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

 

Johann Tang

Johann Tang
Johann Tang is a Product Specialist at Oriental Motor USA Corp. Before joining the marketing team, he spent 15 years in sales, technical application support, and training of various types of fractional horsepower electric motors, gear motors, actuators, drivers, and controllers. If you have any questions, please feel free to use the live chat window, 1-800-GO-VEXTA (1-800-468-3982), or techsupport@orientalmotor.com, to reach our product support team. Johann can be reached via LinkedIn. Sorry, comments have been turned off.
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Recent Posts

Case Study: How a Compact Electric Gripper Can Help with Articulated Robots

Posted by Johann Tang on May 31, 2024 8:45:00 AM

Case Study: How a Compact Electric Gripper Can Help with Articulated Robots
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An end effector, such as an electric gripper, is an essential part of industrial robots. More importantly, using the right gripper for the load being transferred prevents damage while improving automation efficiency.  In this article, we share how one system integrator has successfully adopted an electric gripper for one of their articulated robots.

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Topics: Robotics, Absolute Positioning, Alphastep Hybrid Control, Linear & Rotary Actuators, VIDEOS, Application Examples, Case Study

What Does Ingress Protection Really Mean for Electric Motors?

Posted by Johann Tang on Apr 30, 2024 9:00:00 PM

What Does Ingress Protection Really Mean for Electric Motors?
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Electric motors drive our world, but they can be susceptible to environmental hazards like dust or water. This article explores IP ratings and codes, what they are, how they're tested, and why they're critical for motor durability and reliable performance.

 

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Topics: Conveyor, AC Motors, Speed Control, VIDEOS, BLDC Motors, Washdown, Application Examples, Motion Control 101, Motion Control Basics

Redefining Precision and Reliability for Wafer Pin Lifters

Posted by Johann Tang on Mar 28, 2024 5:55:39 PM

Downtime is a no no for semiconductor fabs.  Even a brief interruption can result in significant financial losses and disruptions in production.  In this article, we explain how a linear actuator's built-in precision and reliability can simplify and even improve the design of wafer processing machinery, such as a silicon wafer pin lift.

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Topics: Absolute Positioning, Alphastep Hybrid Control, Linear & Rotary Actuators, Vertical Lifts, Application Examples

8 Reasons to Upgrade to the AZ Series Connector Type Motors

Posted by Johann Tang on Feb 23, 2024 9:00:00 PM

Facing a leaner engineering workforce and rising costs, machine designers need a way to build machines faster with less resources.  Aligned with our continuous commitment to simplify motion control, this article explains the innovative features of the new connector type motor for our flagship AZ Series and how it supports faster installation and maintenance.

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Topics: Stepper Motors, Absolute Positioning, Alphastep Hybrid Control, New Product Introductions

Why Electric Actuators Are Better Than Pneumatic Actuators for Packaging Machinery

Posted by Johann Tang on Jan 31, 2024 7:59:00 PM

As the packaging industry continues to evolve, the demand for efficient and reliable machinery is on the rise. One area that has seen significant advancements is in the use of electric actuators. Traditionally, pneumatic actuators have been the go-to choice for many packaging and labeling machines. However, electric actuators are gaining popularity due to their numerous benefits. In this article, we will explore the numerous advantages that electric actuators bring to packaging machinery.
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Topics: Stepper Motors, Absolute Positioning, Alphastep Hybrid Control, Linear & Rotary Actuators, VIDEOS

Stepper Motor Drivers: Should You Build or Purchase Them?

Posted by Johann Tang on Dec 15, 2023 3:11:48 PM

Drivers provide power and logic to various types of motors and are essential components of any motion control application.  This article explains the pros and cons of building a stepper motor driver versus purchasing one.

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Topics: Stepper Motors

A Comparison of Encoder Technologies (and Selection Tips)

Posted by Johann Tang on Nov 30, 2023 7:05:00 PM

Encoder feedback is essential for closed-loop motion control and can enhance accuracy, reliability, and even efficiency for machinery and robotics.  In this article, we compare how optical, magnetic, and capacitive encoders work and share some selection tips.

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Topics: Stepper Motors, Absolute Positioning, Alphastep Hybrid Control, New Product Introductions, Encoders

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

Posted by Johann Tang on Oct 31, 2023 6:45:48 PM

Wafers are the foundation of semiconductor chip manufacturing. The growing demand for semiconductors, driven by technological advancements like AI, IoT, and robotics, makes it crucial to handle these delicate wafers efficiently and precisely.  In this article, we will explain how unified features from a family of motors and actuators can simplify process automation for semiconductor wafers.

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Topics: Stepper Motors, Robotics, Absolute Positioning, Alphastep Hybrid Control, Linear & Rotary Actuators, VIDEOS, Vertical Lifts, Application Examples

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

Posted by Johann Tang on Sep 26, 2023 2:54:58 PM

In this article, we're diving deeper into two stepper motor types: high-resolution type and encoder type; and how they can be used to improve precision in critical laboratory automation applications like autosamplers.

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Topics: Stepper Motors, VIDEOS, Application Examples

Why Brushless Motors Make Sense for Conveyors

Posted by Johann Tang on Aug 31, 2023 6:53:31 PM

In today's fast-paced industrial landscape, the role of conveyors has become more crucial than ever. These systems efficiently move materials, products, and goods for numerous industries, from labeling and packaging to warehousing and distribution.  While many types of motors can be used in conveyors, this article highlights a few reasons why brushless motors should be a primary choice for conveyor applications.

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Topics: Conveyor, Speed Control, VIDEOS, BLDC Motors, Application Examples