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Mar 23, 2015
Mechanical and Electromechanical Drives
Why are Ketterer’s products better than other alternatives?...
Mar 23, 2015
Hydraulic Load Sensing
How can load sensing be beneficial to a hydraulic system? What is the typical efficiency of a hydraulic system? What are the problems when flow is fixed?...
Mar 18, 2015
PLCs Over Microcontrollers
PLCs are fairly old-school, why use them over a microcontroller based option? Can UniStream connect with smartphones and tablets? Can UniStream interface with outside components?...
Mar 18, 2015
Hybrid Stepper-motor Controls
lectric motors are replacing fluid-power actuation where applications benefit from tight control of speed and precision positioning. However, even motors sometimes fall short. Here we look at...
Mar 13, 2015
Variable Frequency Drive Cables
Why are variable frequency drive (VFD) systems subject to electromagnetic interference (EMI)? Are newer drives more susceptible to noise problems?...
Mar 10, 2015
What is the difference between washdown and hygienic sensors? When designing a processing machine, what...
Mar 6, 2015
3D Printing Manufacturing
What is Additive Manufacturing? What type of mold could be replaced with a 3D printed mold? Are there benefits to changing to a 3D printed mold?...
Mar 2, 2015
Motion Control Amplifiers
What’s a motion control amplifier? What components go into a motion system? Are motion control amplifiers analog or digital?...
Feb 26, 2015
Advantages of Using Pneumatic Systems for Automation
What role does Pneumatics technology play in today's factory automation? What are optimal applications of pneumatic systems?...
Feb 20, 2015
Sensors for Safety
What is functional safety? What situations call for functional safety? What are the requirements for the components of a functional safety system? What determines the Safe Failure Fraction?...
Jan 30, 2015
There's much to consider when choosing the right valve for your next application...
Jan 28, 2015
Additive Manufacturing 101
What is Additive Manufacturing? What is Polyjet? What is Selective Laser Sintering? What is Direct Metal Laser Sintering? What is Fused Deposition Modeling?...
Jan 23, 2015
Small-diameter cartridge heaters
What is the basic design of a cartridge heater? When are small-diameter cartridge heaters called for? How much heat can these small heaters deliver?...
Jan 22, 2015
Rectangular and Circular Connectors
What kinds of connectors can engineers specify for machine design today? Why are circular connectors so common? How are today's...
Dec 9, 2014
Taking Advantage of the Benefits of Liquid Silicone Rubber
What is Liquid Silicone Rubber? Why use this material in your application? What are some application examples? Are there any drawbacks to LSR?...
Nov 18, 2014
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
What is Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section IV? What kinds of boilers are affected? How do I know if my heater's manufacturer is qualified? What are the new requirements for these heaters?...
Oct 27, 2014
Pneumatic Linear Slides
What is a pneumatic linear slide? How does a machine builder decide which model best suits an application? How about load capacity?...
Oct 15, 2014
Cogless Brush Motors
What is a bell-type motor armature? What is cogging torque? What are the operational advantages of an ironless core motor?...
Sep 9, 2014
Metal Prototyping Methods
What are the common methods of making metal prototypes? What is metal injection molding (MIM)?...
Aug 27, 2014
Specifying AC Gear Motors
How do gear motors affect the configuration of automation equipment? How do you size and configure AC gear motors for efficiency?...
Aug 21, 2014
Getting the Most from Your Bearings
Which materials work best for bearings that will be used in harsh environments? How do engineers choose the right lubrication? How can bearing life be extended?...
Jul 31, 2014
What is an electroformed part? How are electroforms installed? What are the advantages of electroforming?...
Jul 15, 2014
Why should engineers consider nonstandard components for a design? Aren’t standard parts usually the best bet? What’s the downside to standard components?...
Jul 7, 2014
Thermal Management and Circuit-Board Materials
What is thermal clad and what is its role in thermal management on circuit boards? Why does thermal clad use either copper or...
Jun 18, 2014
Nano Positioning Motion Control
What is nano positioning motion control (NPMC) and how did it come to the market? Was it the confluence of two or three technologies that made it possible? Or was it demand from industry that brought it about?...
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