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July 2014

 Yaskawa Announces New Website

Enhanced functionality for a better user experience.

June 2014

 Programming In Motion

Case study: Automated Industrial Machinery (AIM Inc.) moved from an analog interface to servo amplifiers to a digital motion control network to reduce wiring and simplify programming. It used IEC 61131-3 compliant software and industry-standard PLCOpen function blocks. See examples.

April 2014

 Motion Control Design - 10 questions, 10 answers

Sponsored by Yaskawa and presented by Brian Beal, President, Highland Controls LLC

 OEE is Key

The traditional approach for optimizing a packaging line consists of using a PLC-based model from a single-source automation supplier, an approach focused heavily on maintenance in an attempt to limit downtime. But there’s an alternative approach, one based on a motion-centric solution with a focus on productive outcome

February 2014

 VFDs Eliminate the Need for PLCs and External Hardware

Advanced VFD technology delivers cost and space savings by providing protective features and minimal programming.

December 2013

 Avoid a Control Panel Redesign

When motion network communications contain errors or create alarms, consider four quick-fix alternatives before redesigning a control panel.

November 2013

 Details Drive Choice of Servomotors

In a competitive marketplace, details help differentiate one product from another. A thoughtful feature or a more rugged design can make all the difference. Consumers who buy based solely on price often end up disappointed.

 Yaskawa/DRV Announce New Relationship

Yaskawa Signs First U.S. Medium Voltage Drive Distributor

October 2013

 A Change in Speed Control Ramps Up Production for Steel Company

TSA Manufacturing in Omaha, Neb., provides steel products and services to the construction, precast concrete, and structural steel markets. One machine—a thread roller that makes long steel threaded rods up to 1 in. diameter used in bridge construction—required extensive maintenance and replacement of worn-out parts, and was out of service for repairs too often.

 Improving Motion Network Noise Immunity

Most modern motion control systems employ Ethernet-based networks to transmit data among various electrical and electronic components.

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