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.

Contemporary industrial automation control systems are employing variable frequency drives (VFDs) in ever-increasing numbers. VFDs give control engineers...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Reliable Locking in High-Vibration Environments

Today’s PCB plug-in connectors must accommodate many trends, including increasing miniaturization, rising levels of performance of electronic components, and growing complexity in machine...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Helical Gearboxes

B&R Industrial Automation Corp. (Roswell, GA) offers the 8GP70 series helical gearbox with a shaft output, and the 8GF70 series helical gearbox with a drive flange. Both feature minimal backlash and can handle high...

Products: Motion Control
DC Servomotor

The integrated I2 DC Servo Motor from Specialty Motors (Valencia, CA) is programmable to perform complex velocity and positioning movements. The all-in-one unit contains the brushless servomotor, controller, drives,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Stepper Motors

Lin Engineering (Morgan Hill, CA) has released the G5709 stepper motor series. This NEMA 23, 0.9-degree stepper motor was designed to output high torque while running with low resonance. The motors output high torque while...

Products: Motion Control
Modular Fans

Horton (Roseville, MN) has introduced the WindShiftTM WSE modular fan with a swept-blade design that generates greater static pressure at slower speeds. The fan is available in diameters of 24 to 41 inches (610 to...

Products: Motion Control
Sensorless Drive

Koford Engineering LLC (Winchester, OH) has introduced a series of 40-amp, 28-volt sensorless drives that operate up to 120,000 rpm with a 2-pole motor. The design features reliable startup and can be custom-programed for...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless Drive

maxon precision motors (Fall River, MA) offers the EC 19 brushless DC motor available in three performance classes: the EC 19 at 60 Watts, the EC 19 at 120 Watts, and the sterilizable EC 19 at 120 Watts. The EC 19 at 60 W is...

Products: Motion Control
Actuators

Physik Instrumente (PI, Auburn, MA) has introduced two vacuum-compatible versions of the N-470 PiezoMike screw-type actuators. Providing a positional resolution of 20 nanometers and travel ranges between ¼ inch and 1 inch, the...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Drive and Guide Module

SCHUNK (Morrisville, NC) has combined a linear motor drive with a pre-loaded roller guide for its ELB linear axis. The module is able to position high loads with accuracy of 0.01 mm. The maximum acceleration is...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Torque Motor

The TMK Series rotary torque motors from ETEL (Schaumburg, IL) feature an electro-magnetic design that utilizes buried magnet technology along with field weakening, enabling it to rotate with speeds of up to nine times greater...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Tables

KOMA Precision (Windsor, CT) offers a line of extra-large center bore, dual-disc hydraulic clamping rotary tables from Tsudakoma that feature a proprietary dual lead worm gear system with cross roller bearings. Three new models...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Dispensing Systems

Manncorp (Huntingdon Valley, PA) offers the 2004D Series of multi-purpose dispensing solutions that combine 3-axis robots with integrated digital dispense controllers for SMT assembly tasks. Point-to-point, linear, or...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Terminal

Beckhoff (Savage, MN) has introduced the EL7211 servo terminal that operates with the EtherCAT I/O system to provide a compact servo drive with an output current of up to 4.5 ARMS integrated into a 24-mm-wide...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Ironless Motor

The UXX ironless motor from Tecnotion (Almelo, The Netherlands) features no cogging and zero attraction force between the coil unit and the magnets. It is designed for heavy-duty industrial applications requiring high...

News: Materials
Robotic Fabric Moves and Contracts

Researchers are developing a robotic, sensor-embedded fabric that moves and contracts. Such an elastic technology could enable a new class of soft robots, stretchable garments, "g-suits" for pilots or astronauts to counteract acceleration effects, and lightweight, versatile robots to roam alien landscapes...

News: Materials
Researchers Equip Robot with Novel Tactile Sensor

Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port.

The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called GelSight, which was developed by the lab of Edward Adelson,...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Algorithm Lets Cheetah Robot Run

Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As it ramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs in tandem, bounding until it reaches a full gallop.

Now MIT researchers have developed an algorithm...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Untethered Soft Robot Walks Through Flames

Developers from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have produced the first untethered soft robot — a quadruped that can stand up and walk away from its designers.

The researchers were able to scale up earlier...

Linear motion systems are found inside countless machines including precision laser cutting systems, laboratory automation equipment, semiconductor fabrication machines, CNC machines,...

At first glance, the photo at the top is not appealing to any market — a pallet full of old gearmotors is not something one wants to think about after purchasing the necessary...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Ring Motors - Design Flexibility for Innovative Configurations

Permanent magnet brushless motors of various design architectures and power levels have been used since the late 1980s in industrial and commercial applications. Over the course...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wing-Flapping Aircraft Hovers and Flies
Life-sized, hummingbird-like, unmanned surveillance aircraft weighs two-thirds of an ounce, including batteries and video camera.

The Nano Hummingbird is a miniature aircraft developed under the Nano...

News: RF & Microwave Electronics
NASA Tests Robot Swarms for Autonomous Movement

NASA engineers and interns are testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world such as the Moon,...

Engineers are preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to space. They installed an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space...

Nine teams of solar powered model cars competed during the inaugural Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) competition held at the STEM Education and Outreach Center at Aberdeen Proving...

News: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
'Active' Surfaces Control How Particles Move

Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move across them. The work might enable new kinds of biomedical or microfluidic devices, or solar panels that could automatically clean themselves of dust and...

Some machine processes, such as presses, can require extreme accuracy in applying and holding force on an object. A popular way to measure force is via load cells. But what do you do when...

The important job of a farmer requires long hours of field work. The often monotonous tasks of driving agricultural vehicles to work long rows in the field — whether it...

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