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: 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: Robotics, Automation & 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...

Products: Motion Control
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...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Technique Enables Real-Time Robotic Motion Planning

For robots with multi-jointed arms, motion planning is a problem that requires time-consuming computation. Simply picking an object up in an environment that has not been...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
“Squishy” Motors and Wheels Give Soft Robots a New Ride

A small, squishy vehicle equipped with soft wheels was developed at Rutgers University to roll over rough terrain and run underwater. The vehicle features a soft motor that...

Researchers have developed a method of combating virtual reality (VR) sickness that can be applied to consumer head-worn VR displays such as the Sony PlayStation VR. The approach dynamically,...

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart developed a motion system that is compliant and can be integrated in robots thanks to its space-saving design....

Researchers have devised a novel way to help keep a driverless vehicle under control as it maneuvers at the edge of its handling limits. The new technology is being tested by...

An often asked question from industrial machine builders or integrators is how they can effectively design or implement the conversion of a machine with servo technology to...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Anti-Creep Mechanism Enables Ultra-Precise Motor Table Positioning

Motion control is essential for the digitization and automation of high-tech equipment, but bearings remain basic to frictionless movement. Bearing Engineers, a bearing...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Drive

The RoadRunner SoftStep R213S microstepping motor drive from Testra Corp. (Tempe, AZ) features an onboard processor that treats the input steps as small vector moves, and chains them together with 250 or 256 microsteps per...

Products: Motion Control
Positioners

ALM Positioners (Rock Island, IL) released the Model MHL1P 10,000-pound-capacity single-column positioner that features 68.5" vertical travel in 35 seconds; a pendant-controlled, 4-HP, column-mounted hydraulic unit for lifting...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear Slide

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) introduced the WGS Wide Guide Screw linear slide that utilizes a screw-driven carriage. Length and speed are not limited by critical screw speed, allowing high RPM, linear speed, and...

Products: Motion Control
Angle Sensors

Novotechnik U.S. (Southborough, MA) introduced the RSX-7900 Series angle sensors that provide up to IP69K ingress protection and ISO13849 PL-d safety compliance in a non-contacting design. The sensors are available in six...

Products: Motion Control
Hexapod

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the HEX500-350HL high-load, six-degree-of-freedom hexapod for applications in sensor testing and high-force device manipulation. It is actuated with six struts that are built with preloaded bearings,...

Products: Motion Control
Level Indicator

The Model BM-T tilt Switch from BinMaster (Lincoln, NE) is a level indicator used for point level detection of heavy materials in bins, tanks, or silos, or over a conveyor belt or open pile. It is suspended vertically over a...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Machine Controller

Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) introduced the iQ-R Series machine control system that incorporates sequence, motion, safety, process, and C language control into one platform. The control platform is...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Head Restraint System Reduces Whiplash Injuries

A reactive head restraint and car seat system designed to reduce whiplash in rear-end vehicle collisions has been unveiled. The unique concept has been brought to life using linkage...

Inside their boots, firefighters’ have advanced insoles with sensors that make it possible for emergency operations commanders to follow the firefighters’ exact...

Filling a major gap in precision control for applications from semiconductor fabrication to manipulations of living cells, researchers have developed a frictionless drive...

Tactile handles forklifts, industrial trucks, and motorized carts are being developed that employ pressure sensors to detect the direction in which a user is pushing or pulling the...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Device Allows Paralyzed Man to Perform Complex Movements

Six years ago, he was paralyzed in a diving accident. Today, he participates in clinical sessions during which he can grasp and swipe a credit card or play a guitar video game with...

Testing has started at NASA on a concept called the Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transit System (HERTS), a propellant-less propulsion system that would harness solar wind to travel...

A collaborative robot is essentially an industrial robot with additional safety capabilities. These safety features include:

Safety-rated monitored stop (zero speed limiting) Speed and...
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Control Challenges for Deep-Sea ROVs

Deep-sea remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) present motion control design engineers with some difficult challenges. Applications may include ROV propulsion, position thrusters, dive vanes, rudders,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear Motor

Nippon Pulse America (Radford, VA) released the SL083 scaleless linear motor with a built-in linear encoder for positioning applications that would benefit from the repeatability, reliability, and robustness of a linear motor,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Panel-Mount Piezo Drives

The Ndrive QLe digital, panel-mount nanopositioning piezo drives from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) are designed for use with the Aerotech Automation 3200 (A3200) motion controller. The drives enable coordinated motion...

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