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Vertical Loads: When And How Should Brakes Be Used On A Linear Actuator? In Motion Control, there are many examples of vertical applications, and the examples can vary widely. Whether it’s a packaging gantry or a robot end effector, linear actuators commonly are used to lift loads against gravity. However not all actuators have a …

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Pneumatic Proportional Control with Actuator Position Feedback When infinite position adjustability of an actuator through its entire range of motion is required, many people have become accustomed to looking at servo-electric solutions first. This is often the best choice, but in some cases, a pneumatic solution can be more cost-effective overall. One of our customers recently …

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Accuracy, Repeatability, and Resolution: Applications in Automation and Motion Control The terms accuracy, repeatability, and resolution can be found on the spec sheets of many engineered products. They are often misunderstood, used interchangeably, or just plain confused. This can cause products to be incorrectly specified and, in many cases, over-designed for an application.  Let’s take a …

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Building and Operating Smarter Machines Using Automation Technologies and Analytics The following is an excerpt from a full white paper by Paul Carter, “Building and Operating Smarter Machines Using Automation Technologies” which can be downloaded here or at the bottom of the page. Introduction and Objectives What is a Smart Machine? It is most likely …

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