Four Reasons to Choose Linear Drives

Author: Trust Automation, Inc. July 26, 2017

Our latest white paper details the applications that favor linear drive technology.

Nowadays, engineers often default to digital drives when designing a motion control system. And while digital drives are the best choice in many stage and actuator applications, don’t forget about linear drives whenever you need to:

  • Reduce the influence of electrical noise.
  • Enhance precision and settling times.
  • Increase bandwidth.
  • Improve efficiency.

To learn more about the best applications for linear drives, download our latest white paper.

Introducing the New FTP High Force Electric Actuator

GILBERT, AZ.February 1, 2018 – Curtiss-Wright’s Sensors & Controls Division today announced the release of its newest Exlar® brand electric actuator, the FTP215. This high-force electric rod-style press actuator is designed exclusively for press applications as it offers forces up to 36 tf, making it an ideal replacement for hydraulic cylinders.

The Exlar FTP Series actuator allows machine builders to meet ever-increasing performance demands, while minimizing maintenance and downtime.  Based on planetary roller screw technology, the FTP Series offers very high force in a very small package. With continuous force ratings to 36 tf (metric), 40 tf (short), speeds to 351 mm/sec (13.8 in/sec), and stroke lengths from 150 mm (6 inches) to 600 mm (24 inches), the FTP Series can be applied across a wide range of pressing applications.

The FTP215 features include: 

  • High capacity planetary roller screws offering up to 15X the life and significantly higher shock load resistance than a comparably sized ball screw
  • IP65S (min.) environmental protection
  • Idler pulley design greatly simplifies motor installation and belt tensioning / maintenance
  • Rigid circular front mounting flange simplifies installation

For more information on Curtiss-Wright’s Exlar brand of actuators, please visit http://www.cw-sensorsandcontrols.com or www.exlar.com.

About Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com

Nippon Pulse’s new bipolar rotary hybrid stepper motors now available

May 31st, 2019

Nippon Pulse’s new bipolar rotary hybrid stepper motors now available

RADFORD, Va. – Nippon Pulse is pleased to announce its new PJE series of bipolar hybrid stepper motors, which are available in sizes from 20mm to 86mm in diameter (NEMA sizes 8-34). These new motors round out our hybrid motor line, joining our existing PJP unipolar hybrid motor series.
 

The PJE series provides high torque in each of its form factors (single, double and triple stack lengths), so original equipment manufacturers can utilize a smaller-sized motor to achieve the required amount of torque. 
 

Larger frame sizes also include an option for a motor with a built-in encoder, while some of the smaller frame sizes include a linear hybrid (PJEL) model.
 

All of our bipolar hybrid motors are RoHS and CE compliant.
 

About the Company: Nippon Pulse America Inc. is an American subsidiary of Tokyo-based Nippon Pulse Motor Co., Ltd. Nippon Pulse is a global manufacturer and Tier 1 supplier of precision motion control products for original equipment manufacturers. We provide a wide array of motion control solutions to meet your needs, including industry-leading stepper motors, the innovative Linear Shaft Motor, controllers and drivers. For more information about Nippon Pulse’s quality products, visit nipponpulse.com or call 1-540-633-1677.

Accu Tech USA Announces New Sizes for PNCE Series Actuators

June 17, 2019

The PNCE electric cylinder actuators, developed by UniMotion, are now available in sizes 80 and 100. Designed to be a cost effective alternative to pneumatic systems, these new sizes provide more thrust and load capacity for use in a wider range of applications, including some smaller hydraulic systems.

The PNCE series of actuators combines a precision ball screw drive nested in a ISO 15522 package and features high accuracy and repeatability ball screws to ensure precise motion and positioning. With a full offering of ISO standard accessories, the unit can offer drop in replacement to many preexisting units. The PNCE is available with a handful of premium versions with upgraded sealing, materials and grease for IP65, Corrosion Resistance, and Food Grade applications.

