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MOTOR PRODUCTS FAQs
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What is the cost?
You can download our price lists in the download section. The price lists are very detailed and long.
We recommend you call us with your application details. We can aid you in selecting the proper stages at the lowest cost.
You can see the price of specific models after you input your specs for manual linear UniSlides, manual and motor driven BiSlides and XSlides.
You can see the price of rotary tables, elevating tables and adapter plates and brackets on their associated web pages.
Look up the price of std (without options) UniSlide.
Can I order it on-line? How can a send you an order?
Velmex offers many products with many options. Therefore, online ordering is not practical. Please contact us by e-mail, fax or telephone with your purchase order or request.
Where can I buy it? Where to Buy
How long will it take to make it?
Adapter plates and brackets and rotary
devices are usually in stock. Linear stages are made to your
exact specifications. Please call Velmex for a precise lead time.
See also our in
Can I buy replacement parts?
Yes, from Velmex.
Do you have OEM or educational discounts?
Yes, we have quantity discounts; we do not have educational discounts.
How can I access the mounting
holes in the base of A15 Series UniSlide?
Download instruction for disassembly of A15 Series UniSlides
Can you make it from stainless
No, they cannot be made from stainless steel.
Our products are precision machined for accuracy. Machining stainless
steel is very difficult because of the hardness of the material.
However, we can anodize or plate the units
so that you have the characteristics of a stainless steel finish
such as surface hardness, abrasion, corrosion or chemical resistance.
And they are lighter in weight. See optional finishes.
What are your positioners made of?
Velmex positioners are made of hard-alloy aluminum
(6000 Series), the slider bearings are thin pads of filled Teflon
material sliding on the aluminum base. Show
Components. The lead screws are either 303 stainless steel or
nickel plated steel depending on pitch. The UniSlide lead screw
drive nut is Delrin or Delrin AF.
All BiSlide and XSlide assemblies bases are black anodized.
Optionally, the UniSlide base can also be hard
coat anodized or nickel plated. With optional hard coat anodized
finish, corrosion resistance is similar to stainless steel. Lead
screw, nut, and bearing material substitutions are available. See
Information for substitutions.
Are the stages clear anodized?
The standard stages are not, the knobs are. See optional finishes.
What is the smallest Slide you make?
A small unit, with 2.05" length and 0.25
inch travel can be made. The smallest standard Series
A1500 UniSlide has 1.5 inch Travel and is 3.3 inches long, 1.5
inches wide, 0.56 inches high.
What is the longest travel Slide you make?
The longest UniSlide has 88 inches Travel. BiSlides
are available up to 220". For longer travel, see MiniTec
linear system which can traverse 19 feet (5.8 meters.)
Can you re-thread the mounting holes for metric screws?
Yes. Here is the list of slider mounting hole conversions
|Converting threaded mounting holes to metric threaded holes
||No. of holes
||Enlarged to Metric
||10/32 & 1/4-20
M6 & M8
||5/16 & 1/4-20
M10 & M8
Where can I find a dimensional
drawing for a Series?
At the top of each Series, just below
the title, there is an end view drawing. Click it to see a dimensional
drawing in PDF.
Or go to Manual Downloads.
Where are UniSlides used?
UniSlides have successfully been used in environments
like, clean rooms, outdoors, underwater, in vacuum,
attached to aircraft, on naval ships, and in outer space. See Motor
Driven Examples or Manual
In Instruments and Laboratory Equipment
machines, dimensional quality control testers, compression and tension
testing machines, X-ray and MRI positioning, air and fluid positive
displacement systems, probe and transducer positioning, wind tunnel
testing, air entraining concrete test equipment, plant and animal
tissue measurements, shellfish, and tree
ring non-contact measurements, soil mechanics test apparatus,
engraving machines, ophthalmic instruments, chemical sampling
and handling equipment, microscope and telescope positioning, viscometer
apparatus, counting gnats on figs in Kenya.
Stop motion animation, laser positioning, optical scanning, holographic
imaging, light source and optical element positioning, spectrometer
and spectroscopic equipment, photo transducers testing,
CRT illumination and magnetic field measuring, LCD, LED, VFD, illumination
testing, optical fiber locating, lens and mirror polishing equipment,
video camera positioning, photometer and radiometer positioning,
film imaging alignment equipment.
Electronics Production and Testing
Wafer handling, inspection equipment automated
machinery, component pick and place, crystal growing equipment,
antenna positioning, training devices and simulators, cleaving equipment.
