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Top five commercial challenges for machine designers

30 June 2020

From benchtop laboratory automation to plant floor material handling to heavy-duty construction vehicles, motion control system users are under constant pressure to differentiate in an increasingly commoditised marketplace.

Many are looking to their control component vendors for help. They are saying they need more functionality in less space. They need to deliver prototypes and products faster than ever. They want maximum control and flexibility over price points and need everything to work together seamlessly. The motion control industry has evolved in response to such requests and is committed to delivering new capabilities to help them add value continuously. 

Here are five current commercial challenges in which motion control innovation can make a difference. 

1. Meeting the demand for smaller products 

Small system designers want to go even smaller. They strive for systems that are more compact, and easier to carry and store. Many of their customers want to move analytical or monitoring instruments closer to the point of use. This is a perfect example where manufacturing technology has enabled miniature linear motion components to be produced more efficiently to meet the needs of these machines.     

Those designing factory systems want to help customers make better use of limited floor space or present a cleaner, more open workspace. Even makers of larger equipment may want more efficient use of space so they can incorporate technology that improves operating efficiency or safety, or offer other benefits that might differentiate them in their markets. 

Read the full article in the July issue of DPA.

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