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ORMEC was featured on CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight on 6/24/04. The segment was part of a series called "Exporting America" and highlighted ORMEC for keeping jobs in the United States. It features our manufacturing facility.Usage of this CNN material does not constitute an implied or expressed endorsement by CNN.

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ORMEC was featured in the RNew Business Profile on 6/28/04 for making changes to keep local jobs. It features our manufacturing area. This two minute video is courtesy of RNEWS, Time Warner Cable, Rochester, NY

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Torque Sharing

 ORMEC is pleased to announce the Torque Sharing feature with SMLC and ServoWire® drives. 
 
Originally developed for the NASA’s Vehicle Stabilizer Test Fixture program awarded to ORMEC in 2015, Torque Sharing allows the user to drive a single axis with multiple servo motors, only limited by the axes available on the SMLC.
 
Torque Sharing can be used to prevent misalignment on a Gantry Machine.  Attaching two servo motors to drive both columns of the X-Axis in a Torque Sharing master/slave axis configuration keeps both columns in-sync while preventing misalignment.
 
Also, as the Torque Sharing name implies, the required torque for each servo motor is half the required torque for the axis.  If the X-Axis requires 400 in-lb’s to meet the performance criteria, then two 200 in-lb’s motors can be used. 

Figure 1:  Gantry Machine with two motors driving X-Axes


Torque Sharing is also not limited to linear axis, but can be used on rotary axis, such as controlling the winding and unwinding of a large spool.  Now large spools can be tightly controlled with two Servo Motors sharing the torque.


Figure 2:  UnWind/ReWind Section of a large spool controlled by two servo motors.
 

Torque Sharing is also not limited to two servo motors.  As shown in figure 3, 3-servo motors are used to share the load on two different axes.  The Torque Sharing feature is only limited by the total amount of available ServoWire® axes on the SMLC.  

Hardware Upgrade to Version 3 - SMLC

 December 21, 2015 – Rochester, New York, USA – ORMEC is pleased to announce the introduction of SMLC Version 3. 

 

Responding to the volatility in the market for electronic components, Version 3 of the SMLC Hardware insures that customers with existing applications can easily transition to the new SMLC without making changes to their existing applications while customers with new application will be ensured a continued long product life cycle.

 

There will be no changes to the ordering part number for the SMLC’s however, other changes in part numbers and options are as follows:

Requirements

·         SMLC Firmware v4.0.0 or later.

·         ServoWire  Pro v5.0.0 or later.

·         Registered ORMEC users can download files at:

o   http://www.ormec.com/Support/SupportLibrary/SMLCSoftwareLibrary.aspx

o   ServoWire Pro is part of  version 3.8.0 of the CODESYS Software Development Kit

o   Or SW-PRO.msi

·         System Card Part Number;  SMLC-SYS3-128

o   To transition from previous versions of SMLC to SMLC Version 3

§  If in possession of Application Source code, use CODESYS Development Software to download the project to the new system card.

§  If NOT in possession of Application Source code;

·         Retrieve application specific files from current System Card, including:

o   Boot Project

o   SWSETUP

o   All Data Files

·         Download into new System Card SMLC-SYS3-128 using ServoWire Pro V5.0.0 or later

·         LEDs for Power and Disk Activity are no longer present

·         SMLC reset is now achieved through cycling of the power to the SMLC

·         SMLC-160 was reduced in size requiring the removal of the 4th Serial Port

·         Discontinuation of Profibus DP Master.

·         Version 3 Hardware of the SMLC can be identified by front labeling.

 

Actions:

 

·         As reminder, it is always highly recommended to back-up and store a copy of your application software in a safe and easily accessible location.

SMLC Version 3 Hardware Upgrade Announcement

 December 21, 2015 – Rochester, New York, USA – ORMEC is pleased to announce the introduction of SMLC Version 3. 

