The Motion Control Show
Episode 1:Who can help me to size and select industrial automation electric actuators and a motion control system?
You've been asked to put together a gantry (or some mechanical motion control system) and you probably have no idea where to start. Let me help you narrow it all down a little bit.
Episode 2:What are the Main Components Needed to Make a Motion Control System?
You may be wondering what the main components are that you need to make a motion control system. What are the minimum number of components you need?
Episode 3:What Terminology do I Need to Know? (Force, Torque, Moment, Inertia, Axes of Motion)
Before we dive into the meat of the matter of sizing and selecting mechanics, there are some basic concepts we need to understand: namely the force, torque, moment, inertia, and axes of motion.
Episode 4:What Terminology do I Need to Know? (Precision)
As we dive further into sizing and selecting mechanics, there are a couple of terms that are extremely important in understanding the requirements of an application. They center around the precision requirements for the application.
Episode 5:What Terminology do I Need to Know? (Motion Requirements & Summary)
We're continuing on with talking about some of the basic terminology and things you need to know in order to be able to size your own mechanics and gantry. We cover motion requirements and a summary at the end of the last several episodes.
Episode 6:What Terminology do I Need to Know? (Types of Linear Mechanics)
We've been talking about a lot of different basic terminology. Now we're going to talk about just some basic types of linear mechanics.
Episode 7:What Terminology do I Need to Know? (Types of Rotary Mechanics)
Typically, when people think of rotary mechanics, they're talking about rotary tables. Here's a classic picture of a rotary table on the right. Now, this is a worm gear-driven table. So, you have to have an external motor. Here's the motor mount over here on the right-hand side.
Episode 8:Specsmanship - Load Ratings Using Bearing Life Curves
Today we're talking about specsmanship. Specifically, we're looking at a load-ratings on mechanics by using the bearing life curves. What is specmanship? Why do we care? Well, in case you haven’t noticed, the catalog specs are not always straight forward as they appear. Let's look at a couple examples.
Episode 9:EMC Installation - Preventing Electrical Ghosts
Today we're taking a break from all the mechanical topics and are going to talk about an electrical one: electrical noise. I've talked to people who don't believe in electrical noise, but I guarantee you that when you've had the problem, and found out what it was, you will wish you had known this.
Episode 10:EMC Installation - Why do I need a Mains Filter?
Continuing on talking about electrical noise, I often times have suggested mains filters to customers and they say, “Well I'm not shipping my system to Europe so I don't need it.” But there are very good reasons for putting a mains filter on your system even when you're not shipping it to Europe. Let's take a look at this.
Episode 11:EMC Installation - Selecting a Mains Filter
I am continuing my conversation with you about EMC installation. We talked about electrical noise, where it comes from and how we control it. We talked about the reasons for Mains filters. Now I'm going to talk a little bit about how to select Mains filters and unfortunately, it's a real black art.
Episode 12:What Does a Gantry Look Like?
After taking a break from mechanics for a few episodes, we're returning to the idea of a gantry. But, you may wonder what a gantry looks like. For an explanation of that, we're going to turn to Valin’s own Michael Reynaud with a special animation by Valin’s Cassidy in order to show you what a gantry looks like.
Episode 13:How Many Motors do I Need for Parallel Axes on my Gantry?
One of the things that can really trip people up with sizing and selecting a gantry system is whether they need one or two motors for the X and X-prime. In this system’s configuration, we're utilizing two separate servo motors to drive the X and X-prime axes. This is since they are so far apart.
Episode 14:Don't Forget Cable Management!
A very important factor to keep in mind when sizing your gantry system is the cable management and cable lengths you'll need. If you think about it, we're going to need cables to span throughout every axis of motion. Starting with the Theta, we must go through the Z-axis, through the Y-axis, and then even through our X-axis, to get to our end.
Episode 15:Ballscrews vs Belt Pulleys vs Linear Motors
Back in Episode 6, I explained to you the different types of linear mechanics. This included ballscrews, belt & pulleys, linear motors and even rack & pinion. I get the question all the time: which linear mechanics do I use? That could be a short conversation or a long one, depending upon the application.
Episode 16:Take the Mounting into Consideration
When we size, select, and design gantry systems such as this one, we must make sure that we take into account the whole framing that this is going to be mounted on. Is that framing going to be simply supporting the actuators at just the ends? If so, we might get some deflection and vibration caused by the moving of the load or even just the weight of the actuator itself.
The Holistic Approach
End of Travel and Home Sensors vs Absolute Encoders
Episode 19:What do I Need to Know to Select Mechanics?
LOSTPED is an acronym that stands for Load, Orientation, Speed, Travel, Precision, Environment and Duty Cycle. But, what does it REALLY mean? And how much do we really need to know about each of those to be able to select our mechanics? Learn more in episode 19 of The Motion Control Show.
Episode 20:Do I Need Feedback?
Do you embrace linear encoders, or do you avoid them whenever possible? Or are you wondering what a linear encoder even is? After all this sizing and selecting of mechanics, and even designing your own mechanics, you might be considering putting a feedback device on there and whether you should or not. Learn more in episode 20.
Episode 21:Linear Encoder Errors
You may be wondering about what problems adding feedback to your mechanics can cause. One is that it can make your electronics more sophisticated and therefore more expensive; the other one is that the feedback devices may not be as accurate as you think.
Episode 22:Mitigating Risks in Mechanics
How do you mitigate your risks when sizing, selecting and designing mechanics? How do you decide whether to make or buy your mechanics? Here are some considerations. Learn more in episode 22.
Episode 23:The Effect of Accuracy & Repeatability on a Solution
What happens if you use the incorrect terminology? What if you say “accuracy” but need “repeatability”? We interview Ray Marquiss in Episode 23 to find out.
The Effect of Moment Loading on a Solution
The Effect of Moment Loading on a Solution's Lifespan
What Tools Can I Use to Size Electric Linear Actuators?
How Does Abbe Error Effect the Straightness and Flatness Performance?
How to Convert from Pneumatic and Hydraulic Actuators to Electric?
10 Questions to Consider in Deciding Between Robots and Modular Mechanics
Episode 30The Motion Out of Control Episode
For my 30th episode, I thought I'd celebrate by sharing a little bit of the goofs and fun and laughter and jokes and frustration that we've had along the way in making the first 29 episodes.
Episode 31Can I Mix and Match Products from Different Suppliers?
Which is better: Selecting products that are the best of breed from different suppliers OR sticking with one supplier? You don’t want to find yourself pushing a train under water with a VW Bug with square wheels!
Can I Mix and Match Drives and Motors from Different Manufacturers?
Which is better: Selecting drives and motors that are the best of breed from different manufacturers OR sticking with one supplier? Here are the factors to consider.
Can I Mix and Match Motors and Mechanics from Different Manufacturers?
Episode 34Can I Mix and Match Drives and Controllers from Different Manufacturers?
One may think this is simple, but there are a lot of pitfalls in the compatibility between drives and controllers from different manufacturers. Here are the factors to consider.
Can I Mix and Match Controllers and HMIs from Different Manufacturers?