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.

Briefs: Motion Control

Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Shape-Shifting Robot Uses New Locomotion Strategy
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Modified Fittings Enhance Industrial Safety
Briefs: Aerospace
Flexure for Self-Assembly
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Using Simulation to Design Robust Adhesively Bonded Structures

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Electric-Vehicle Transmission Development and Simulation

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Thermal Management Crisis: Knowing Your Passive Solution Options

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IoT’s Role in Today’s Transportation Systems

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Testing and Inspecting 3D-Printed Parts

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3D Printed Metals Are Not All the Same

Latest Briefs & News

See what the SuperCam will do when it arrives on Mars in 2021.
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
5G in Manufacturing: What’s Here and What’s to Come
5G has the potential to provide connectivity for a range of different uses in manufacturing.

Encoder

The AI25 hazardous series AI25 encoder from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) is suited for Class 1 Division 2 applications where a Zone 1 or Division 1 encoder may have previously been...

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Manufacturing Control
Today's advanced smart CNC controls allow manufacturers to optimize the manufacturing process right on the factory floor
These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Robots Assemble Large Structures from Little Pieces
Systems of tiny robots could build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
Machine and system designers now have greater options in choosing a motor to meet motion control requirements.
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Intelligent Microrobots
Such machines, only a few tens of micrometers across, could be used in the human body to perform small operations.
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Valves for Pneumatic Cylinders and Actuators
Know your valve options.
Facility Focus : Communications
Facility Focus: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Explore Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's first space flight complex.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Multimaterial Fiber “Ink” for 3D-Printed Devices
Filaments with embedded circuitry can be used to print complex shapes for biomedical and robotic devices.
The flat structure morphs into another shape when temperature changes, enabling self-deploying tents or adaptive robotic fins.
Cornell researcher T.J. Wallin explains what's so cool about a robot that sweats.
INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
VIPER Rover to Map Lunar Water Ice

An engineering model of the VIPER lunar rover is being tested at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. About the size of a golf cart, VIPER is a mobile robot that will roam around the Moon’s South Pole looking...

INSIDER : Motion Control
Tractionless Motion is Possible

Cells are observed to “crawl” by attaching themselves to a surface and using these anchor points to push themselves forward (like crawling on the ground). Scientists have identified a different propulsion...