When it comes to electronic devices, there are a few key attributes that a component has which will determine the functionality and implementation of its use. Electrical ratings - maximum voltage allowed, maximum current allowed, and dissipation through heat - are a few of the key ratings to keep an eye on. Apart from that, a very crucial rating that electrical units have is the range of temperatures that they should be run at to ensure proper functionality. Heat directly correlates to the life expectancy of electrical devices and as the temperature changes, so too does the expected life of the unit until failure. This correlation has been proven and has been coined "10°C - Twice Law". A component's life will be rated for X amount of hours at a certain temperature, say 50°C. As this temperature fluctuates, the life expectancy fluctuates as well. A change in temperature from 50°C to 60°C will cut the life hours in half, whereas a decrease in temperature, 50°C down to 40°C, will double the expected life. Read More

The team that eats together, stays together!


(Mike, Claudia, and Kevin from our Sales and Marketing department)

One of our most favorite days of the year is the office holiday potluck. And this year's potluck lunch definitely didn't disappoint. Our employees brought in so much delicious food, we couldn't help but take a little bit of everything on our plates: Ham, pierogis, polish sausage, potato salad, mac + cheese, cookies, cakes, and so much more. Check out some pictures of our employees enjoying our delicious feast from earlier today. Read More

Okuma’s BLII-D servo amplifiers come in two varieties – a single axis or dual axis offering. The naming convention of the unit distinctly identifies the power rating of the axes. The single axis drives range from 15kW to 150kW whereas the dual axis version will range between 15kW per axis and can go up to 75kW per axis. Read More

When a servo amplifier, spindle drive, or inverter fails, there is a multitude of things that can and do go wrong. Large-scale component failures or issues with the mechanical side of the machine can be relatively obvious to catch and correct. Machine alarms or drive alarms are designed to point in the right direction for finding these issues; but what happens when the brains of the system go bad? Read More