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.

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Artificial Skin Gives Robots a Sense of Touch
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Humans in the Loop Help Robots Find Their Way
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Encoder Selection: Finding the Right Fit
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Quiz: Robotics, Automation & Control
How much do you know about humanoid robots?
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Roose’s Chocolate World, based in Belgium, is using an automated solution, “ChocoMatic,” that doesn’t break the bank.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Know When Precision Motion Control is the Right Choice

Are you overlooking precision motion control? You might want to look again. Even when a general 'automation-level' motion control solution is meeting your needs, an advanced...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
How Capacitive Sensors Shine in Industrial Applications

Learn how to use capacitive sensors in various measurement tasks and profit from unsurpassed stability and nanometer resolution — also in industrial applications. Capacitive sensors...

Quiz: Robotics, Automation & Control
Many countries are aiming to reach the Moon in 2024 and 2025. How much do you know about these upcoming Moon missions? Take this quiz to find out.
Special Reports: AR/AI
Smart Factory/IIoT - September 2022

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in AI, robotics, connectivity and sensors. In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Sensor...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will the adoption of cobots by SMEs accelerate in near future? What are the key challenges cobots need to overcome before they become ubiquitous?
Articles: Energy
This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The R2 hand and forearm assembly is designed in a modular fashion, enabling rapid replacement of components and sub-assemblies.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
For drones to autonomously perform necessary but quotidian tasks, they must be able to adapt to wind conditions in real time.
Briefs: Lighting
The ability to emit light also brings these microscale robots, which weigh barely more than a paper clip, one step closer to flying on their own outside the lab.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin recently created the first ever solid-state optical nanomotor.
Application Briefs: Design
Scientists analyzed the stability of the collaborative system based on speed and accuracy, as well as the conditions required for successfully performing tasks from geometric, force, and posture viewpoints.
Issue Archive: Lighting Technology
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INSIDER: Propulsion

Using biological experiments, robot models, and a geometric theory of locomotion, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology investigated how and why intermediate lizard...


Purdue University engineers have designed a low-speed, high-torque powertrain system to reduce the operation costs, maintenance costs, and environmental...


With the perpetual motion of its waves and tides, the Earth's ocean represents a highly predictable, theoretically limitless source of kinetic energy.

INSIDER: Motion Control

Mechanical engineers at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering have built a handy extra limb able to grasp objects and go, powered only...

Blog: Medical
A magnetically controlled medical device to remove blood accumulating in the brain during a stroke.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Fundamentals about Thickness Measurement Technologies

Thickness measurement is an important step in production monitoring, quality assurance and machine control. This paper describes the different measurement methods of non-contact...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wirelessly Connected Robots from a Compliance Perspective

Once a concept relegated to science fiction, robots have now become a ubiquitous part of everyday life. They now clean our houses, build things, and even perform surgery.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Understanding Aeration

There are five major problems associated with aerated oil that can be deadly to hydraulic systems. Depending on the design of a hydraulic tank, the application and aeration severity, it is possible that all of these...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Blog: Artificial Intelligence: Meet Human Intelligence

In my first blog, Designing from the Outside In vs. the Inside Out, I wrote about my long-ago design principle of starting a design with the user interface. But in those days, once the design was finalized that was it — I design it, it gets built, and the user uses it.

Special Reports: Materials
Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - August 2022

A novel ink that enables 3D printing of bone with living cells...advances in ultrasonic welding of plastics...additive manufacturing of self-powered wearable devices. Read these stories and...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The technology could be useful in manufacturing and assembly plants for sorting packages, or in any environment where humans and robots collaborate.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new general-purpose optimizer can speed up the design of walking robots, self-driving vehicles, and other autonomous systems.
Briefs: Motion Control
Acoustic optimization for anti-phase asymmetric rotor.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Keeping oil and gas production facilities running smoothly is among the toughest challenges in any industry.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Although the basic function of cotton gins is quite old, today’s versions can benefit further from modernized control systems.