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How to Select an AC Drive

In a motion system, selecting the right drive for your AC motor is just as important as picking out the right motor in the first place. While the selection of AC motors is a little more limited, drives have increased capabilities, and you will need to choose the right one based on your system’s requirements….

How to Select an AC Motor

AC Motors are beautiful for their simplicity: they keep moving parts to a minimum, they work on some of the simplest, most time-tested principles in engineering, and they can be counted on time and again. With that simplicity, though, comes a drawback: they cannot do much else than they are designed to. Accordingly, it is…

LOSTPED: An Easy Acronym for Specifying a Ball Screw

Ball screws are a great option when you need an actuator that will translate motion quickly, effectively, and efficiently. Ball screws can actually translate motion with an efficiency of over 90%; those are some serious energy savings! To work well, though, you need to select a ball screw that is well suited to your specific…

How to Select a Rolling Bearing

Rolling bearings are the great unsung heroes of engineering. They bear enormous loads, deliver consistent performance again and again, and they let us work the great magic of mechanical engineering, friction reduction. But as powerful as these components are, it takes the right tool to do the job well. When selecting a rolling bearing, there…

The Technical Challenges of Deep Sea Exploration

The Technical Challenges Facing Deep Sea Exploration and Development Exploring the distant corners of the globe might sound like the stuff of adventure novels, but to the engineers developing subsea machinery, extreme exploration is just part of the job. In many ways, engineers working to solve the problems facing deep sea explorers are helping transform…