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DC motors, greatly increasing the available torque output. Gear ratios up to 4732.5:1 are possible. A wide variety of encoder types are also available designed to meet just about any application requirement. Product applications for Pittman motors are diverse and span a wide variety of high-tech industries, including medical instruments, laboratory automation, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, laser and optics equipment, or just about any other application where precision motion is needed. PITTMAN QD77MS SiMple Motion MoDule Mitsubishi Electric Automation adds to its iQ programmable automation controller (pac) platform. Lower engineering costs and shorter lead times are critical factors in the successful introduction of a new machine to market or for end use in a plant. Mitsubishi Electric's new QD77MS simplifies programming of complex motion profiles, reduces engineering costs, and minimizes learning curves. Other advantages of the QD77MS Simple Motion Module include: * Programming and set up of both PLC and motion control using a single software program — GXWorks 2. * Controller compatibility, assuring smooth migration to improved technology platforms using tools that offer motion project diversion and project recycling capability. * Drive compatibility, allowing use of either existing or newer technology servo amplifiers for actuation control. * A high-speed 300Mbps communication network that improves system response and data capacity, and provides full insight into the control dynamics. Metrics such as power consumption can also be measured over this network. * A function block library on the 2-, 4- and 16-axes modules. With the connectable servo drives, users can reduce total energy consumption. Users with minimal programming experience in creating motion profiles can do so intuitively, thanks to the motion controller's position table and mechanical editor system. The QD77MS also supports advanced motion functions such as cam profiles and registration, speed, position, and torque control. Available with 2-, 4- or 16 input/output "For our high performance robots, we need high speed, light weight, high torque actuators. The only solution is maxon." – Dr. Dennis Hong, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of RoMeLa (Robots & Mechanisms Laboratory) at Virginia Tech What drives Dr. Dennis Hong is his quest to create truly humanoid robots that can do useful work. What drives his robots are maxon motors and controllers. Where precision, consistency, and easy integration are critical, maxon provides the intelligent drive systems to bring tomorrow's designs to life. Learn how we can help you keep your projects moving. Visit us at Scan code to see video of Dr. Hong discuss working with maxon motors. SAFFiR (Shipboard Autonomous FireFighting Robot)

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