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.

New software from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) wants to predict all traffic possibilities, so that self-driving vehicles will never get into accidents.

Experts predict that by 2040, most forms of transportation will leverage electric motors and/or cleaner sources of fuel to meet heightened emissions standards....

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Kit Encoders: New Technologies for a Dynamically Changing Market

Closed-loop motion control systems use feedback to ensure the precise positioning of mechanical components. Self-contained position sensors, such as rotary encoders, can do a...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robotic Insect Survives Being Flattened by a Flyswatter
The ultra-light robotic insect can be folded or crushed, yet continues to move.
This technique can be used by people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.

A NASA team is working on Mars robot autonomy to make future rovers more intelligent, to enhance safety, to improve productivity, and to drive faster and farther. Two novel...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
Army Readies Robots for Underground Tunnels

The Army Research Laboratory released a software suite that simulates conditions of an underground tunnel network. Researchers interested in developing robots for subterranean environments can...

White Papers: Medical
The Medical Device Maker's Guide to Customizing Linear Motion

Medical device manufacturing is challenging. Linear motion components are vital parts of the process, but off-the-shelf components often don't work or fit, or fail to perform....

A reader asks: How can self-driving car manufacturers guarantee safety when snow, ice, or mud impair a vision system?
Hendrik Kolvenbach sees the best way to get around on the moon as less of a step and more of a giant leap. Learn how Hendrik created a jumping space robot called Spacebok.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Valve Leakage Detection in Industrial Pumps

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
When inspecting products for instance, machine vision is not only faster but also far more accurate.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Traverse System Enables Vertical Farming
See how a system feeds plants, delivering about 5,417 gallons of water per hour.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Wiegand Wire: Energy Harvesting and More
With the emergence of a new generation of ultra-efficient electronic chips, the Wiegand technology is showing significant promise, especially in the exciting area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Briefs: Motion Control
Gripper Handles Freely Moving Cables
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wireless Aquatic Robot Cleans Water
Inspired by a coral polyp, this plastic mini robot moves by magnetism and light.
Complex locomotion techniques enable the rover to climb hills covered with soft granular material.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flexible Feet Help Robots Walk Faster
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Motion Control
New Products: August 2020 Motion Design
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
Applications include absorbers, tuned mass dampers, harmonic absorbers, and seismic dampers.
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.

In industrial settings, robots often are used for tasks that require repetitive grasping and manipulation of objects. A humanoid hand design that is a soft-hard hybrid flexible gripper can...

INSIDER: Motion Control
Self-Latching Piezocomposite Actuator

NASA Langley has developed a self-latching piezocomposite actuator with power-off, set-and-hold capability. If integrated into an aerodynamic control surface or engine inlet, deflections could be...

We plug in our headphones everyday. Now a robot can perform the task.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.
A fleet of “roboats” could transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.
INSIDER: Motion Control
Smallest Motor in the World

The smallest motor in the world — consisting of just 16 atoms – measures less than one nanometer or about 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The rotor rotates on the surface of the...

New measurement methodologies can save you time that would otherwise be wasted on returning and reordering bearing.

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