The great debate: Stepper or Servo?

Many engineers may stumble upon this question when specifying a motor for an application; should I use a Stepper or a Servo motor? Both stepper and servo motor are excellent but, what’s really important is understanding their capabilities.  The simplest way to ...

Q & A: TM Magnetic Transmission Drive

How much misalignment is allowed with Magnetic Transmission Drives? It is critical that the magnetic poles on each unit are properly aligned, but how much deviation would be acceptable? The units have worked fine even with 2-3 degree misalignment, but ...

Q&A: Using RS Manager with Windows 8

Question: Dear MISUMI Engineering Team: We are currently using one of your single axis RS robots in our production area. We have a Windows XP laptop running the RS Manager software to control the robot and everything works great. However, ...

Conveyor Q & A in 60 seconds or less!

We know your time is valuable and you don’t always have the luxury of reading a blog post or surfing the internet doing research. When your production line is down, you’re losing money and profits and your only objective is finding a ...

Q & A: Single & Double Type Stroke Bushings

Question: Dear MISUMI Engineering Team, What is the difference in the single and double type? Why is the “Maximum Stroke” so much different between the two types? Thank you, Eric Answer: Hello Eric, I assume you are referring to Stroke ...
Bearing Lock Nuts

Q&A: Tightening Torque for Bearing Lock Nuts

Question: Dear Misumi Engineering Team: We have several shafts on one of our machines that need to be removed periodically for maintenance. These shafts are supported with tapered bearings that are locked with a nut. How much torque should we ...
timing belts and pulley

Sizing Timing Belts and Pulleys

Dear MISUMI Engineering Team: We are building a machine that has several shafts driven by stepper motors. These shafts need to be synchronized to each other, but at different speeds. We did some research and it looks like a timing ...

Reducing Feedback Noise on the AC Power Line

Dear Misumi Engineers, We have a series RSH single axis robotic actuator that we seem to be getting interference or feedback noise on the power line. Is that a problem, and are there any steps that we can take to ...
Selecting Actuators

Size Does Matter…

Dear MISUMI Engineering Team: We have several linear motion setups in our production line, with a variety of actuators. We’ve experimented with belts, ball screws, and lead screws in the past, but haven’t been able to find something that always ...