Dwindling automation staffs open door for supplier help

Service trumps price and performance when selecting a supplier, particularly when redesigning a complex machine’s automation system.

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The automation hardware and software landscape has changed drastically over the past few decades, causing many machine builders to reevaluate relationships with their suppliers. These new relationships often result in the machine builder placing a much higher value on service than pricing and specifications, in many cases due to the similarities among available automation hardware and software products. In the past, most end customers told the machine builder which automation hardware and software brands to use, and the machine builder was forced to buy from these suppliers. But now, many customers are instead specifying performance requirements and giving the machine…

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How to size a motor

Calculations, advice and formulas for ensuring you have the right motor for your application.

A Control Design reader wrote to us: "The multi-station dial indexers we build are in multiple diameters and different cycle rates. We have one basic design that is customized based on the needs of the application. How can we be sure we’re sizing the right type of motor correctly? The tables’…

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