Is Your Work Place Safe? Find out with the safety Gotcha Stick!


STI — Omron introduces the safety Gotcha Stick Safe Distance Scale. This three-segment safe distance stick accurately tests the allowable barrier opening size based on the distance from the point of operation. It features English measurements on one side, and Metric measurements on the other.

Although not officially adopted by OSHA, the safety “Gotcha Stick” is based on data from “A Review of Machine-Guarding Recommendations,” by Donald R. Vaillancourt and Stover H. Snook of the Liberty Mutual Research Center for Health & Safety. This data redefines the dimensions of the human arm for the purposes of machine guarding. The resulting new stick has been modified to include openings of less than 1/4 inch over the first 1/2 inch distance.

Guarding machinery by means of hard (fixed) barriers is one of the main ways of protecting personnel from point-of-operation hazards. The safety “Gotcha Stick” is the easiest means of verifying that openings in hard guarding will not allow the point-of-operation to be accessed by the operator.

With headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley, STI was founded nearly 30 years ago and employs more than 350 people. STI has been selected twice by Forbes and three times by Business Week as one of the “world’s best small companies.” STI’s safety products are used to protect workers around machinery, automated equipment and industrial robots. Their products serve a wide variety of applications and markets, including semiconductor, automotive, electronics manufacturing, packaging and consumer markets.

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Motion Control – Large Open Center XY Stages from Intellidrives!

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Philadelphia, PA, — Motion Control Components and Systems – The demand for a high accuracy, robust, open-frame stages is met with IntelLIDrives dual-axis, large aperture stages that address the unique needs of scanning microscopy, wafer and printed circuit board inspection, automated assembly and wide range of specimens and samples scanning in many types of imaging techniques and applications.

Very precise fine positioning and control is easily achieved through the combination of a stable closed-loop control system and an associated joystick option. In addition, the stages can be combined with our Z Stages to form an XYZ stage ideally suited for laser scanning microscopy.

These stages can be motorized with stepper motors and brush-less servo motors with encoders.

Optional high-resolution, non-contact linear encoder is available. This non-contact encoder offers exceptional repeatability and stability over a range of operating conditions. Both digital and analog output versions are available with resolutions in sub-micron range.


  • STROKE 100, 200, 300 mm
  • APERTURE 188, 288, 388 mm
  • REPEATABILITY 10 micron
  • RESOLUTION 1 micron




About IntelLiDrives —

IntelLiDrives, Inc. manufactures linear actuators, XY tables and rotary tables for the industry, government, science and research institutions around the world. Our precision rotary actuators, XY stages and linear actuators are used in the applications in medical devices, life sciences, semiconductor and electronic assembly manufacturing, data storage, laser processing, military/aerospace, photonics, automotive and test assembly, research and development and other industries requiring high precision and throughput motion control solutions.

For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1-215-728-6804 or e-mail Intellidrives at or go Intellidrive – Contact Us at:

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Motion Control – Customer Driven AC Servo Design

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Servos – Servo System – The mid-level, general-purpose 1S Series Servos incorporate valuable input from our customers to optimize use from design to commissioning.

Lower Costs and Total Cost of Ownership
The 1S Series eliminates up to 20% of hidden servo system costs to the customer by no longer requiring separate external parts such as servodrive controller cable, terminal block for I/O, safety cable, brake relay and absolute encoder battery and cable.  Regardless of power rating, all 1S power drives have a uniform height to simplify design and improve control cabinet air circulation. We streamlined I/O connection, replacing an external terminal and cable with a pluggable connector with push-in terminals that allows wiring to be prepared separately. In the process, we increased the number and mix of supported I/O.  The end user benefits from lower maintenance costs.

Advances for High Accuracy Machines
The 1S servomotors use a gear-less/battery-less, multi-turn 23-bit absolute encoder, 16-bit multi-turn to provide accurate position input. Advanced tuning functions help shorten settling time, allowing faster production speeds and greater throughput.
Expanded Built-in Safety Capability

Machine safety for rotating hazards takes a prominent position in equipment design since the recent changes in injury liability. To help OEMs simplify safety system design and standardize on one series without stocking many separate drives, the 1S Series servodrives offer both networked and hardwired safe torque off built in. Configuration of FailSafe over EtherCAT (FSoE) only requires connecting NX Series safety control units to 1S Series servos  via open network “EtherCAT”. No wiring is required for the emergency stop of each axis for servo.
First Wave of 1S Servos

The first wave satisfies 100 W to 3 kW applications. Future releases will address power requirements of higher and lower power ratings.

