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.

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: Robotics, Automation & 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: Robotics, Automation & 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....

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motors/Drives

Siemens Industry (Elk Grove Village, IL) released combination motor/drive packages for heavy-duty industrial motion control applications that are power-matched for 480V high-overload operation through a 20 HP range, with I2...

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Rod Cylinders

The PREX Series pre-extended rod cylinders from Clippard Instrument Laboratory (Cincinnati, OH) is designed for use in a range of applications, and is constructed of stainless steel. Bore sizes range from ¾" up to 2" in a...

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Linear and Rotary Stages

PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. (Auburn, MA) offers Q-Motion multi-axis piezomotor stackable linear and rotary stages in various sizes and motion ranges. High-precision motion applications benefit from encoders...

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Six-Axis Robots

Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) introduced RV-F Series 6-axis robots in 35, 50, and 70 kg payloads for applications that require high payloads and long reaches, including CNC machine tending,...

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Motion Platform

Griffin Motion (Apex, NC) introduced the CXY-BS Series 150-mm Precision XY Motion Platform for use in microscopy, inspection, wafer processing, laser marking, and optical positioning applications. The low-profile,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Cartesian Robot System

Rollon Corp. (Hackettstown, NJ) offers Motion Box, a pre-engineered Cartesian robot system designed to deliver six different motion profiles that can be set up and running in a couple of hours. The Motion Box...

Products: Motion Control
Shaft Voltage Rings

AEGIS® PRO Series Rings from Electro Static Technology (Mechanic Falls, ME) divert VFD-induced shaft voltages to ground, protecting large AC and DC motors from bearing damage. Available for motor shafts to 30" in...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Stages

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) released WGS motorized linear stages that can be directly coupled to size 17 and size 23 step motors to provide a compact design. Utilizing a patented bolt-on design, the...

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Elastomer Couplings

R+W America (Bensenville, IL) released SP6 SERVOMAX elastomer couplings for high-speed spindle applications. The hubs are capable of handling circumferential speeds of up to 80 m/s, and higher torque levels per size....

Products: Motion Control
Motion Sensor

Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX) offers the Bosch Sensortec BMF055 9-axis motion sensor, a System-in-Package (SiP) MEMS sensor. The sensor contains a triaxial 16-bit gyroscope, a triaxial 14-bit accelerometer, and a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Material Handling Equipment

Verti-Lift (Louisville, KY) offers material handling equipment including scissor lift tables, turntables, and tilt tables with virtually any type of conveyor built in. These include ball transfer conveyors,...

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Product of the Month - August 2016

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI, introduced the BLAZE 600M non-contact optical measurement solution. The flexible, manually operated system provides ultra-rapid 3D data...

Products: Motion Control
Miniature Connectors

Fischer Connectors, Alpharetta, GA, introduced the MiniMax 06 ultra-miniature connector that can include up to 12 power and signal contacts in a 10-mm footprint. The connector also features a configuration with two...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Self-Clinching Standoff Fasteners

PEM® self-clinching standoff fasteners from PennEngineering®, Danboro, PA, enable mounting, spacing, or stacking of panels, boards, or components in assemblies. The fasteners include a range of types...

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Connectors

C&K Components, Newton, MA, announced the Space Splice high-reliability connecting solution that is an alternative to manual splicing. The one-way connectors deliver radiation and temperature resistance, low residual...

Products: Motion Control
Diaphragm Seal

The Ashcroft DF diaphragm seal from Ashcroft, Stratford, CT, provides a means to isolate pressure instruments from harsh media. The flush flanged design eliminates the use of a lower housing and prevents clogging around...

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Coin Cell Contacts

Keystone Electronics, Astoria, NY, introduced SMT enclosure coin cell contacts for connections in self-contained battery compartments. The contacts require minimal board space while allowing installation and removal of...

Products: Motion Control
Board-Level Connectors

Amphenol Industrial Products Group, Sidney, NY, offers Max M12 board-level connectors that mate to a PCB board with straight or right-angle solder pins. The connectors can transmit high-speed data in environments...

Products: Motion Control
Radar Level Transmitter

The LVRD10 Series of general-purpose guided wave radar level transmitters from OMEGA Engineering, Stamford, CT, provides continuous level measurement with a 4 to 20 mA signal output. They are offered in three...

Products: Motion Control
Angle Sensor

ASM Sensors, Elmhurst, IL, introduced the POSIROT® PRAS6 non-contact analog angle sensor that measures angular displacement and position of rotating objects from 0-360° using magnetic Hall technology. The sensors are...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Fabric-Reinforced Silicone

Stockwell Elastomerics, Philadelphia, PA, offers SNE556-R and SNE-540-R nickel-graphite-filled silicone rubber with fabric reinforcement that can be die cut or water jet cut into EMI shielding gaskets with...

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Network Design Software

Gap Wireless, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, introduced the iBwave Wi-Fi Suite that provides bundled cloud-connected products to streamline the in-building Wi-Fi network planning and design process. The solution...

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