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
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...

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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & 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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & 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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & 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...

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...

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,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
EtherCAT Drive Modules

ACS Motion Control (Bloomington, MN) has introduced UDMMC compact EtherCAT modules that feature two and four universal drives with ratings of 12 Vdc to 80Vdc, and 2.5A (5A peak) to 20A (40A peak) per drive. Each drive...

Products: Motion Control
Workholding Vice

The RZM Centric Vice from Röhm Products of America (Lawrenceville, GA) provides work-holding rigidity and contributes to higher-accuracy 5-axis machining. The vice’s design features clamping jaws positioned relatively...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Controllers

Trio Motion Technology (Freeport, PA) has introduced the MC403-Z motion controller in two versions offering control of two or three axes. The core axis connections can be configured as pulse and direction outputs to...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Motor Stages

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) has introduced MMG series linear motor stages in four models that deliver 25-mm, 50-mm, 100-mm, and 150-mm travel. They provide uncompensated accuracy from 6 um to 14 um, and resolution from 1.0...

Products: Motion Control
Tool Positioning System

The EPPINGER Trifix® tool positioning system from EXSYS Tool (San Antonio, FL) enables exchanges of both static and driven tooling for multitasking machines. Based on the VDI interface, the system provides...

News: Electronics & Computers
New Algorithms Enable Self-Assembling, Printable Robots

In two new papers, MIT researchers demonstrate the promise of printable robotic components that, when heated, automatically fold into prescribed three-dimensional configurations.

One paper describes a system that takes a digital specification of a 3-D shape — such as a computer-aided...

Sandia National Laboratories has finished testing a full-scale mock unit representing the aerodynamic characteristics of the B61-12 gravity bomb in a wind tunnel. The tests on the...

Researchers at University West in Sweden are using nanoparticles in the heat-insulating surface layer that protects aircraft engines from heat. In tests, this increased the...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Engineers Develop 'Simple' Robotic Swarms

University of Sheffield engineers have developed a way of making hundreds — or even thousands — of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks. The robots do not require memory or processing power.

Each robot uses just one sensor that indicates the presence of another nearby robot. Based on the...

News: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mini Science Lab Detects Multiple Bio Agents

It can cost hundreds of dollars and days to scan biological materials for important biomarkers that signal diseases such as diabetes or cancer using industry standard equipment. Researchers face...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Designing a Multi-Segmented Robot for Hull Climbing

The Multi-segmented Magnetic Ro bot (MSMR) project addresses a capability gap in the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance needs of the U.S. Navy visit, board, search, and seizure...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Embedded Servo Drive Boosts Speed of Packaging Lines

Pfankuch Machinery, based in Ahrensburg, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of friction feeder systems for inserting leaflets and products into sales packaging. An embedded smart servo...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Motion Platform

The SIMO® Series linear motion platform from PBC Linear (Rockford, IL) offers low-profile rail heights for tight spaces, or a tall version for greater structural integrity. Each aluminum base rail is...

Products: Motion Control
Bearings and Wear Rings

Graphite Metallizing Corp. (Yonkers, NY) offers self-lubricating, non-galling GRAPHALLOY® bearings and wear rings for pumping problems caused by low-viscosity, light hydrocarbon liquids such as Natural Gas...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wireless Coupling Devices

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) has added flat-pack-style transmitter coupling devices to the WIS (short-range wireless inductive coupling system) product family. The new devices allow power and signal coupling to be transferred across an air gap of up to 20 mm. These wireless devices allow sensors to be connected to...

Products: Motion Control
Automated Laser Scanner

NVision (Coppell, TX) has introduced the RoboScanner, a lightweight, turnkey laser scanning system that offers fully automated scanning with 3D analysis for measuring components in a production environment. The...

Products: Motion Control
Pneumatic Torque Wrenches

Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) offers pneumatic torque wrenches for applying torque to fasteners using a dual-speed gearbox and pneumatic technology that controls input air pressure. This design provides a rundown...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Encoder

The LC 200 linear encoder from Heidenhain (Schaumburg, IL) is designed for linear measurement on long machine tool axes. Available with a Mitsubishi interface, the encoder is an absolute-type encoder that measures lengths of...

Products: Motion Control
Positioning System

Parker Hannifin Corp. (Highlands Ranch, CO) and Flexibility Engineering (Loveland, CO) have introduced the patented Anysize™ pneumatic-based positioning system. The Compact Anysize™ is designed specifically to fit into...

Products: Motion Control
Drive Rack

The Npaq® 6U from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) is a high-power drive rack that uses plug-in amplifiers supporting both linear and PWM topologies to control brushless, DC brush, or stepper motors. PWM amps offer up to 320...

Products: Motion Control
Integrated Motors

Schneider Electric Motion USA (Marlborough, CT) offers Lexium MDrive® LMD42 integrated motors. The NEMA 17 integrated motors are available in four communication versions for a range of motion applications. They...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Force Control Software

ABB Robotics (Auburn Hills, MI) has introduced Integrated Force Control, a consolidation of the discrete software features that were available separately in either the machining or assembly Force Control offerings into...

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