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Bosch Rexroth develops lean podcast series

A new episode, "Applying Lean to the Engineering Process," has been added to Bosch Rexroth's "Lean Manufacturing" podcast series....

Microsoft User Group moves to Automation Federation

The Microsoft Manufacturing User Group (MsMUG), Research Triangle Park, N.C., formerly a part of OMAC, is moving to a working group under the Automation Federation so that the group can better support the needs of the industry...

SEW Eurodrive Receives the Frost & Sullivan 2007 European Electric Drives Product Innovation of the Year Award

The "2007 European Electric Drives Product Innovation of the Year Award," is presented to SEW Eurodrive for its innovative mechatronic drive solution MOVIGEAR®. ...

MEMS sensor/actuator growth forecast to double

Innovative motion-control user interfaces on consumer electronics and drop detection/protection features in portable systems are helping accelerate the growth of semiconductor devices built with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology, according to a new market study from IC Insights Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz. ...

World’s First Nonmagnetic Robot Arm

The University of Calgary can boast that it’s got the first surgical robot able to operate in the 1.5 to 3-Tesla fields of magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) machines. ...

Mechatronic tidal simulation helps scientists

Scientists from London's Imperial College are using a Cool Muscle NEMA 23 integrated servo system (from Myostat Motion Control Inc., Newmarket, Ontario) to reproduce and study sub-surface pressure changes created by lunar tides — in the hopes of one day improving oil recovery. ...

Advanced Mechatronics Training Equipment

The need for advanced technical education is a popular subject these days, and it is one that must be addressed immediately. ...

Servopneumatics offers reliable, economical motion

When it comes to motion control, conventional thinking usually produces designs with electromechanical drives and computer-controlled electric motors. While such systems can accurately position within 0.0001 in. and, in some cases, to 1 µm, these solutions are often "overkill" and ignore the cost/benefit relationship in many applications...

Gears replace batteries in multiturn encoder

The Acuro AD36 absolute encoder from Danaher Industrial Controls, Gurnee, Ill. (danaher.com), takes a different approach. Rotational information is coded in the position of several lowprofile gears...

Accelerometer gives guitarists a hot hand

Until now, musicians playing electric guitar relied on foot-operated pedals to control filters and other special audio effects...

Digital Servoamp Revs Up Small-Motor Performance

Copley Controls' Accelus digital servoamplifier uses field-oriented control to enable motors to deliver higher torque, speed, and efficiency for a given drive current....

Piezoelectric Motor Delivers Precise Positioning In Small Applications

Sometimes you need a really small motor, and stepper motors and voice coil motors just won't cut it. Try the Squiggle series of piezoelectric motors from New Scale Technologies....

8-Bit MCU With Vector Control Cuts BOM And Energy Costs

The Z8 Encore MC (FMC16100 series) is the first 8-bit microcontroller to offer vector control capability, according to Zilog Inc. Vector control will significantly reduce the bill of material cost for appliance manufacturers and energy consumption for end users of the appliances....

MCU Simplifies Motor Control

Developing electric motor-control applications tends to be difficult. Microchip's flash-based PIC18Fxx39 family of microcontrollers (MCUs) should change that tune, though....

Motor Control Kit Targets Low-Cost Brushless DC Motors

The MC73110 Brushless Motor Control IC Developer's Kit (DK73110) from Performance Motion Devices comes with highefficiency MOSFET amplifiers. ...

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