Engineering Notes by Oriental Motor

Welcome to Oriental Motor's "Engineering Notes" Blog:

Products and technology are only valuable when coupled with skilled people and services to support them. Since 1978, ORIENTAL MOTOR U.S.A. CORP. has been building a service and support system to better serve customers. It is our goal to provide the best product and service from the design phase, through the sale and beyond.

Our blog will feature:

  • Introduction to new products and technologies
  • Motion control basics and application examples
  • Tips for motor selection, programming, and troubleshooting


What Does Ingress Protection Really Mean for Electric Motors?

Redefining Precision and Reliability for Wafer Pin Lifters

8 Reasons to Upgrade to the AZ Series Connector Type Motors

Why Electric Actuators Are Better Than Pneumatic Actuators for Packaging Machinery

Stepper Motor Drivers: Should You Build or Purchase Them?

A Comparison of Encoder Technologies (and Selection Tips)

Simplify Wafer Handling Machine Design with Modular Products from the Same Family

Improve Positioning Precision for Autosamplers with High Resolution and Encoder Type Stepper Motors

Why Brushless Motors Make Sense for Conveyors

Optimal Motors for Chemical Mechanical Polishing of Wafers

Peristaltic Pump Motor Selection Tips: Brushless Motor or Stepper Motor?

Wattage Specification for Stepper Motors

How to Build a SCARA Robot with Off-The-Shelf Products

Dedicated Robot Controller and Programming Software Makes Robotics Easier

Troubleshooting Basics: Stepper Motors

Troubleshooting Basics: Motor Noises

Troubleshooting Basics: AC Motors

The Right Motor for Tension Control

Is There an Option Between Stepper Motors and Servo Motors?

Case Study: Using Agricultural Automation to Improve Production Efficiency

Pneumatic Actuators vs Electric Actuators: Which is Better?

Case Study: SCARA and Cartesian/Gantry Robots for Automated Assembly

Carbon Output Calculation of Electric Motors

What is Modular Automation?

Video Explainer: Features of the New BLV Series R Type

Motor Sizing & Selection Example: Variable Speed Belt Conveyor

The Choice Between Servo Motors and Stepper Motors

Technical Manual Series: Technologies Used with Brushless Motors (Part II)

Motor Selection Basics: Types of AC/DC Motors

Technical Manual Series: Technologies Used with Brushless Motors (Part I)

Technical Manual Series: Brushless Motor Current Control Method

Technical Manual Series: Brushless Motor Drive Systems and Motor Torque

Technical Manual Series: Brushless Motor Drive Systems

Live Chat, Blog Comments

Technical Manual Series: Main Components of Brushless Motors

Technical Manual Series: Brushless Motor Structure and Rotation Principles

Technical Manual Series: Brushed DC Motor Structure and Principles

Technical Manual Series: Types of Brushless Motors

Motion Programming Example: Timed Pressing Operation

CVD Stepper Motor Drivers Explained

3 Things to Know About the BLV Series Update

Speed Control Basics: VFD or Triac for AC Induction Motors?

Instantaneous Forward/Reverse Operation for Single-Phase and Three-Phase AC Induction Motors

Stepper Motor Basics: PM vs VR vs Hybrid

Grounding Basics: What are the Differences Between PE and FG?

Motion Programming Example: Loop Function For Repeated Motion

3-Axis Parallel Robot with AlphaStep Absolute Stepper Motors

Built-in STO Function Simplifies Safety

What Determines Motor Life?

Wiring Basics: Unipolar vs Bipolar

The Differences Between Brushed and Brushless DC Motors

Minimizing the Effect of Load Fluctuations for Mixers

Monitor Your Machine Like a Traffic Light System

10 Advantages of Geared Motors

Flexible Configurations For Hollow Rotary Actuators

Control Basics: The Difference Between Sink and Source Logic

Gear Basics: Backlash vs Lost Motion

Motor Sizing Basics Part 4 - How to Calculate Radial Load and Axial Load

The Proper Way to Use a Gripper

Motor Sizing Basics Part 3: How to Calculate Speed, Acceleration Torque, and RMS Torque

Motor Sizing Basics Part 2: How to Calculate Load Inertia

Motor Sizing Basics Part 1: How to Calculate Load Torque

3 Ways to Troubleshoot AC Motors with a Circuit Tester

What Does a Capacitor Do?

Proud Moments To Be Thankful For

Show & Tell: AC Reversible Motors and AC Electromagnetic Brake Motors

Show & Tell: AC Induction Motors

Fan Basics: Air Flow, Static Pressure, and Impedance

Tips to Minimize Stepper Motor Vibration

Incremental Encoder vs Absolute Encoders in Closed-loop Feedback Systems

A Brief Overview of the AlphaStep Family

Reactive vs Preventative vs Predictive Maintenance: What are the Differences?

How Easy Is It to Build a Robot?

Benefits of an Absolute Rack and Pinion System Compared to Other Linear Motion Mechanisms

Eliminate Motor Speed Fluctuations Caused By Input Voltage or Load Variance

Improve Motor Performance With Redesigned Compact BLDC Drivers

Improving Stop Accuracy for Start/Stop Conveyors

Better Motor Alternatives for Variable Speed Pumps

Right Angle Gearheads: Why are Hypoid Gears Better Than Worm Gears?

Simple Method to Limit Motor Operation Range for Robotics Safety

Introduction to the MEXE02 Universal Motion Control Support Software

Torque Limit Application Example - Bottle Capping with BLDC Motors (VIDEO)

Flexible Mounting Options for Compact Stepper Motor Drivers

Improve Gripping Operation with Multiple Torque Limit Settings

Wrap Function: Simplified Position Control for Rotary Indexing in Absolute Coordinates

Accelerate Design Cycles for Mobile Robots With Standard Features & Functions

Improve Performance Further with 3 Advanced Stepper Motor Driver Features

Choosing the Right Type of Stepper Motor for Your Application

Smart System Performs Reciprocating Motion & Force Sensing Without a PLC or External Sensors

Easily Synchronize Speeds of Multiple Motors

Designing Smaller and Lighter Equipment by Using Brushless Motors

Minimize Machine Footprint with Right Angle Gear Motors