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November 18, 2022

 

MC More SureFrame T Slotted Rail Profiles from Automation Direct 1 400x275

AutomationDirect has added additional profiles of SureFrame t-slotted rails. The new 30mm x 60mm and 60mm x 60mm profiles added to the 30 Series lineup allow for greater project flexibility. These new profiles offer the same durability as existing SureFrame rails and are compatible with slotted rails/hardware from most other manufacturers.

SureFrame t-slotted rails can be ordered cut to length and are guaranteed against manufacturer defects for one year from the date of purchase.

The new SureFrame T-slotted Rail Profiles start at $0.21/inch.

To learn more about SureFrame T-Slotted Rail Profiles available at AutomationDirect, click here 

 

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MC What to Consider When Choosing a New Motion Control Solution 1 400x275

When it’s time to consider a new motion control solution for your application, rule #1 is “Solve the problem, then worry about the design.”

This is easier said than done, but not if you apply a disciplined, time-tested framework. First, you must clearly understand the problem and the local environment. Failure to do so often results in a suboptimal motion control solution or complete failure.

Secondly, the designer should evaluate the application in light of proven existing motion control solutions. The engineer must also take stock of their skills and the expertise of the team in order to effectively choose the right options and to accurately anticipate development time and resources.

Before choosing any motion control products, the design engineer needs a set of principles to guide his or her selection. Long term experience and common sense has taught us seven important, but often overlooked, principles. 

These key learning have been encapsulated in a simple notion known as the SHAIRED paradigm:

  • •Simplicity of design to reduce problem-causing complexity and cost
  • Homework; calculate the required torque, inertia, duty cycle, etc.
  • Analysis of the application and alternatives must be thorough
  • Integration of the system into existing factory automation
  • Redundancy built in to a system to exceed performance expectations and deal with unexpected changed in load and operating parameters
  • Economical solution for the short and long term.
  • Development time must be accurately estimated

Using the above guidelines during motion control system design, evaluation of alternatives, and final product selection will help increase the odds of application success.

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