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ServoBelt™ Rotary Gets Big

New model offers precision positioning for heavier loads


ServoBelt Rotary has become one of our most popular products, thanks to its combination of positioning performance, compact form factor and large through hole. Now even more applications will be able to reap these advantages.



SBR 50

New ServoBelt™ Rotary and More At ATX West

The latest addition to our ServoBelt Rotary (SBR) line will debut at the ATX West 2011 Show in Anaheim, Calf., February 8 – 11. The new SBR 50 packs all the advantages of the original SBR 100 into a smaller package that makes it a cost-effective alternative to direct-drive motors in precision, light-duty rotary positioning applications. The new SBR features a through hole of 50 mm, half that of the original SBR but still very large for its overall size. Like the larger SBR 100, which will also be on display at the show, the new model offers a geometric accuracy of 2.5μm TIR or better at any point on the stage and a resolution of 16 arc-sec with a repeatability of ±40 arc-sec. SBR 50 has a gear reduction of 2.68:1.



Micromachining

Servonut LowBoy Moves Into Micromachining

Our motion systems are often scaled up for large-format manufacturing applications, but we’ve recently taken our technology in the opposite direction to address miniature manufacturing. Case in point: We’re putting the finishing touches on a new 3-axis motion stage for a vision-guided CNC micromachining system.



ServoBelt™ Rotary Has The Right Moves For Bottle Inspection

Avid Corporation makes good use of ServoBelt™ Rotary’s large through-hole and easy installation in a unique vision inspection system for the packaging industry.

In bottle manufacturing operations, inspection is about more than just quality control. It’s also a matter of productivity since technicians can spend hours collecting bottle weight and dimensional data to ensure that molding machines and tooling are running properly. Avid Corporation has been making that quality data a lot easier to collect for more than two decades.



Custom ServoBelt™

A Smaller ServoBelt™ For Biomedical Machines

ServoBelt is shrinking. And for the makers of biomedical machines and lab automation equipment, smaller really is better.



Pick The Right Encoder–And Save Big On Rotary Stages

The DDT100 Series, our most compact rotary stage, now features new encoder options that can reduce its price by as much as one third. The optional encoders, which can be found on stages with the new DDT100LC designation, are optical code wheels offering either 20,000 or 40,000 counts/rev, or 0.3 and 0.15 mrad respectively.




Pulsejet Engineering

An update on Mike Everman’s work on pulsejets just went up on his Technical Interest Blog. The post includes a detailed photo gallery showing a successful adaptation of Mike’s “Pocket Jet 2″ two-pipe geometry into a triple-pipe pulse jet. More on Mike’s pulsejet work over the last couple of years can be found here



Mike Everman’s Technical Interest Blog

Mike Everman has started a new blog about his personal engineering projects and cutting-edge Bell-Everman developments. The blog features videos and technical write-ups on topics as diverse as robotics, propulsion systems, and precision clockwork. We run new items in the the sidebar, but you can check it out here.

 



Product Pipeline Revealed At ATX West

Here at the ATX Show, we’ve been fielding a ton of questions about our upcoming products and ways to push the envelope with our current products. So we thought we’d reveal a few things that we have in pre-production or testing.



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