Motion Control – Robotic Symposiums – How to Build Robots

Electromate is pleased to announce it will be hosting two Robotic Symposiums’ 

 Tuesday March 20th in Toronto and on Wednesday March 21st in Montreal.


Participating in the Symposiums will be Speakers from:

Galil Motion Control            
Harmonic Drive LLC              
Maxon Motor AG                 

Advanced Motion Controls 


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Technical Presentations related to the design of Robotic Systems including:  Collaborative/Assistive Robots, SCARA Robots, Cartesian Robots and Delta Robots.  Presentations will focus on the electromechanical, mechanical, electrical and control component design, sizing and selection.


Who would benefit from this Seminar:

Designer & Project Engineers and Graduate School Engineering Students in the Medical, Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Lab & General Automation markets who are looking to gain a practical understanding of the core motion control technology used in robotic applications.


The Symposium agenda includes:

9:00-9:15am                    Electromate Welcome Remarks & Introduction
9:15-10:00am                  ETS/Dr. Ilian Bonev
10:00-10:45am                Maxon Presentation
10:45-11:00am                Break + Tabletop Displays
11:00-11:45am                Galil Presentation
11:45-1:00pm                  Lunch + Tabletop Displays
1:00-1:45pm                    Harmonic Drive Presentation
1:45-2:30pm                    Kollmorgen Presentation
2:30-3:00pm                    Break + Tabletop Displays
3:00-3:45pm                    Advanced Motion Controls Presentation
3:45-4:30pm                    Electromate Closing Remarks

Breakfast & Lunch will be served.

The Seminar is FREE, however seating is limited. Click on the REGISTRATION LINK

to register today!

About Electromate:

Electromate’s Core Purpose is to help Manufacturers build better machines using differentiated automation technology. They specialize in Robotic and Mechatronic Solutions for the Industrial Automation marketplace. Respected by customers as a premiere source for High Performance Automation and Motion Control Components & Systems, Electromate® specializes in AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors & Drives, Motion & Automation Controllers, Positioning Systems & Actuators, Feedback Devices, Gearing Products and HMI’s & Operator Displays, all supported via extensive product selection, just-in-timedelivery, dedicated customer service and technical engineering support.

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Motion Control – Choose the Right, High Precision, Low Cost Linear Stage to Suit Your Motion Control Application!

OES AQ120 and AQ130 Motorized Linear Stages


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Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control Components – OES (Optimal Engineering Systems) offers ten high precision, low cost linear positioning stages that can be easily integrated into new and existing applications. Choosing the best slide for the application is easy. The five AQ120 and five AQ130 series of linear motorized stages are available in travel distances of: 50 mm (1.969 in.), 100 mm (3.937 in.), 150 mm (5.906 in.), 200 mm (7.874 in.), and 300 mm (11.811 in.). The compact, AQ120 series of linear stages features high precision steel linear ball bearings and hardened steel shafting and are designed for loads of 15 kg (33.1 lbs) for the AQ120-50 to 5 kg (11 lbs) for the AQ120-300. The AQ130 series of linear stages features high precision open steel linear ball bearings and supported hardened steel shafting and is designed for loads to 30 kg (66.1 lbs) for all travel lengths.

Each of these black anodized slides features a large table with a pattern of threaded mounting holes, and a precision low backlash (2µ) 4 mm per turn lead screw. The resolution for all slides is 2 microns per pulse using a10 microsteps per step motor driver, or just 1 micron per pulse using a 20 microsteps per step motor driver.

These stages can easily be configured as XY stages, with a Z axis, or with a rotary, lift, or goniometer stage. All stages are also available with a servo motor and optical encoder, and are compatible with OES’ line of motion controllers. Options also include: plug-in motor driver / indexer, stepper motor with an optical encoder for position verification.

Additionally all stages are available as complete plug-and-play systems.

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About OES Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) is a manufacturer of motion control products including: Stepper motor controllers and drivers, solenoid electronics, and positioning stages and slides. Applications include: Animation, automated assembly systems, automation, CNC machines, flight simulation, inspection systems, linear and rotary stages, machine tools, medical devices, motion control camera boom systems, optical comparators, CMMs, pan-tilt gimbals, PCB assembly & inspection, pick-and-place, positioning stages, robotics, scanners, security cameras, telescope drive mechanisms, time-lapse photography and winders

Some of the industries OES serves are: Aerospace, Astronomy, Chemical, Communications, Educational Institutes, University, Colleges, Government Agencies, National Labs, Manufacturing, Medical, Metrology, Military, Motion Control, Museum, News Agencies, Semiconductor and Test Equipment. Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc’s. competitive advantage is its state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facility in North America enabling OES to supply clients with custom designed orders or high volume just-in-time deliveries advantage is its state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facility in North America enabling OES to supply clients with custom designed orders or high volume just-in-time deliveries globally.

