Technical Papers

Mechanical Design Challenges for Collaborative Robots

Robotics and additive manufacturing markets have entered a new phase of growth. This growth is being driven by new levels...

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Correcting Java Security Issues With SmartPrecision II Software

This paper provides instructions to make the correct Java security settings to enable the full use of SmartPrecision II™ software.

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Micro Motion Absolute, Technology Overview & Programming

MicroE’s Micro Motion Absolute technology combines the benefits of our small encoder sizes with the ability to acquire absolute position...

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Servo Loop Bandwidth, Motor Sizing and Power Dissipation

This paper describes how servo loop bandwidth, motor sizing and power dissipation are all related.

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Verapath Accuracy

This document is an overview of the accuracy capabilities of the Veratus™ linear encoder system with Verapath™ optical technology on...

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Collet Maintenance – How Often?

It is important to carry out regular collet maintenance to ensure excellent performance and long life from your Westwind PCB...

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Positive Lock Collet Maintenance Instructions

This paper explains in detail how to clean and regrease your positive lock collet using the correct tools and procedures.

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Dead Stop Collet Maintenance Instructions

This paper explains in detail how to clean and regrease your dead stop collet using the correct tools and procedures

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Bonded Collet Maintenance Procedure

This article explains in detail how to clean and regrease your bonded collet using the correct tools and procedures.

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Westwind Spare Collet Guide

How to identify which type of collet is fitted to your Westwind spindle.

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Collet Torque Test Procedure

How to measure the torque of your Westwind collet using the correct tools.

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Removable Collet Maintenance

It is vital to carry out regular collet maintenance. Learn more about the procedures to ensure you are correctly maintaining...

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Dynamic Runout (DRO) Pins for Testing Westwind Spindles

Westwind Air Bearings insists on the use of suitable Dynamic Runout (DRO) pins to measure DRO accurately.

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The Importance of Using the Thermistor for Spindle Protection

To help reduce the risks of excessive heating causing permanent damage to the spindle, all air bearing spindles supplied to...

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Safety Issue Regarding the Inappropriate Use of the Spindle Earth Wire

It has become apparent that some OEM’s are not using the spindle earth wire or wires correctly.

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Spindle Clamping Instructions

Air bearing spindles are manufactured with very fine bearing clearances, and serious damage can occur to the spindle if it...

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Air Bearing Benefits 

Learn what the significant advantages are for air bearing spindles over conventional bearing systems, to increase productivity and quality output.

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Sinusoidal Drive Operation with Brushless PM Motors

This technical paper explores the theory behind motor and drive interaction and more specifically provides focus on parameter conversions and...

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A Guide to Setting up a Sieb & Meyer 21-60 or 21-62 Converter for Using a Spindle Running Rig

Setting the Sieb & Meyer converter, for use with a spindle running rig, with standard Westwind spindles.

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The Use of Modulated Frequency Converters to Power Westwind Spindles

High speed spindles can be subjected to an electrical heating effect causing an increase of the shaft rotor temperature when...

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