 

Responding to the volatility in the market for electronic components, Version 3 of the SMLC Hardware insures that customers with existing applications can easily transition to the new SMLC without making changes to their existing applications while customers with new application will be ensured a continued long product life cycle.

 

There will be no changes to the ordering part number for the SMLC’s however, other changes in part numbers and options are as follows.

 

Requirements

·         SMLC Firmware v4.0.0 or later.

·         ServoWire  Pro v5.0.0 or later.

·         Registered ORMEC users can download files at:

o   http://www.ormec.com/Support/SupportLibrary/SMLCSoftwareLibrary.aspx

o   ServoWire Pro is part of  version 3.8.0 of the CODESYS Software Development Kit

o   Or SW-PRO.msi

·         System Card Part Number;  SMLC-SYS3-128

o   To transition from previous versions of SMLC to SMLC Version 3

§  If in possession of Application Source code, use CODESYS Development Software to download the project to the new system card.

§  If NOT in possession of Application Source code;

·         Retrieve application specific files from current System Card, including:

o   Boot Project

o   SWSETUP

o   All Data Files

·         Download into new System Card SMLC-SYS3-128 using ServoWire Pro V5.0.0 or later

·         LEDs for Power and Disk Activity are no longer present

·         SMLC reset is now achieved through cycling of the power to the SMLC

·         SMLC-160 was reduced in size requiring the removal of the 4th Serial Port

·         Discontinuation of Profibus DP Master.

·         Version 3 Hardware of the SMLC can be identified by front labeling.

 

Actions:

·         As reminder, it is always highly recommended to back-up and store a copy of your application software in a safe and easily accessible location.

Remote Diagnostics Program (RDP)

ORMEC is pleased to announce a new support service for ORMEC products. The Remote Diagnostic Program or RDP provides ORMEC’s customer’s secure remote access of their ORMEC based products by ORMEC System and Support Engineers.

RDP starts with connecting your ORMEC installed products to the eWON® Industrial VPN Router. Linked with eWON’s cloud based Server and Maintained by ORMEC means that an ORMEC support engineer is simply a click of the mouse away.

Options include either connection to your company’s LAN or WiFi network, or for remote locations, a cellular connection.

Without having to await the arrival of or incur the additional cost of Travel and Living Expenses, an ORMEC Service or Systems Engineer will be able to Troubleshoot Errors; Diagnose problems and even update application specific software.

The eWON Industrial VPN Router provides access to the ORMEC Control system only, protecting your company’s internal network as well as well as preventing unauthorized access to the ORMEC System.

An authorized representative of the customer must always be present at the equipment to initialize ORMEC’s access for monitoring any changes that are made to the ORMEC system including but not limited to the SMLC & Orion Controls; XS-Series Indexer Drives and ORMEC HMI application software and/or firmware.

Included with the initial purchase, is a two year subscription for connection. Renewal contracts in 1, 2 and 5-years totals are also available.

Click here for the full release.

Distributed Feedback for XD-Series Indexer

ORMEC is pleased to announce a new feature for the XD-Series Indexer Drive. Distributed Feedback closes the Servo Motor’s Position and Velocity Loop with a separate feedback device directly connected at the load.

A separate feedback device such as a Rotary Encoder or Linear Glass Scale can improve accuracy and precision of load positioning, removing errors caused by mechanical limitations such as backlash from a gear-box or pitch error found on ball-screws. Used in conjunction with a pulley and belt system, it also could be used to detect belt breakage. The separate position can still be latched on the rising edge of each digital input and used in a wide variety of applications such as registration, wind/unwind diameter calculations, etc.