For additional information contact Customer Service at Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) , 6901 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406; Tel: 888-7071-1826, +1 (818) 222-9200, E-Mail: or visit the website at

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Low Inertia, High Precision, Hollow Core Voice Coil Motors from Moticont!

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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control Components -Low inertia hollow core voice coil or moving coil linear motors from Moticont feature high acceleration, precise positioning to less than one micron (0.00004 in.), high reliability, and low cost. The cleanroom friendly, non-commutated motors are available in 23 off-the-shelf standard sizes, Moticont hollow core voice coil linear motors have open apertures of 0.125 in. (3.2 mm) to 2.000 in. (50.8 mm). The linear motor’s hollow core allows for optics, illumination, laser beams, or cables to pass through. For easy integration into new and existing applications these linear voice coil motors are available in five standard outside diameters of 0.625 in. (15.9 mm) up to 3.750 in. (95.3 mm). Stroke lengths are from 0.125 in (3.2 mm) to 2.500 in. (63.5 mm), the continuous force ratings are from 5.0 oz (1.4 N) to 16.3 lbs (72.4 N), and peak forces are from 15.7 oz. (4.4 N) to 51.5 lbs. (228.9 N) at a 10% duty cycle. Applications include: Positioning, medical diagnostics and testing, laser beam steering, dynamic vibration absorption, optical focusing, laser cutting & welding, scanning, assembly, and wafer handling.

Low inertia, high acceleration, high speed, and zero cogging, are the benefits of moving coil or voice coil linear motors. When used in a closed loop applications with an optional position sensor, resolutions of less then 1 micron are achievable, for millions of cycles. If longer than standard strokes, higher forces, or customized mounting are required consult Moticont’s team of engineers. All of Moticont’s voice coil motors are available as complete plug-and-play systems, including, position sensor, controller, amplifier, power supply, and if required with a linear slide.

About Moticont – Moticont is a manufacturer of motion control products. Their product line includes voice coil motors, three phase brushless motors and positioning stages and slides.

Moticont is committed to exceeding their customers’ quality expectations and industry standards throughout the design, manufacturing, service and technical support phases. Our modern manufacturing facility, highly controlled processes, committed staff, and extensive testing complement our product design strengths. This enables us to supply our clients with specialized small orders to high volume just-in-time deliveries.

We offer an extensive line of standard products ready to be shipped immediately from stock, and when standard products are not quite right for an application, highly trained design engineers are always available to develop custom motion control products to fit the specific needs or our customers.

For additional information contact Moticont, “A Motion Company” at 6901 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406, USA; Tel: (888) 785-1804, Fax: (818) 785-5713, E-Mail: or visit the website at

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Motion Control – Customer Driven AC Servo Design

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The mid-level, general-purpose 1S Series Servos incorporate valuable input from our customers to optimize use from design to commissioning.

Lower Costs and Total Cost of Ownership
The 1S Series eliminates up to 20% of hidden servo system costs to the customer by no longer requiring separate external parts such as servodrive controller cable, terminal block for I/O, safety cable, brake relay and absolute encoder battery and cable.  Regardless of power rating, all 1S power drives have a uniform height to simplify design and improve control cabinet air circulation. We streamlined I/O connection, replacing an external terminal and cable with a pluggable connector with push-in terminals that allows wiring to be prepared separately. In the process, we increased the number and mix of supported I/O.  The end user benefits from lower maintenance costs.

Advances for High Accuracy Machines
The 1S servomotors use a gear-less/battery-less, multi-turn 23-bit absolute encoder, 16-bit multi-turn to provide accurate position input. Advanced tuning functions help shorten settling time, allowing faster production speeds and greater throughput.
Expanded Built-in Safety Capability

Machine safety for rotating hazards takes a prominent position in equipment design since the recent changes in injury liability. To help OEMs simplify safety system design and standardize on one series without stocking many separate drives, the 1S Series servodrives offer both networked and hardwired safe torque off built in. Configuration of FailSafe over EtherCAT (FSoE) only requires connecting NX Series safety control units to 1S Series servos  via open network “EtherCAT”. No wiring is required for the emergency stop of each axis for servo.
First Wave of 1S Servos

The first wave satisfies 100 W to 3 kW applications. Future releases will address power requirements of higher and lower power ratings.

