Today's motion-control systems are used in applications that range from high-precision positioning to high-speed automation and from microscopy to automated manufacturing. To aid the developers of these systems...
Today's motion-control systems are used in applications that range from high-precision positioning to high-speed automation and from microscopy to automated manufacturing. To aid the developers of these systems, a number of companies offer motors, drives, controls, x-y positioning devices, and computer-controlled interfaces. This month, we look at companies providing novel solutions to the problems of motion control.
The Web site of Prior Scientific (Rockland, MA), a manufacturer of microscopes, fiberoptic inspection instruments, microscopy accessories, precision motorized stages, motorized filter wheels, and custom optical systems, provides descriptions of microscope stages and automation equipment with motorized stages and focus systems, including the ProScan automated microscopy system.
Precision-positioning and motion-control components and systems are the focus of the Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) Web site. Three on-line catalogs list a range of positioning systems, motor-control components, and automation solutions for the fiberoptics industry. Here, too, you can access FAQs, download product manuals, request literature, and contact the company.
Manual leadscrew-drive or micro-stepper-motor driven x-y stages are featured on the Web site of McBain Instruments (Chatsworth, CA). There is also a range of research microscopes, laboratory microscopes, and instrumentation for histology and laboratory sample preparation.
SERVOS AND STEPPERS
Applied Scientific Instrumentation (Eugene, OR) manufactures motorized focus drives, x-y stages, linear stages, and controllers that can be used to obtain accurate positioning for many applications in confocal microscopy, deconvolution, and 3-D reconstruction. In addition to describing these instruments, this Web site shows, through a series of tutorials, articles, and links, how these stages are used in manufacturing, biology, and quality-control applications.
STRAIGHT AND ROUND
The Web site of Anorad (now part of Rockwell Automation; Hauppauge, NY) features linear, x-y, and rotary motors, controllers, and drives. In addition to making its catalog available on-line, the company's site shows how these products have been used in the electronics, semiconductor, ATE, laser, and general automation industries. You can also view a list of all of Anorad's published articles dating back to 1988.
Rolling-motion mechanical-bearing systems and precision ballscrew, leadscrew, and brushless servo motors are just a few of the products featured on the Web site of Nutec Components (Deer Park, NY). A short-form catalog, Precision positioning stages, controls and systems, can be requested on-line, as well as detailed literature on all the company's products.
The Parker Hannifin Daedal Division (Irwin, PA) Web site is replete with electromechanical positioning products for systems automation. Ball- and leadscrew, belt-driven, motor-driven, and screw-driven micrometer stages are featured here with related products that include PC logic controllers, motion controllers, gantry robots, and pneumatic end-effectors.