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ORMEC has been awarded a subcontract for NASA’s Vehicle Stabilizer Test Fixture

July 31, 2015 – Rochester, New York, USA – ORMEC Systems Corp., a manufacturer of industrial automation control systems and components, has been awarded a new turn-key project to provide the electro-mechanical drive system for NASA’s Vehicle Stabilizer Test Fixture. The fixture is to be located at The Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

The Vehicle Stabilizer Test Fixture is designed to simulate the forces that the Vehicle Stabilizing Mechanism would experience while holding a rocket at the launch-pad. NASA’s planned fullscale mock-up includes two individual towers. Tower 1, representing the launch tower, includes a fully functioning Vehicle Stabilizing Mechanism, while tower 2 will be the test fixture itself, representing a rocket at the launch-pad.

ORMEC’s Systems Engineers will be programming complex motion profiles simulating harmonic wind disturbances that rockets are subjected to while at the launch-pad. Simulating the forces exerted on the Vehicle Stabilizing Mechanisms caused by wind disturbances allows NASA Scientists and Engineers to safely and cost effectively plan and resolve possible concerns due to the environment, well in advance of the actual rocket reaching the launch-pad. NASA’s Space Launch System rocket for the planned Journey to Mars is one of the first to be tested.

The motion profiles will be executed on ORMEC’s ServoWire Motion & Logic Controller, (SMLC) interfacing via ServoWire® to ORMEC’s S2D-Series servo drives. Referencing a YZ cartesian plane, 6 servomotors will be used jointly in one path and 3 servomotors will be used jointly in the remaining path. The combined torque of the 9 servomotors will produce a force vector capable of exceeding 100,000 pounds.

A core competency of the ORMEC engineering and start up team is our proven ability to cost effectively implement turn-key motion control solutions with our motion control products. Utilizing Lean Manufacturing principles allows us to design & build in Rochester, while providing to our customers the most reliable, cost effective, state of the art hardware and software products in the motion control industry.” says President and CEO Dr. Edward Krasnicki.

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CDS-SDK v3.7.3 is available

Version 3.7.3 CODESYS for SMLC controllers includes:

  • Updated versions of ServoWire Pro and SMLC firmware.

ORMEC Introduces New N-Series Motors

ORMEC's New N-Series AC brush-less servo motors provide high torque-to-inertia ratios and excellent continuous torque and peak torque performance. With a compact design, these industrial quality servo motors incorporate high performance permanent magnets and a highly efficient stator winding design.  This provides excellent power density and continuous stall torques in models ranging between 28 and 620 in-lb (3 - 70 NM).
 

ORMEC Releases XD-Series Indexer Servo Drive and Motor Kits

XD-Series Index Servo Drive and Motor KitXD Indexer kits are designed to simplify system selection and start-up. Kits offer a matched Indexing servo drive and servo motor as well as the basic support hardware used in a typical system. The system is fully documented and easy to connect and start. System support hardware provides components for safety and convenience which are easy to overlook. The kits are available pre-wired and mounted to standard plates for your convenience.

Key features

  • Easy selection and sizing
  • Support parts included, saving you hours or days of time selecting parts
  • Wired panel option – saves more hours
  • Up and running in minutes instead of days
  • Preconfigured with a motor and loaded with example motions
  • You focus on what you know, your machine. Leave the controls to us.

ORMEC Announces New Vice President of Sales

ORMEC is pleased to announce and welcome Bill Catalano as Vice President of Sales. Bill will be responsible for the leadership of ORMEC's sales, developing new business opportunities and solutions for the General Motion Industry.

Bill started his career at The Beloit Corporation in Lenox MA, working from Service to Controls Engineer in the Paper Winding machine division. In 1990, Bill went with GE Fanuc in their Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Group, holding multiple positions within GE and then FANUC America after the dissolution of the GE joint venture. Bill's last role at FANUC America was National Sales Manager in the CNC Group, where he lead the Field and Inside Sales team in North America, successfully growing FANUC CNC's market share by expanding into market's beyond Machine Tools, including General Motion.

His strong winning attitude and personality are assets that will complement and enhance ORMEC's ability to meet the needs of our customers as we continue to provide quality, innovative products and services to the marketplace.
 

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