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Motion Control Pegasus Linear Bearings – For When A Linear Bearing Simply Cannot Fail!

Motion Control - LM76 Pegasus Linear Ball Bearing!

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E. Longmeadow, MA Motion — Control Components – Linear Motion – LM76 has developed the most corrosion resistant linear bearing available. In space, deep under the sea, or in the harshest environments when there can be no “Plan B,” Pegasus Series 1 Linear motion control Ball Bearings can be counted on to perform. In some applications linear bearings will not move for days, weeks, months or even years, however, when called on to perform they must work as if they just came out of the box. LM76’s Pegasus Series 1 Linear Bearings feature Silicon Nitride (SiNi) Ceramic Balls in a shell with retainer and end caps all made from 440 Stainless Steel and then ArmorloyTM coated.

Silicon Nitride was selected for the balls because it is: 40% lighter than steel, inert to chemicals (vapors, sea water, caustic washing and sterilizing solutions), capable of higher speeds and higher loads: (RC78 hardness), FDA compliant (used in surgical instruments), and does not corrode or support electrolysis.

The shell, bearing retainer and end caps are made from 440 Stainless Steel and coated with Armoloy TDCTM(Thin Dense Chrome). Armoloy is a hard (78Rc), coating with a micro-nodular surface texture. The coating’s nodular finish reduces the amount of surface area in contact with the SiNi balls reducing friction and extending life.

Pegasus Linear Bearings are available 2 series (closed and open), and in 4 sizes (1.000″, 1.250″, 1.500″ and 2.000″). Dynamic load rating for these bearings are: 1.000″ 220 lbs, 1.250″ 352 lbs, 1.500″ 490 lbs, and 2.000″ 858 lbs. Bearings are designed for zero clearance on Class L linear shafting. For maximum performance we recommend LM76 Case Hardened 440 Stainless Steel shafting with ArmorloyTM coating.


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Founded in 1976, LM76 has been a leading designer/manufacturer of linear bearings, slides and linear motion systems. LM76 is renowned for its industry leading Minuteman PTFE Composite linear bearings. LM76 is a leading supplier of precision linear shafting: RC60, 300 Series Stainless Steel, and ceramic-coated aluminum shafting. LM76 also offers several FDA/USDA compliant linear bearings and slides for the food processing, pharmaceutical, medical, and packaging industries.

For additional information contact Mike Quinn at: LM76, 140 Industrial Dr., E. Longmeadow, MA 01028; Telephone: 413-525-4166, Fax: 413-525-3735 or E-Mail: or visit the website at

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Motion Control – CANopen Brushless Servo Amplifiers Establish a New Benchmark in Versatility!

Motion Control - CANopen DigiFlex-Servo Amplifiers from Servo2Go


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Greenville, DE —-Motion Control – CANopen is a robust and low cost serial protocol that offers enhanced diagnostic and control capabilities with reasonable bandwidth. Advanced Motion Controls’ Motion Control DigiFlex® Performance™ drives follow the CiA DS301 communications profile and the CiA DS402 device profile

The DigiFlex® Performance™ panel and pcb mount servo drives offer full tuning control of all servo loops and are designed for distributed or centralized servo systems. These servo drives utilize CANopen® communication and are commissioned with AMC’s user friendly DriveWare® Software via an RS-232 interface.

AMC’s CANopen DigiFlex® Performance™ drives features:

  • Standardized object set and device profiles specific to motion control
  • Centralized control reduces bus traffic
  • 1M bit/sec max speed
  • 130 ms message time
  • Close to 1 kHz servo drive update rate possible
  • Readily available 3rd party peripheral hardware for different platforms

CLICK HERE for more information on the CANopen servo amplifiers from Advanced Motion Controls.

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Motion Control – Steinmeyer Ball Screw Exceeds 1 Million Newton Capacity!

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BURLINGTON, MA –Motion Control – Steinmeyer, Inc. today announced its updated UltraThrust ball screw series, with diameters from 32 mm to an enormous 160 mm diameter, pitch ranging from 10 mm to 50 mm, using ball sizes up to 19 mm. This series offers dynamic capacities beyond 1 million newtons! The new line of large ball screws features a more economic and quieter solution than roller screws. UltraThrust ball screws also offer another significant advantage over roller screws – higher efficiency, typically 90+%. Steinmeyer UltraThrust ball screws are available in several standard as well as custom ball nut configurations complete with precision ground shafts (to 6 meters in length) including finished journals.

