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
Optical Encoders

POSITAL-FRABA America (Hamilton, NJ) has introduced optical encoders with EtherCAT that provide high-speed data for positioning and speed control with cycle times of up to 62 μs. Using a distributed clock function, they allow users to synchronize axes with a deviation of <1 μs. The EtherCAT encoders support cable...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Encoder System

The ATOM™ non-contact optical linear and rotary incremental encoder system from Renishaw (Hoffman Estates, IL) combines miniaturization with dirt immunity and signal stability. It features a readhead as small as 6.7 x 12.7 x 20.5 mm, and uses filtering optics with Auto Gain Control (AGC) and Auto Offset Control (AOC). The system...

Products : Motion Control
Machine Automation Controller

Omron Automation and Safety (Schaumburg, IL) offers the Sysmac NJ machine automation controller that provides direct connectivity to SQL databases, including Microsoft SQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, MySQL, and Firebird. It combines logic, motion, vision, and database connectivity into a single platform. It helps users...

Articles : Test & Measurement
The Modern Industrial Workhorse: PID Controllers
The Modern Industrial Workhorse: PID Controllers

Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) controllers are used in most automatic process control applications in industry today to regulate flow, temperature, pressure, level, and many other...

The Modern Industrial Workhorse: PID Controllers
News : Motion Control
NASA Decelerators Slow Payloads Traveling at Supersonic Speed

What will it take to land heavier spacecraft on Mars? How will engineers slow large payloads traveling at supersonic speeds in a thin Martian atmosphere? The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) mission will seek to answer these questions.

News : Materials
New Strain Gauge Enables 'Soft Machines'

Purdue University researchers have developed a technique to embed a liquid-alloy pattern inside a rubber-like polymer to form a network of sensors. The approach may be used to produce "soft machines" made of elastic materials and liquid metals.

Such an elastic technology could be used to create robots...

Articles : Motion Control
High-Temperature Actuators for Aircraft Propulsion Systems

Future “more electric aircraft” (MEA) will require electric actuation systems for control surfaces and engine controls. Electric motors, drive electronics, and mechanisms are essential elements of aircraft actuation in MEAs that incorporate Electro-Magnetic Actuators (EMAs)....

Briefs : Motion Control
Probe Positioning System for Antenna Range

In situ measurements of antenna patterns on rovers in a simulated terrain are difficult to make with conventional antenna range techniques. The desired pattern data covers a hemisphere above the antenna of interest, which is close to the ground. This is incompatible with traditional measurements that...

Briefs : Motion Control
Fluidic Actuators with No Moving Parts

Two new fluidic actuator designs were developed to control fluid flow in ways that will ultimately result in improved system performance and fuel efficiency in to improve the aerodynamic performance of a variety of vehicles. These flow control actuators, often referred to as fluidic oscillators or sweeping...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Submersible Pressure Transducer for Tank Fluid Level Monitoring

Monitoring the level of liquid can be accomplished through the use of a pressure transducer. The density of the liquid and its height create pressure on the diaphragm of the pressure transducer to generate an accurate and cost-effective level measurement. Generally, pressure...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Drive Kits

Avnet Electronics Marketing (Phoenix, AZ) offers the Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC/Analog Devices Intelligent Drives Kit for prototyping motor control applications. Combining the Xilinx® Zynq-7000 All Program mable SoC ARM® dual-core Cortex™-A9 + 28 nm programmable logic with the Analog Devices...

Products : Motion Control
Step Motors

Applied Motion Products (Watsonville, CA) has announced the HT range of step motors for DC powered drives available with 10' shielded cables. The motors are available in single- or double-shaft versions with additional encoder or encoder and cover options. The motors are suitable for rugged and industrial applications with stepper...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Actuator

NB Corp. (Hanover Park, IL) offers the BG compact, single-axis actuator with a U-shaped integrated slide and ball screw. The actuator’s rigid structure can be one-end supported. There are four ball circuits contained in the single block.

Products : Motion Control
Hydraulic Valves

HAWE Hydraulics (Charlotte, NC) offers the PSL/PSV proportional directional spool valve series that can be configured for the hydraulic functions of a silage trailer. These functions include raising/lowering the tailgate or front gate, and operating the scraper floor drive and conveyor drive systems. A modular design permits...

