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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: Motion Control
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Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

New Products: August 2021 Motion Design

Briefs: Transportation

Soft Mate Lifting Device

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: Design
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.

Technology Leaders: Motion Control
Ball screws are helping manufacturers meet the growing demand for fiber optic cables generated by 5G communications.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Materials
An alternative, environmentally friendly production method creates permanent magnets.
UpFront: Electronics & Computers
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
5 Ws: Semiconductors & ICs
The durable soft electronics could be used in wearable electronics and soft robotics and could someday be part of a stretchable smartphone.
Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn about the batteries, skin sensors, flexible antennas, and other cutting-edge research coming from Penn State Engineering.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Engineers at MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have designed a soft, lightweight, and potentially low-cost neuroprosthetic hand. The prosthetic, designed with a system...

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Aerospace Manufacturing - August 2021

Demanding applications in the aerospace industry require products and systems that are manufactured using the latest technologies – from design and simulation, to fabrication and final testing. To help...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Perfect Optical Inline 3D Measurements

The surfaceCONTROL 3D 3500 snapshot sensor is used for inline inspection of geometry, shape and surface on diffuse reflecting surfaces such as metals, plastics and ceramics. The 3D sensor is designed...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new algorithm finds robots the best path across uneven terrain — and the best placement for a robot’s arms and feet.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electroacoustic Transducers and Systems Are Not the Same as Electronic Components

This paper examines the complexity of ultrasonic and sonar sensing devices, and challenges the misconception that transducers are a commodity component that...

Supplements: Motion Control
Explore manufacturers and products in over 25 motion-design categories.
On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Crucial Considerations When Choosing the Right Enclosure for Your Application

You have many considerations when selecting the right enclosures for your application or facility. What equipment will the enclosure protect? What is the environment like? Which material is best? And of course, there are cable management concerns and internal...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Direct Drive Motor vs. Rotary Gear Motor

For decades, geared servo motors have been one of the most common tools in the industrial automation toolbox. Offering excellent performance for positioning, velocity matching, electronic camming,...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

MIT researchers have designed a sharp-tipped robot finger equipped with tactile sensing to meet the challenge of identifying buried objects. Digger Finger was able to dig through granular media such as...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

USC researchers unveiled a new simulator for robotic cutting that can accurately reproduce the forces acting on a knife as it slices through common food such as fruit and vegetables....

White Papers: Automotive
High Rate Pulse Ultrawideband Physical Layer Testing and Certification

Ultrawideband (UWB) is a radio technology operating in the unlicensed spectrum for near-field communications with low power consumption and low complexity at low cost....

White Papers: Motion Control
Symmetric Multiprocessing or Virtualization

The continuous advance in multicore technologies is the catalyst for software innovation that is spawning a new generation of embedded systems that are less costly to develop, higher performing,...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will ‘Air Power’ Boost the Use of Soft Robots?

Our second INSIDER story today highlighted William Grover and his UC Riverside team’s efforts to swap electronics with air.

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Briefs: Motion Control
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Motion Control
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.

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