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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.

White Papers: Automotive
Load Simulation for Test Benches

When designing a test bench, Particle brakes made by Merobel™ provide an excellent solution , because of their ability to generate a torque that is precise, variable and easy to control - at a reasonable...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Precise Positioning: Choose the Ideal Table for Your Equipment

The positioning mechanism you choose must perform with accuracy and precision while offering the right attributes for your application. Your options for positioning tables...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A Cornell University team has created microscopic robots that incorporate semiconductor components, allowing them to be controlled – and made to walk – with standard electronic signals. The...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Researchers have developed a technique for manufacturing micrometer-long machines by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way. The micromachines are made out of metal and plastic, in...

INSIDER: Motion Control

With a training technique commonly used to teach dogs to sit and stay, computer scientists showed a robot how to teach itself several new tricks including stacking blocks. With the method, the robot was...

Briefs: Automotive
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
Briefs: Power
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
These hands, with a large grasping force, enable safer human-robot interactions.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
A panel of experts explains how robots are playing a larger role in manufacturing.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Learn about the sensors assessing and analyzing plant equipment.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include retractable covers and awnings, camera booms, and spacecraft and astronaut positioning.
Articles: Motion Control
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The magnetic, multi-material pump was 3D-printed all in one piece.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Automatic recirculation valves offer efficiency for critical pump protection in power or oil and gas applications.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Smart electric actuators not only enable fine position adjustments, but they also provide real-time feedback on the extent of those adjustments.
Products: Motion Control
Linear slides, electric motors, gears, and more.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Mixed-signal oscilloscopes, 3D printers, DC/DC converters, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
NASA's phase-locked rotors reduce noise.
INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Natural motion in plants occurs because of cellulose fibers absorbing and releasing water. Scientists developed a simple method to produce self-folding origami structures based on this concept....

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

An invention similar to an elephant’s trunk has potential benefits for many industries where handling delicate objects is essential. UNSW Sydney developed a soft fabric robotic gripper...

News: Materials

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have used new techniques to create a composite that increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a...

INSIDER: Data Acquisition

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) working in collaboration with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of St Andrews and the University...

Blog: Motion Control
The great tasks of retrieving samples and flying a helicopter on Mars requires a number of small parts — specifically motors and drives.
On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control

Mars rover missions push the boundaries of technology while creating collaboration opportunities to meet the unique demands of space travel. One example...

Briefs: Motion Control
The Tentacle Bot can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects.
INSIDER: Motion Control

NASA’s DuAxel, a pair of two-wheeled rovers each called Axel, can split in half with each half connected only by a tether that unspools as the lead axle approaches a hazard.

Briefs: Imaging
This system has a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A soft hydrogel, driven by an oscillatory chemical reaction, produces an autonomous integrated pump for microfluidic applications.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
By consolidating tasks traditionally performed by multiple devices into a single, high-performing controller, manufacturers can improve operations.

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