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A Pocket Guide: What Makes Up a Motion Control Board?

A Pocket Guide: What Makes Up a Motion Control Board?

Motion controllers are the brains of any motion control system. In feedback-based systems, they take an input command from the user, compare it with a feedback signal from the motor, and take corrective action to bring the output (or actual position) and input (or desired position) in line with one another, ideally with little or no error. Here, we discuss exactly what a motion control board is. (more…)

The Unique Benefits of THK Linear Bearings

The Unique Benefits of THK Linear Bearings

THK GSR Linear Guide SystemWe are surrounded by things that move in a linear fashion. At THK, their roots lie in the development of a Linear Motion (LM) Guide that can guide a device accurately along a straight line. This manufacturing know-how has let THK continue expanding the range of linear guidance products they produce.  (more…)

A Pocket Guide: What’s a Motion Control Product?

A Pocket Guide: What’s a Motion Control Product?

Motion control is a sub-field of automation, encompassing the systems or sub-systems involved in moving parts of machines in a controlled manner. The main components involved typically include a motion controller, an energy amplifier, and one or more prime movers or actuators. (more…)

What Makes LM Guides Highly Reliable?

What Makes LM Guides Highly Reliable?

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But if you are designing a linear motion system, you have to consider structural support, guides, drives, seals, lubrication, and accessories between points A and B. Whether you decide to design and build your LM guide system from scratch using standard parts or buy one that’s engineered for you, making the right choices from the onset should help keep things moving for the long term. (more…)

A Brief History Lesson on the THK Linear Guide

A Brief History Lesson on the THK Linear Guide

Linear guides have been utilized since the prehistoric age, with paintings of similar guides being used by workers in Egypt, although they did not come to common use as mechanical operatives until the early 20th century. (more…)

Ordering THK Products from Multiple Distributors? Read This First!

Ordering THK Products from Multiple Distributors? Read This First!

Ordering THK products from multiple distributors can be confusing, costly and risky. Technico, Inc. is an established sales and distribution organization known throughout the Linear Motion industry as a leading THK distributor. Technico, Inc. offers a full range of automation technologies to OEMs in a variety of industries. As an established, high-tech THK  distribution organization, Technico, Inc. offers THK motion control products and services required for industrial automation applications including THK linear guide systems, linear motion actuators, caged ball linear motion guides, and THK ball screws and splines.  (more…)

Look Inside: Motion Control Systems

technico motion control systemsMotion control is generally understood to mean the use of servo or stepper systems as the “muscle” to move a given load. Motion control systems are capable of extremely precise speed, position and torque control. Applications which require positioning of product, synchronization of separate elements, or rapid start/stop motion are all perfect candidates for the use of motion control. (more…)

What to Look for in a Linear Actuator

gl15b series linear actuatorAre you new to linear actuators? Are you looking for some guidance in choosing an actuator for a project? The experts at Technico, Inc. can guide you through the entire selection process in four steps. In basic terms a linear actuator is a device that produces motion in a straight line and is powered by an external energy source, commonly achieved with a rod extending and retracting or with a slider that moves on a track. Linear actuators are used in innumerable applications. The following steps are helpful in determining which linear actuator will suit your application. (more…)

Linear Motion Is Everywhere

linear motion guidesUnexpected linear motion applications are everywhere!  They range from relatively simple, such as an inexpensive seat actuator in a passenger vehicle to a complex multi-axis coordinate system, complete with control and drive electronics for closed-loop positioning. No matter how simple or how complex the linear motion system, at the most basic level they all have one thing in common. Moving a load through a linear distance in a specific amount of time, linear rails and linear actuators are used to control movements with different variables and complexity. (more…)