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1. "An Application Engineer's Notebook":

This is a servo control handbook compiled by Dean Crumlish, Copley Controls Application Engineering Manager for more than ten years.

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2. Selecting the BestTuning Method: By Jacob Tal President, Galil Motion Control:

Every system designer knows that a control system has to be tuned. Tuning, also known as compensation, is the process where the filter parameters, (typically PID) are selected to give the best response. To help you make the best choice, we will discuss tuning methods and their effect.


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3. Tips for Successful PID Tuning: By Yanjie Sun, Galil Applications Engineer:

This paper explains the fundamentals of manually tuning a servo system by adjusting PID parameters.

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4.) Stepper Motors and Stepper Motion –Introduction:

 By TMG motion group and Japan Servo A stepper motor system is an electromechanical rotary actuator that converts electrical pulses into unique shaft rotations. This paper describes the basic principles of step motors and drivers.

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5.) Linear Motion 101: by Accu Tech USA

A basic introduction into linear motion principles.

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6.) Linear Encoders Optical or Magnetic: By: Joe Slovak, SIKO Products, Inc.

 Optical or magnetic linear encoders handle high-res needs in dirty jobs. Magnetic-based linear encoders combined with linear guides and motor stages, like those used on this linear motion platform, offer direct measuring and control systems that are simple, accurate, and handle contaminants well. 


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7.) LVDT Technology: by Trans-Tek

An LVDT, or Linear Variable Differential Transformer, is an inductive device containing primary and secondary coaxial wound coils and a ferromagnetic core. The magnitude of the voltage in each secondary depends on the position of the core relative to the coils. This paper explains how these sensors work.

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8.) CONVERT Unit Conversion Program:

This is easy to use unit conversion program that will convert the most popular units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass, power, density, pressure, energy and many others, including the ability to create custom conversions!

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