How to find the right encoder for a servo motor

Servo motors are a kind of direct drive motor that, generally speaking, pack a lot of power into a component that doesn’t need to take up a lot of space. On average, they 2-3 times more rated torque and 5-10 times more rated torque over short periods. This makes them ideal for high-tech machinery and […]

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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 controllers and feedback affect motor performance

The motor itself is one thing, but other components play important roles in the overall effectiveness of the motor, specifically, the controller and feedback device. We’re in the unique position to have expertise in each, both as they relate specifically to motors and independently.   The impact of controllers on torque motors The best torque […]

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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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Jaw-Dropping Facts in Motion Control #1 & #2

This new column will present motion control technologies as jaw-dropping facts in order to highlight how incredibly far we have come in the world of encoders and controls, starting with some truly significant developments in the area of linear kit encoders. By Kevin Kaufenberg, Business Development and Product Manager, Electronics Industry   By now, many […]

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The difference between single-turn and multi-turn encoders

Of the many types of encoders , rotary encoders provide rotary positioning feedback. One of the distinctions between this type of encoder is single-turn and multi-turn. The functional difference is if you need to keep track of total revolutions or the distance traveled beyond 360 degrees. They both have an important place in machine and […]

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Which touch probe is right for you?

For manufacturers looking to reduce setup times, increase machine usage time and improve the dimensional accuracy of the finished workpieces, touch probes can offer great advantages. In fact, most touch probes on the market today offer easy integration with machine tools and CNC controls—particularly milling machines and other multi-axis machining centers. How touch probes work […]

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Absolute vs. incremental encoders: What’s the difference?

  When it comes to choosing linear or rotary encoders, there are a lot of factors to consider. Chief among them are how to achieve the repeatability, accuracy and resolution needed for the particular motion-control application. The very first decision required to dial these factors in is often between incremental and absolute encoders. Both types […]

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