Mastering Linear Bushings

Linear motion products are the most commonly used motion elements in the automation of transfer, locating, and assembly machinery. Here, three types of linear guides, Linear Bushing, Slide Guide, and Oil Free Bushing will be compared and explained as we ...

The Lowdown on Locating Pins

Locating pins are utilized in manufacturing setups to precisely position workpieces in various orientations to make it possible to execute a wide range of manufacturing operations or dimensional inspections.  Within this broad definition, the design of locating pins can be ...

Strengths & Limitations: Belt Drive vs. Ball Screw Actuators

The challenge for mechanical automation systems in the past has been the successful conversion of rotational motion from electric or mechanical motors into useful forms of linear motion.  A breakthrough in this regard, the conveyor belt system represented one of ...

E2E Video: Wiring RS Units Part 2

The second episode of our Engineer to Engineer series on the Wiring of RS Units is here! Our Motion Systems Application Engineer, Chuck Leonard, demonstrateshow to wire and connect the I/O ports on our RS series actuators. Click here to ...

E2E Video: Wiring RS Units, Pt. I

On this latest edition of our Engineer to Engineer series, our Motion Systems Application Engineer, Chuck Leonard, will demonstrate how to wire and connect the I/O ports on our RS series actuators. This demonstration will be broken into 2 episodes, so be sure ...

Measuring Friction & Force

The latest installment of MISUMI’s Engineer to Engineer video series is now available on our YouTube Channel! Measuring Friction Force on Various Rail and Bushing Setups – Engineer to Engineer In this episode of Engineer to Engineer, MISUMI Engineer Will ...

Are You Smarter Than an Engineering Student? Force, Torque, and Pirate Ships!

Are you smarter than an engineering student? Have you gotten rusty or are you still at the head of the class? We’re challenging you to dust off that old textbook knowledge and challenge your co-workers to some good ole’ engineering ...

4 Steps for Selecting a Mini-Conveyor

If your facility requires you to transport heavy or bulky materials or products then you are either using or looking to purchase a conveyor systems. Conveyors have various benefits which make them an ideal solution across a range of industries. ...

Gears Part I: Backlash & Ratios

Gear 101 In this series, you’ll learn about the different types of Gears, optimal uses of each, as well as some advantages and disadvantages of using the different kinds of gear. So, let’s start with a basic question. What are gears? Gears ...
3D printed models

3D Printing Bill of Materials

We previously talked about Getting Started with 3D Printing, and Finding the Right Modeling Program, but what if you’re ready to get serious about 3D printing? Well, we’ve compiled a basic  shopping list to get you started. This is by ...