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Servo Drive Trends for 2021

We talk about the upcoming trends in servo drives every year and I have to say, 2020 really didn’t turn out the way we expected.  It wasn’t all bad though.  We were able to eke out a few milestones and continue moving forward with new designs, but with 2020 out of the way we think

FlexPro Servo Drives for Machine Embedded Applications

If you’re looking for a servo drive that is compact, has a high power density, and is easy to install, look no further than FlexPro “FM” line of machine embedded servo drives. Here is an overview of the FlexPro FM060-10-EM in just one minute… (and 14 seconds…shhh) Let’s get to it! Quick Specs and More

Detailed Look at the FE060-25-EM Servo Drive

We’re changing things up and doing this blog post as a video, aka a vlog.  We’ll be taking a closer look at the FE060-25-EM EtherCAT servo drive.  One of the things that’s hard for our customers to grasp is how small these servo drives are yet they don’t sacrifice on power, performance or features.  We’re

How to Set Up and Configure an Analog Servo Drive

In the age of digital servo drives that use PC based configuration tools, analog servo drives still have a place in motion control systems.  While digital drives use configuration software and an on-screen interface, analog servo drives use switches and potentiometers. You can read more about the differences between analog and digital servo drives here.

The University Outreach Program

In their college years, some students begin to take interest in robotics and motion control. As cliché as it may sound, the students of today are the innovators of tomorrow. In order to better facilitate innovation in our youth, ADVANCED Motion Controls has proudly run its own University Outreach program since 2004. For 15 years,

Is it Servo Drive or Servo Amplifier? and Other Motion Control Questions

What’s the Difference Between a Servo Drive and a Servo Amplifier? A lot of motion control terminology is used interchangeably, situationally, and sometimes incorrectly. We’ll be the first to admit that it can be a bit confusing at times, and understandably so. Some of the motion control lingo has changed over time, and it hasn’t

The History of Modern Motion Control

Determining the start date of motion control greatly depends on your definition of motion control. An argument could be made that it started with the invention of the mechanical cam. Others might say it didn’t start until PID control was introduced. There’s no definitive beginning, but we’re just going to start with electric motors, just

What is Dual-Loop Position Control and Where is it Needed?

Most motor control systems use couplings such as gears, ball screws, belts and other methods to transmit the forces from the motor to the load.  They’re used for various reasons, such as to increase the torque through gear ratios, change rotary motion to linear motion or change the angle of the applied torque.  Along with

Servo Drive Trends for 2020

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for new servo drive technologies and capabilities. Continuing with the trend from the past few years, servo drives in 2020 will have even more power and more features packed into the micro-sized form factor that’s becoming popular in the industry. Mobile robotics and tightly integrated machines

How to Select a Servo Drive

When searching for a servo drive, you’ll be able to find thousands of options. ADVANCED Motion Controls offers almost 200 servo drives alone. But finding one that meets all the needs for your application can be a bit more complex. Servo drives have different power ranges, sizes, network options, intelligence, form factors, digital features, and

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