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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.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Algorithm Gives Robots a Faster Grasp
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Servo Motion Improves Robot Operations
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Hybrid Concept for Actuating Subsea Valves
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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...

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....

Articles: Motion Control
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Briefs: AR/AI
Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The design could contribute to various applications in the robotics field such as smart prosthetics and human-robot interaction.
Briefs: Motion Control
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Articles: Transportation
See how simulation software is being used to is automate the test process for vehicle rotors.
Technology Leaders: Transportation
You may not be able to see them, but power anomalies that originate within your automated control system are costing you expensive downtime.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
Products: Motion Control
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

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: Motion 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...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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...

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

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: Motion Control
Emerging robotics technology may lead to better buildings in less time.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.

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