Metal, Glass, Rubber, Plastic and Wood Fabrication
Drilling fixtures, engraving machines,
soft material slitting and sawing machines, rubber and plastic dipping,
adhesive disposition, gauging and measurement, punch press backstop
adjustments, welding head positioning, furniture routers, small
parts grinding machinery, packaging machinery, glass and tube machinery,
tire manufacturing machinery.
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Which direction do you call the 'X' axis, the
'Y' axis, or 'Z' axis?
a standard we use the machine tool coordinate designations where
'X' is the bottom horizontal axis, 'Y' crosses the 'X' at 90 degrees
and is also in the horizontal plane, and the 'Z' is vertical attached
to the 'Y' axis.
I want to use my computer to control two axes.
What do I need?
You will need the following items, they come
from Velmex as a complete system ready to plug-in and run: two UniSlide
or BiSlide Assemblies, UniSlide XY Adapter Plate or BiSlide
cleats, two step motors and a Velmex VXM Step
When should I use a step motor?
- For incremental positioning or scanning when
computer controlled motion is desired
- For complex motion requirements of more than
one distances and/or speeds; fast or slow starts/stops, and fast
- When accurate speeds are required
- For speed range requirements as high as 1
to 8000 steps/sec
- When a brushless motor is required
Will the motor miss/lose steps occasionally?
Step motors, when controlled with Velmex Controllers,
do not miss or lose steps. Step motors run synchronously to their
phase switching speed. When an external motor load exceeds the running
torque of the motor, the motor will stall and lose position
greater than one step. Velmex step motor controllers eliminate
the problems of low speed motor resonance by utilizing half-stepping
and current control. The VXM switches the motor drive amplifiers
directly, eliminating the sensitive pulse to motor translator link.
How do I insure the motor will not stall?
Proper motor sizing and operating the motor in
a range that provides a torque reserve will ensure reliable operation.
Applying the load and increasing motor speed until a stall occurs
will determine the actual marginal torque required. Use the motor
speed/torque curves to determine the maximum reliable operating
speed. We can help you right-size your motor.
If the motor stalls, will it damage the motor?
No. If the motor stalls, (loses synchronism) motor
output torque drops very low, and motor current drops slightly.
There are no mechanical parts slipping, only magnetic slippage.
The step motor is a good motor for torque limiting applications.
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Why don't you offer more servo motors/systems
for your assemblies?
Closed loop servo systems have more complexity
and cost without significant benefits when used with Velmex assemblies.
Servo motors have more torque at RPMs over 1000. However, the Velmex
lead screw/drive nut assembly has limited applications at speeds
over 1000 RPM. Mini step/micro step controllers provide smoothness
typical of servos, but at less cost.
Step motors work better when there is
frictional load to dampen them. Velmex assemblies have friction,
and a polymer lead screw drive nut which absorbs step vibration. Velmex
lead screws have low inertia relative to motor inertia, making very
fast accelerations and decelerations possible. Step motors reach full
torque in just one step.
Why do step motors work better on Velmex stages ?
Variable loads and friction have a negligible
effect on positional accuracy.
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My slide seems to be binding. What could be wrong?
- Your mounting screws in the slider may be
too long and may be hitting the lead screw. (UniSlide only)
- Uneven tension of base mounting screws or
mounting to irregular surfaces will distort the base.
- Lead screw nut or slider gib adjustment over-adjusted
by maintenance personnel.
- Lead screw drive or ways damaged by debris
To measure for binding on step motor driven
systems, check if the lead screw can be turned by hand. Remove any
large load and disconnect the motor controller, grip the screw threads
with both hands, use a rag or gloves to prevent damage to your skin,
you should be able to rotate the screw slightly.
Do I need to lubricate my slide?
Lubrication is most important for motor driven
systems or wherever you want maximum life and the lowest friction.
See the user guide that came with your unit for what to use and how often to use it.
How do I lubricate the worm drive on the 4800
Series Rotary tables?
Normally, the worm/worm gear drive of the 4800
rotary tables does not need any servicing. However, under severe
conditions replenishing the grease will prolong the life of the
gears. Unscrew the red plug that is in the access hole located on
the top surface of the 4800 table. Rotate the table under motor
control until the worm can be seen in the access hole. Squeeze in
a small amount of Lubriplate GR-132 grease and replace the red plug.
How do I lubricate the worm drive on the 5990
Normally the worm/worm gear drive of the 5990
rotary table does not need any servicing. However, under severe
conditions replenishing the grease will increase the life of the
gears. Unscrew the button-head screw located closest to the motor
that attaches the motor plate, squeeze in a small amount of Lubriplate
GR-132 grease into the screw hole and replace the button-head screw.
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