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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.

Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Hybrid Concept for Actuating Subsea Valves
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Linear Bearings: What You Need to Know
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Swimming Living Robots Can Self-Train
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White Papers: Motion Control
RESOLUTE™ Encoders Make RF Antenna Positioning Accuracy and Resolution 100 Times Better

Pacific Antenna Systems (PAS) designs, fabricates, and manufactures antenna systems that use radio frequency (RF) ranging from 1 to 110 GHz....

Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Automated X-Ray Inspection
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: June 2021 Motion Design
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Chemically Driven Wheels “Morph” Into Gears
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Nanosized Foldable Robots
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
The design could contribute to various applications in the robotics field such as smart prosthetics and human-robot interaction.
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
See how simulation software is being used to is automate the test process for vehicle rotors.
Technology Leaders: Transportation
Machine Control Power Quality and Surge Protection
You may not be able to see them, but power anomalies that originate within your automated control system are costing you expensive downtime.
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: June 2021 Sensor Technology
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
INSIDER: Motion Control
NASA Rover Seeks Moon Resources

As part of the Artemis program, NASA is planning to send its first mobile robot to the Moon in late 2023 in search of ice and other resources on and below the lunar surface. Data from the Volatiles...

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...

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor

Innovators have developed an RFID-based system for sensing the angular position of rotating systems. The RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor can be used as a position/orientation sensor or implemented in a...

The new hinge is the key to get loadbearing, large quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds.
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.

Northern Arizona University researchers developed high-performance artificial muscle technology based on linear actuators. Because of their helical structure, the actuators generate more power,...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
An "Under the Hood" Look at Technology Supporting the World's Fastest EV Dragster

As more EV engineers adopt a non-Hall-effect approach to measuring current in their li-ion battery management systems (BMS), some components from...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Construction System
Emerging robotics technology may lead to better buildings in less time.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Get a Handle on Grippers
In North America alone, the gripper market is worth roughly $100 million — and that number is expected to climb up to 5 percent each year.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
3D Structural-Sensing Robots
These robots could perform basic healthcare tasks to support the work of doctors and nurses.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Lightweight Crane Technology for the Moon
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Products: April 2021 Motion Design
Servo drives, magnetic angle sensors, draw wires, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Materials Capable of Self-Propulsion
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Motion Control
High-Torque Light-Powered Actuator
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.

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