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Why Do We Call It a Servomotor? 0

Posted on 27, October 2017

in Category Blog, Indramat History, Indramat Tips

You may call it a servo motor, servo-motor, servomotor, or just a servo. Indramat called their 20th century original an “AC Servo.” Why? While it has been suggested that the French cerveau (brain) might be the root for this term, it’s more likely to be the Latin servus, which gives us (and the French) words like “service” and “serve.” It appears that the term “servomotor” in English did come from the French servomoteur in the late 1800s, and it’s therefore conceivable that the French use of the word included a pun on cerveau, but it’s clear that the “servo” part is [&hellip

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What Does Indramat Mean? 0

Posted on 14, August 2017

in Category Blog, Featured, Indramat History

Indramat means excellent drive and control technologies, right? However, it also means “Gesellschaft zur INDustrialisierung-RAtionalisierung und AutoMATisierung” or, in English, “Association for Industrialization, Rationalization, and Automation.” Indramat was born in 1958, when nobody had a computer at home, going to space was the biggest technology goal, and robots were found in science fiction, not in your broom closet. Industrialization, especially in Indramat’s native Germany, meant greater prosperity and greater freedom. Rationalization was a lofty goal, one that made people think of clean, streamlined workplaces without outdated shibboleths (we’re pretty sure they were all thinking about shibboleths). Automation was going to [&hellip

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Bosch Rexroth and The Car Industry 0

Posted on 19, June 2013

in Category Blog, Indramat History

Next time you’re driving in your car, remind yourself that without consumer demand for better and safer cars, companies like Bosch Rexroth wouldn’t exist and manufacturing would be years behind where it is now. Car manufacturing has been a huge proponent for manufacturing innovation because of the heavy demands of the industry on manufacturing technology. In a recent article in Drive & Control magazine, Rexroth looked at their history of innovation and the automobile industry. One of the biggest changes in the automotive industry Rexroth is behind is using one automation company to do all the different jobs needed in [&hellip

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Dinosaurs and Servo Repair 0

Posted on 31, May 2013

in Category Blog, Indramat History

The largest animals to roam the earth are long gone. Servos, however, are still going strong. Since the 1800s, servo motors have been essential. They started out in ships and they’re still important in that field. Newport News recently ordered the world’s largest servo-based pipe bending machine to be made for their shipbuilding manufacturing. This pipe bending machine will be the world’s largest servo motor, but there are more giants out there, including a super huge servo transfer press. Large servo repairs can be more of a struggle than caring for small servos, because their size often increases the complexity [&hellip

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Rexroth Bosch in China 0

Posted on 19, October 2012

in Category Indramat History

As the American manufacturing sector begins to recover and manufacturing jobs return to the United States, China has been in the news. Certainly, China comes up as a threat to U.S. manufacturing jobs. American workers can’t compete with Chinese workers on price or on tolerance for difficult working conditions, and China continues to be a popular place for American companies to offshore. China also comes up as a threat to American industry because, with European economies uncertain, China has become an important trading partner. Lower orders from China and speculations that Chinese factories are a saturated market have been among [&hellip

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Rexroth Indramat in America 0

Posted on 19, September 2012

in Category Blog, Indramat History

We’ve mentioned before that Rexroth-Bosch, the current owners of the company that used to be Indramat, began with a hammer foundry in 1795 in Elsavatal, Germany. The history of Rexroth in America didn’t begin until much later — almost two centuries later in 1967, when Rexroth Corporation set up as the importer of the German Rexroth products. At that time, Rexroth had just recently acquired Indramat and was still using the name. Within a few years, Rexroth’s American branch had moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and in 1975 they began to produce some valves there. There is still a hydraulics outfit [&hellip

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Getting to Know the Indramat DKR 0

Posted on 5, September 2012

in Category Blog, Indramat History, Rexroth Service

The Indramat DKR drive is specifically designed for high power, high stiffness applications such as printing, packaging, and textile operations. Essentially, the DKR drives were an outgrowth and an upgrade of the classic Indramat RAC drive. Bosch-Rexroth still makes this family of drives and controllers, using HMV-R as the new name. DKR drives can handle motor resolutions of up to 1/4,000,000 of a rev. They work with a number of different interfaces and loop control may be internal or external. As with most Indramat drives, the power supply module for the DKR can supply a variety of drives with different [&hellip

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The Indramat-Powered Home-Made Goat-Milking Machine 2

Posted on 24, August 2012

in Category Blog, Indramat History

Indramat servo motors are used for many things in many places, but this story — heard in a chat room so who knows if it’s true — is one of our favorites. There was a goat farmer in Namibia, with a farm some 50km outside of Windhoek. He raised Boer goats for meat, and he decided to expand into dairy farming. Now, the farmer was no stranger to milk goats, as he kept a few to supply his family’s own dairy needs. But he knew that commercial milk production would require a milking machine; hand milking would simply not be [&hellip

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It All Started with a Hammer 1

Posted on 23, July 2012

in Category Blog, Indramat History

When you look at your Indramat drives and controls today, you probably don’t think of them as natural outgrowths of hand-forged iron hammers. Yet that was the beginning of the whole thing, back in 1795 when the Rexroth family’s iron foundry made fine iron hammers. A century later, they were using special casting methods that were the cutting edge of technology in their day. Meanwhile, Bosch was building up a business in the new field of automotive technology, creating the magnetos and spark plugs needed by the new horseless carriages. In the early 1950s, both companies entered hydraulics. In the [&hellip

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Indramat Personality Modules 2

Posted on 9, July 2012

in Category Blog, Indramat History, Indramat Tips

Imagine that you could be bold and articulate for that meeting you have coming up, then shift to suave and charming for a date, and then shift easily to chill and fun for a trip to the lake with friends. When you imagine this, you have to additionally imagine that you make this change easily, convincingly, and with no sense of artificiality. Let’s say you could do this by popping in something called a Personality Module each time. Each Personality Module would leave you with the same skills and memories and all — you’d still be you — but you’d [&hellip

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