Lin Engineering is pleased to release a new addition to its SmoothStep line of stepper motors: the new Whisper Torque ZH417-11 Hollow Shaft Stepper Motor with Signature Series Technology. The new ZH417-11 is a 0.9°, NEMA 17 stepper motor that is perfect for applications that require smooth motion and need the flexibility of a large shaft ID. Its unique design allows your application to run extremely smooth with the added benefit of maintaining high accuracy and torque.
How is the ZH417-11 able to incorporate up to an 11mm ID Hollow Shaft and still maintain its high accuracy and torque? This new patent pending design has no magnet on the rotor, but instead uses a ring magnet around the stator coils that is sandwiched between the stator stack. Since there is no permanent magnet in the rotor and only the outer edges of the rotor are used, large shaft dimensions can be implemented without lowering motor performance. These patent pending design enhancements give the Whisper Torque ZH417-11 a much higher performance and efficiency as well as the flexibility of a large hollow shaft ID of up to 11mm.
With this flexibility the SmoothStep ZH417-11 WhisperTorque stepper motor is the optimal choice for applications needing smooth motion and quiet operation without sacrificing performance.
Here at Lin Engineering we have been busy getting ready for our two upcoming tradeshows that we will be attending next month. On February 8-10th we will be exhibiting at SLAS (The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening) Exhibition, where over 300 of the leading multinational providers of laboratory technology and related products or services will be showcasing. So don’t miss out on this exciting event! If you’re in or near the Washington D.C area be sure to come visit us at booth #1252 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We will be demonstrating our latest products and and upcoming technology.
Not on the East Coast? Don’t worry, we will also be exhibiting at the MD&M West in Anaheim, California on February 10-12th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Stop by our booth #1882 to see our latest demos featuring some of our new products as well as enter a drawing for some great prizes. Feel free to walk the show with this complimentary exhibition pass by entering the code invite when you register.
We look forward to meeting you so don’t miss out on either one of these events!
Thanks to the help of our generous employees, Lin Engineering is proud to announce we were able to fulfill all the wishes assigned to our company from the Family Giving Tree. We were so inspired our team even took it a little further and donated some gift cards to help other children through this organization as well. We enjoyed getting into the giving spirit this holiday season, and being given the opportunity to help make these children’s Christmas a little brighter and special. Special thanks to the Family Giving Tree and other organizations like them that help companies like ours spread a little cheer this year and be reminded of what this holiday season is all about!
Abdallah Samaha, Baxter Leman, Ian Van Sinderen, Brian Schack, Trevor Fine
What happens when we get a visit from our Loctite reps? Well, we get so excited that we all get ready to dive into the water. We aren’t swimming in Loctite, but definitely having fun with all the different products. Ask Abdallah Samaha, Baxter Leman, Ian Van Sinderen, Brian Schack , and Trevor Fine about how useful Loctite has become in our product development activities, and how they helped Lin Engineering build secure and reliable solutions.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends and have begun to enjoy this holiday season. We are very thankful for your support and giving us the opportunity to do what we love: provide quality stepper motors and motion control solutions. Over the past several years, it’s become a Lin Engineering tradition to pay it forward and give back to the community. This year, our employees are excited to be a partner in the Family Giving Tree program that helps fulfill the wishes of many children in the Bay Area. Our employees have also broken up into teams and challenged each other on which team can bring in the most food to help Second Harvest Food Bank provide groceries to families. Happy Holidays everyone!
Lin Engineering is pleased to release the new Whisper Torque Z417-11 Stepper Motor with Signature Series Technology. The new NEMA 17 Whisper Torque Z417-11 stepper motor is perfect for applications that require the smoothest motion possible. Its unique design allows your application to run extremely smooth with the added benefit of maintaining high accuracy and torque. Although this stepper motor remains unchanged on the outside, the new patent pending design allows this product the flexibility to add a large hollow shaft, large lead screw, or linear actuator making it a viable option for many different applications.
The new patent pending design has no magnet on the rotor, but instead uses a ring magnet around the stator coils that is sandwiched between the stator stack. Modifying the magnet location does not change the dynamic torque and high accuracy, but it does drastically reduce the detent torque (unenergized drag torque) because the magnetic flux path is able to reach over the stator windings and go through only the outer edge of the rotor. Since the rotor is made from a ferrous material, the outer circumference of the motor becomes magnetized allowing the Z417-11 the ability to move like a standard stepper. Since there is no permanent magnet in the rotor and only the outer edges of the rotor are used, large shaft dimensions can be implemented without lowering motor performance. These patent pending design enhancements give the SmoothStep Z417-11 a much higher performance and efficiency as well as the flexibility to choose a large hollow shaft ID up to 11mm.
With this flexibility the SmoothStep Z417-11 WhisperTorque stepper motor is the optimal choice for applications needing smooth motion and quiet operation without sacrificing performance.
Each year the employees at Lin Engineering gather in teams and compete in our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest where they battle it out to see who will have the Best Decorated, Best Animated, and Best of Show pumpkin. With a limited amount of time this year the teams really put on their creative hats and came up with some great pumpkins that made the competition fierce. The pumpkin awarded best animated is required to have some movement where the best decorated can not have any carving done, and the Best of Show can use any technique they feel fit. Here’s a look at the winners and be sure to check out all the photos of these teams in action creating their masterpieces.
Lin Engineering team members, Jeannie and Ryan walking to End Alzheimer’s
This past weekend on October 11, 2014 Lin Engineering participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in San Jose. The walk helps further care, support, and the research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. It was great to see so many people in the community joining together and walking for such a great cause. Thanks to everyone who helped us support this great organization.
Printer Manufacturer Seeks to Put an End to Their Noisy Printer Problems
There is nothing worse than trying to work and having some noisy device disturbing your concentration. With the popularity and use of 3D printers growing at an astronomical pace and the decreased physical size of these printers, they have become more commonplace on desktops and in environments where quiet operation is essential. This is why selecting the right stepper motor is so crucial; see how Lin Engineering addressed 5 important factors and helped solve one 3D printer manufacturer’s noise problem. Discover how we brought silence back into their workplace and found a solution to their noisy printer problem.
Step motor terminology can be confusing for all engineers; both at the novice and the advanced level. With so much technical jargon floating around, it’s hard to stay up to date with everything. However, getting to know the terminology that is associated with your specific application is of the utmost importance. That is why we have taken the time to put together a stepper motor glossary that you can quickly reference and expand your knowledge.