PNCE Actuators

Features:

  • High accuracy and repeatability
  • High Leads
  • Custom Stroke Lengths
  • High Speed
  • Reduced Backlash (Preload available upon request)
  • Durable seals to protect cylinder from dust, water, and other contaminants
  • ISO sizes: 32, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100

Accessories:

  • ISO Standard Accessories (Rod End, Body, and Rear Mounting Attachments
  • Guiding Units
  • In-Line Motor Adapters
  • Reverse Parallel Motor Mounts
  • Couplings
  • Sensors

Accu Tech USA offers a variety of actuator types to meet your specific application including: Ball Screw, Belt Drive, Precision and Rod Style, Linear Motor, Rod Style Electric Cylinders and Medical Actuators. Designed to be rugged, durable, and easy to maintain, our complete product line features an affordable solution for any application. Available in a wide range of stroke lengths, speeds, and customizable options, our expert team of engineers can help you determine the best solution for your application.

For more information about the PNCE Series of products or other automation solutions, please contact sales@accu-techusa.com

Nippon Pulse releases new controller board with PCI-Express bus interface

September 20th, 2017

RADFORD, Va. – Nippon Pulse is excited to introduce its newest available controller board, the PPCIe8443. An upgrade from Nippon Pulse’s previous PPCI7443 controller board, the new “PCI Express” board utilizes an updated PCI-express bus interface that can control up to 4 axes of coordinated motion.

PPCIe8443 comes equipped with Nippon Pulse’s PCL6046 large-scale integration chip, and can generate high-speed pulses to control input-type servo and stepper motors. The PPCIe8443 allows complicated operations to be internally processed so your CPU’s axis control load is reduced.

The PPCIe board is capable of up to four axes of linear interpolation, arbitrary two-axis circular interpolation, and continuous interpolation, as well as linear and S-curve acceleration and deceleration. It also features 13 types of homing, velocity and positioning override, and trigger output at a specified position with position comparison (FIFO).

This board also comes with utility software for application development, in which available information for all axes and signal statuses are displayed for convenient system debugging during a project’s early stages. Function libraries are also available, as are definition files (for VC, VB and C # languages) and sample programs.

View the datasheet here.

About the Company: Nippon Pulse America Inc. is an American subsidiary of Tokyo-based Nippon Pulse Motor Co., Ltd. Nippon Pulse is a global manufacturer and Tier 1 supplier of precision motion control products for original equipment manufacturers. We provide a wide array of motion control solutions to meet your needs, including industry-leading stepper motors, the innovative Linear Shaft Motor, controllers and drivers. For more information about Nippon Pulse’s quality products, visit nipponpulse.com or call 1-540-633-1677.

New 20mm linear stepper motor now available from Nippon Pulse

March 20th, 2019

New 20mm linear stepper motor now available from Nippon Pulse

RADFORD, Va. – Nippon Pulse is excited to introduce its smallest linear stepper motor yet, the PFL20 Linearstep. The PFL20 is a highly efficient, high thrust tin-can linear actuator with a 20mm diameter and a bipolar winding.


PFL20 is RoHS-compliant, has a 30/60mm effective stroke, and can reach 6 N of force at 200 pps. With 24 steps per revolution, the lead screw has a 1.2mm thread pitch; the PFL20 also reaches 5V rated voltage, resistance of 33 Ohms/phase and inductance of 12mH/phase. The datasheet with additional specifications can be found here.


The simple structure of Linearstep motors – just a threaded rotor hub and lead screw – helps to save space and reduce costs, due to fewer components needed compared to systems that convert rotary motion to linear. Linearstep motors are also easy to control, and can be ordered with unipolar or bipolar windings and a variety of usable voltages. In addition to the 20mm motor size, this motor is also available in 25mm (captive or non-captive option) and 35mm diameter sizes.


Nippon Pulse’s tin-can linear actuators, including the Linearstep, are also available for customization; contact an applications engineer to learn more about our customization capabilities.