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Motion Control – Robotic Symposiums – How to Build Robots

Electromate is pleased to announce it will be hosting two Robotic Symposiums’ 

 Tuesday March 20th in Toronto and on Wednesday March 21st in Montreal.


Participating in the Symposiums will be Speakers from:

Galil Motion Control            
Harmonic Drive LLC              
Maxon Motor AG                 

Advanced Motion Controls 


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Technical Presentations related to the design of Robotic Systems including:  Collaborative/Assistive Robots, SCARA Robots, Cartesian Robots and Delta Robots.  Presentations will focus on the electromechanical, mechanical, electrical and control component design, sizing and selection.


Who would benefit from this Seminar:

Designer & Project Engineers and Graduate School Engineering Students in the Medical, Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Lab & General Automation markets who are looking to gain a practical understanding of the core motion control technology used in robotic applications.


The Symposium agenda includes:

9:00-9:15am                    Electromate Welcome Remarks & Introduction
9:15-10:00am                  ETS/Dr. Ilian Bonev
10:00-10:45am                Maxon Presentation
10:45-11:00am                Break + Tabletop Displays
11:00-11:45am                Galil Presentation
11:45-1:00pm                  Lunch + Tabletop Displays
1:00-1:45pm                    Harmonic Drive Presentation
1:45-2:30pm                    Kollmorgen Presentation
2:30-3:00pm                    Break + Tabletop Displays
3:00-3:45pm                    Advanced Motion Controls Presentation
3:45-4:30pm                    Electromate Closing Remarks

Breakfast & Lunch will be served.

The Seminar is FREE, however seating is limited. Click on the REGISTRATION LINK

to register today!

About Electromate:

Electromate’s Core Purpose is to help Manufacturers build better machines using differentiated automation technology. They specialize in Robotic and Mechatronic Solutions for the Industrial Automation marketplace. Respected by customers as a premiere source for High Performance Automation and Motion Control Components & Systems, Electromate® specializes in AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors & Drives, Motion & Automation Controllers, Positioning Systems & Actuators, Feedback Devices, Gearing Products and HMI’s & Operator Displays, all supported via extensive product selection, just-in-timedelivery, dedicated customer service and technical engineering support.

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Motion Control – Choose the Right, High Precision, Low Cost Linear Stage to Suit Your Motion Control Application!

OES AQ120 and AQ130 Motorized Linear Stages


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Van Nuys, CA – — Motion Control Components – OES (Optimal Engineering Systems) offers ten high precision, low cost linear positioning stages that can be easily integrated into new and existing applications. Choosing the best slide for the application is easy. The five AQ120 and five AQ130 series of linear motorized stages are available in travel distances of: 50 mm (1.969 in.), 100 mm (3.937 in.), 150 mm (5.906 in.), 200 mm (7.874 in.), and 300 mm (11.811 in.). The compact, AQ120 series of linear stages features high precision steel linear ball bearings and hardened steel shafting and are designed for loads of 15 kg (33.1 lbs) for the AQ120-50 to 5 kg (11 lbs) for the AQ120-300. The AQ130 series of linear stages features high precision open steel linear ball bearings and supported hardened steel shafting and is designed for loads to 30 kg (66.1 lbs) for all travel lengths.

Each of these black anodized slides features a large table with a pattern of threaded mounting holes, and a precision low backlash (2µ) 4 mm per turn lead screw. The resolution for all slides is 2 microns per pulse using a10 microsteps per step motor driver, or just 1 micron per pulse using a 20 microsteps per step motor driver.

These stages can easily be configured as XY stages, with a Z axis, or with a rotary, lift, or goniometer stage. All stages are also available with a servo motor and optical encoder, and are compatible with OES’ line of motion controllers. Options also include: plug-in motor driver / indexer, stepper motor with an optical encoder for position verification.

Additionally all stages are available as complete plug-and-play systems.

