Motion Control/​Automation

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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.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

System Provides Robots with Context Awareness

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
With A.I., Robotic Exoskeletons Gain Self-Control
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Algorithm Gives Robots a Faster Grasp
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
Automated X-Ray Inspection
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Briefs: Unmanned Systems

Insect-Sized Agile Drones

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

A Robotic 'Digger Finger' Senses Buried Items

White Papers: Motion Control
Fiber Optic Emergency Stops for Harsh Environment Applications

Fiber optic emergency stops provide immunity to EMI, RFI, and lightning; are inherently safe; and can operate at extremely long distances up to 10 kilometers. This whitepaper...

On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Auto, Aero and Defense Electrification: Optimizing Induction Motor Design for Manufacturing

As the demand for electrification continues to grow globally, the automotive, aerospace, and defense markets face unprecedented challenges. New technologies are placing greater demands on motors in terms of operating speeds, temperatures, and...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Future of Autonomous Driving is Almost Here
How Artificial Intelligence, Digitalization, and Simulation are ramping up to enable validation of game-changing advances in autonomous vehicles.

Autonomous driving is changing the way we...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
UC Berkeley engineers have created a lightweight and durable robot that achieves exquisite control and agility by modulating the electrostatic forces between its feet and surfaces.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Servo motion control delivers powerful, fast, and precise movement onboard robots and for associated equipment.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The open-architecture flight software package provides solutions for onboard orbit determination.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A production-based X-ray solution performs product quality evaluation directly on the manufacturing line.
Briefs: Materials
The soft material demonstrates autonomous, heartbeat-like oscillating properties.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The system uses infrasonic acoustics for weather monitoring and for drone or UAV activity.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
INSIDER: Motion Control

Researchers from the University of Houston have demonstrated “giant flexoelectricity” in soft elastomers that could improve robot movement range and make self-powered pacemakers a real...

Tech Talks: Robotics, Automation & Control
Developing Realistic Scenes to Enable Virtual Automated Driving Testing

This Tech Talk examines how to design 3D scenes for simulating and testing automated driving systems. The designed scenes can be exported to most driving simulation environments. Also discussed is how to create a scene using RoadRunner and then run it in CARLA, an...

Podcasts: Robotics, Automation & Control
In this episode of Here’s an Idea, we speak to three researchers who are finding ways to automate surgical tasks, from suturing,to spotting tumors.
White Papers: Motion Control
RESOLUTE™ Encoders Make RF Antenna Positioning Accuracy and Resolution 100 Times Better

Pacific Antenna Systems (PAS) designs, fabricates, and manufactures antenna systems that use radio frequency (RF) ranging from 1 to 110 GHz....

Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Briefs: Transportation
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Articles: Motion Control
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Briefs: Motion Control
Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Briefs: Motion Control
The design could contribute to various applications in the robotics field such as smart prosthetics and human-robot interaction.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Articles: Software
See how simulation software is being used to is automate the test process for vehicle rotors.

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