Strategies for solving today’s biggest motion control challenges

Each project, each application, each system will always have its own set of complex motion control challenges; it’s staggering how many variables can be involved. Pair that with the fact that the market for motion control technology is poised to reach nearly $23 billion by 2022, according to the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), […]

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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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What are torque motors and why do they work so well?

Today, direct-drive technology is recognized as a leading solution for the requirements of high-productivity, improved accuracy and increased dynamics of modern machinery. They are rigid, more compact, provide high dynamic performance, reduce cost of ownership, simplify the design of the machine and reduce wear and maintenance. What is a torque motor? Torque motors are a […]

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How to choose the right torque motor

Many factors need to be considered when choosing a torque motor to ensure outstanding system performance. Here is a basic overview of some of the key selection factors that should be taken into account when choosing a torque motor. If you’re still curious about why direct-drive motors are so effective, you can read a detailed […]

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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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ETEL Expands Popular CHARON2 Motion Platform

SCHAUMBURG, IL (February 2020) – ETEL of the HEIDENHAIN Group has extended its motion systems product offering with the expansion to nine standard versions of CHARON2, its popular motion platform. The CHARON2 was originally designed in 2017 as an entry level platform to be flexible, scalable, modular and upgradable for semiconductor manufacturing applications. With these […]

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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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4 Popular Servo Motor Applications

Servo motors are relied on far and wide for controlled linear or angular motion. They are deployed in systems we interact with every day as well as more specialized mechanical systems. Typically working with a positional feedback device, such as an encoder or resolver, servo motors also require a control to communicate back and forth […]

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ETEL Adds EtherCat to AccurET Controls

Schaumburg, IL (August 2019) – Available in North America from HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION is a new version of the ETEL-brand AccurET controls with EtherCAT compatibility. As EtherCAT communication moves from “mid-end” automation to more high-end machine control applications, demand for this has been increasing. With that in mind, ETEL now allows its product users to take […]

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