Motion Control

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.

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

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Robotic Construction System
Emerging robotics technology may lead to better buildings in less time.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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: Motion Control
3D Structural-Sensing Robots
These robots could perform basic healthcare tasks to support the work of doctors and nurses.
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: Robotics, Automation & Control
Materials Capable of Self-Propulsion
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
Pneumatic technologies such as control valves continue to evolve, incorporating sensors, industrial network interfaces, wireless technology, and more.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robots Turn Rigid on Demand
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Specially designed brake controls are a critical factor of brake performance in any application.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Precision Position Feedback for Smart Manufacturing
There is a growing demand for direct-drive motors.
White Papers: Test & Measurement
Selecting a Pneumatic Linear Slide

Given the variety and versatility of pneumatic linear slides, it's often difficult to pick the best one for the job. So how do you decide which model to best use for your application? In this paper, you...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Nanosized Foldable Robots

Army-funded researchers created nanosized robots that could enable locomotion, novel metamaterial design, and high-fidelity sensors. Cornell University researchers created micron-sized shape memory actuators...

There are some tasks that traditional rigid robots aren’t cut out for. Soft-bodied robots, on the other hand, may be able to interact with people more safely or slip into tight spaces with ease. But...

Robotics researchers are developing exoskeleton legs capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
White Papers: Design
White Paper: Simplicity® Bearings from PBC Linear vs. DryLin® Bearing from Igus

This white paper combines months of application research and experiments with years of recorded data on each product, bringing a final resolution as to which...

White Papers: Medical
White Paper: Eliminating Artifact Lines with Consistent Linear Motion

There is great need for linear guidance systems that provide consistent repeatable performance in the field of large format digital image scanning such as architectural...

Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
Hundreds of drones can recharge autonomously on unmanned ground vehicles.

Perseverance – the largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world – touched down on Mars last week after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles. About the size of a car,...

A research team from National University of Singapore (NUS) has taken a first step towards improving the safety and precision of industrial robotic arms by developing a new range of...

White Papers: Motion Control
NBK's Anti-Vibration Couplings Help Bring Out Your Servo Systems Performance

How can replacing your current shaft couplings to improve your industrial productivity?

A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
“The disruption promised by Industry 4.0 has already begun,” says Jason Melcher from the aerospace manufacturing company Ingersoll.
Industrial robots, motor disconnect switches, position sensors, and more.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Modern HMI Software Propels Industry 4.0
Once confined to the role of machine visualization, modern unified HMI software now delivers better user interfaces, containerization, and remote device management.
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.

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Briefs: Photonics/Optics

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Articles: Motion Control

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Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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Briefs: Electronics & Computers

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