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Read the exciting story on how Volvo introduced AGVs in their production. Even if 1973 seems 100 years ago, the technology is more relevant than ever.

Europe's second largest dairy company, Arla Foods, has been using AGVs in their facilities since 2009. Read more to see how Arla Foods ensures everyone "gets milk."

Most of us have been there at one point or another…..wishing we had a backup copy of something. Whether it’s contacts on a cell phone or a program file in a motion controller, data is important and valuable.

The next generation of industries is facing new challenges. What role can Automated Guided Vehicles play?

Linear motors fill an important role in providing a robust and high precision direct drive solution in many high performance applications.  In order to achieve the highest level of performance, the linear motor system must be commissioned properly.  This blog post addresses key areas to consider when setting up and commissioning a linear motor system.  It is always important to refer to the installation and set -up instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Markus Johansson was appointed General Manager of Kollmorgen Automation AB on October 12, 2015.

Question: I need to operate a servo motor in a vacuum, what are some considerations? 

Answer: In a word?  Outgassing.  You might think that proper motor sizing is a big issue, it always is, however if you can't conform to the other process requirements, there is no point to attempting to size the motor.  The biggest issue for any given motor selection to be run in a given vacuum for a specific process is the outgassing requirement, or rather, the avoidance of materials that would affect the process being performed and/or the life of the motor.

I was going over some inventory the other day, and I ran across our old blog of 101 ways to brake your motor -episode 82.  The author of that piece, Mike, was just having fun with the title and the number 82. But it dawned on me, that we might be due for another installment.

Let me preface by saying that I am not an engineer. I do however read, on average, about 20 old and new industry articles a week, as well as the content that I share in training and on our social media pages.  I have discovered several ways to break motors throughout the years.  Some of them have some really great stories and I'll try to get their witnesses to write them down for future blog posts.  I have, however, discovered one of the most boring ways to break a motor.  And I guess I really discovered it as a child.

In the mid-1970s, Tetra Pak started to use AGVs (automated guided vehicles) in their manufacturing and warehouse facilities.

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.

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