Valin’s Bruce Ng continues the conversation on what happens to the lifespan of an actuator when important moment-loading information is omitted in Episode 25.
We've talked about loading and moment loading and what we need to know in order to size and select an actuator properly. Interestingly enough, what we do as Application Engineers is to help you fill in all the gaps, all the what-you-don’t-knows. So, I've asked one of our Senior Application Engineers, Kent Martins, to go through a sizing and show you what he does.
Recent events with the COVID-19 Virus has placed a spotlight on disinfecting and cleaning our personal areas and our work areas more frequently with reliable solutions. Actril™ is a ready to use cold sterilant, hydrogen peroxide based disinfectant 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 Special Gripper SCG is particularly suitable for handling thin, porous and sensitive workpieces. The high volume flow of the gripper ensures secure holding even with porous material or workpieces that do not cover the entire suction surface.
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.
You may be at the point of looking at adding feedback to your mechanics in order to make them more precise or to capture some of the errors I discussed last episode in Episode 20. But, you may also be wondering about some of the problems that can cause.
Concerned about COVID-19 Coronavirus? Cantel recently had a third-party laboratory verify the efficacy of its Actril™ and Minncare™ Cold Sterilant on hard, non-porous surfaces. The test demonstrated a complete inactivation of the 229E human coronavirus strain in 5 minutes at room temperature when used according to label instructions.
I have a question for you: 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.
LOSTPED is an acronym where LOSTPED stands for Load, Orientation, Speed, Travel, Precision, Environment and Duty Cycle. But, what does it REALLY mean?
on Tue, 11/26/2019
A common topic when putting together a motion control system and a gantry is whether to use end-of-travel limit switches, home sensors or absolute encoders. This really depends upon the application. So, let's talk about the pros and cons.
on Fri, 11/15/2019
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.
on Fri, 11/15/2019
You cannot just start on the mechanics, pick the motors, pick the drives, pick the controls, pick the HMI. First you must understand everything all together. Since we're talking about mechanics, there's a few things we need to kind of jump on right off the bat. To figure out the holistic approach, there's a lot more to it.
on Fri, 11/08/2019
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.
on Fri, 11/08/2019
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?
on Fri, 11/08/2019
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 video we will shed some light on this topic.
on Tue, 11/05/2019
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.
on Thu, 10/31/2019
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.
on Wed, 10/23/2019
In this video, we'll show you how to set up and get motion from IAI's Elecylinder.
on Tue, 09/03/2019
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.
on Tue, 08/27/2019
Today we're taking a break from all the mechanical topics we've been talking about and let's talk about an electrical one: electrical noise.
This video tutorial shows you the steps on how to enable the Bluetooth feature on the Watlow EZ-Zone controller for use with the Watlow EZ-Link app.
This video tutorial shows you the steps on how to factory reset the Watlow EZ-Zone controller.
on Tue, 08/06/2019
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.
on Thu, 08/01/2019
The AlphaStep AZD-K Stepper Motor Drivers offer 24/48 VDC input voltage, high functionality and closed loop control.
on Thu, 08/01/2019
Oriental Motor's AlphaStep closed loop control systems perform accurate positioning operations with ease.
on Thu, 07/25/2019
We're continuing to talk about terminology and this time we're talking about rotary mechanics. I’m Corey Foster of Valin Corporation. Let's talk about this.
Are your sensors regularly coming into contact with cutting oil, causing them to break down quickly?
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.
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.
This overview will help you to understand the differences between industrial automation manufacturers, representatives, distributors and integrators…and who you want to reach out to for help.
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?
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.
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.
In this video, Omron shows you how to unbox the TM Collaborative Robot and do the initial set-up.
In this video, Omron teaches the basics of how to make the TM Collaborative Robot move.
In this video, Omron teaches you how to program the TM Collaborative Robot using Flowchart Software.
In this video, Omron shows us how to use grippers with the TM Collaborative Robot.
In this video, Omron teaches how to create an application that utilizes the camera and the vision system on the TM Collaborative Robot.
Does your project have a challenging filtration or flow control specification? Let Mott transform your concept into reality. When Mott collaborates with their customers early in the design phase, there's no challenge they can’t address.
In this video Rich Wilbur demonstrates how you can use tubing that you can measure, mark, layout, and bend. Check it out!
This video takes you step by step from deburring a piece of tubing, marking the tubing, making up the fitting, and pressurizing the fitting to show that it only takes one and a quarter turn to properly seal a fitting from leaks.
Schmalz is one of the world’s leading suppliers in automation technology, handling technology and clamping technology. This video demonstrates Schmalz Jumbo Ergo, Jumbo Sprint and Jumbo Flex products.
Inventek Engineering presents The Fully Automatic Flexible Bottling System.
Valin provides outstanding solutions and are very responsive to our needs.