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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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The Fundamentals of Applying Electrohydraulic Valves
Application Briefs: Data Acquisition
OPC UA Standard for Industrial Automation
Supplements: Motion Control
2021 Motion Control Product Directory
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INSIDER: Internet of Things

Medical sensing technology has taken great strides in recent years, with the development of wearable devices that can track pulse, brain function, biomarkers in...

White Papers: Automotive
Keyless Vehicle Access via Smartphone and Bluetooth Enables More Efficient Commercial Vehicle Management

Physical vehicle keys have the disadvantage of not always being where the driver needs them. This is often the case with commercial...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Learn how to outfit your equipment with sensors.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Eddy current displacement sensors can make measurements in harsh Industrial environments, even where pressure, dirt, or temperature fluctuations occur.
Articles: Data Acquisition
These technologies provide a tantalizing glimpse into the future of manufacturing automation.
Facility Focus: Wearables
Today, Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering performs research in robotics, cyberphysical systems, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, energy, and other topics.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
As the U.S. lands a craft on the Moon for the first time since 1972, technology built by Louisiana State University students will report back from the lunar surface.
NASA Spinoff: Materials
A bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D-printed metals.
UpFront: Energy
NASA reveals winners of a CO2 conversion challenge.
INSIDER: Motion Control

Modeling the mechanics of the strongest punch in the animal kingdom, researchers built a robot that mimics the movement of the mantis shrimp, whose club-like appendages accelerate faster...

INSIDER: Motion Control

University of Houston researchers developed an electrochemical actuator that uses specialized organic semiconductor nanotubes (OSNT). The device exhibits high actuation performance...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Select the Right Interchangeable Pneumatic Actuator for Your Application

When your operation calls for a pneumatic actuator, you’ll find a wide range of products available from various manufacturers. But because no two applications are...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Connecting the Factories of Tomorrow - Today

With the rise of IIoT, production systems are driving toward a “seamlessly connected” future, in which all mechanical, electrical and intelligent interfaces work together as one complete...

Blog: Motion Control
An intelligent robot being uses A.I. and sophisticated navigation to find good peaches and remove them from trees.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Friction Stir Welding Industrialization for E-mobility

TRA-C industrie has written this white paper to present Friction Stir Welding applications to e-mobility: compliance with technical requirements, increased quality and productivity, and...

Blog: Aerospace
Professor Francois Barthelat wants to incorporate the fish fin's strong, flexible characteristics into robotic and aerospace designs.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2021

In The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2021 report, you’ll gain insights on:

Aspects of the product design process that need the most improvement How...

On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Modularity, Flexibility, Scalability: How Enclosures Change the Industrial Automation Evolution

While there is a time and place for a unibody enclosure, today’s rapidly evolving industrial automation systems often require the additional flexibility that a modular enclosure system affords.

Briefs: AR/AI
Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.
Briefs: AR/AI
A deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
Ball screws are helping manufacturers meet the growing demand for fiber optic cables generated by 5G communications.
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Briefs: Motion Control
A low-cost, dynamically controlled surface for 3D printers reduces waste and saves time.
Briefs: Materials
An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.
UpFront: Communications
NASA Washing Machine Designs Go for a Spin

Right now, there is no laundry service in space.

Astronaut garments aren’t washed. They are put onto ships that burn up in the...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot can walk, run, jump, and interact with the environment in synchrony with a human operator.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Test & Measurement - September 2021

An automated CT system “sees” deep inside electronics to spot hidden defects...a NASA moon mission spinoff now monitors forest fire emissions...a novel way to test bonded structures in critical...

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