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.

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Products: Motion Control
DC/DC Converter

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) has announced the DCP010507DB, a 1-W isolated, unregulated DC/DC converter, supporting an operating temperature range of -40 °C to 100 °C. The module provides thermal shutdown and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Non-Contact Transducer

Balluff (Florence, KY) offers the Micropulse™ BIW transducer that uses a patented, pulsed-inductive technology. It features a wear-free, non-contact design that can be used where linear pots are used, such as plastic...

Products: Motion Control
Accelerometers

Wilcoxon Research (Gaithersburg, MD) has introduced the 788A accelerometers that feature a sensitivity of 100 mV/g. The accelerometer is a single-axis sensor with an acceleration range of +50 g. High-frequency response measurements up to 10 kHz identify faults and improper machine operation. Typical noise is 4 mg at 100 Hz. The...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless DC Drive

Performance Motion Devices (Lincoln, MA) has announced the ION™ brushless DC drive, a network-connected motion control drive. The fully enclosed compact module provides network connectivity, power amplification, and...

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Accelerometers

The LCM 100 accelerometer from Jewel Instruments (Manchester, NH) is designed for industrial, commercial, and aerospace applications. It is engineered with micro-machined components. The 0.5G to 4.0G device meets the needs of...

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Piezo Motor

New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) offers the SQL Series SQUIGGLE piezo motor that measures 2.4 × 2.4mm and features a metal/ceramic composite construction. The motor holds position when power is turned off, conserving battery...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Actuators

Festo Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) has introduced the DMES electromechanical linear actuators that provide a feed force of up to 3000 N. The lead screw of the actuators is non-backdriveable, eliminating the need for an additional...

Products: Motion Control
Rotary Torque Sensor

The Torkdisc® rotary torque sensor system from the Force/Torque Division of PCB Piezotronics (Depew, NY) is a compact, in-line rotary torque sensor for spindle qualification testing of machining center and other torque...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
DC Gearmotors

PennEngineering® Motion Technologies (Harleysville, PA) offers PITTMAN® brush-commutated DC gearmotors with output torque to 175 oz-in with standard sintered steel spur gearing, and output torque to 500 oz-in by incorporating...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Peristaltic Pump

The Vector Series 3005 peristaltic pump from Wanner Engineering (Minneapolis, MN) features a lubricant-filled cavity for constant lubrication, and is capable of continuous duty pumping of harsh liquids at up to 200 PSI. A...

Products: Motion Control
Rotary Encoder

Gurley Precision Instruments (Troy, NY) offers the R158 rotary incremental encoder that generates quadrature square waves at up to 1 million counts per revolution. It has an optional temperature range from -40 to 100 °C, and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Slide Latch

The A3 push-to-close slide latch from Southco (Concordville, PA) features a molded thermoplastic body and flexible locking options for secure latching of sheet metal and thin thermoplastic panels. It features an integrated...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Gearbox

The PV Series gearbox from Parker Bayside, Electromechanical Automation (Port Washington, NY), offers a variety of output face options and high radial load and output torque. The gearbox uses precision-needle bearings to achieve high...

Products: Motion Control
Micro Brushless Motors

Sanyo DC Motor Division (Bensenville, IL) offers the PM Series brushless micro motor that incorporates a ceramic air bearing design, using air as a lubricant to solve problems encountered with typical motors lubricated...

Products: Motion Control
Hypoid Gearheads

Alpha Gear Drives (Bartlett, IL) has introduced a range of hollow-shaft right-angle hypoid gearheads for worm, bevel, or hypoid applications. The HG+ device is a low-backlash hypoid gearhead in a right-angel design that...

Products: Motion Control
Roller Bearings

SKF USA (Kulpsville, PA) offers cylindrical roller bearings with logarithmically crowned rollers that provide improved contact geometry between the roller and raceway, reducing stresses under high loads. The bearings feature...

Products: Motion Control
Rotary Union

Duff-Norton (Charlotte, NC) offers the 1900 Series Rotary Union® that provides a rotating seal between fluids and a revolving roll or drum. Commonly conducted media are water, hot oils, chemicals, hydraulics, and air. The union is designed for very high pressure applications to 10,150 psi, and with maximum temperature ratings to...

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Nanopositioning Controller

PI, L.P. (Auburn, MA) has introduced the E-621.CR modular controller for piezo-driven nanopositioning systems that features high-bandwidth analog and networkable digital interfaces. The controller integrates a...

Products: Motion Control
Brushless Motor

Maxon Precision Motors (Burlingame, CA) has introduced the EC-16 sterilizable brushless motor that has been assembled so that the coils are outside the rotor, providing good heat dissipation. Steam sterilization is specified...

Products: Motion Control
Rotary Transducer

SpaceAge Control (Palmdale, CA) has released the Series R rotary transducer that provides rotational measurements from 1 to 150 turns. The rugged device uses ThreadSensor™ technology for accurate and repeatable...

The Mechanical Engineering School at the Georgia Institute of Technology needed to reduce the set-up time involved in centering a bearing ring on a...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Analysis Software Used to Test Solar Car Steering and Stability

The Toronto, Canada-based Power of One solar car was built to set world distance records and promote the use of sustainable energy, unlike most solar cars that are built for...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Lead Screws Play Role in Case Packer Retrofit

In the industrial automation market, an increase in speed results in an increase in production rates. Increased production rates, in turn, lead to increased profit.

Products: Motion Control
Automation System

Robohand (Monroe, CT) has announced the Smart Linear Actuator (SLA) modular automation system featuring DIRECTCONNECT™ technology enabling integration of Robohand pneumatic slides, grippers, and rotaries. The SLA...

Products: Motion Control
Ball Bearings
(Kulpsville, PA) offers self-aligning ball bearings that allow for angular misalignment of the shaft relative to the housing without affecting operation. The ball bearings gain their self-aligning capability from a design...
Products: Motion Control
Frameless Motors

Applimotion (Loomis, CA) has released ULT direct drive frameless motors in sizes up to 355-mm diameter, with 200-mm through holes, covering , and lasers.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Miniature Digital Servo Drive

Elmo Motion control (Westford, MA) offers the “Whistle” digital servo drive with up to 500 watts of continuous power at 99% efficiency. The device weighs 1.76 ounces and measures 2 × 1.8 × 0.6". It...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Controller

The RMC75E one- and two-axis motion controllers from Delta Computer Systems (Vancouver, WA) support Ethernet communications that can be used to download parameters and variables to modify motion control programs from a...

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