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Servo users should not be seduced by power density alone
Servomotors are high-performance devices and represent all that is best in motor technology. Many engineers will feel a natural inclination to specify, top-of-the-range servos, every time, but clearly performance comes at a price. Gerard Bush of motion control specialist INMOCO offers some thoughts on how to select the optimum servomotor for a given application and how the technology will develop in future.
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LifeSense hydraulic hose condition monitoring system
Alexandra Benz, LifeSense product manager at Eaton's Hydraulics Business, considers the issues relating to unexpected failure of hydraulic hoses, and proposes a solution that can help machine builders design and manufacture highly customised machines that operate reliably, for longer and at high levels of energy efficiency and safety throughout their service life
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A fresh start for mobile applications with Qseven
Standardised computer modules make life easier for many developers, but the standards often come with a legacy. Qseven overcomes legacy limitations, is particularly suitable for mobile applications and is equally at home in all processor worlds, writes Zeljko Loncaric, Marketing Engineer, congatec AG
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Making sense of real-time load measurement
The handling of dry bulk materials used to be a completely manual process, but it is now being increasingly automated in a drive to reduce both the costs and the risks of injury, while also increasing throughput and accuracy. We report on some of the new real-time load measurement technologies behind these developments.
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Top ten tips for operative safety when working alongside robots
Darren Whittall, technical manager at Fanuc UK, offers his top ten tips while explaining why operative safety should be a priority in all robotic applications, and suggests steps that can be taken to avoid robot-related accidents when humans are sharing the same workspace.
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How food manufacturers can benefit from robotic automation
This article from Fanuc outlines how food manufacturers can benefit from robotic automation, typically for pick-and-place and packaging applications, with the company claiming that enquiries for this type of application are up 35 per cent compared with the previous year.
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A guide to selecting the right linear guidance system
With numerous designs to choose from, specifying the right linear guidance system can be a daunting task. Mike Hughes, Applications Engineer at Schaeffler UK, provides an overview of the types of system available, as well as their main design features and typical areas of application.
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Linear motion – think beyond conventional linear ball guides
Linear bearings have been an established technology facilitating linear motion almost since the dawn of time – in a crude form, early man used rows of logs to transport heavy loads, removing the last log and transporting it to the front as the load moved along the ground. Although modern linear ball guide designs are somewhat more advanced, it does not mean they are without constraints.
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