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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.

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On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Modularity, Flexibility, Scalability: How Enclosures Change the Industrial Automation Evolution

While there is a time and place for a unibody enclosure, today’s rapidly evolving industrial automation systems often require the additional flexibility that a modular enclosure system affords.

Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

White Papers: Materials
Electroacoustic Transducers and Systems Are Not the Same as Electronic Components

This paper examines the complexity of ultrasonic and sonar sensing devices, and challenges the misconception that transducers are a commodity component that...

On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Crucial Considerations When Choosing the Right Enclosure for Your Application

You have many considerations when selecting the right enclosures for your application or facility. What equipment will the enclosure protect? What is the environment like? Which material is best? And of course, there are cable management concerns and internal...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Direct Drive Motor vs. Rotary Gear Motor

For decades, geared servo motors have been one of the most common tools in the industrial automation toolbox. Offering excellent performance for positioning, velocity matching, electronic camming,...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Symmetric Multiprocessing or Virtualization

The continuous advance in multicore technologies is the catalyst for software innovation that is spawning a new generation of embedded systems that are less costly to develop, higher performing,...

Articles: Motion Control
Learn the differences between bipolar and unipolar motors, their driving methods, and advantages and limitations.
Articles: Motion Control
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
Products: Motion Control
Linear motion bearings, magnetic angle encoders, isolation valves, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
RightHand Robotics combines machine vision with an intelligent gripper design to make more adaptable robots.
Articles: Motion Control
These common pneumatic circuits can be used alone or as building blocks in larger pneumatics systems.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
An OEM must think about how to build a machine that will work on any kind of power system.
Briefs: Propulsion
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Aerospace
SMA tube elements drive rotary and ring gear motion in compact, powerful actuators.
Articles: Motion Control
Learn about widely used communications technologies for motion control.
Briefs: Transportation
The lightweight brake rotor design with high heat dissipation uses novel surface cooling technology.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new COVID test, a "ChromoUpdate," and NASA's brake rotor.
INSIDER: Motion Control

A team of scientists has uncovered how heavy, motorized objects climb steep slopes — a newly discovered mechanism that also mimics how rock climbers navigate inclines. The “micro-swimmers” are about...

INSIDER: Motion Control

Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University developed a method that allows non-contact manipulation of small objects using sound waves.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Engineers at UC Riverside developed an air-powered computer memory that can be used to control soft robots. Existing systems for controlling pneumatic soft robots still use electronic...

White Papers: Motion Control
Fiber Optic Emergency Stops for Harsh Environment Applications

Fiber optic emergency stops provide immunity to EMI, RFI, and lightning; are inherently safe; and can operate at extremely long distances up to 10 kilometers. This whitepaper...

On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Auto, Aero and Defense Electrification: Optimizing Induction Motor Design for Manufacturing

As the demand for electrification continues to grow globally, the automotive, aerospace, and defense markets face unprecedented challenges. New technologies are placing greater demands on motors in terms of operating speeds, temperatures, and...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects for picking and sorting or tool use.
Briefs: Communications
Servo motion control delivers powerful, fast, and precise movement onboard robots and for associated equipment.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The open-architecture flight software package provides solutions for onboard orbit determination.
INSIDER: Motion Control

Researchers from the University of Houston have demonstrated “giant flexoelectricity” in soft elastomers that could improve robot movement range and make self-powered pacemakers a real...

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