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
Motor Control Chips

Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX) offers the Freescale Kinetis KV1x family of microcontrollers for 3-phase sensorless BLDC and PMSM motor control applications. Built upon the ARM® Cortex®-M0+ core running at 75 MHz...

Products: Motion Control

Bodine Electric (Northfield, IL) offers 34B-WX brushless DC (EC) gearmotors that are ETL listed and comply with National Electrical Code Class I, Division 2 safety standards. They are designed to reduce the risk of accidental...

Products: Motion Control

Heidenhain Corp. (Schaumburg, IL) offers the Leine & Linde High Current TTL (HC-TTL) encoders that drive long cables and meet voltage requirements for the transmitted signal. The length of cable an encoder is capable of driving...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Motor Stages

Prior Scientific (Rockland, MA) offers HLD117 linear motor stages for microscope automation. They feature repeatability of 0.15 μm, scanning speeds of up to 300 mm per second, and low-velocity ripple even at speeds down...

Products: Motion Control
Motor Drive Controllers

ElectroCraft (Dover, NH) has released the PRO Series Integrated Motor Drive Controllers that includes brushless motor drives, stepper motor variants, and linear actuators, all incorporating a fully integrated drive...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Stepper Motors

Portescap (West Chester, PA) has introduced the P760 series thin disc magnet motor that provides high torque and acceleration up to 5,000 rpm. The motor combines the disc magnet technology with an optimization of the number of...

Products: Motion Control
Motor Controller

Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) has released the MMP-T32 motor controller that integrates low-voltage circuit breakers and thermal overload relays. The motor controller protects the motor branch circuits...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Terminal

The EL7201-0010 Servo Terminal I/O from Beckhoff Automation (Savage, MN) supports One Cable Technology (OCT), combining power and feedback signals into one cable. The terminals from the Beckhoff EtherCAT I/O system integrate a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Shaft Coupling

Miki Pulley US (Plymouth, MN) offers the Step-Flex™ shaft coupling that eliminates resonance in stepper motor ball screw assemblies. The two-part elastomer element combination dampens vibration caused by the actuator carrier...

Products: Motion Control
Slotted Motors

Koford Engineering LLC (Winchester, OH) has introduced a line of 5.07" (129 mm)-diameter slotted motors for applications requiring high torque and power in a short axial length. The motors are 3.149" (80 mm) long, with a peak...

Products: Motion Control
Industrial Amplifier

HBM (Marlborough, MA) has introduced the PX460 industrial measurement amplifier that measures raw and filtered torque, frequency, pulse, speed, and angle of rotation. The position-based torque measurements can be used...

Products: Motion Control
Current Sensors

NK Technologies (San Jose, CA) offers the ATS Series AC current sensors that combine a current-operated switch and transducer in a single package. A built-in digital display provides a visual indication of where the contact...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotation Stage

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) has introduced the FCR100 rotation stage that features a stepper motor with an integrated controller/ driver using the company’s iPP™ technology. This design simplifies cable management and...

Products: Motion Control
Optical Encoders

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) has introduced the AEDR-87xx series of 3-channel reflective optical encoder devices for use in low-power, miniaturized motion control systems such as stepper motors, electrical actuators,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Midwest Motion Products (Watertown, MN) offers the Model MMP-D33-455F-24V GP81-046 planetary DC gearmotor that accepts any 24 Volt DC source, including battery power. It measures 3.2" in diameter, and has a keyed output shaft of...

Products: Motion Control
Position Sensors

ams AG (Raleigh, NC) has introduced the 47 Series magnetic position sensors featuring a technology capable of producing accurate angle measurements of rotors spinning at high speed. The sensors feature DAEC™ (Dynamic Angle Error Compensation), a patent-pending technology that eliminates the measurement error attributable to...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Part Gripper

The EGP from SCHUNK (Morrisville, NC) is an electric small part gripper that weighs 110 g, and has a stroke of 3 mm per finger. The gripping force can be adjusted on two stages, and its maximum gripping force amounts to 40 N....

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...

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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & 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....

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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...

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...

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: Robotics, Automation & 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...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & 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...

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...

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...

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...


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