26 Apr 2017
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What if you could automate the lift trucks in your manufacturing plant or warehouse? Well, nowadays you can. Here is what you need to do.

### Decentralized Control Systems to the Rescue

14 Apr 2017
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Less Cabling, Smaller Cabinet, Less Heat…More Flexibility!  Less Cabling, Smaller controls cabinet, Less heat…wow, that’s all great stuff.  I can achieve this all with a decentralized solution?   Absolutely – and even more! Decentralized Control Architecture means shifting the motion control drives from the crowded cabinets, and moving them near to the motors – out on the machine where the action is.  Immediately you can see that this can reduce the size of the controls cabinet, moving all of those drives out onto the machine – but how do I see these other advantages?

### What Does TENV (Totally Enclosed Non-Ventilated) Mean?

16 Mar 2017
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Question: What does TENV, or Totally Enclosed Non-Ventilated mean in regard to a servo motor?

Answer: Well – the answer is simply the motor is Totally Enclosed, and Non-Ventilated. Based on NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) definition, TENV states that the motor housing is fully enclosed and is not ventilated with a fan.

### When will my AGVs turn into money machines?

15 Mar 2017
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Automation with vehicles like mobile robots and carts often come with a high return on investment and a short payback period.

### How to Calculate RMS Torque

07 Feb 2017
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In our last Block and Tackle posting, we touched on operating a motor in a hotter ambient temperature.  For this posting, we take a look at the Root Mean Square (RMS) Torque and why it is important. Typically an axes’ motion profile is broken up into multiple segments, each segment is found to require a specific torque for a specific amount of time to complete the desired motion.  For example this can include torque required to accelerate, traverse (against an external force and/or friction),  decelerate, and dwell.  Each of these segments affects the amount of heating the motor experiences and thus the equivalent steady state continuous requirement utilized to select the correct motor.

### Importance of Food Safety

25 Jan 2017
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The FSMA evolution is ongoing and Kollmorgen continues to enable innovators to meet the requirements of making food production and packaging safer.  Kollmorgen’s White Paper “Food Safety Regulatory Requirements”  explains the background of FSMA as well as the implications on machine design.  We recognize that not all facilities have the ability to build a completely new plant from the ground up.

19 Jan 2017
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### Motor Derating Due To High Ambient Temperatures

12 Jan 2017
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How do I calculate a motor’s continuous torque when it is operating in an environment above its rated temperature? Since the motor’s continuous torque (Tc) is rated in a 40°C ambient, how can I estimate the motor’s continuous torque during my worst-case ambient temperature of 55°C?

### Making AGVs thrive in your plant

30 Nov 2016
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Installing and integrating AGVs involves project organization, driveway design and system connection. Here is what you need to think about.

### Getting used to working with robots

16 Nov 2016
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Installing AGVs in your plant is about change management. How do you convince your people that automation is the right way to go?

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