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 – Linear-XYZ-Rotary Combination Stages from Intellidrives!

Intellidrives 4 Axis XYZ-Rotary System


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Philadelphia, PA, — Motion Control Components and Systems – Intellidrives’ compact, high precision XYZ-Rotary stage is a combination of Intellidrives: LSMA XY lead-screw driven stages, an MLVT Lift stage, and an RTHM worm gear rotary table.

Features include:

– XY stroke 100×100 mm

– Lift 13 mm

– Unlimited rotation

XY Lead-Screw Driven Stages – The LSMA miniature linear actuators designed for the space confined applications while retaining the high reliability required in production environments. It is an ideal choice for measurement, testing, alignment and component assembly in any application on the factory floor or laboratory environments.

The precision ball screw or micrometer grade lead screw provide excellent accuracy and repeatability with ultra-fine positioning resolution capability of 0.1 micron or finer when driven by the stepper motor. The servomotor version is equipped with a rotary encoder and provides exceptionally smooth travel.

Lift Stage – The MLVT Vertical Lift Stages offers precise vertical translation for payload elevation. A unique wedge design or direct drive motorized screw converts motor rotation into true vertical elevation of the platform. Precision bearings provide platform stiffness and stability while the screw mechanism assures positioning accuracy.

Rotary Table – The RTHM series rotary stages provide arc-second resolution when driven from a micro-stepping or a brushless servo motor controller. The low profile design is made possible by the use of compact precision bearings. The rotating carriage of the stage provides continuous rotation of load up to 10 kg and has large clear aperture to allow the passage of the optical path or cables directly through the stage. The main body of the stages is made from lightweight anodized aluminum and can attach directly to an optical table or moving linear or XY actuators and can be mounted at any orientation. A precision worm gear assembly is used to transfer the rotary motion of the stepper motor into rotary motion of the carriage. The small size allows use in confined spaces, such as laser cavities, disk texturing machines, manufacturing areas for fiber optical components or semiconductor manufacturing.

Specifications –

XY stage


 Spec  Lift Stage


 Spec  Rotary Stage


Stroke (mm) 100 x 100 Lift (mm) 13 Rotation unlimited
Repeatability (µm) 1 Repeatability (µm) 2 Repeatability (arc-sec) 20
Resolution (µm) 0.3 Resolution (arc-sec) 1 Resolution (arc-sec) 0.5
Load capacity (kg) 6 Lift translation (mm/rev) 1 Torque (Nm) 0.5
Velocity (mm/sec) 20 (servo) Max velocity (mm/sec) 20 Angular velocity (rpm) 8

screw lead (mm)




screw lead (mm)

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  • Steppers
  • Servos
  • Stroke lengths
  • Lift length
  • Complete Plug-and-Play system


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IntelLiDrives, Inc. manufactures linear actuators, XY tables and rotary tables for the industry, government, science and research institutions around the world. Our precision rotary actuators, XY stages and linear actuators are used in the applications in medical devices, life sciences, semiconductor and electronic assembly manufacturing, data storage, laser processing, military/aerospace, photonics, automotive and test assembly, research and development and other industries requiring high precision and throughput motion control solutions.

For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1-215-728-6804 or e-mail Intellidrives at or go Intellidrive – Contact Us at:

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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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Motion Control – Electromagnetic Brakes & Clutches for Motor Control Available from Servo2Go!

Motion Control Brakes & Clutches available from Servo2Go


Greenville, DE —-Motion Control Components – For more than 40 years Inertia Dynamics has been recognized as a global leader in the design and manufacture of technically-advanced industrial clutches and brakes. Inertia’s experienced design and development team utilizes sophisticated test equipment to ensure very high quality and consistency levels to meet the most demanding customer requirements.

Inertia Dynamics offers a full line of electromagnetic clutches and brakes, wrap spring clutch/brakes, motor brakes, controls and moment of inertia measurement equipment.

Long-life Inertia Dynamics products are hard at work in various markets including material handling, food processing, and packaging machinery on applications such as conveyors, filling and cartoning machines and mixers..

Features of Inertia Dynamics Brakes & Clutches:

  • 12V, 24V, 90VDC or 120VAC windings
  • Static torque to 250 lb-in
  • Bore sizes from 1/8″ to 1.5″
  • Low current consumption
  • Low cost
  • Metric bores & special voltages available

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For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1- 877-378-0240 or e-mail Warren Osak at or visit at:

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Motion Control – Parallelogram Voice Coil Positioning Stage Is a Complete Positioning System!



Sunnyvale, CA, – — Motion Control Positioning Stage – The PVS-5.5 Parallelogram Voice Coil Stage from Equipment Solutions is a complete, compact high performance positioning system. This compact stage (37mm x 31 mm x 32 mm) weighing just 70 grams features a 5 mm clear aperture through the center of the motor and the friction free, flexure linking system. Non-linearity is <±0.5% throughout the stages 5 mm range of motion. PVS-5.5 Parallelogram Voice Coil Stage is ideal for optical focusing and micropositioning applications such as: Semiconductor, medical, optical testing, scanning microscopy, circuit board assembly, and micro manufacturing.

