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Steppers Versus Servo Motors

Posted by Mark Howe

Oct 29, 2013 1:36:00 PM

This post is brought to you by Bimba Technical Tips.

Steppers and servos can be used with Bimba OLE actuators. They are the best motor technologies for position control. The choice of which to use is dependent on speed, torque, price, and often lead time. The following discussion explains the differences between the two technologies.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, motion control, bimba, stepper motor, servo motor, electric actuator

Transforming Manufacturing by CT Effects

Posted by Mark Howe

Oct 14, 2013 2:49:00 PM

The key to reducing production costs is found in CT effects. You may be able to further reduce the costs if you look closely at the CT effects.

So what exactly are CT effects?

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Topics: cost savings, manufacturing, cost effective, industrial automation nj/ny, automation solutions, intelligent actuator

A Great Day for Automation!

Posted by Mark Guida

May 6, 2013 9:10:00 AM

KnottsTech Automation and Control Expo was a success!

It was a beautiful spring day and everyone came out to see what was new in the world of automation and controls.  The regional sales managers from Omron, Dorner, and IAI were in attendance along with our own Steve Harrold.  Knotts Company product specialists Mark Howe and Mark Guida demonstrated the new product demos on hand.  

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, automation control, conveyors, knotts company, controls

The New CT4 High-Speed Cartesian Robot from IAI

Posted by Mark Guida

Feb 7, 2013 10:00:00 AM

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Topics: manufacturing, industrial automation nj/ny, automation solutions, robotics, motion control, solutions, automation

Electro-Mechanical Solutions Offer OEM and End-User Benefits

Posted by Mark Guida

Jan 23, 2013 7:19:00 AM

Editor's Note: This post was provided by Precision Technology.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, automation solutions, robotics, technology, electric cylinder, motion control

Do you use a Stainless Steel Sanitary Conveyor?

Posted by Mark Howe

Mar 12, 2012 9:12:00 AM

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, dorner, sanitary conveyor, stainless steel conveyors

Sanitary Conveyors Are Vital Link In Producing Safe Food

Posted by Mark Howe

Mar 5, 2012 9:11:00 AM

For any food processing facility, the conveyor is a key component to insure products are delivered in a consistent and reliable method to the appropriate stage in the process.  The stage could be cleaning, cutting, adding or removing byproducts or additives, and various packing stations.  For food processing conveyors, FDA approved conveyors are mandatory.  FDA approved conveyors are designed to perform its primary duty while keeping food products and the employees who perform work safe and efficient.

Sanitary conveyors must meet FDA guidelines to insure the process is safe and the food products produced are kept safe from unintended microbials. Food processing plants should make sure their cleaning and sanitation procedures meet or exceed FDA requirements.  With the right conveyor equipment along with the right cleaning and maintenance practices, meeting these requirements should be an easy part of the plant maintenance process.  Some areas to review as part of a plant equipment cleaning and sanitation master schedule include:

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, dorner, sanitary conveyor

Understanding Machine Automation Terminology

Posted by Mark Guida

Mar 1, 2012 3:09:00 PM

With the technology today in motion control and machine automation, there can be a large number of terms used that are unfamiliar.  This can lead to miscommunication or in the worst case, a machine that does not work.  Here's a short list of common components and terms that are commonly used with respect to machine automation that will hopefully help to reduce some confusion.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, robotics, technology, electric cylinder, motion, motion control, assembly, automation, sensor, controls, vision, automated inspection, ethercat, industrial vision

How to Choose the Correct Conveyor?

Posted by Mark Howe

Jan 9, 2012 1:35:00 AM

You have an application that requires you to move product from point a to point b. The most logical method is to use a conveyor. Before you get overwhelmed by the different types of conveyors, you need to step through the application and answer a few simple questions.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, dorner

Top 5 Industrial Automation and Motion Control Blog Posts of 2011

Posted by Mark Howe

Dec 21, 2011 1:50:00 PM

2011 is quickly coming to an end so here is a look back at our Top 5 Blog posts for the year.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, aluminum extrusion, knotts company