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4 Reasons to Use Pilot Operated Solenoid Valves vs Direct Acting Solenoid Valves in Pneumatic Manifolds

Tim Whitacre | November 8th, 2017 Solenoid valves used in air manifolds can be direct acting or pilot operated. In the case of a direct acting solenoid valve, the coil acts directly on the valve spool to actuate it. In the case of a pilot operated solenoid valve, it uses system air pressure as a pilot to actuate the spool.

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Directly Command Motion from a Red Lion Graphite HMI to an Integrated Stepper Motor via Modbus TCP/IP

Steve Dickerson | November 1st, 2017 Bill of Material Red Lion 7” Graphite HMI (G07C0000) LMDCEXXXX (for this example I used LMDCE573 and LMDCE571) Phoenix Contact Quint 24 VDC power supply (2866747) Phoenix Contact 5 Tx Ethernet Switch (2891152) Phoenix Contact Power Distribution Module (2903717) Windows 7 laptop with 64-bit environment Introduction The purpose of this

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Start to Finish Design of a Custom Rack Mounted Motion Control Cabinet

Steve Dickerson | October 27th, 2017 Cross Company recently wrapped up a custom control cabinet solution that highlights how an existing set up can easily be optimized to fit customer needs. This customer had been using a standard floor cabinet, modified with wheels, to control an elaborate gantry system that was meant to be broken down and

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When it Comes to Robotics, the Proof is in the Pudding

Steve Dickerson | October 3rd, 2017 What does this really mean? How does this apply to Industrial Automation and Robotics? What if you don’t even like pudding? “The principal trouble with ‘the proof is in the pudding’ is that it makes no sense,” Michael Quinion of worldwidewords.org, a leading British word maven, wrote. “The full proverb is

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What Are Your Options When Custom Machinery Fails?

Mike Wilson | September 29th, 2017 Custom machinery is everywhere in manufacturing because generic solutions may not work or be efficient enough. But if something happens to your custom machine, your repair or redesign options may be limited. A few years ago I had a large Tier 1 Automotive customer that had several custom-built assembly and

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Maximum Performance – Minimum Size with Lintech 200 Series Linear Tables

Steve Dickerson | September 8th, 2017 The Lintech 200 series linear translation stages are designed to maximize performance while minimizing physical size and cost. These linear motion stages use a low friction, preloaded, recirculating linear ball bearing system, which rides on precision ground linear square rail guides. The linear profile rails are mounted to a precision

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Using a Cobot with Vision to Pick Parts from Partially Filled Trays

Josh Westmoreland | September 5th, 2017 When thinking about the potential of adding a robot to production, the first thought usually goes to the activity that is to be accomplished. It could be loading a machine, performing a visual inspection, or any host of other potential applications. However, there is another part of the process that

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Direct Drive Servo System & Performance for the Same Price as a Precision Screw Actuator?

Steve Dickerson | September 1st, 2017 Akribis Systems Offers Solutions in Direct Drive Motors including Linear Direct Drive, Rotary & Compact Rotary Direct Drive, and Voice Coil Direct Drive Akribis is in the business of designing and manufacturing motors, stages, and precision systems that are used in high speed and precision equipment for manufacturing, inspection and

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Universal Robots and the Rise of the Machines

Karl Bentz | August 29th, 2017 My customer Hirebotics was recently featured on the front page of the Washington Post. Read about ‘How a Couple of Robots Came to be the Newest Hires at a Wisconsin Factory in Search of Reliable Workers.’ It’s very interesting and I thought you would want to read it too. Thanks, Karl. Article

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