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Summer 2017

The Importance of Thermal Protection for Torque Motors
When talking about high-end machining or manufacturing applications dealing with direct drive technology, one of the biggest key advantages of going with this particular transmission method is its endurance. Because of the nature of direct drive motors, they are able to operate at peak performance levels indefinitely without any kind of wear or aging as long as the motor isn’t pushed past its capacity.

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Spring 2017

Opportunities and Limitations of Industrial Internet of Things for Small Motor Drives
The Internet of Things (IoT) is generating a lot of buzz. Basically, the IoT concept is to add ‘smarts’ to a device for the purpose of getting it connected to the Internet. Once connected the benefit is the ability to monitor or control it.

Common Mode Chokes or Cores Cannot Prevent Bearing Failure in All Motors
In recent years, manufacturers of common mode chokes or cores (CMCs) have increased their efforts to market these devices as a means of preventing bearing failures in PWM VFD/inverter-driven motors. CMCs are not new; they have been applied to power electronics for decades. This article will discuss the basic principle of how CMCs work and their effectiveness in mitigating bearing currents.

Accelerated Optimization & Advanced Analysis for Electrical Machines And Drives Boost Motor and Drive Testing Productivity, Capability and Data Analysis
Evaluating motor efficiency has become extremely important since significant efforts are focused on more efficient electrical machines and drives. The main issue is how to implement an accelerated procedure that obtains the motor or drive efficiency for all operating points safely, accurately and rapidly. Ordinary test methods using a typical power analyzer only offer inadequate numerical results.

Switched Reluctance: How Intelligent Motor Control Improved a Technology
Companies that ignore innovation and avoid technological progress are the ones that fall behind. In an increasingly connected world driven by smart devices consumers seek sophisticated products that maximize efficiency and ease of use, and the electric motor industry is no exception. Those seeking to buy and use an electric motor typically seek high efficiency, wide variable speed range and compactness,  characteristics that make a product drastically better but result in a high price tag.

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Winter 2016

  • PC-Based Control Enables Cloud-Connected Motion Systems, Beckhoff Automation
  • Pairing Gearheads with Servo Motors, Parker Automation

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Summer 2016

  • Electric Motor Testing: An Emerging and Powerful Technology
    The Snell Group
  • Inverter Drives: Yesterday’s Technology or Tomorrow’s Unsung Hero?
    Parker Hannifin, Parker SSD Drives

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Spring 2016

  • Machine Design in the 21st Century
    Travis Schneider, Product Manager – Automation Group • Parker Hannifin
  • Sodecia Uses PC Control, EtherCAT and Programmable Safety to Accelerate Robot Cell Performance for Automotive Assembly
    Beckhoff Automation

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Winter 2015

  • Voice Coil Actuators vs. Solenoids: What is the Difference?
    James R. Mitchell, H2W Technologies
  • Motor & Drive Systems 2016 Conference Preview
  • Electromechanical Actuators in the Automotive Industry
    Christian Becker, Automotive Business Development Manager, Exlar Europe GmbH, Curtiss-Wright Corp.
  • Robotic Liquid Handling: Lab Automation with Micro-Stepping Motors
    Jonas Proeger & Spencer Horowitz, Trinamic Motion Control

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Summer 2015

  • Comparing Efficiency and Capabilities of Hybrid Stepper Motor Actuators to Can Stack Stepper Motor Actuators
  • Motion Control in Packaging: 10 Tips for Improvement…Plus One for Good Measure
  • A High Efficiency, Low EMI, Low Cost Universal Motor
  • Simplifying the Machine Engineering Design Process Through Improved Energy Efficiency of Electric Drives

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