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.

Briefs: Motion Control
Testing Swarming Drones
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft, Self-Actuated Pump for Mechatronic Devices
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Open Controllers Simplify Automation Systems
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Custom Gimbal for JHU-APL Shows Promise for Others
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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: Medical
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...

Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: October 2020 Motion Design
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Origami-Inspired Miniature Manipulator
This mini robot improves precision and control of teleoperated surgical procedures.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Torque Limiters 101: Benefits, Types, and Comparisons
Torque limiters protect against damage and downtime caused by machine overloads.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: October 2020
Tubing plugs, displacement measurements, CAM software, and more.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Controller Helps Robots Avoid Collisions

MIT startup Realtime Robotics invented a solution that gives robots the ability to quickly adjust their path to avoid objects as they move to a target. The Realtime controller can be connected to...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Precision Landing Without a Pilot

For planned robotic and crewed missions to the Moon and Mars, NASA is developing and testing precise landing and hazard-avoidance technologies. A combination of laser sensors, a camera, a high-speed...

New software from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) wants to predict all traffic possibilities, so that self-driving vehicles will never get into accidents.

Experts predict that by 2040, most forms of transportation will leverage electric motors and/or cleaner sources of fuel to meet heightened emissions standards....

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Breaking the (Injection) Mold

Since its creation in the 1980s, 3D printing has evolved tremendously, with more printing technologies and material types available. Research shows that engineers in North America are optimistic about the future...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Kit Encoders: New Technologies for a Dynamically Changing Market

Closed-loop motion control systems use feedback to ensure the precise positioning of mechanical components. Self-contained position sensors, such as rotary encoders, can do a...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robotic Insect Survives Being Flattened by a Flyswatter
The ultra-light robotic insect can be folded or crushed, yet continues to move.
This technique can be used by people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Hummingbird Robot Uses AI to Maneuver in Tight Spaces
The robots could fly silently for covert operations and stay steady through turbulence.
This material could be used for artificial muscles that power bio-inspired robots.
Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: September 2020 Sensor Technology
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.

A NASA team is working on Mars robot autonomy to make future rovers more intelligent, to enhance safety, to improve productivity, and to drive faster and farther. Two novel...

The Army Research Laboratory released a software suite that simulates conditions of an underground tunnel network. Researchers interested in developing robots for subterranean environments can...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A Comparison of Fittings For Use with Plastic & Rubber Tubing

This report examines types of fittings commonly used with plastic and rubber tubing. Included are barbed designs, push-to-connects, compression types with multiple components, and...

A reader asks: How can self-driving car manufacturers guarantee safety when snow, ice, or mud impair a vision system?
Hendrik Kolvenbach sees the best way to get around on the moon as less of a step and more of a giant leap. Learn how Hendrik created a jumping space robot called Spacebok.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Valve Leakage Detection in Industrial Pumps

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
When inspecting products for instance, machine vision is not only faster but also far more accurate.
Application Briefs: Materials
Traverse System Enables Vertical Farming
See how a system feeds plants, delivering about 5,417 gallons of water per hour.
With the emergence of a new generation of ultra-efficient electronic chips, the Wiegand technology is showing significant promise, especially in the exciting area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Briefs: Motion Control
Gripper Handles Freely Moving Cables
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.

Webcasts

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

Metal Injection Molding’s Role in Automotive

Upcoming Webinars: Materials

Technical Ceramics: The Powerhouse of Advanced Materials

Upcoming Webinars: Software

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Upcoming Webinars: Motion Control

Customizing Actuators Using COTS Drive Components for Martian...

Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

2020 Create the Future Contest Awards

Upcoming Webinars: RF & Microwave Electronics

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