A Control Design reader asks: I work for an OEM, and we are developing new equipment that requires multiple motion applications on one machine. This includes master-follower rollers, tension control, unwind, wind, variable speed conveyors, a precision three-axis gantry and automatic changeover position adjustments. It covers the full range of motion control from simple ac induction motors to stepper motors and precision servo control. Our sales department wants to sell this new OEM equipment as the latest technology including the buzzwords "precision motion” and “IoT-ready features.” With all the different motion-control requirements on the equipment, do I mix and…Full Story
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