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Welcome to Bell-Everman News, the best place to stay informed about our precision motion control technologies. Every month we’ll post updates on our latest products and application developments. We’ll also feature highlights from Mike Everman’s engineering blog. So visit us often or subscribe to our monthly email newsletter.

We've just made it easier to configure our new SLS Sealed Linear Stages. Our new online configuration tool allows you to select travel length, drive options and accessories in minutes. And if you're ready for a quote, you can send your configuration to our applications engineering team. We'll have a price back to you within 24 hours. SLS stages feature self-contained drive mechanisms and integrated polyurethane seals to keep contaminants where they belong—outside the stage's anodized housing. With their proprietary seals, SLS stages represent a cleaner, more compact alternative to linear motion devices that use bellows or other complex sealing…
Linear stages in industrial settings often suffer from contamination problems. As manufacturing debris, particulate or liquid contaminants work their way into the stage, they can abrade or gum up the drive mechanism and bearings. Our new SLS Sealed Linear Stage keeps contamination outside the stage housing. Integrated Polyurethane Seal. The SLS features a proprietary linear lip seal design that integrates seamlessly with the stage’s anodized aluminum housing. Made from a ruggedized polyurethane elastomer, the seal is: Resistant to chemicals, temperature extremes and mechanical wear. Field replaceable in minutes without the disassembling the stage or removing the payload in most cases.…
Thursday, 07 February 2013 17:31

ServoBelt Heavy Quadruples Maximum Linear Force

From the moment we turned on the first ServoBelt Linear drive, we knew that we had a linear motor killer on our hands. Our non-traditional belt drive offered nearly all the accuracy of a linear motor but cost only a fraction as much money. The one limitation to ServoBelt technology had to do with maximum continuous linear force, which initially topped out at 38 lbf and then increased to 75 lbf. Now we’ve upped the ante on linear force again with our new ServoBelt Heavy model. It offers a maximum continuous linear force of 300 lbf, or four times what…
With all the advances in digital printing technologies in recent years, today's large format printers can create visually stunning signs and displays. Yet even the highest-resolution print mechanism is only as good as the actuator that positions it. Gandy Digital recognized the crucial role that actuators play when it designed our ServoNut Power Module into the table axis of a groundbreaking new printer called Pred8tor. This new printing system is a lightening-fast, UV flatbed printer with the ability to handle sheet up to 4x8 ft as well as roll stock. “Our new machine prints high-resolution 900 dpi photographic quality images…
Friday, 17 February 2012 18:27

Avoiding Backlash At ATX West

At the ATX West show this week, Mike Everman starred in an Engineering TV segment about backlash in motion systems—and how to avoid it. Mike also gave an overview of Bell-Everman's newest rotary motion stage, the ServoBelt 200. Watch the entire video below.   Click here to configure and request a quote for ServoBelt Rotary.
Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:51

ServoBelt Rotary Gets Big

New model offers precision positioning for heavier loads ServoBelt Rotary has become one of our most popular products, thanks to its combination of positioning performance, compact form factor and large through hole. Now even more applications will be able to reap these advantages. We recently developed a new ServoBelt Rotary capable of handling far heavier loads than the ServoBelt 100, our next largest model. Increased Heft. Called the SBR 200, the new rotary stage provides: A 200-mm through hole, or twice the size of SBR 100. Continuous torque to 38 N-m, or more than 5 times the maximum torque of…
Monday, 03 January 2011 03:03

New ServoBelt Rotary and More At ATX West

The latest addition to our ServoBelt Rotary (SBR) line will debut at the ATX West 2011 Show in Anaheim, Calf., February 8 – 11. The new SBR 50 packs all the advantages of the original SBR100 into a smaller package that makes it a cost-effective alternative to direct-drive motors in precision, light-duty rotary positioning applications. The new SBR features a through hole of 50 mm, half that of the original SBR but still very large for its overall size. Like the larger SBR 100, which will also be on display at the show, the new model offers a geometric accuracy…
Our motion systems are often scaled up for large-format manufacturing applications, but we’ve recently taken our technology in the opposite direction to address miniature manufacturing. Case in point: We’re putting the finishing touches on a new 3-axis motion stage for a vision-guided CNC micromachining system. With a work envelope measuring 690 x 450 x 150 mm, this micromachining stage has a large addressable area that might not seem “micro” at all. Yet with a positioning resolution of just 0.5 µm, the stage enables the machining of sub-micron features on larger workpieces. The system is built around around a trio of…
Avid Corporation makes good use of ServoBelt Rotary’s large through-hole and easy installation in a unique vision inspection system for the packaging industry. In bottle manufacturing operations, inspection is about more than just quality control. It’s also a matter of productivity since technicians can spend hours collecting bottle weight and dimensional data to ensure that molding machines and tooling are running properly. Avid Corporation has been making that quality data a lot easier to collect for more than two decades. The company builds a variety of automated and semi-automated vision inspection systems that increase the throughput and accuracy of quality…
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