Thomson/Micron AquaTRUE™ IP69K gearheads

Thomson Micron introduces our new AquaTRUE™ gearhead design to meet the strict requirements of harsh environmental applications; such as, food and beverage handling, and packaging and dispensing. The AquaTRUE's IP66/IP67 and IP69K protection is able to handle caustic cleaning chemicals as well as high pressure washdown. This eliminates the cost of additional components such as enclosers, shielding, or mechanical transmissions. The 304 stainless steel housing eliminates the concern for rust or any type of corrosion. A laser etched permanent product label and a smooth, round external housing that is designed without any external seams or corners for bacteria to collect.

AquaTRUE Highlights

  • No external seams
  • 300 Series Stainless Steel
  • IP66/IP67 input/output protection
  • IP69K input/output protection
  • NSF/ANSI 169 certification
  • Corrosion resistance
  • High pressure washdown
  • Silicone gasket motor seal

AquaTRUE Applications

  • Food Handling
  • Water Jet Cutting
  • Food Packaging
  • Beverage Dispensing
  • Medical Hygienic Equipment
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Washdown Applications
  • Meat Slicing

Panasonic releases all-new FP7 PLC

Panasonic, a world leader in Industrial Automation Products, is pleased to announce the NEW FP7 Series Programmable Logic Controllers! The FP7 Series is a compact PLC used in a wide range of manufacturing applications and major assemblies. Its high performance, security features, state-of-the-art programming software, connectivity and reliability make it an optimal solution for factory automation. The FP7 is an essential unit for reducing operational costs associated with unintended stops, debugging time, plant maintenance, and commissioning. Advanced motion control profiles are possible, such as electronic cam control. This allows for fast and precise movements, increasing the productivity and dynamics of all non-linear systems. The FP7 offers the following features:

  • Smaller footprint (backplane-free design)

  • Ethernet and web server integration for expanded connectivity

  • New, faster processor (11 nanoseconds/step)

  • Advanced motion control (integral camming and gearing)

  • Enhanced security features


Advantech announces new rugged tablet PC





Best Performance
Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processor
Extensible Accessories
Vehicle docking station, desk docking station, universal cover with handle, stand, bag, and hand strap options
Outdoor Readability and Durability
  • 10.1" HD high-brightness, multi-touch screen with Gorilla Glass panel and digitizer
  • Hot-swappable secondary battery for up to 11 hours of operation
Unparalleled Ruggedness
MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certified, and can withstand drops of up to 4 ft.
Fully Integrated I/O Access
Features built-in 2M/5M dual cameras, a 1D/2D barcode scanner, and NFC RFID technology


Click HERE for more information.



AMP launches integrated step/servo motor


Customers who build high throughput production machinery demand cost effective, high performance motion control. Applied Motion Products has responded to this demand by developing a broad range of step-servo motors.

Ideally suited for applications such as packaging and labeling, automated test and measurement, automated assembly and life sciences. Step servo motors use closed loop feedback and advanced control technology, leading to 50% more torque, fast dynamic response and high operating efficiency. This approach combines the best features of step motor and servo system performance in a cost effective motion control solution.

The TSMs are an all-in-one motor/drive solution and include NEMA size 17 and 23 options, plus enhanced versions capable of providing torque output typical of size 24 motors. All models include pulse/direction options, fieldbus options and stored program options. The full range consists of 36 models in all, most of them readily stocked right here in California.

More information about these motors is available HERE.




Thomson announces new motorized leadscrew

Motorized Lead Screws from Thomson combine a hybrid stepper motor and a precision lead screw together in one compact envelope. 

Patent-pending Taper-Lock technology allows quick decoupling and secure, properly aligned connections.

Motorized Lead Screw Highlights:

  • Increased Torque Density
  • Improved Efficiency
  • Rotating Screw or Rotating Nut
  • Custom Sizes/Leads Available
  • Taper Lock Advantage
  • Reduced Noise
  • Inch or Metric Versions


Need more information? Download a catalog HERE or contact Bay AT directly. 


Panasonic HG-C laser sensor - 10 µm resolution

Panasonic, a world leader in Industrial Automation Products, is pleased to announce the NEW HG-C Series Laser Distance Sensor.
With a compact size of just W20 x H44 x D25 mm this sensor provides high-end performance in a small, lightweight package. Three measurement ranges (100mm±35, 50mm±15, and 30mm±5) are available with a measurement resolution ranging from 10 μm to 70 μm depending on the model selected. The built-in display assist in setup and operation, and I/O options include a 0-5V analog output alongside either one NPN or PNP transistor output as well as an external input.
As compact as a photoelectric sensor, the CMOS laser sensor allows to display actual measured distance as accurately as a displacement sensor.
  • Accurate > Linearity: +/-0.1% F.S.
  • Compact & light weight > W20mm x H44mm x D25mm
  • Precise level detection > Repeatability: 10μm

