Getting to Know the Indramat PPC Control

Indramat controls come in several different varieties; the PPC control is Sercos based. Sercos, serial real-time communication system, is a globally standardized system for communication between servos and controls. Tight communication among components is key to motion control, and sercos is known for providing that. Originally, servos and drives communicated with analog systems, and each… Read more »

The Skills Gap

We specialize in Indramat servo motors, drives, and controls. Usually, new clients find us when they open a cabinet and find a component that says “Indramat” on it. It’s often older than the engineer on the floor, and since it has never broken down before, nobody knows how to troubleshoot it. If you ever find… Read more »

Color of the Year, and Why We Don’t Care

International color authority Pantone has announced the Color of the Year for 2013. It’s Monaco Blue, the shade you see here. While many of us already have overalls in this trendy shade, we mostly don’t care. Oh, we might care on a personal, non-work level. I mean, I don’t know anyone who does, but I’m… Read more »

Good News for Motion Control

The Motion Control Association says shipments of motion control products are up over last year. It’s about a 2.3% increase, the same as the U.S. GDP. Some categories of products are higher — feedback and sensor devices, for example, are up by more than 22%. It’s good news, and we can all use some good… Read more »

Flying Robots Motion control films are an under-appreciated genre, as we’ve pointed out before. Here, the edgy choice to shift POV during the film balances the whimsical decision of the robot to pause briefly for a still shot before placing the brick. While an attempt to add a bit of emotion at the end is not… Read more »

Pneumatic vs. Electric

We specialize in electric servos, drives, and controls from Indramat, now Rexroth-Bosch. So why are we even mentioning pneumatics? Because we’ve recently seen discussions of how packaging plants are switching from pneumatics to the smoother electric servos. Is electric better than pneumatic? Electric can be more energy-saving, since compressors usually produce pressure that is not… Read more »

Thankfulness, part 2

Having expressed thankfulness for electricity in its harnessed form, we should now also express thanks for engineering. It’s one thing to have power and another to be able to do anything with it. Energy and power is all around us. Getting it from the wind, water, sun, and stored carbon is only the first half… Read more »

Thankfulness, part 1

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, you’ve probably been thinking about the things for which you’re thankful. After all, someone might ask you at the groaning board on Thursday. You’ve probably already felt grateful for your family, your friends, your health, and your job. But have you expressed your gratitude for electricity? If you had to… Read more »

Getting the Most from a Trade Show

It’s trade show season. Most companies get that sending team members to trade shows is at least in part a perk, a matter of R&R as well as R&D. At today’s prices, though, you ought to be able to demonstrate some ROI as well. How can you make sure that you get the most out… Read more »

Results of Reshoring

As manufacturing jobs slowly but surely move back to our shores, we need to ask whether this is a good thing for American workers — or not. Companies that offshored to save money are finding, for a variety of reasons including the simple fact that offshore workers are beginning to expect higher wages, that they… Read more »

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