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BEI Motion Control Round Up Newsletter - Sensors & Encoders

News and Views from the World of Automation

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Motion Control Round-Up
 News & Views
   December 2011
Dear Reader,
I don't know about you, but it seems that the end of the year is rushing to get here.  It's a good time to take a breath, remember why we work so hard during the year, and take the time to celebrate the season with our families and friends.

Celebrations this time of year include, Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, and Bodhi Day to name a few. Regardless of where or how you commemorate this time of year, BEI wishes you all the best along with Peace and Prosperity for the coming year.
You Ought to be in Pictures  
BEI LogoWelcome to a new feature on our BEI Sensors web site.  Yes, you guessed it, we now have a video section.  We just have a couple of items at present with plans to expand.  Probably the most useful videos are the "How To" sections  that step you through the installation process for both shafted and hollow shaft encoders.  It's simple and straightforward, but there are a few little tricks to doing it right that you won't want to miss.  A proper installation will give you years of service life, while an improper one . . . well let's just say you want to get it right from the start.


So check out this new section by clicking on the picture at the left and drop us a line to let us know what items you would like to see.  We want to grow this section to make it a useful resource for your needs.
There Really is a Santa Claus
The modern vision of Santa Claus (or Sinter Klaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, etc.) is of a jolly, rotund, kindly gentleman with a white beard and a red suit.   Despite this image, encouraged by various commercial organizations, there really was a Saint Nicolas whose good deeds eventually were transformed into the Santa that we know today.


The story begins in Turkey (then a part
of Greece)  in the 3rd century.   There, baby Nicholas was born in Patara to wealthy parents.   Though his parents died in an epidemic when he was still young, they had instilled in him a dedication to the life and lessons of Jesus. Nicholas distributed his inheritance to those less fortunate and through his selfless acts became one of the youngest Bishops in the church.

Like all good historical figures  with a strong legacy, Bishop Nicholas is surrounded with stories that  become the seeds for a lot of the Christmas traditions followed around the world today.   To read these stories, click on the Stories Icon at the bottom of this page.

The journey from Turkish Saint to the bearded guy in a red suit is an interesting one in its own right.   It probably says as much about our inherent desire to believe in goodness, miracles and heroics as it does about the man himself.   To read about this 1700 years long transformation, click the Santa's Journey icon, below.   Now you know the real story behind the Saint.


BEI St. Nicholas
BEI Santa
Santa's Journey
Can You Solve It?


Every now and then it can be very satisfying to have just the right product available for just the right application and to be able to steer a customer toward that solution.  Here's a case in point.  This poor fellow we were talking to had been working on a retrofit to a web printer.  He realized as he was disassembling a section of the equipment that there was an encoder buried behind some structural panels.  He further realized that even though he could replace that part, if he ever needed to access it again for maintenance, he would have to completely disassemble this structural panel again.  Did we have some sort of product that would allow him to install it "blind" without having to align to a mating shaft and coupling?
A.  It turns out that we did have just the solution for him.  The ES25 uses a rare earth magnetic coupling to "connect" the encoder to a rotating shaft.  By attaching the magnetic disc to the shaft of the machine and using standoffs to secure the encoder body (and its mating magnetic disc) to the equipment he could eliminate the need to realign the encoder should he ever need to replace it.  All he had to do was "feel his way" to the standoffs, mount the new encoder and tighten down the cap screws.
To see a PDF of the ES25, just click the picture. BEI ES25
A Christmas Forest
BEI Christmas Tree


For some people, holidays are just another excuse to bring out their creative sides.  Even if you have already bought and decorated your own Christmas tree, you just might be inspired by these creations to have another go at it.


Pick some random household object like a book, a piece of paper, a beer bottle or even a lowly pencil and see what you can come up with.  You might just find the spirit of the holidays has given your own creative side a new lift.

To see a collection of truly unique "trees" click the picture and prepare to be amazed.

It's been nice spending 2011 with all of you.   Thanks for taking the time to read our monthly newsletters and thanks, especially, to those of you that take the time to write me back.   At BEI we always strive to do our best for you.   Have a great holiday season and we'll see you again in 2012.





Scott Orlosky
In This Issue
You Ought to be in Pictures
There Really is a Santa Claus
Can You Solve It?
A Christmas Forest
BEI Express Encoders
Express Encoders


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