Advances In Precision Motion & Control / Automation

Advanced Gantry Control

 

Gantries for 3D printing and laser material processing

A new hybrid gantry design combines the advantages of air bearings and traditional bearings into one compact, high performance system. Operated with state-of-the-art ACS motion controllers, higher accuracy and throughput can be achieved, while programming of complex motion profiles is facilitated with easy to use software. Applications are found in laser machining, 3D printing, photonics, robotics, microscopy, and precision industrial automation applications.

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Stick-slip Principle

 

Miniature motors make for smaller positioners

Size matters in miniaturization and automation - smaller is usually better. Traditional electromagnetic motors have limitations when it comes to shrinking dimensions while maintaining high efficiency and accuracy of motion with minimized energy consumption. Piezo ceramic inertia motors can fill this gap.

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Save Time, Money

 

Good things take time

This is especially true when highly accurate results are expected. Picking the right precision motion component or sub-system is crucial for success.

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Air Bearings vs Mechanical Bearings

 

Air bearings myths and FAQ's

Unlike mechanical bearings, air bearings free of wear and friction. The article answers questions on when to use air bearings and when to go with mechanical or flexure bearings.

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Mini Piezo Ratchet Motion

 

Overview of different types of precision motorized systems

Motion drive and control technologies are advancing rapidly, giving engineers access to an expanding spectrum of options to leverage previously unattainable performance and form factors.

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Six Degrees of Freedom

 

Hexapod robots in automation applications

Hexapods, six-legged parallel-kinematic machines, are quickly gaining ground in a broad range of industrial automation applications after “learning” how to directly communicate with PLC or CNC controllers via fieldbus interfaces. As far as the semiconductor and electronics industry, automobile industry, and precision assembly are concerned, many production processes have become inconceivable without them.

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Bio-Medical Applications

 

Advances in piezo mechanics aid eye surgery

Piezo motion-based mechanisms provide a variety of features that are highly sought after in life-science and medical engineering applications, such sterile ceramic designs and lubricant-free drives. Ceramics are also non-magnetic, an advantage in high-energy imaging/scanning based on strong magnetic fields.

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Stewart Platforms

 

6-Axis Parallel Kinematic Machines (PKM's)

PKM's are often referred to as Stewart Platforms. Based on a 6-axis (XYZ, Pitch, Roll, Yaw) actuator system arranged in parallel between a top and bottom platform, PKM's have many advantages over serial kinematics designs, such as lower inertia, improved dynamics, smaller package size and higher stiffness.

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Nanometer Precision

 

Piezo nanopositioning basics: precision, speed, stability

Piezo motion-based mechanisms provide a variety of features that are highly sought after in life-science and medical engineering applications, such sterile ceramic designs and lubricant-free drives. Ceramics are also non-magnetic, an advantage in high-energy imaging/scanning based on strong magnetic fields.

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Watch & Learn

 

More Videos

Because pictures are better than words, watch how a piezo ratchet mechanism works, how XY air bearings work, and the principles of 12-axis silicon photonics alignment automation.

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