About the Company: Nippon Pulse America Inc. is an American subsidiary of Tokyo-based Nippon Pulse Motor Co., Ltd. Nippon Pulse is a global manufacturer and Tier 1 supplier of precision motion control products for original equipment manufacturers. We provide a wide array of motion control solutions to meet your needs, including industry-leading stepper motors, the innovative Linear Shaft Motor, controllers and drivers. For more information about Nippon Pulse’s quality products, visit nipponpulse.com or call 1-540-633-1677.

Introducing the New GTX Integrated Motor / Actuator

GILBERT, AZ.February 15, 2018 – Curtiss-Wright’s Sensors & Controls Division today announced the release of the highly anticipated Exlar® GTX080 next-generation integrated motor/actuator. The GTX080’s latest design offers substantial performance improvements over its predecessor. Incorporating Curtiss-Wright’s patented inverted roller screw technology, the GTX080’s high power density and compact form factor make it an ideal replacement for hydraulic cylinders.

The GTX Series actuators offer the power, precision, and programmability of a servo system while minimizing the maintenance headaches and mess of hydraulics.  With continuous force ratings up to 5680 N (1277 lbf), speeds up to 4200 rpm, and stroke lengths from 100 mm (4 inches) to 450 mm (18 inches), the GTX080 can be applied across a wide range of factory automation applications.

The GTX Series features include: 

  • High capacity planetary roller screws offering up to 15X the life and significantly higher shock load resistance than a comparably sized ball screw
  • IP65S (min.) environmental protection
  • Seamless integration into most leading motion control architectures
  • Removable front seal bushing greatly simplifies maintenance and re-greasing of nut assembly to maximize actuator life
  • Modular design with bolt-on mounting hardware allows mounting style reconfiguration or replacement in the field using commonly available tools
  • Smoother, quieter operation compared to previous generation designs

For more information on Curtiss-Wright Sensors & Controls, please visit http://www.cw-sensorsandcontrols.com or https://exlar.com/.
About Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,600 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com.

Nippon Pulse introduces four-axis FMAX box controller with built-in driver

October 12th, 2017

Nippon Pulse introduces four-axis FMAX box controller with built-in driver

RADFORD, Va. – Nippon Pulse is excited to announce its first box-level controller to join its chip and board controller product lines. The FMAX-4X-2SD is a box controller for up to four axes of movement, with built-in servo drivers for the X and Y axes. The X and Y axes can control rotary and linear brushless motors, such as Nippon Pulse’s Linear Shaft Motor servo; the Z and U axes can control other types of motors by connecting additional drivers.


The FMAX controller is capable of performing 2-4 axis linear interpolation and 2 axis circular interpolation. It also features 13 types of homing, on-the-fly speed and positioning adjustments, absolute and incremental positioning, and S-curve and trapezoidal motion profiles.


The FMAX is ideal for controlling applications that involve linear stages and robotics, including microscopes, scanners and other high-performance applications. The controller box can be built into a fully functioning two-axis system with just a power supply, motor and cable. It can also function as a standalone unit, with a USB connection to a PC, or with a joystick for jog applications.


For more information about the FMAX and its capabilities, check out the datasheet below, as well as the FMAX Hardware, Software and Product Specification manuals.

About the Company: Nippon Pulse America Inc. is an American subsidiary of Tokyo-based Nippon Pulse Motor Co., Ltd. Nippon Pulse is a global manufacturer and Tier 1 supplier of precision motion control products for original equipment manufacturers. We provide a wide array of motion control solutions to meet your needs, including industry-leading stepper motors, the innovative Linear Shaft Motor, controllers and drivers. For more information about Nippon Pulse’s quality products, visit nipponpulse.com or call 1-540-633-1677.

