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.

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
See how a system feeds plants, delivering about 5,417 gallons of water per hour.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
With the emergence of a new generation of ultra-efficient electronic chips, the Wiegand technology is showing significant promise, especially in the exciting area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Briefs: Motion Control
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Motion Control
Inspired by a coral polyp, this plastic mini robot moves by magnetism and light.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Complex locomotion techniques enable the rover to climb hills covered with soft granular material.
Briefs: Motion Control
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Test & Measurement
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
Applications include absorbers, tuned mass dampers, harmonic absorbers, and seismic dampers.
Briefs: Motion Control
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

In industrial settings, robots often are used for tasks that require repetitive grasping and manipulation of objects. A humanoid hand design that is a soft-hard hybrid flexible gripper can...

INSIDER: Motion Control

NASA Langley has developed a self-latching piezocomposite actuator with power-off, set-and-hold capability. If integrated into an aerodynamic control surface or engine inlet, deflections could be...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
We plug in our headphones everyday. Now a robot can perform the task.
Briefs: Motion Control
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
A fleet of “roboats” could transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.
INSIDER: Motion Control

The smallest motor in the world — consisting of just 16 atoms – measures less than one nanometer or about 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The rotor rotates on the surface of the...

Articles: Materials
New measurement methodologies can save you time that would otherwise be wasted on returning and reordering bearing.
Briefs: Imaging
This program provides a relative navigation capability for spacecraft, remotely operated terrestrial vehicles, and machine vision.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
Briefs: Motion Control
Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for adaptable robots.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
In places of limited accessibility and harsh conditions, replacing failed transmissions is a challenging and tremendously costly task.
Briefs: Imaging
By observing humans, robots learn to perform complex tasks such as setting a table.
Briefs: Aerospace

The Solenoid Valve Health Monitor System (SVHMS) was developed to remotely monitor the health of solenoid valves, lowering operational costs and increasing reliability by predicting valve failures before they...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The right sensors can cut machine building costs, improve flexibility, and boost customer satisfaction.
Briefs: Motion Control
The new method produces strips of rubbery material that can pick up and release objects.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.
Products: Motion Control
Positioning System

H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) offers the SRT-030/360-026-01 two-axis X-Theta positioning system for motion control applications that require coordinated linear and rotary...

Products: Software
Industrial PCs, power modules, processor blades, and more.
White Papers: Medical
Compact, Smooth, Repeatable Accuracy: NSK Motorized Ball Screw Actuator

NSK’s MBSA series combines a precision-ground ball screw with an ultra-accurate stepping motor. It’s the ideal integrated solution for medical devices and laboratory...

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