Applications for this new ball screw include:

  • Injection Mold Machines
  • Large Presses
  • Large Machine Tools

About Steinmeyer

The Steinmeyer group is comprised of two manufacturing divisions located in Germany. August Steinmeyer GmbH & Co. KG (located in Albstadt) has been setting standards for high precision motion control ball screws for over 40 years and prides itself on high quality, innovative designs to meet demanding customer requirements. Our Feinmess Dresden (FMD) division has been producing an extensive line of high precision positioning systems for well over 130 years.

Steinmeyer is the world’s longest continuously-operating manufacturer of commercial ball screws. In the realm of linear motion control, our company has become synonymous with precision, innovation, and exacting standards of quality.

Steinmeyer’s extensive product line is used widely in drive systems for industrial machines as well as precision positioning in optical instruments, medical devices, and other mechatronic applications.

For further information on Steinmeyer our extensive product portfolio, call 1-781-273-6220 or e-mail Rosmary Belt at or visit the Steinmeyer FMD group at:

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Motion Control – Closed-Loop Integrated Stepper Motors feature magnetic or absolute encoder feedback Available from Electromate!

Motion Control - Electromate offers JVL Closed Loop Integrated Steppers

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — JVL presents a new innovative closed-loop stepper motor technology for its NEMA 23 & 34 integrated stepper motor range from 0,1 to 12 Nm. JVL, the European leader in the development of integrated servo and stepper motor technology, has now again developed a new and unique product in the field of integrated motor control.

New Innovative Technology

JVL closed-loop integrated stepper motors, QuickStep®, provide higher torque, faster acceleration, torque control, stall free operation and quieter movements than traditional step motor systems. QuickStep do this with greater efficiency and less motor heating because motor phase current are regulated up and down according to need. Performance of JVL closed-loop steppers are similar to servo motors, but with higher torque and often without need of gearbox, resulting in a more inexpensive solution. Design safety factors have always been high for stepper motors to ensure stall-free operation – now with QuickStep closed-loop control design can be very close to the limit resulting in even lower costs. QuickStep is a true closed-loop control system that compensates step angle errors during a movement and correct errors within a full step. If load becomes too high speed is lowered and position errors will always stay within two full-steps. Smart digital design and very high update rates (36 MHz) means there is no need of any manual adjustment or setup. It works like a perfect stepper motor benefitting from the servo motor technology.

Advantages compared to open loop stepper motors

  • Position feedback and control
  • Fast and easy commissioning. No tuning needed
  • No stalling. No step losses at all
  • Torque control
  • Much faster positioning and more cycles per second
  • Increased efficiency and thereby much lower temperature
  • Shorter settling time
  • Controls higher inertias than open loop steppers
  • Higher load tolerance
  • More quiet operation (lower acoustic noise)
  • Longer lifetime due to lower temperature
  • Correct positioning without overshoot and oscillation

Advantages compared to servo motors

  • Very high Torque at low speed. Often 3-4 times higher in same motor flange size
  • Very high ratio-of-inertia, often up to 40:1
  • Faster commissioning. No tuning needed
  • Lower price. Same price as open loop steppers
  • Totally stiff at standstill. Full holding torque
  • Direct drive without gearbox (better and more precise torque control)
  • Correct positioning without overshoot
  • No oscillation
  • Very short settling time

Benefit in these application from closed-loop stepper motors

  • Multiple axis applications (RS485, CANopen)
  • Industrial Ethernet: Profinet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Powerlink, Modbus TCP, SERCOS III
  • Magnetic or Absolute Encoder Feedback
  • Positioning tasks with load changes
  • Applications that require quiet operation, short settling times and precision positioning

Applications include

  • Winding applications
  • Belt drives (start/stop, positioning)
  • Dosing pumps and filler systems
  • Semi-conductor mounting
  • Wafer production
  • Textile machines and industrial sewing machines
  • Robotics
  • Testing and inspection systems

More information on the JVL’s Closed-Loop Integrated Stepper Motors can be viewed at the links below-

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About Electromate:

Electromate’s Core Purpose is to help Manufacturers build better machines using differentiated automation technology. They specialize in Robotic and Mechatronic Solutions for the Industrial Automation marketplace. Respected by customers as a premiere source for High Performance Automation and Motion Control Components & Systems, Electromate® specializes in AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors & Drives, Motion & Automation Controllers, Positioning Systems & Actuators, Feedback Devices, Gearing Products and HMI’s & Operator Displays, all supported via extensive product selection, just-in-timedelivery, dedicated customer service and technical engineering support.

