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.

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
5G in Manufacturing: What’s Here and What’s to Come
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Shape-Shifting Robot Uses New Locomotion Strategy
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Products: February 2020 Motion Design
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Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Manufacturing Control
Today's advanced smart CNC controls allow manufacturers to optimize the manufacturing process right on the factory floor
Briefs : Automotive
Flexure for Self-Assembly

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...

These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
Application Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modified Fittings Enhance Industrial Safety

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is home to one of the largest buildings in the world — the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — and also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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 : Green Design & Manufacturing
Robot Circulating Liquid Stores Energy and Provides Power
This robot “blood” stores energy, transmits force, operates appendages, and provides structure, all in an integrated design.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
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...

This microbot can walk on land, swim, and walk underwater.
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
“Cobots” allow companies of almost any size to automate processes that were previously out of reach.
Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
The Role of Sensors in the Evolution of Robotics
Sensing technology will help to transform manufacturing floors into the connected factories of the future.
A technology uses a combination of WiFi signals and accelerometer technology to track devices in near-real-time.
A synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Self-Contained Wheel Unit
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.

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