Product Catalog

Product User Manual


Measurement center 30mm 50mm 100mm
Measurement range +/-5mm +/-15mm +/-35mm
Repeatability 10μm 30μm 70μm
Linearity +/-0.1% F.S.
Temperature drift +/-0.03% F.S./°C
Beam source Red semiconductor laser (655nm), Class 2 (JIS/IEC/GB)/Class II (FDA)
Beam spot Approx. Ø50μm Approx. Ø70μm Approx. Ø120μm
Supply voltage 12 to 24VDC +/-10%
Control output 1 output (Light-ON/Dark-ON switching), Load current: 50mA or less
Analog output Voltage output: 0 to +5V (Alarm: +5.2V), Output impedance: 100Ω
Response time High speed: 1.5ms / Standard: 5ms / High precision: 10ms (Switching)
External input 1 input (Zero adjustment, Teaching, Laser ON/OFF, Trigger function selection)
Protection degree IP67
Cable 5-core, 2m cable attached
Weight 35g (exclude cable), Approx. 85g (incl. cable)
The deflection measurement of the hoop material
Thickness measurement of a plate
Height control of the dispenser head
Height control of a component

Installation on a food packaging line (IP67)

CTC releases EtherCAT Applications Guide

Control Technology Corporation. of Hopkinton, MA released an EtherCAT master back in 2013.  Now they have released a comprehensive 164 page application guide allowing users to more easily interface various EtherCAT slave products with their master controller module.

The EtherCAT Applications Guide can be found HERE.


SMC introduces LEM low profile electric actuator 

SMC, a world leader in pneumatic and electric automation technology, has announced a new LEM family of low-profile electric actuators to supplement its already vast LE product family.  This line includes a variety of sizes, payloads, mounting, and guide mechanisms - LEMB, LEMC, LEMH, and LEMHT.

Full product information can be found HERE.


Macron Dynamics Large UC Series X/Z Gantry Robot

Macron Dynamics, Inc., a manufacturer of Linear Robotic motion systems and belt driven actuators, has recently introduced the UC gantry family, a new line of heavy-duty X/Z linear robots, to their product line. The UC gantry line consists of four pick and place linear robots, ranging in size from single X / single Z axes to dual X / dual Z axes and capable of moving heavy payloads in a growing number of large scale automation applications.


“As the demand for automation grows in all areas of production and packaging, Macron has created a line of stronger, scalable gantries to fit longer and heavier situations,” said Craig Marshall, Executive Vice President at Macron Dynamics. “Our UC gantry line features independently driven dual axes using our proven workhorse Macron 14 belt driven linear actuators.”


Macron’s new heavy duty X/Z linear robot line has been designed for heavy payload pick and place functionality, made possible by the integration of a new, stronger connection interface between the 2 axes. Varying in size and configuration to suit a range of uses, the UC gantries are available with 25mm and 50mm belts and feature both single and dual independently driven X and Z axes.


The new X/Z gantries are configured using heavy-duty MSA-14H actuators, the company’s most popular, flexible, and economical product to fit any length requirement. In comparison to popular articulated arm robots with limited reach and lifting capabilities, the Macron UC gantry line is designed to fit long distance linear traverse with heavy payload applications.


“By introducing this robust line of X/Z gantries, we’ve set out to solve some very common large scale pick and place problems in the automation world,” said Marshall. “We’re making it possible to move what you want, wherever you want it, with enough options to meet a variety of payload capacities.”


The entire UC gantry line is adaptable with the Macron CLAWS™ free-fall protection system. Macron Dynamics linear robots are available preconfigured and preassembled at standard and custom travels, as well as custom designed by Macron engineers for a modular solution to any linear motion challenge.


For more information about the new UC series, see the link below:



About Macron Dynamics, Inc.


Macron Dynamics is a manufacturer of linear robotics solutions and mechanical motion components found in automation systems through the U.S. and around the world. For more than 25, Macron has refined each component and every product through time-tested installations and experience. Macron products are built with the highest quality materials, assembled in the USA, and engineered to withstand the abuses of rigorous, daily usage. Macron specializes in delivering automation solutions including single-axis, long travel, gantries and multi-axis linear robotics systems for a wide range of industries. Macron's unique product designs consist of both standard and configurable models that can be quickly modified to meet most robotics and automation application.



CTC 2600 obsolescence notice

The CTC (Control Technology Corporation) 2600 and 2600XM series controllers are no longer in production. The 2700-5 or 2700-10 controllers are direct and drop-in replacements for the 2600 series (5 slot or 10 slot) controllers. The same application programs may be used along with the same modules; the price is the same as well.  Users will not notice any differences except for an improvement in processor performance.  

Any inquiries or orders for 2600 series controllers should be directed to substitute the 2700-5 or 2700-10 controller. CTC will still be offering repair services for the 2600 series controllers for the foreseeable future. 

Available upgrade path information for the 2600/2600XM:

CTC Technote #43