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Congratulations to NIF on New Laser Energy Record

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Aug
23
by Eric Rice

Applied Motion Products congratulates Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and their National Ignition Facility (NIF) on the record level of energy they fired earlier this year. NIF successfully fired a record 2.15 megajoules (MJ) of energy into its target chamber, a 10 percent improvement over the previous NIF record set in 2012. What’s more, this new record is 15 percent higher than what was originally envisioned possible during NIF’s design.

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The world’s largest laser continues to impress

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Integrated Servo Motors for Mobile Robots

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Aug
17
by Eric Rice

Central to smart factory development, mobile robots navigate materials from one location to another, freeing human resources to focus on more complex and valuable tasks. While central software systems network fleets of mobile robots together, advanced AI supported by sophisticated software and componentry enable robots to communicate among themselves as well as automatically sense and react to the physical world of people and objects around them.

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Save space, reduce components, and design faster with integrated motors

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Don't Take our Word for It that StepSERVO™ Motors Generate More Torque

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Apr
20
by Eric Rice

Watch the video that compares equally sized motors – one open loop and one closed-loop. StepSERVO™ closed-loop integrated motors outperform traditional open loop step motors in many ways, including torque. Torque is important for today’s high-throughput production machinery that requires motors to operate reliably with high acceleration and deceleration rates.

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Watch the video

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UL Recognized Stepper and Servo Motors

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Jan
12
by Eric Rice

Applied Motion Products is pleased to offer a range of step motors and servo motors that are UL recognized to standards UL 1004-6 (Standard for Servo and Stepper Motors) and UL 1004-1 (Standard for Rotating Electrical Machines - General Requirements), as well as Canadian CSA standard CS22.2 NO. 100-14 (Motors and Generators). With this recognition customers can feel confident using these products in applications that require UL and CSA certification.

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UL and CSA certified motors for motion control and automation applications.

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9-Pin Feedback Connectors for J Series Servo Motors

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Nov
20
by Mike Maroney

This article is about J Series Servo Motors from Applied Motion Products and a newly introduced variant of the motor design that comes with a 9-pin feedback connector instead of the more familiar 15-pin feedback connector. The details below include how to identify the 9-pin connector, why we’ve introduced this variant, and how it affects the product line.

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A new connector variant reduces the number of pins needed for motor feedback.

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The Evolution Continues

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Sep
19
by Eric Rice

In 2017 Applied Motion Products evolved the broad line of StepSERVO™ Integrated Motors, ranging in size from the miniature NEMA 11 to the largest NEMA 34, to include improved EtherNet/IP and CANopen communications. These already successful products now feature greater industrial networking power, enabling them for even more advanced automation projects, and further empowering you to Make it Move.

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The full line of StepSERVO Integrated Motors continues to evolve and grow

Tech Spotlight: EtherCAT Connection Guides

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Jan
23
by Eric Rice

Connect to Your Network Faster

SS-EC StepSERVO Drives and Motors are powerful and functional motion control axes. With support for CiA 402 operating modes and integrated EtherCAT® networking, these drives and motors are ready to be integrated into new and existing EtherCAT networks. The combination of StepSERVO closed loop step motor technology and EtherCAT networking create a robust motion control solution for multi-axis positioning, velocity, and torque control applications.

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Connect to your EtherCAT network faster

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3 Popular Control Methods for Positioning Conveyors

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Jul
27
by Eric Rice

Most conveyor applications run at either a constant or variable speed, and therefore require only velocity control from the conveyor’s main drive motor. But positioning conveyors – like edge-belt conveyors for PC board assembly and positioning conveyors used in automated checkweighers – need to do more than just velocity control. The main drive motor needs to start and stop the conveyor with precision. The level of precision can range from moderate to fairly high. This level of positioning control requires more than your average DC or AC motor used for velocity control. Step motors and servo motors are the best solutions because of their precise positioning capabilities. This article highlights the three most popular methods for controlling step and servo motors used in positioning conveyors.

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Step and servo motors offer flexibility and precision with positioning conveyors

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Energy Efficient Step Motors

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Apr
25
by Eric Rice

Users of step motors will praise their simplicity, excellent positioning skills, and economy. They may also lament certain characteristics of step motor performance. For example, traditional step motor systems run open loop which means the drive electronics supply constant current to the motor whether there is a demand for torque from the load or not. What happens to that current when there’s no torque demand? It is lost as heat.

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Step motors for energy-conscious users and applications

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Tech Spotlight: The STR3 Miniature Stepper Drive

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Mar
23
by Eric Rice

We are very pleased to announce the introduction of our most compact stepper drive to date. The STR3 miniature advanced stepper drive offers many of the great features of our larger drives, but in an ultra-compact package designed for OEMs demanding high performance and a competitive price point.

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Ultra-compact stepper drive for OEM applications

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