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.

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Block Spindle

Suhner Industrial Products Corp., Automation Division (Rome, GA) introduced the BEX8 high-speed machining block spindle for extremely high-speed operations up to 25,000 rpm. The spindle weighs 33 pounds and mounts directly...

Products: Motion Control
Automated Measurement Cell

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (North Kingstown, RI) announced the 360 Flexible Measurement Cell, an automated measurement work cell suited for automotive and aerospace structure applications including...

Products: Motion Control
Accelerometers

The Model 356A43, 356A44, and 356A45A miniature triaxial ICP® accelerometers were introduced by PCB Piezotronics (Depew, NY). They measure 0.4 × 0.4 × 0.75", weigh 4.2 grams, and are TEDS IEEE 1451.4 enabled. The TEDS...

Products: Motion Control
Weldable Couplings and Collars

A line of weldable shaft collars, couplings, and mounts is available from Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (North Reading, MA). The components are made from ANSI 1018 steel and stainless steel to allow users to...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Guide Kit

To simplify product selection of self-lubricating linear guides, igus (East Providence, RI) has developed a modular construction kit for belt-driven DryLin ZLW linear axes. The ZLW toolkit enables users to customize their...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Actuators

Curtiss-Wright Sensors & Controls Division (Gilbert, AZ) announced Exlar® brand FTX Series actuators. The high-force electric rod style actuators replace hydraulics in highforce, high-duty-cycle applications in harsh...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Automation Cables

Molex, LLC (Lisle, IL) offers Flamar industrial automation cables for signal and control equipment and servomotors. The cables are available in multiple jacket materials (PVC, WSOR, PUR, TPE). The standard cables range...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Precision Ball Screws

Thomson Industries (Radford, VA) has introduced miniature metric precision ball screws in three interface styles: flanged, threaded, and rounded. The FSI metric ball screws are flanged, and the RSI style is rounded....

For many years, stepper motors have been the most popular type of electric motor designed into instrumentation for a wide variety of reasons. Stepper motors have become increasingly...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
An Inside Look at Electromechanical Power-Off Braking Options

Power-off brakes are designed to hold or stop motion in the absence of power. Adding an electrical current releases the brake, freeing the load for motion. Given the safety...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Multiphysics CAE of a Shock Absorber

Shock absorbers are important parts of vehicles. The shock absorber is used to observe the vibrations from shock loads due to irregularities of the road surface, and operates without affecting the...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Disposable Cartridge Components

Plastikos, Erie, PA, offers disposable cartridge components made of cyclic olefin polymer (COC) for wearable drug delivery devices holding medications such as insulin and pain medicines. The disposable...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Valve

RotaVal Ltd. (Wiltshire, UK) introduced a heavy-duty rotary valve for use where solids handled and operating conditions combine to cause abrasive erosion within the valve. It has on-site component replacement. The valves are...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Voice Coil Actuator

The LAH15-19-000A linear voice coil actuator from BEI Kimco (Vista, CA) provides low hysteresis/ low friction with bi-directional position control. It is suited for applications where low friction and high force accuracy...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Compact Robot

ABB Robotics (Auburn Hills, MI) introduced the IRB 1660ID compact robot for arc welding and machine tending applications. It features a DressPack design that allows users to program and simulate predictable cable movements, a...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Block Spindle

Suhner Industrial Products Corp. Automation Division (Rome, GA) introduced the BEX8 high-speed machining block spindle capable of maintaining rigidity and precision at operations up to 25,000 rpm. The spindle weighs 33 lbs....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Rotary Tables

Koma Precision (East Windsor, CT) offers Tsudakoma RDS Series direct drive rotary tables that use a proprietary direct drive motor system that enables the tables to achieve high speed and acceleration with no backlash. The...

Products: Motion Control
Undermount Slide

Accuride (Santa Fe Springs, CA) announced the 3135EC Eclipse Undermount Easy- Close slide. The slide offers improved full extension movement with a 100-pound load rating and 4.8 pounds of pull force. The Easy-Close action...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pneumatic Gripper

Fabco-Air (Gainesville, FL) announced the FKHS Series 3 Jaw parallel motion pneumatic gripper for handling small parts in tight spaces. They are available in bore sizes of 25, 32, 40, 50, 63, and 80 mm. A magnetic piston...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Positioning System

Piezoconcept (Lyon, France) offers the Hybrid System, an integrated positioning system for use with any standard inverted optical microscope. It combines a manual micrometer-driven, two-axis, linear motion stage with...

Engineers at Ben-Gurion University have developed the first wave-like robot powered by a single actuator with no internal straight spine. The Single Actuator Wave-Like Robot...

A researcher at Arizona State University has discovered how to control multiple robotic drones using the human brain. A controller wears a skull cap outfitted with 128 electrodes...

A researcher at Arizona State University has discovered how to control multiple robotic drones using the human brain. A controller wears a skull cap outfitted with 128 electrodes wired to a...

What is a Linear Variable Inductive Transducer (LVIT) and where are they used? LVITs, which have been around for more than 30 years, are relatively low-cost, contactless...

Modern satellites use motors for many purposes — moving solar panels for optimum alignment to the Sun; moving reaction wheels to change the...

Products: Motion Control
Ground Fault Sensors

NK Technologies (San Jose, CA) offers AGLD Series ground fault sensors that protect machinery and operators from accidental shocks. The one-piece, solid-core design allows for installation over wires feeding heavy...

Products: Motion Control
Drive Indexer

Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) introduced the PRD Precision Ring Drive indexer, an alternative to direct drive motors that can start and stop at any incremental position. The motion profile is changed by loading a new...

Products: Motion Control
Electric Linear Actuators

Thomson Industries (Wood Dale, IL) offers Electrak HD™ electric linear actuators that enable design engineers to convert hydraulic applications to electric. The actuators boost power to 10 kN (2250 lbs) with...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Actuator Assemblies

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) offers SureMotion actuator assemblies for X-Y and X-Y-Z positioning systems. Twin round-shaft slide actuators feature a continuously supported round rail slide with ball screw actuation....

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