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Surprising (And Revolutionary!) Applications for our Controls


Since 1963, Dart Controls’ motor drives, controls, and accessories have been used by customers for all sorts of applications, providing dependable solutions. But there are some very surprising and unique applications for our controls, as well.  From perfect beach views to perfectly cooked pizza, check out some of the interesting things our controls are providing: … Continued

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AC and DC Motor Drives: Is One the Clear Choice?


When engineers are looking to buy a motor, the question most often asked:  Is AC or DC technology better? The answer isn’t that one is better than the other. Rather it is application and cost dependent.  Here we will discuss the options and specifically the advantages and disadvantages of each. Furthermore, it is often a … Continued

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Are Brushless DC Motors Right For You?


Over the past 50 years, Dart Controls has always been about innovation. Staying ahead of the technology curve gives our customers an extra edge over their competition. One product we embraced early on is the brushless DC motor.  Introduced in the 1960s, the brushless DC motor brought with it a number of benefits. Unlike AC … Continued

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Long Live Direct Current Motors


Reports of the death of DC motors and drives “have been greatly exaggerated” (to borrow from a well-known writer). For over 30 years, industry pundits have been predicting the demise of the DC motor/drive market, in favor of AC. Yet DC stubbornly clings to life. A DC drive is a direct-current motor speed control system. … Continued

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Just How Smart Is Too Smart for Motor Controls?


Motor control makers are increasingly turning to protocols such as the Ethernet family to network the machines their products operate. According to IMS Research, the use of Ethernet in motor drives and motion controllers will “more than triple” by 2016. As this conversion progresses, the creation of networked manufacturing facilities also creates the possibility of … Continued

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