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.

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ultra-Thin and Highly Sensitive Strain Sensors
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Innovation on a Larger Scale: Robotic Fiber Placement and 3D Printing
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White Papers: Motion Control
NBK's Anti-Vibration Couplings Help Bring Out Your Servo Systems Performance

How can replacing your current shaft couplings to improve your industrial productivity?

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Miniscule Robots of Metal and Plastic
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
New online tools — coupled with online libraries of pre-selected and tested component specifications — simplify machine design.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Electronic Skin Sensor Decodes Human Motion
This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Locking Side Pull Hoist Ring
The integrated tool eliminates the need for manual operators or additional custom fixtures.
When specifying servo motors for applications like a new machine or CNC retrofit, there are many considerations regarding servo motor performance and sizing.
As 5G arrives, devices will need to expand I/O counts at the controller, as well as overall networking capabilities.
See why Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. is excited for the potential of additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Capabilities for Grasp-Assisting Gloves
Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.

University of Pittsburgh researchers have utilized a catalytic reaction that causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously “morph” into a three-dimensional...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
T-REX Rover Looks to the Dark Side

The Tethered permanently shadowed Region EXplorer (T-REX) rover, designed and built by a team of Michigan Technological University students – is designed to provide reliable power and data to other...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Choosing the Best Type of Encoder For Your Application

This white paper describes the advantages and disadvantages of different types and configurations of encoders with a focus on devices using an Ethernet/IP interface.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Improve Performance and Reduce the Costs of Your Pneumatic Grippers

Pneumatic grippers are an integral part of pick-and-place, material transfer and part ejection applications, but traditional designs come with limitations. Fabco-Air SPG...

Products: Photonics/Optics
New on the Market: January 2021
Radar sensors, cameras, RF processing systems, and more.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Laser Jolts Microscopic Robots into Motion

A Cornell University team has created microscopic robots that incorporate semiconductor components, allowing them to be controlled – and made to walk – with standard electronic signals. The...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Miniscule Machines Made of Metal and Plastic

Researchers have developed a technique for manufacturing micrometer-long machines by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way. The micromachines are made out of metal and plastic, in...

INSIDER: Motion Control
Teaching Old Robots New Tricks

With a training technique commonly used to teach dogs to sit and stay, computer scientists showed a robot how to teach itself several new tricks including stacking blocks. With the method, the robot was...

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: Robotics, Automation & Control
Collision Detector Mimics Locust Swarms
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
Briefs: Motion Control
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
Linear slides, electric motors, gears, and more.

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