Products : Motion Control
Motor

The EC-4pole 32 HD motors from maxon precision motors (Fall River, MA) are designed for operation in air or in oil (flooded in hydraulic oil). The power rating depends on the surrounding medium and amounts to 220W in air and, due to the much higher heat flow, 480W in oil. They are designed for ambient temperatures of more than 200 °C and...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Nanopositioning System

The P-736.ZR Large Aperture piezo-Z nanopositioning system from PI LP (Auburn, MA) is designed for imaging and fast focusing applications. It consists of a large-aperture piezo stage and a digital controller. The flexure-guided piezo nanopositioning stages are optimized for high resolution and fast step and settle. The...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Tilt Display Mount

Southco (Concordville, PA) has introduced the T Series Tilt Display Mounts with or without counterbalanced constant torque. The AVD25 Tilt Display Mount Basic provides tilt positioning for moving and positioning heavy panels and displays. The counterbalanced version provides even lower operating efforts. The T Series enables...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Inclinometer Sensors

Jewell Instruments (Manchester, NH) offers the Emerald Series inclinometer MEMS sensors in a small rectangular package, enabling installation in areas with space constraints. They can withstand up to 500g shock, and offer single- or dual-power input. Custom ranges and bandwidths are available. The inclinometers can be used...

Products : Motion Control
Rotary Position Sensor

Penny + Giles, a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls (Christchurch, UK), has introduced the NRH275DR rotary position sensor featuring a low-profile sensor housing and separate permanent magnet assembly. With no contacting mechanical parts that can wear, the sensors can be used in extreme and hostile environments...

Products : Motion Control
Rotary Encoders

HEIDENHAIN (Schaumburg, IL) offers the ExN rotary encoders for Potentially Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX) that feature a 12-mm blind hollow shaft in a sturdy design with increased wall thickness. The encoders are resistant to shock up to 1500 m/s2 (for 2ms), and vibration up to 100 m/s2. The IP 66 encoders handle shaft speeds up to...

Products : Motion Control
Air Cylinders

Fabco-Air (Gainesville, FL) has announced the OEM NFPA cylinders. The FCQN Series is a repairable NFPA interchangeable cylinder line that comes with magnetic pistons for position sensing. Adjustable cushions at both ends of the cylinders are included as a standard option. Stainless steel tie-rods are incorporated into the cylinder...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Control Chip

Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX) offers the LPC1500 Motion Control Chip from NXP Semiconductor. The flexible controller can drive a variety of different motors including brushless DC, sensored, sensorless, and permanent magnet motors. The integrated circuit is powered by a 72-MHz ARM Cortex M3 core combined with specialized...

Products : Motion Control
Motorized Actuators

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) has introduced the TRB motorized actuator series that provides motorized linear motion with up to 25 mm travel in a lightweight package. The actuators are designed as a direct replacement to the micrometers found in manual positioners or other applications requiring a linear pushing motion like...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Gearboxes

Lenze Americas (Uxbridge, MA) has introduced g500 gearboxes that enable speed-controlled operation with frequency inverters. They minimize losses, so the motor can generate less energy. The lower level of generated heat increases the overall service life. The gearboxes are designed for total integration with a Lenze Smart Motor, which...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Speed Controller

Lin Engineering (Morgan Hill, CA) offers the BL-100 intelligent, compact brushless DC speed controller that can be used with a large majority of BLDC motors. It features an input operating voltage of up to +48VDC, and up to 10 amps of continuous current, 20 amps peak. It also features closed-loop control with adjustable P and I...

Products : Motion Control
DC Motor Controls

Groschopp (Sioux Center, IA) has introduced brushless DC motor controls for BLDC motors and gearmotors. Designed to provide commutated power and variable speed control, the closed-loop controls provide speed regulation over a range of loads. Features include line and low-voltage options, chassis-mount and NEMA 4X enclosures,...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Position Transmitters

Macro Sensors (Pennsauken, NJ) offers the HSIR Series LVDT linear position transmitters that can serve as level sensors to measure liquid level changes from a few inches to several feet in gauging tank level volumes when configured with a float. In this configuration, a stainless steel float coupled to a nonmagnetic...

Products : Motion Control
Motion Stages

Bell-Everman (Goleta, CA) offers the SLS line of ballscrew- and linear-motor-driven sealed motion stages that feature a lip seal design that keeps debris, particulate, and liquid contaminants from gumming up the internal drive and bearing components. Made from a ruggedized polyurethane elastomer, the seal integrates with the...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Position Sensor

The Micronor MR330 Series fiber optic absolute position sensor system from Micronor (Newbury Park, CA) features 14-bit single-turn resolution. Rotary sensors are offered in two models: Standard MR332 and MRI Safe MR338. The absolute rotary encoder measures absolute angular position from 0° to 360° via programmable 13-bit (8,192...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Accelerometers

Meggitt Sensing Systems (Irvine, CA) offers Endevco Models 41A, 42A, and 43A Isotron accelerometers. The general-purpose, single-axis accelerometers feature 10, 25, 100, 500, and 1000 mV/g sensitivities for the 41A and 42A, with 100, 500, and 1000 mV/g for the 43A. Amplitude response of ±5% is 1 to 10,000 Hz. The stud-mounted...