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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.

NASA Spinoff: Data Acquisition

Eagle Eyes in Treacherous Skies

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
When Robots See: An Additional Sense for Better Performance
Articles: Motion Control
Hand Guiding Robots
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
DC Drives as Replacements for AC Servos
Supplements: Motion Control
2021 Motion Control Product Directory
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White Papers: Automotive
Opteon™ YF Automotive Refrigerant (R-1234yf)

Opteon™ YF (R-1234yf) is a non-ozone depleting, low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant that replaces Freon™ (R-134a) in automotive air conditioning systems without compromise to...

INSIDER: Motion Control

NASA Kennedy Space Center developed the Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor for motion control applications. The sensor was designed to monitor the precise movements of an optical inspection system that...

INSIDER: Motion Control

University of Cincinnati researchers developed an autonomous robot that can open a door for itself. It uses an appendage on a simple motorized lift the robot can raise and lower to reach a...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A robotic hand system was developed at MIT that can reorient over 2,000 diverse objects with a hand facing both upward and downward, in a step toward more human-like manipulation....

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers from Harvard University developed a new approach in which robotic exosuit assistance can be calibrated to an individual and adapt to a variety of real-world walking tasks in...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

An autonomous robotic rover, Benthic Rover II, has provided new insight into life 13,100 feet beneath the surface of the ocean. The data collected are fundamental to understanding the...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Auto-Tuning Variable Frequency Drives

Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) make applications all over the world work better, more efficiently, and with their keypad displays, make the equipment easier to interact with.

White Papers: Automotive
Data Supply Chain for Data Centric AI

The pivot of AI/ML teams toward “Data Centric AI” means more attention on data quality, diversity, and fit for the intended purpose of training and improving model and system performance.

Blog: Automotive
A reader asks a simulation expert: How do you compensate for the interaction of rain or snow storms on lidar sensors?
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The e-kit promises to be a low-cost solution in the developing world.
Products: Imaging
Infrared lens testers, fiber optic transceivers, spectral radiometers, and more.
Articles: Materials
A vision-based control algorithm saves a quadrotor after the complete loss of a single motor.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The "ERDC" helps solve problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences.
Briefs: Imaging
An off-the-shelf USB camera captures the shadows made by hand gestures on the robot’s skin.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
See this year's product designs from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This robotic arm fuses data from a camera and antenna to locate and retrieve items buried under piles and completely out of view.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
The third flight of SLS and Orion will carry the first woman and first person of color to the Moon.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
To have a successful product, one must consider all the required sub-systems to deliver high-quality illumination.
INSIDER: Software

Future Army missions will have autonomous agents, such as robots, embedded in human teams making decisions in the physical world. One major challenge toward this goal is maintaining performance...

White Papers: Automotive
Get the Inside Story on Customized Sensor Solutions from Wells Engineered Products

Wells Engineered Products provides both off-the-shelf and customized precision engine management and power control products for a wide variety of vehicle...

Blog: Motion Control
Christopher Borroni-Bird and his team want to make an "e-kit" that provides a boost to wheelbarrows, bikes, and other non-motorized vehicles.
On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Zip Chain Revolution: Power Transmission Solutions That Transform Operations

In this 45-minute Webinar, a product specialist of power transmission components discusses a revolutionary high-speed electronic actuator designed to help solve process bottlenecks and unique applications that require a small installation footprint.

White Papers: Automotive
3 Reasons Functional Safety is Important in Electric Vehicle Development

The HORIBA Functional Safety Team helps battery and fuel cell manufacturers, as well as OEMs, integrate electrified technologies into their vehicles and address hazards...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Implementing Automotive Cybersecurity in the Supply Chain

Vehicles are becoming increasingly complex with many convenience, functional, performance, and safety features added constantly. Such complexity and multitude of features also...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
RF & Microwave Electronics - October 2021

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Aerospace & Defense Technology and Tech Briefs, read about how advances in RF electronics are enabling new applications in satellite and...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Battery-pack test systems, data management, connector clips, and more.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn how to outfit your equipment with sensors.

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NASA Spinoff: Materials

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

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Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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INSIDER: Motion Control

Non-Contact Tip/Tilt Sensor

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