Introducing our Newest Fully Integrated Drive/Motor/Actuator, the TTX Series

GILBERT, AZ. – February 15, 2018 – Curtiss-Wright’s Sensors & Controls Division today announced the release of the Exlar® TTX080, our newly designed fully integrated drive/motor/actuator. Utilizing the all-new GTX Series base actuator as a foundation, the TTX080 adds the control and drive electronics necessary to allow stand-alone operation, making it an ideal retrofit for hydraulic cylinders on existing machinery.

The TTX Series actuators offer the power, precision, and programmability of a servo system while minimizing the maintenance headaches and mess of hydraulics. With continuous force ratings up to 11.9 kN (2,687 lbf), speeds up to 953 mm/sec (37.5 in/sec), and stroke lengths from 100 mm (4 inches) to 450 mm (18 inches), the TTX080 can be applied across a wide range of factory automation applications.

The TTX Series features include:

• Servo control, drive, and motor integrated with a compact, power-dense actuator
• High capacity planetary roller screws offering up to 15X the life and significantly higher shock load resistance than a comparably sized ball screw
• IP65S (min.) environmental protection
• Removable front seal bushing greatly simplifies maintenance and re-greasing of nut assembly to maximize actuator life
• Modular design with bolt-on mounting hardware allows mounting style reconfiguration or replacement in the field using commonly available tools
• Smoother, quieter operation compared to previous generation designs

For more information on Curtiss-Wright Sensors & Controls, please visit
http://www.cw-sensorsandcontrols.com or https://exlar.com/.

About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,600 people worldwide. For more information, visit
www.curtisswright.com.

Nippon Pulse acquires Arcus Performax motion controller product line

July 9th, 2018

RADFORD, Va. – Nippon Pulse America, Inc. (NPA) is thrilled to offer our customers even more quality motion control products with its acquisition of Arcus Technology’s Performax (PMX) motion controllers. This new box controller product line will allow NPA to better serve customers who prefer a more “turnkey” controller solution, or who choose to integrate PMX controllers into applications alongside other Nippon Pulse products.

Nippon Pulse acquires Arcus Performax motion controller product line


“We’re really excited about the PMX transfer to Nippon Pulse America,” said Christopher Chang, Arcus Technology’s Chief Executive Officer. “NPA will do a good job with new application integrations of this product line, which uses a Nippon Pulse core chip.”


PMX box controllers utilize Nippon Pulse’s PCL6000 series advanced motion controller chips for 4-axis and 2-axis motion. The PMX series also features linear coordinated motion capabilities (as well as circular coordinated motion capabilities for four-axis models). More available functions include trapezoidal or S-curve acceleration, encoder feedback support, on-the-fly speed change, multi-task standalone programming, and analog joystick control, to name just a few. These box controllers are available with USB, RS-485 and Ethernet communication options.


“PMX is an exciting opportunity for customers,” said Paul Denman, Arcus Technology’s Director of Sales and Business Development. “It’s easy to set up and run, and for people to get it going pretty quickly.”


NPA has taken over sales and support requests for all PMX products. In addition, NPA and Arcus will be working together to simplify the purchasing experience for customer convenience – all Arcus products will now be available for purchase directly from NPA to help reduce the number of vendors needed for acquiring application components.


“We now are able to provide customers with controller options for all of their application needs,” said NPA President Mamoru Takabayashi. “OEM engineers will be able to decide whether they want to build a controller solution from scratch with our chips, integrate a box controller that requires little design work, or some combination of the two with our controller boards.”

About the Company: Nippon Pulse America Inc. is an American subsidiary of Tokyo-based Nippon Pulse Motor Co., Ltd. Nippon Pulse is a global manufacturer and Tier 1 supplier of precision motion control products for original equipment manufacturers. We provide a wide array of motion control solutions to meet your needs, including industry-leading stepper motors, the innovative Linear Shaft Motor, controllers and drivers. For more information about Nippon Pulse’s quality products, visit nipponpulse.com or call 1-540-633-1677.