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.

Articles: Test & Measurement

Reimagining Robotics in a Connected World

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Shape-Shifting Robot Uses New Locomotion Strategy
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modified Fittings Enhance Industrial Safety
Briefs: Motion Control
Flexure for Self-Assembly
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Advantages of Smart Servo Steppers vs. Smart Brushless Servos

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Large Cable, Large Problems: Considerations for Innovation

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Collaborative Robots: Are They as Safe as They Sound?

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INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Foldable Robots for Future Moon Mission

The newest edition of NASA's small, foldable robots successfully traversed rugged terrain in the Mars Yard at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

Robots are in high demand as medical professionals seek hands-free ways to disinfect environments and contain the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19.

INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Draws Blood and Inserts Catheters

Rutgers University engineers have created a tabletop device that can draw blood or insert catheters to deliver fluids and drugs. The device can accurately pinpoint blood vessels, improving success...

On-Demand Webinars : Robotics, Automation & Control
Data-Driven Development and Breakthroughs for New Mobility Technologies

Engineers are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to develop the sophistication needed for new mobility technologies, including autonomous vehicles. Deep neural networks and machine learning models and data all play an essential role in training and...

Massive manufacturing bots have evolved into something new — collaborative robots.
Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
The Next Mars Rover Name? 'Perseverance'
The new Mars Rover Name is Perseverance, thanks to a suggestion from Virginia 7th grader Alex Mather.
Perovskites

Goodfellow (Coraopolis, PA) recently announced a new range of perovskites, a group of materials that demonstrate great potential for optoelectronic applications....

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: March 2020 Sensor Technology
This month: Sensors that measure weather, proximity, pH, and more.
Briefs : Motion Control
Low-Inductance DC Power Bus
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
Briefs : Motion Control
Spring Drive Fitting
Applications include valves, tubes, and other gas and fluid system components.
Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: March 2020
Thermal cameras, testing software, an ion air knife, and more.
This technology could impact new directions in robotics design.
Beta Technologies is putting their Electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (eVTOL) prototype through the wringer.
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The new arm design enables unmanned aerial vehicles to fly in windy conditions.
The device retrains patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.
Special Reports : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotics & Machine Vision - November 2019

Advances in robotics and machine vision are transforming the factory floor. To help you keep pace with the latest developments in industrial automation, we present this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Medical Design Briefs magazines.

See what the SuperCam will do when it arrives on Mars in 2021.
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
5G in Manufacturing: What’s Here and What’s to Come
5G has the potential to provide connectivity for a range of different uses in manufacturing.
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.