Motion Control/​Automation

Explore the latest developments in motion control and automation. Discover innovative advances from NASA and major research labs in robotics, autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, PID controller applications, motor drives and power transmissions.

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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Compact, Long-Reach Robotic Arm

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Choosing the Best Type of Encoder For Your Application

This white paper describes the advantages and disadvantages of different types and configurations of encoders with a focus on devices using an Ethernet/IP interface.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Improve Performance and Reduce the Costs of Your Pneumatic Grippers

Pneumatic grippers are an integral part of pick-and-place, material transfer and part ejection applications, but traditional designs come with limitations. Fabco-Air SPG...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Robotics and Automation Lead to a Greater Appreciation of Nature?

Our lead INSIDER story today focused on the environmental impacts of robotics and automation.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Cost Effective High Precision Linear & Rotary Axes

Andantex USA offers modular system building blocks consisting of Racks, Pinions, Planetary Reducers, and lubrication systems to build linear axes of any length and move weights from 100 to...

White Papers: Automotive
Load Simulation for Test Benches

When designing a test bench, Particle brakes made by Merobel™ provide an excellent solution , because of their ability to generate a torque that is precise, variable and easy to control - at a reasonable...

A survey of over 170 experts assessed the opportunities and challenges that drones, robots, and autonomous systems could have for urban nature and green spaces.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Precise Positioning: Choose the Ideal Table for Your Equipment

The positioning mechanism you choose must perform with accuracy and precision while offering the right attributes for your application. Your options for positioning tables...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Would You Use a 'Twining' Robotic Gripper?

Our lead INSIDER story today focused on a twining robotic gripper that its inventor says is especially effective at grabbing thin objects like pencils, paintbrushes, and even a straightened paperclip.

Radar sensors, cameras, RF processing systems, and more.
Stanford University’s School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century
The material, commonly found in house paint, can be used in a device to more efficiently process information.
A malaria-test "bandage"; underwater navigation via sound; and a biodegrading, implantable sensor.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A Spiraling Robotic Gripper 'Twines' Like a Plant

As engineering professor Mable Fok saw how the pole beans in her garden wrapped tightly around any objects nearby, she had an idea:

What if a robotic gripper could do the same...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Learn to Drive a Car in a Few Easy Lessons

USC researchers have developed a method that could allow robots to learn complicated new tasks, like setting a table or driving a car, from observing a small number of demonstrations.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Materials Transform Robots Made of Robots

Scientists from the U.S. Army and MIT created a new way to link materials with unique mechanical properties, opening up the possibility of future military robots made of robots. The method...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Could ‘Smellicopters’ Someday Support Search-and-Rescue?

Our second INSIDER story today highlights an innovative combination of autonomous drones and live moth antennae: The “Smellicopter.”

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Laser Jolts Microscopic Robots into Motion

A Cornell University team has created microscopic robots that incorporate semiconductor components, allowing them to be controlled – and made to walk – with standard electronic signals. The...

Researchers have developed a technique for manufacturing micrometer-long machines by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way. The micromachines are made out of metal and plastic, in...

INSIDER: Motion Control
Teaching Old Robots New Tricks

With a training technique commonly used to teach dogs to sit and stay, computer scientists showed a robot how to teach itself several new tricks including stacking blocks. With the method, the robot was...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Reducing Vibration of Cable Carriers on High-Precision Machinery

In industries like printer design, semiconductor manufacturing and machine tools, cable carrier systems can vibrate, which affects the production equipment’s accuracy and...

A new study has confirmed the success of a natural-gas leak-detection tool pioneered by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists, which uses sensors and machine learning to...

Special Reports: Transportation
ADAS/Connected Car - December 2020

Today's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and connected cars are paving the way for tomorrow's automated vehicles. To help you keep pace with the latest technology developments, we present this...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Collision Detector Mimics Locust Swarms
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
High-Efficiency Megawatt Motor
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Human-Like Hands with Flexible, Hybrid Pneumatic Actuators
These hands, with a large grasping force, enable safer human-robot interactions.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Miniature Magnetic Pump
The magnetic, multi-material pump was 3D-printed all in one piece.
Automatic recirculation valves offer efficiency for critical pump protection in power or oil and gas applications.
Smart electric actuators not only enable fine position adjustments, but they also provide real-time feedback on the extent of those adjustments.
Linear slides, electric motors, gears, and more.

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