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Bode plots have existed since the 1930’s when Hendrik Bode devised a way to display gain and phase-shift plots in the frequency domain. Today, to produce a detailed frequency response plot that reveals the unique fingerprint of a servo mechanism in the frequency domain is as simple as pressing a computer key. This paper discusses five key items in a Bode plot and what they reveal about the machine.

A servo motor is an electromechanical device that produces torque and velocity based on the supplied current and voltage. A servo motor works as part of a closed loop system providing torque and velocity as commanded from a servo controller utilizing a feedback device to close the loop. The feedback device supplies information such as current, velocity, or position to the servo controller, which adjusts the motor action depending on the commanded parameters.

The need for flexible automation for material handling has now moved from being an interesting technology project for enthusiasts to conscious decisions made in the board room of Fortune 500 companies as well as the private owned, small sized company. Why? one may ask. Because the business case is very reliable, and the savings can be predicted if you know what you do.

Many of us do not truly understand or appreciate the underlying foundations for how and why mankind has achieved such enormous success and prosperity. More commonly, we are taught about problems with the world and the challenges that we will face in the future.

So, you’re beginning to size a new servo motor and drive for an application. How do you go about doing this? Sizing tools can be highly beneficial for achieving optimized products. However, one needs to pay attention to the warnings and information provided in sizing systems.

Becoming a Kollmorgen partner means you get access to NDC Solutions – a complete automation kit in constant development.

Want to join the industry 4.0 revolution but don’t know where to start? Here is how AGVs can make a real difference at a modest investment.

Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Systems are used to provide long distance visual and thermal imaging for a variety of applications. Often used in satellites, planes, and military applications, there are two main components found in EO/IR systems: sensors and the motion system. While both the sensors and motion systems need to be reliable in many environmental conditions, let’s take a look at the 5 Harshest Environments for EO/IR Motion Control Systems.

We cover the top 5 advantages of direct drive motors, where the system or motor is connected directly to the load, versus a conventional rotary system.

A collaborative robot (Cobot) is a robot intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workspace. This is in contrast with other robots, designed to operate autonomously. A "cobot" is a robot that works in tandem with a human worker. The assumption is that a cobot and a human can produce an end result better and faster than either could do working alone.

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