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. with 20+ years of experience in sales, technical application support, and training of various types of fractional horsepower electric motors, gearheads, actuators, drivers, and controllers. Feel free to ask him questions on Linkedin.
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Recent Posts

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 Feb 1, 2024 8:55:23 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

An Overview of Optical Encoder, Magnetic Encoder, and Capacitive Encoder Technologies (and Selection Guide)

Posted by Johann Tang on Nov 15, 2023 12:43:00 PM

Encoders can be installed on motors to precisely track their position and speed.  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 go over how various types of encoders work and share some selection tips.

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

Simplify Semiconductor Wafer Handling with Modular Products from the Same Family

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

Semiconductor 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 modular motors and linear actuators can simplify and optimize process automation, such as semiconductor wafer handling.

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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 considered for most conveyor applications.

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

Swing Arm and End Effector Solutions for Semiconductor Wafer Processing

Posted by Johann Tang on Jul 27, 2023 9:17:48 PM

Oriental Motor provides a wide variety of products to meet semiconductor equipment design goals.  This post focuses on motor selection for two specific motion axes of a semiconductor manufacturing process called CMP (Chemical Mechanical Polishing) and explains how to save time by using different products from the same family.

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

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

Posted by Johann Tang on Jun 26, 2023 8:15:00 PM

This article highlights the advantages of brushless motors and stepper motors for driving a peristaltic pump, which is among the most common motor applications in medical, pharmaceutical, biotech, and diagnostic equipment.  

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Topics: Stepper Motors, Speed Control, BLDC Motors, Pumps, Application Examples

Wattage Specification for Stepper Motors

Posted by Johann Tang on May 31, 2023 7:56:20 PM

Historically, stepper motors are not rated by watts like AC motors or servo motors.  So...how would you compare a stepper motor to a servo motor or a brushless motor?

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Topics: Stepper Motors