Motion Control/​Automation

Motion Control

Browse innovative developments in motion control technologies. Find essential news, technical briefs and applications used in PID controllers, servo motors, direct drive solutions, autonomous positioning, and motion-related components.

Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: January 2021
INSIDER: Motion Control
Teaching Old Robots New Tricks
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Collision Detector Mimics Locust Swarms
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White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Load Simulation for Test Benches

When designing a test bench, Particle brakes made by Merobel™ provide an excellent solution , because of their ability to generate a torque that is precise, variable and easy to control - at a reasonable...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Precise Positioning: Choose the Ideal Table for Your Equipment

The positioning mechanism you choose must perform with accuracy and precision while offering the right attributes for your application. Your options for positioning tables...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Reducing Vibration of Cable Carriers on High-Precision Machinery

In industries like printer design, semiconductor manufacturing and machine tools, cable carrier systems can vibrate, which affects the production equipment’s accuracy and...

Briefs: Transportation
High-Efficiency Megawatt Motor
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
These hands, with a large grasping force, enable safer human-robot interactions.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Executive Roundtable: Robotics Design
A panel of experts explains how robots are playing a larger role in manufacturing.
Learn about the sensors assessing and analyzing plant equipment.
Briefs: Motion Control
Compact, Long-Reach Robotic Arm
Applications include retractable covers and awnings, camera booms, and spacecraft and astronaut positioning.
We review three of your power-supply choices.
Briefs: Motion Control
3D-Printed Miniature Magnetic Pump
The magnetic, multi-material pump was 3D-printed all in one piece.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Efficient Pump Protection for Large Pumps: The Control Valve Alternative
Automatic recirculation valves offer efficiency for critical pump protection in power or oil and gas applications.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Raising the Ergonomics Bar with Smart Electric Actuators
Smart electric actuators not only enable fine position adjustments, but they also provide real-time feedback on the extent of those adjustments.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: December 2020 Motion Design
Linear slides, electric motors, gears, and more.
Mixed-signal oscilloscopes, 3D printers, DC/DC converters, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Multirotor Aircraft Noise Reduction
NASA's phase-locked rotors reduce noise.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
16-Atom Molecular Motor
The tiny motor can be powered by both thermal and electrical energy.
INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Printing Paper Structures for Mechatronics

Natural motion in plants occurs because of cellulose fibers absorbing and releasing water. Scientists developed a simple method to produce self-folding origami structures based on this concept....

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic “Snake” Grips and Picks Up Objects

An invention similar to an elephant’s trunk has potential benefits for many industries where handling delicate objects is essential. UNSW Sydney developed a soft fabric robotic gripper...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
When Should Designers Use Crossed Roller Bearings?

Crossed roller bearings provide more accuracy, rigidity, and weight-bearing capacity for linear motion than other commonly used friction-reducing devices such as ball bearings. And unlike...

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a...

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) working in collaboration with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of St Andrews and the University...

The great tasks of retrieving samples and flying a helicopter on Mars requires a number of small parts — specifically motors and drives.

Mars rover missions push the boundaries of technology while creating collaboration opportunities to meet the unique demands of space travel. One example...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Octopus-Inspired Soft Robotic Arm
The Tentacle Bot can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects.
Multi-sensor imaging systems, eyesafe laser finders, machine vision algorithms, and more.

NASA’s DuAxel, a pair of two-wheeled rovers each called Axel, can split in half with each half connected only by a tether that unspools as the lead axle approaches a hazard.

On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Designing for an Electric Aircraft Future

Conventional aircraft configurations have three power options: pneumatic, electrical, and hydraulic. To move to a solely electric aircraft, however, requires new components such as high-speed motors, power electronics, and high-voltage cabling.

White Papers: Motion Control
Control Under Pressure

Biomedical and life science applications depend on precise, repeatable liquid handling. Pressure-controlled liquid dispensing systems provide a simple, quick and cost-effective way to dose nanoliter- to...

Webcasts

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Reducing the Cost of Quality in Automotive BiW

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Electric-Vehicle Transmission Development Priorities

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The Critical Role of Fiber Optic Temperature Sensors in Medical...

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Zinc Die Casting Concepts to Achieve Precision, Performance, and...

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Radar Measurements: Triggering, Analysis, and Generation

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Designing with Silicone for Space

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