Manual and Motorized Drive Stages

Positioning stages are differentiated by the means used to control the position of the stage platform, either by manual control, via a positional knob, or motor control, via a stepper motor.  These are two of the most common types of ...

Q&A: Center to Center Spacing for Shafts with Spur Gears

Question: Dear MISUMI Engineering Team: We are currently building a machine that has several timing shafts that are driven by spur gears, but are having problems determining the correct spacing between the shafts. The shafts are held by bearings mounted ...

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 ...
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 ...

Black Chrome Plating Process Pt. 3 – Design On Demand

MISUMI’s Design on Demand series is a recurring web series focused on helping designers with factory automation machine designs and component selection. In the 3rd of our 4-part Design on Demand series, you’ll learn about: • Various applications that black chrome ...

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 ...