Welcome to Kollmorgen's Blog in Motion. We have been adding information and knowledge to the great web based world for many years - through white papers, technical documents, and even webinars. Kollmorgen enjoys sharing our knowledge with you, as well as identifying other motion related tidbits through our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube feeds. Our newest source is Blog in Motion, covering a wide range of topics, as well as some interesting contributing authors with lots of Motion experience.

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  • What is Mechatronics?

    April 04, 2018, by Bob White

    Mechatronics is taking a holistic look at a complete machine solution, taking account of all elements that make up that system that are part of the machine, including mechanisms, motors, drive electronics, controls, interfaces, and ergonomics.

  • Question: What is a linear actuator?

    Answer: Quite simply, a linear actuator is a device that moves a load in a straight line.  Linear actuators come in many styles and configurations – our blog post today covers those actuators associated with motion control.

  • On November 13, 2017 FDA approved a pill that can digitally track if a patient has taken their medication.  The pill is called “Abilify MyCite” and is used to make sure that patients with conditions such as schizophrenia have actually ingested their medication.  As news broke about this new tracking pill it rekindled both concern and excitement about technology in the field of medicine.

  • A few years ago I watched the DARPA challenge. If you’re not familiar with the challenge, the idea was to build a robot that could drive a car, climb a ladder, turn a handle, use a drill and various other activities.  In the challenge each robot was given an hour to complete the tasks.  It was a slow process. I had two reasons to watch, one, Kollmorgen has some frameless motors in the Carnegie Mellon robot and two, I’m a Virginia Tech graduate and they also provided a robot.

  • In this blog entry we will explore what is meant by flexibility and how this offers several advantages.

  • Question: What does TENV mean in regard to a servo motor?

  • Question: How do I calculate RMS Torque for a given axis motion profile in my application?

  • Less Cabling, Smaller Cabinet, Less Heat equals more Flexibility!

  • “The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.” U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Question: What is horsepower (hp) and how is it utilized with servomotors?