Inductive vs. optical vs. magnetic encoders: how to choose

Where magnetic encoders use positive and negative poles and optical encoders use light passing through a disc, inductive encoders are a little more complicated. Inductive encoders have charged coils that are passed over by a passive disc, modulating what charges the sensor receives. There are only a few companies in the world that have the […]

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When to retrofit a machine and how to choose the right control

With just about any CNC control, you can be certain you’ll be able to take code from a CAD CAM system and start machining with the push of just a few buttons. But what makes one control better than another? Needless to say, controls are not consumables. They’re not “one size fits all.” Retrofitting a […]

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Direct Drive Technology Online Training

As many in the industry move toward the use of direct drive motors and their benefits for machine design in manufacturing, questions exist for many about its integration. ETEL, a leader in direct drive technology, is now offering an online course to enable users and those interested to better take advantage of this advanced technology […]

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Jaw-Dropping Facts in Motion Control #3

In the second installment of this new column, HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION presents motion control technologies as jaw-dropping facts in order to highlight how incredibly far we have come in the world of precision measurement. Advances in motion control technology continue to boggle the mind. We are incredibly lucky to have a front row seat at the […]

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New Motion System: Unmatched Performance

SCHAUMBURG, IL (July 2020) – Providing high throughput for heavy payloads in semiconductor manufacturing comes the newest VULCANO2 motion system from ETEL of the HEIDENHAIN Group. With its gantry stacked-axes architecture and ETEL’s renowned iron-core linear motors coupled with HEIDENHAIN’s optical encoders, the compact VULCANO2 offers unmatched performance at nanometer-level position stability. The VULCANO2 is […]

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How machine tool feedback can reveal or hide axis errors

Solutions for avoiding thermally induced dimensional deviations of workpieces have become more crucial than ever for the machine tool building industry. Thermal drift is primarily caused by feed axes on the basis of recirculating ball screws. The temperature distribution along ball screws can change very rapidly by feed rates and moving forces. Machine tool builders […]

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ETEL’s New Z3TM: Four Degrees of Freedom

SCHAUMBURG, IL (March 2020) – ETEL introduces the new Z3TM, a standalone motion platform that provides a surface with four degrees of freedom into a stacked architecture and is an alternative to piezoelectric solutions. It is designed in response to the needs of advanced wafer positioning in the semiconductor industry while also being useful as […]

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LEAP award in Motion Control presented to ETEL

HEIDENHAIN is pleased to announce the ETEL brand TELICA motion system for semiconductor manufacturing has been selected to receive a prestigious LEAP award. Securing the Silver position in the Motion Control category of LEAP (Leadership in Engineering Achievements Program), the award is scheduled for presentation to HEIDENHAIN in December in California. The LEAP Awards celebrate […]

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ETEL’s Newly Optimized IL+ Motors

SCHAUMBURG, IL (November 2019) – ETEL, a direct drive motor manufacturer of the HEIDENHAIN Group, now offers updated ironless linear motors optimized for electronics and semiconductor manufacturing. Called the IL+ product lines, these motors are offered in the same profile as ETEL’s previously established ironless linear motors but now specially re-designed to allow for increased […]

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