Can I lubricate plastic bearings with WD-40?

Lars Butenschön | 26. February 2019

It´s common knowledge, that together with duct tape, WD-40 is THE universal tool to fix anything and everything. While the former keeps everything in place when it shouldn´t be moving, the latter keeps things going that shouldn´t stand still. Many people think that these two tools will set you up for almost anything life throws […]

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Bearings for ATEX or explosive environments – A small guide

Lars Butenschön | 12. March 2019

Bearings for EX and ATEX – A small guideline Trying to search for bearings suitable for environments with explosive atmospheres online is not easy. In fact, you will end up with more questions than answers. Which materials are suitable? What exactly is ATEX and what does it require? And what about plastic bearings? Aren’t they […]

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Finding the right bearing: 7 essential criteria

Lars Butenschön | 4. January 2019

The various influences that affect the lifespan of a plain bearing are relatively trivial. It´s easy to imagine that a truckload of fine dust is rather less helpful for a long bearing life. Also, that 500 ° C ambient temperature can cause difficulty in choosing the right lubricant, results in few raised eyebrows. And yet, often times […]

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Plastic bearings for high loads? What does high load actually mean?

Lars Butenschön | 4. December 2018

There is a saying among german conservative engineers going like this: “Wer Kunststoff kennt, nimmt Stahl”. “Those familiar with plastics use steel instead”. To be honest I didn’t hear this in quite a while now. But it´s still in the heads of many engineers. Even if they don´t know a word of german. In the […]

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First self-programmed pick & place applications with our new software

Martin Raak | 24. September 2012

At the MOTEK 2012 in Stuttgart, we are presenting a new robolink software with which the customer can program simple applications with our robolink articulated arms (see picture: screenshot of the programming interface):    The program was developed by Professor Behnke of the Institute of Computer Science, University of Bonn. His team is the current […]

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robolink technical documentation (*.pdf)

Martin Raak | 22. September 2012

Our robolink articulated arms work according to the modular system. Every customer can configure “his” articulated arm. Many new products were developed in the course of recent years and data sheets alongside them. Here is now a pdf document, in which all (?) important answers to potential questions have been summarized. Configuration of articulated arms, […]

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Interconnection of the hall sensor (revised and posted on 15/03/12)

Martin Raak | 13. September 2012

The hall sensor Honeywell SS443A has an open collector output. This is intended for connection to a TTL/CMOS circuit – the 10kΩ pull-up resistor is already on the board. In this case no further circuitry is necessary. In our test facilities, we like to apply the output to a 24V controller (e.g. PLC). This can […]

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Film clip on robolink modular system

Martin Raak | 5. September 2012

In addition to the written documentation which I published yesterday (pdf, 28 pages), here is a short video post, where some points are explained “live” (about 4 1/2 minutes). The commercial is in English, so if you have a weakness for “German English” with little hitches, you shouldn’t miss it …

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