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About OES Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) is a manufacturer of motion control products including: Stepper motor controllers and drivers, solenoid electronics, and positioning stages and slides. Applications include: Animation, automated assembly systems, automation, CNC machines, flight simulation, inspection systems, linear and rotary stages, machine tools, medical devices, motion control camera boom systems, optical comparators, CMMs, pan-tilt gimbals, PCB assembly & inspection, pick-and-place, positioning stages, robotics, scanners, security cameras, telescope drive mechanisms, time-lapse photography and winders

Some of the industries OES serves are: Aerospace, Astronomy, Chemical, Communications, Educational Institutes, University, Colleges, Government Agencies, National Labs, Manufacturing, Medical, Metrology, Military, Motion Control, Museum, News Agencies, Semiconductor and Test Equipment. Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc’s. competitive advantage is its state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facility in North America enabling OES to supply clients with custom designed orders or high volume just-in-time deliveries advantage is its state-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facility in North America enabling OES to supply clients with custom designed orders or high volume just-in-time deliveries globally.

For additional information contact Customer Service at Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) , 6901 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406; Tel: 888-7071-1826, +1 (818) 222-9200, E-Mail: or visit the website at

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Motion Control – 510 Series DC and Brushless Servo Motor Drivers from MotiCont!


Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control – This series of drivers is a high performance, cost effective servo motor driver to implement intelligent motion control. The driver incorporates an advanced architecture and surface mount technology to achieve an exceptional power density. This series is designed to drive voice coil, brush-type and brushless DC motors at a high switching frequency. They receive step and direction signals or analog signal from motion controller.


There 3 models of the 510 Series DC and Brushless Servo Motor Drivers:

510-01 Servo Motor Driver,up to +80 VDC Power Supply, 12 Amps Maximum Currentt

510-02 Servo Motor Driver,up to +80 VDC Power Supply, 20 Amps Maximum Current

510-03 Servo Motor Driver,up to +80 VDC Power Supply, 40 Amps Maximum Current
Features of 510 Series DC and Brushless Servo Motor Drivers:

  • Runs DC and Brushless Servo Motors
  • Four Quadrant Regenerative Operation
  • Space Vector Modulation (SVM) Technology
  • Fully Digital State-of-the-art Design
  • Programmable Current, Velocity and Position Loops Gain Settings
  • Fully Configurable Current, Voltage, Position Limits
  • PIDF Velocity Loop
  • PID + FF Position Loop
  • 12 Amps Motor Output
  • +20 VDC to +80 VDC Power Supply
  • Protected Against Over Current
  • Built-in Signal Generator, Sinusoidal, Square Wave and Triangular
  • 20 KHz PWM Frequency
  • No Tachometer Feedback Needed
  • 0 ºC to 70 ºC Operating Temperature
  • Modular 2-Piece Power, Motor, Signal Connector

510 Series DC and Brushless Servo Motor Drivers Modes of Operation:

  • Current
  • Velocity
  • Position

Command Source for 510 Series DC and Brushless Servo Motor Drivers:

  • Encoder Following
  • 10 V Analog
  • Step and Direction

Feedback Supported by 510 Series DC and Brushless Servo Motor Drivers:

  • Incremental Encoder
  • 10 V Analog
  • Auxiliary Incremental Encode

To order 510 Series DC and Brushless Servo Motor Drivers online Click Here!

For additional information contact MotiCont, “A Motion Company” at 6901 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406, USA; Tel: , Fax: (818) 785-5713, E-Mail: or visit the website at

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High Performance Ultra Compact Stepper Motor Positioning Stage From Equipment Solutions!


Sunnyvale, CA, – — The motion control SMS12 Linear Stepper Motor stage is an ultra compact stage that provides up to 12 millimeters of linear motion. This stage offers near sub-micron resolution with the ability to accelerate a small load at 2G’s. A non-contact home sensor provides a reference position with repeatability of a couple microns. It was specifically developed for optical applications requiring both high precision and modest-speed positioning over a short to medium stroke. The SMS12 is well suited for optical focusing and other micropositioning applications such as scanning interferometry, surface structure analysis, disk drive testing, autofocus systems, confocal microscopy, bio-technology, semiconductor test equipment.



  • Translation 43µm/step
  • 0.67µm @ 64µstep/step
  • Maximum Travel 12mm
  • Maximum Acceleration 2G
  • Maximum Velocity 250mm/sec
  • Maximum Load Capacity 13kg
  • Maximum Moment Load 1.8kg
  • Positioning Accuracy ±2µm
  • Bidirectional Repeatability ±1µm
  • Homing Repeatability ±1µm
  • Motor Amps/Phase 0.3
  • Dimensions 39.1 x 39.1 x 31.75mm

The SMS12 can be ordered with an optional stepper motor controller that is nearly the same size a the SMS12 itself. Only raw power and a simple RS232/RS485 communications line is needed to completely control this high-resolution stage.

