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Variable AC drives can save users money by providing better motor control to operate the system at lower speeds and unity power factor. Courtesy: Danfoss
电机,驱动器 August 11, 2020

Top 10 ways to protect your VFD investment

Variable speed drives offer savings, if used properly

By Jon Mosterd
Courtesy: Festo
Robotics August 10, 2020

Automation helps with COVID-19, energy efficiency, robotics, non-contact motion control, STEM

Automation innovation has opportunities to help with COVID-19 pandemic response, energy efficiency, robotics, non-contact motion control using superconductivity, training and by creating increased interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Posital Inc.
Discrete Manufacturing July 31, 2020

Cost-effective position control boosts stepper motor performance

Kit-based absolute encoders (position sensors) can make stepper motors a lower-cost option to servo motors for many industrial machinery motion control applications.

By Jim Stevens
As a control algorithm moves robots through a space, each state the robots can be in is represented by a spot on the 3D graph. As the algorithm explores new options, it finds failures and potential next moves. This graph represents all of the wrong moves explored (blue) and the one route that is correct (red). Courtesy: Duke University
Robotics July 14, 2020

Coordinating complex behaviors among hundreds of robots

Duke University researchers have developed an approach to designing motion plans for multiple robots grows "trees" in the search space to solve complex problems in a fraction of the time.

由Ken Kingery
Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Automation July 2, 2020

Modular window film application system reveals high precision, throughput

PDS IG Equipment doubles window film throughput compared to the industry standard by using EtherCAT and PC-based control.

By James Figy
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
电机,驱动器 July 1, 2020

Top 5 VFD parameter changes explained

Programming variable frequency drives (VFDs) to fit most industrial applications require only the most basic settings to operate the motor. Understand these 5 VFD parameter changes to optimize VFD programming to fit most motor-drive applications.

By Christopher Jaszczolt
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
机械和工具 2020年6月26日

Improving machine performance and reliability with predictive maintenance

With more advanced predictive maintenance tools at their disposal, today’s maintenance and operations teams can improve efficiencies and minimize unplanned downtime.

By Phil Burge
Courtesy: igus
Automation, Controls June 4, 2020

创造历史:运动控制,工业通信挑战

综合自动化和运动控制有助于暂停,移动沉重的花园“云”作为使用无线吊坠芝加哥博物馆展览的一部分。使用光纤,水和电力电缆通常用于重型室内应用和在高湾仓库,包装机和室内起重机。

By Dan Thompson
Courtesy: North Carolina State University
Robotics May 17, 2020

Soft robot movement speed inspired by cheetahs

北卡罗莱纳州立大学的研究人员已经开发出一种类型的,能够更快速地移亚洲必赢动在固体表面或在水中,这是由猎豹如何运动启发的软机器人。

由马特·希普曼
Courtesy: New Products for Engineers, CFE Media and Technology
电机,驱动器 May 17, 2020

10 essential maintenance and troubleshooting tips for VFDs

A properly maintained variable frequency drive (VFD) can provide decades and cost-effective service. Making VFD inspections and maintenance part of facility oversight can improve outcomes.

By Lori Wade