matt Decker and Loren Kamstra will share tips, tricks, and techniques for specifying the most efficient and cost-effective choices. Review of actual case studies will bring their experiences to life and reinforce your new motor/gearbox/gearmotor knowledge, followed by a Q & A session. If you're an electrical or mechanical design engineer in the process of developing a gearmotor application or you'd like a better understanding of basic motor and gearbox types, you may want to attend this free webcast. For more information, visit www.machinedesign.com/go/groschopp.aspx.