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Motion Control – Four Axis Vacuum Compatible Gantry from H2W Technologies.

H2W Technologies Four-Axis-Vacuum-Compatible Gantry

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Santa Clarita, CA —– Motion Control — Fully vacuum compatible four axis positioning gantry (XYTZ). The XY axes are driven by brushless linear motor DR Positioning Stages. The Theta axis is a worm gear stage that is driven by a rotary stepper motor under closed loop control in conjunction with an arc-segmented linear encoder. The Z axis linear motion is achieved by using a voice coil positioning stage operating under closed loop position control. The four axes operate under synchronized position control in conjunction with a non-contact analog output position feedback device that is used to control the position with respect to a silicon wafer. The stage includes a fully integrated four axis electronics package that allow each axis to operate under closed loop control..

All components were selected for their low outgassing characteristics and the system was designed to fit within a customer designed vacuum chamber. This gantry was designed to perform secondary processing procedures on a silicon wafer while exposed to a vacuum.


  • Vacuum Compatible
  • Rotary axis is capable of full 360 degree rotation
  • Includes mounting holes for payload
  • Payload up to 10 lbs (4.4 kg)
  • Small footprint
  • Coordinated four axis control
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XY Horizontal Axis (Brushless Linear Motor Stage)
Motor P/N
Stroke 6.2 in 157.48 mm
Encoder Resolution 0.2 micron
Force @ 100% Duty 20.6 lbs 91.6 N
Force @ 10% Duty 61.8 lbs 274.8 N
Vertical Axis (Voice Coil Motor Stage)
Motor P/N NCC10-30-108-1H 
Stroke 1 in 25.4 mm
Encoder Resolution 0.2 micron
Force @ 100% Duty 10.8 lbs 48 N
Force @ 10% Duty 32.4 lbs 144 N
Rotary Axis (Rotary Stage)
Motor P/N N/A
Stroke +-10 degrees +-0.17 rads
Encoder Resolution 0.29 arc-seconds
Force 1416 oz-in 10 N-m

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About H2W Technologies, Inc.

H2W Technologies, Inc. is dedicated to the design and manufacture of linear and rotary motion products that are used in the motion control industry. The complete line of linear electric motors includes: Single and dual axis linear steppers, DC brush and brushless linear motors, voice coil actuators, and AC induction motors. Also offered is a complete line of ball screw, lead screw and belt driven positioning stages.

Other motion control products include: Limited angle torque motors for compact, limited angular excursion rotary servo applications, 3 phase brushless rotary servo motors with matching digital servo amplifiers and permanent magnet linear brakes for fail-safe, zero power braking for baggage handling and people moving applications as well as amusement park rides.

With over 75 years combined experience in the linear and rotary motion field, the H2W Technologies team of engineers offers the optimal solution to the most demanding motion control, requirements.

For additional information contact Mark Wilson at H2W Technologies, 26380 Ferry Ct, Santa Clarita, CA 91350; Tel: 888-702-0540, Fax: 661-251-2067, E-Mail: or visit the website at

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Motion Control – A Powerful and Cost-effective Drive from Maxon!

Motion Control Components – Maxon motors introduces the brushless EC-i 30 motor.

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control Components – Miniature Motors – Several different versions of the high-torque, brushless EC-i motors from maxon motor are now available in small diameters. They are perfect for hand-held devices and robotic applications.

With the EC-i 30, maxon motor is introducing a new brushless DC motor. It has a diameter of 30 millimeters and is smaller than the EC-i 40 currently available. This motor stands out for its high dynamics, low cogging torque, and high torque. It is available in two lengths, each in a Standard and a High Torque version, with a maximum nominal torque of up to 110 mNm at 75 W.

Many possible combinations

Despite their impressive performance, EC-i 30 DC motors are a cost-effective alternative to existing drives. The compact design is especially suitable for hand-held devices and for robotic applications

All versions of the new EC-i 30 motors may be combined with encoders, gearheads, and servo or positioning controllers from maxon motor – quickly and easily in the maxon online shop:

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