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October 2012

G&L 8000A Control Test Stand

by G&L 8000A Control Test Stand

POSTED: 10/22/2012

New Repair and System Test Capabilities- View here to learn about our latest G&L 8000A Control Test Stand: http://www.k-and-s.com/PDF/Tech%20Bulletin%20-%20GL%208000A.pdf

July 2012

Selecting Cables for VFD Applications

by John Gavilanes, Director of Engineering

POSTED: 07/19/2012

Review four cable design factors to maximize reliability in drive applications For all their energy savings and process control benefits, variable frequency drive (VFD) systems have a downside too. When these drives fail, they can bring motor-driven industrial processes to a dead stop. To avoid this costly downtime, smart

Understand Connector Selection to Avoid Downtime

by Lapp Group USA, Product Management

POSTED: 07/19/2012

A typical manufacturing plant today will have thousands, or even many thousands, of electrical connections on both fixed equipment and moving machines. And it’s just a matter of time before some of those connections fail or wear out, bringing production machines to a dead stop. One way to minimize this

The Importance of Oil Resistant Cable

by John Gavilanes, Director of Engineering

POSTED: 07/19/2012

Introduction The demands of the industrial environment are on going, with ever changing trends. Cables, which were once able to sustain functional and operational integrity a decade ago, would not be adequate to survive in the environment of a present day manufacturing site. Everywhere, from the Renewable Energy Industry, Automotive

NFPA 79 Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery

by John Gavilanes, Director of Engineering, Lapp USA

POSTED: 07/19/2012

Meeting the New NFPA 79 2012 Cable Requirements NFPA-79 is the section of the National Electrical Code (NEC) that focuses on electrical wiring standards used with industrial machinery. NFPA-79 applies to the electrical equipment used within a wide variety of machines — and groups of machines — working together in

March 2012

Innovative 'DeltaSpot' Spot Welding Process

POSTED: 03/08/2012

Innovative process for resistance spot-welding of aluminum sheets proves its worth among users   Although resistance spot-welding has a decade-long track record in the joining of steel sheet, when used on aluminum it always met with tight constraints in terms of productivity and feasibility. For in the conventional resistance spot-welding

February 2012

Getting Swinging Lights to Stop on a Dime

POSTED: 02/15/2012

At the Royal Shakespeare Company’s refurbished venue, lightweight lights are hung from swinging cables. A unique design stops the swinging to put the spotlight on the actors.   The Royal Shakespeare Company recently went through a $200 million refurbishment atThe RSC Lightlock system operates using Newton’s third law of motion:

Focusing on Dark Energy

POSTED: 02/15/2012

The HETDEX project is the first major experiment to search for dark energy in the universe using a set of spectrographs to map the three-dimensional positions of one million galaxies.   The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is located at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas.The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (left) shown with its

January 2012

Humanoid Robotic Hand Moves

POSTED: 01/18/2012

Robot performance moves NASA. Cape Canaveral tour guide will have same motors as the Mars Rover

POSTED: 01/18/2012

A versatile robot actor, created in the UK, has beaten off international competition to become the public face of NASA’s world-famous Kennedy Space Center. First developed in 2006 by Cornish company Engineered Arts, “Robothespian” stands five feet nine inches tall, with

October 2011

Motor Type Selection

POSTED: 10/13/2011

Parameters that define a motor type are the mechanical output power, the shaft bearing system, the commutation system used, and the possible combinations with gearheads and sensors. The most important criteria include the

Choosing the Right Drive Technology

POSTED: 10/13/2011

Coming up with the right drive technology for your application often depends on the options before you. Here are five of the most common drive configurations being used today, along with their benefits and drawbacks.   Although there are a number of variations of drive technologies for motion applications, there

August 2011

The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication

POSTED: 08/15/2011

The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication By Matt Mowry Product Manager Spring 2011 *This is only an excerpt from the whitepaper. To download the entire paper - no registration required - click here. Table of Contents Introduction..................................................................................................................................2 Hidden Costs of Lubrication ....................................................................................................3 Ancillary components for OEMs

Picking the Best Robotic Tooling for Palletizing

by Earl Wohlrab

POSTED: 08/02/2011

By asking the right questions, companies can design robotic systems that maximize end-of-line efficiency and ROI   Today’s manufacturers have started looking downstream more and more for automation opportunities. And when they do, more are choosing robotic systems. According to PMMI’s 2007 Packaging Machinery Shipments & Outlook Study, shipments of


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