The PVS-5.5 Parallelogram Voice Coil Stage features a high force, frictionless voice coil motor and infinite life flexure system that provides superior responsiveness and accuracy (positioning resolution 75 nm) over conventional lead screw or belt drives and produces the least amount of electrical noise of any motor currently available. The stage can be mounted in a horizontal or vertical position and for easy integration tapped and clearance holes are provided in the base.An integral sub-micron linear displacement sensor with high bandwidth and low noise for high responsiveness and precise movements featuring frictionless optical technology completes this positioning system. This cleanroom compatible positioning system is low cost and uses ±12 V to ±24 V @ 1 A. The PVS-5.5 Parallelogram Voice Coil Stage is available with the Equipment Solutions, Inc. SCA814 Servo Controlled Amplifier, and to aid integration into a new or existing application CAD drawings are available on the Equipment Solutions, Inc, Website at


Equipment Solutions, Inc. (ESI) is a provider of engineering and manufacturing services. ESI specializes in the design and production of automation and instrumentation products including motion control components and sub systems. ESI’s products range from galvanometer amplifiers with an integrated arbitrary waveform generator, to high-resolution displacement sensors, voice coil and stepper motor stages, amplifiers and controllers.
For additional information contact Jeff Knirck at Equipment Solutions, 1098 West Evelyn Ave. #102, Sunnyvale, CA 94086; Tel: 408-245-7161, Fax: 408-245-7160, 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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Is Your Work Place Safe? Find out with the safety Gotcha Stick!


STI — Omron introduces the safety Gotcha Stick Safe Distance Scale. This three-segment safe distance stick accurately tests the allowable barrier opening size based on the distance from the point of operation. It features English measurements on one side, and Metric measurements on the other.

Although not officially adopted by OSHA, the safety “Gotcha Stick” is based on data from “A Review of Machine-Guarding Recommendations,” by Donald R. Vaillancourt and Stover H. Snook of the Liberty Mutual Research Center for Health & Safety. This data redefines the dimensions of the human arm for the purposes of machine guarding. The resulting new stick has been modified to include openings of less than 1/4 inch over the first 1/2 inch distance.

Guarding machinery by means of hard (fixed) barriers is one of the main ways of protecting personnel from point-of-operation hazards. The safety “Gotcha Stick” is the easiest means of verifying that openings in hard guarding will not allow the point-of-operation to be accessed by the operator.

With headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley, STI was founded nearly 30 years ago and employs more than 350 people. STI has been selected twice by Forbes and three times by Business Week as one of the “world’s best small companies.” STI’s safety products are used to protect workers around machinery, automated equipment and industrial robots. Their products serve a wide variety of applications and markets, including semiconductor, automotive, electronics manufacturing, packaging and consumer markets.

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Linear Motion Control – 1.0 Micron Voice Coil Positioning Stage from H2W!

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Santa Clarita, CA —– Linear Motion Control – The VCS05-060-AB-01-MC voice coil positioning stage uses H2W voice coil motor NCC05-18-060-2X to generate a continuous/peak force of 6.0 lbs [26.7 N]/18.0 lbs [80.1 N] with a total stroke length of 0.50 in [12.1mm]. The 1.0-micron resolution encoder allows for precise positioning. It comes supplied with a non-contact air bearing (air bushing) which allows for frictionless motion. The motor coil is the moving part of the assembly in order to reduce the moving mass of the system. Power is supplied to the motor via a high flex, high reliability flat ribbon cable.


Product Drawing
Motor P/N NCC05-18-060-2X 
Stroke 0.50 in 12.7 mm
Encoder Resolution 1.0 micron
Bearing Type Air Bushing
Moving Mass 20.0 oz 568 grams
Total Mass 64.0 oz 1800 grams
Resistance @ 20C 11.5 ohms
Inductance @ 20C 4.5 mH
Electrical Time Constant 0.39 msec
Motor Constant 1.8 lbs/vwatt 7.9 N/vwatt
Force Constant 6.3 lbs/amp 27.8 N/amp
Back EMF 0.70 V/ips 27.8 V/m/sec
Force @ 100% Duty 6.0 lbs 26.7 N
Power @ 100% Duty 12.0 watts
Current @ 100% Duty 1.0 amps
Force @ 10% Duty 18.0 lbs 80.1 N
Power @ 10% Duty 102 watts
Current @ 10% Duty 3.0 amps
Encoder Type Magnetic
Moving Part Coil Assembly

For long stroke, compact size positioning stages please see our Single Rail Positioning Stages

To determine your motion profile needs, use our linear motion calculator

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 – Harsh Environment Servo Drives Available from Electromate!

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada –Motion Control – Components – Advanced Motion Controls’ Extended Environment Amplifiers are designed to operate under harsh thermal and mechanical extremes. An expanded thermal operating range allows these drives to function in both hot and cold ambient environments, and enhanced protection against shock and vibration provides additional system ruggedness. Extended Environment drives also afford benefits for applications in more docile conditions. The superior thermal capabilities reduce or eliminate the need for cooling systems such as external heat sinks and fans, enabling system designs to be more compact and to improve overall reliability.

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AMC’s Extended Environment Servo Drives feature:

  • Shutdown Heat Sink Temperature
    • AZX-series: +105°C (221°F) — Hotter than boiling water!
    • DZX-series: +85°C (185°F)
  • Ambient Operating Temperatures
    • AZX-series: from -40° to +85°C
    • DZX-series: from -40° to +75°C
  • Complete Thermal Rise cycling in about 2 minutes
  • Shock up to 15g’s at 11 msec, ½ sine
  • Vibration up to 30grms on all 3 axes
  • Light weight
    • AZX-series: 95 grams
    • DZX-series: 105 grams
  • ~97% {max.} efficiency

Designed to assist system compliance toward:

  • MIL-STD-810F – temperature, thermal shock, humidity, altitude, shock & vibration
  • MIL-STD-1275D – characterization of 28Vdc systems
  • MIL-STD-461E – control of electromagnetic interference
  • MIL-STD-704F – aircraft power characteristics
  • MIL-HDBK-217 – reliability predictions

Click on the following link for more information on the Extended Environment Servo Drives from Advanced Motion Controls.

For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1-877-SERVO99 (737-8699) or e-mail Warren Osak at or visit Electromate 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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