SMS-12 Stepper Motor Stage

Equipment Solutions, Inc. (ESI) is a provider of engineering and manufacturing services. ESI specializes in the design and production of automation and instrumentation products including motion control components and sub systems. ESI’s products range from galvanometer amplifiers with an integrated arbitrary waveform generator, to high-resolution displacement sensors, voice coil and stepper motor stages, amplifiers and controllers.

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For additional information contact Jeff Knirck at Equipment Solutions, 1098 West Evelyn Ave. #102, Sunnyvale, CA 94086; Tel: 408-245-7161, Fax: 408-245-7160, or visit the Website at

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Motion Control – New Profinet Interface for POSITAL’s Explosion-Proof Rotary Sensors

Motion Control - Posital Explosion Proof Rotary Sensors available from Electromate

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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada – Motion Control – Components -POSITAL has added an optional Profinet communications interface to its range of explosion-proof IXARC rotary encoders. These devices have been designed to comply with ATEX/IECEx directives for Category 3 electrical products and are suitable for Zone 1 and Zone 21 conditions (potential exposure to hazardous levels of explosive gases and dust concentrations). Areas of application for these encoders include oil and gas facilities, underground mines, chemical plants, milling operations and grain-handling facilities.

POSITAL’s ATEX-certified motion control encoders are built with aluminum or Type 316L stainless steel housings that are designed to contain any electrical hot spots or sparking and to provide environmental protection ratings of up to IP67. Based on POSITAL’s well-proven optical measurement technology, these encoders can deliver up to 16-bit resolution in single-turn configurations or 14-bit resolution for multi-turn models. This technology ensures that position measurement integrity is maintained even if movement occurs when system power is unavailable. No backup batteries are needed, reducing maintenance costs. IXARC encoders can be ordered with a wide range of mounting options to ensure that they can be readily adapted to many kinds of equipment.

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Posital Explosion Proof Rotary Sensors available from Electromate

ATEX and IECEx norms define essential requirements for equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

Finding the right IXARC sensor for a particular application is straightforward. The web site provides a powerful product finder tool that enables a customer to specify the product features required for each application and then quickly zero in on the best available products.

For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1-877-SERVO99 (737-8699) or e-mail Warren Osak at or visit Electromate at:

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Motion Control – FDA/USDA/3-A Dairy Compliant Linear Motion Components

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Motion Control – Linear Motion – LM76 FluidLine Motion Control Linear/Rotary bearings are FDA/USDA & 3A Dairy Complaint. They are also caustic wash down inert. FluidLine bearings one piece construction has benefits over traditional Teflon Composite lined aluminum bearings: if you have a wear situation, Teflon Composite Bearings have a .035″ Teflon Composite Liner. Once you wear through the liner, you are into the aluminum shell. FluidLine bearings will simply wear more and more until they are too sloppy and can replaced at your convenience. They are also less expensive in volume because there are fewer manufacturing operations. We can easily design and produce special ID’s, OD’s, Lengths and features such as flanges.

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Motion Control Automation – ElectroCraft EXC-Series 2.3-inch AC Servo Motors!


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Greenville, DE — Motion Control Automation —  – The new EXC-Series 2.3-inch AC Servo Motors, are high voltage, high performance brushless servo motors incorporating the latest electro-magnetic components creating high continuous torques with low inertia for rapid acceleration. They are available with hall-effect commutation or encoder feedback and a variety of connection options.

The Motion Control EXC-Series 2.3-inch AC Servo motor offers customers high economic value and superior reliability in automation applications. The EXC-Series is a cost-improved version of the popular Excalibur family of AC Servo motors sold under the Rockwell Automation brand. This product provides considerable cost improvements for a variety of light industrial, commercial, and medical applications.

The EXC-Series are fast, low vibration BLDC motors. By utilizing M-8 ceramic and rare-earth neodymium magnets, these BLDC motors provide the quick acceleration and consistent speed (up to 15,000 rpm) needed for applications such as centrifuges, fans and pumps. Sealed ball bearings and reduced torque ripple from skewed magnetization also ensure a smooth operation at any speed..

Click on the link below to view the specification on ElectroCraft’s EXC-Series 2.3-inch AC Servo Motors–

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