When a servo motor that’s big enough isn’t big enough

It might seem a strange statement, but yes, you read that right—there are certain operating conditions where servomotors that should be big enough for an application are actually too small! Too small that is in terms of their power rating, which for most applications is a perfectly acceptable way of selecting the right size motor. […]

Do you have any Technical Questions that need answering?

We know how complex servo and motion control technology can sometimes be and so to demystify the subject and answer some of your trickier and unanswered questions, we’re launching a series of short and simple articles as part of out new Technical Answers feature. As one of our valued partners we’d like to invite you […]

Know Your Duty Cycles

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has eight classifications for duty cycles to designate a motor’s operating conditions. It’s extremely important to know the differences and to note what mode of operation each rating refers to. When specifying a motor, it’s worth talking to a supplier that can give advice on such matters to ensure you […]

Do this before you send a servo motor to a repairer

If you’re sending a servo motor to a repairer you don’t know, it’s worth taking this one very simple precaution before you do. In fact, even if you know and trust the repairer, it’s still worth doing this just to be on the safe side. If you don’t and the repairer overlooks it then you […]

Factfile: when are Steppers better than Servos?

Despite many claims to the contrary servo motors do not necessarily provide the best performance on every application. The structure of a stepper motor means that its positions are made up of discrete steps in its revolution cycle. If an application requires very good stand-still stability, like the positioning of a vision system for instance, […]

Glossary of components

Below is a list of typical terms used to describe some of the products and technologies we deal with. If you would like any more information or want to speak to one of our knowledgeable team members please call us on 0161 2177100 or click here   Servo Drives AC Servo Drive, Amplifier, Brushless Servo Drive, DC Servo […]

Send us your technical queries and win a pen with super powers!

We’d like to invite all readers of Motor Technology News (MTN) to send us any questions on any industrial servo, control, positioning or general automation issues for our regular new feature Technical Answers. Our recent feature on cable colour coding, Understanding DESINA, made it into the May 2017 issue of Industrial Technology magazine and many […]

Cable colour coding – understanding DESINA

DESINA stands for DistributEd Standardised INstAllation Technology and is a standardisation for components used on industrial machines, including the drives, control systems and cabling. It’s a great idea with many benefits, but, where it relates to cable colour coding, the situation may be a little confusing and there’s room for error. The DESINA standard was […]

What is the smallest speed increment you can set on a servo motor?

Welcome to the first in a new series of features called, Technical Answers, in which we’re going to address questions that have been put to us recently by customers regarding their real-life industrial applications. We’ve always sought to produce easy-to-understand articles that provide help and advice with every day servo and automation issues that will […]