Index to articles on this site about Drives

Motion controller offers FireWire interface

Original article date: June 2000 A new multiaxis distributed controller has adopted the FireWire comms link, bringing faster data transfer rates that traditional buses Motion controllers often have to operate in less than ideal industrial environments. The production or manufacturing floor can be tough on the controller, both physically and in terms of the demands [...]

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Slash lead times with flexible encoder

Original article date: April 2000 An encoder with millions of variants from a single disc is on offer from Stegmann. Alan Quinn considers the implications for encoder users Perhaps the greatest problem with the development of encoders has been that all manufacturers have needed a large number of etched discs – one for each number [...]

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Integrated closed-loop drives

Original article date: October 1999 An innovative positioning unit has the motor and drive close-coupled. WAYNE BROWN finds out the implications On the face of it the Icla positioning drives look like a motor of some sort, having a shaft, a body and a cable entry. But take a closer look and you will see [...]

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Serving the needs of drive systems

Original article date: April 2000 A new drive server has been launched promising to save programming and commissioning time for drive systems. Tommy Miller reports Imagine a situation where there is an inverter drive, a machine interface and a PC linked to the drive so that data can be collected for analysis in, say, Microsoft [...]

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A one-and-a-half axis controller

Original article date: October 1999 By only having to control one axis at a time, this new controller benefits from exceptional performance, as David Norris has been finding out Some clever technology has gone into the new PM600 digiloop motion controller which Mclennan Servo Supplies is launching. In particular, a new development of Mclennan’s control [...]

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Quick payback claim for inverter

Original article date: October 1999 We heard about an intriguing terminal box inverter that does not have to be mounted on the motor. Tommy Miller investigated further Simplatroll believes that a typical application of the Lenze 8200 Motec terminal box inverter will have a payback period of under two years. There are several compelling reasons [...]

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Motion control using the PLC

Original article date: February 1999 The stepper and servo options provided on modern PLCs make networkable motion control a possibility without ever leaving the PLC rack. Robert Brooks from Omron explains. While most of the servo applications that catch the headlines tend to be demanding tasks with extremely stringent dynamic requirements at the same time [...]

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Motor wiring explained

Original article date: September 1999 What is the best way to connect up that motor? Tommy Miller dips into the new wiring manual from Klockner-Moeller Anybody who works with low-voltage switchgear is likely to find Klockner-Moeller’s new book extremely useful, whether they’re a trainee or an experienced electrical engineer. And because it’s free, there’s no [...]

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Function blocks simplify drives programming

Original article date: June 2000 Drives are now more sophisticated than ever before, but what is the best way to program them? Tommy Miller reports on a new toolset based on function blocks For run-of-the-mill drives applications (no pun intended), engineers are now almost spoilt for choice in terms of the number of frequency converters [...]

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Vector drive has five control modes

Original article date: October 1999 Is it possible to have an efficient drive that provides multiple control modes? It seems so, as Tommy Miller has been finding out System developers often want one unit that will do many tasks. This can reduce the time it takes to get up the learning curve as well as [...]

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