Electronically commutated DC motors now incorporate functions that were previously the preserve of AC servo-motors. With output powers up to 500 W and torques up to 5 Nm, the BG75 DC motors by Dunkermotoren are able to take on numerous drive tasks in industrial automation.
Banner Engineering has introduced the M-Gage wireless sensor node for vehicle sensing using Banner’s new SureCross Wireless Network. The specially optimised M-Gage wireless sensor is encapsulated in a rugged, IP67 SureCross node enclosure and accompanied by a long-lasting FlexPower battery.
National Instruments has announced three Compact Fieldpoint Controllers that deliver increased performance, higher processor speed and significantly improved ethernet throughput. The NI cFP-2220, cFP-2210 and cFP-2200 controllers include a 400 MHz PowerPC processor and Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS) for greater processing power and faster data analysis.
The GR 22, G 30.1 and G 30.0 motors are now available in versions with neodymium magnets. Compared with the basic version of the motors with ferrite magnets, they offer up to 30% higher starting torque. The speed characteristic of these motors under load is marked by a flatter characteristic curve and thus smaller variations in speed.
The Plus-B series of stepper motor drives is suitable for high-power single- and dual-axis motion control applications where high speed and resolution are required. They are AC powered and require only a mains transformer and a suitable controller with step and direction output signals.
The Schaffner Model 510 output filters reduce voltage slew rate (dV/dt) from inverter drives for variable-speed motors. High-voltage slew rates can cause overstressing of long motor drive cables and cause insulation breakdowns in motor windings.
Following on from the acquisition of Controlsoft by Zi-Argus in May 2007, Controlsoft will change its name to Zi-Argus effective 1 July 2008.
Discrete sensors and vision tend to be at polar opposites in complexity and capability. But sensor suppliers are now providing more sophisticated sensors and application techniques advancing up the curve towards vision solutions, and vision providers are trying to expand down the curve towards the discrete sensor world. But instead of a crash of technologies, a new layer of technology is evolving that combines the best from each.
ABB has announced that it has won over $64 million worth of contracts to supply equipment for Woodside's $12 billion Pluto Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project, currently under construction in Western Australia.
ABB Australia, a leading power and automation technology group, has announced a service concept for its customers’ robots that will identify and predict problems remotely, then automatically dispatch help.
The VGS series of products comprises three gripper system sizes: 2010, 3010 and 5010. Each system utilises an integrated COAX cartridge, designed to position vacuum power precisely where it's needed, making maximum use of energy and increasing speed by eliminating line losses and inefficiencies