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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.

Articles : Motion Control
Motion Control in Factories: Choosing the Right Solution
Motion Control in Factories: Choosing the Right Solution

The need for Ethernet-based communication within the factory has grown over the past 10 years. Detailed information about the tasks and performance of machines at every stage is...

Motion Control in Factories: Choosing the Right Solution
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Technique Allows Mobile Robots to Navigate Autonomously
Technique Allows Mobile Robots to Navigate Autonomously

A technique was developed to quickly teach robots novel traversal behaviors with minimal human oversight. The technique allows mobile robot platforms to navigate autonomously in...

Technique Allows Mobile Robots to Navigate Autonomously
Articles : Motion Control
Single-Axis Motion Control Systems: Multi-Sourced vs. Single-Sourced
Single-Axis Motion Control Systems: Multi-Sourced vs. Single-Sourced

In today’s fast-paced industrial settings, speed and efficiency are key. Reducing time spent on sourcing, installing, and testing motion control systems can play a big...

Single-Axis Motion Control Systems: Multi-Sourced vs. Single-Sourced
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators
Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

When heated, popcorn can expand more than 10 times in size, change its viscosity by a factor of 10, and transition from regular to highly irregular granules with surprising force. These unique qualities can...

Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators
Briefs : Motion Control
Robotic Modules Modify Their Environment for Specific Tasks
Robotic Modules Modify Their Environment for Specific Tasks

Given the exact parameters of the task at hand, a robot can assemble a car door or pack a box faster and more efficiently than a human, but such purpose-built machines are not...

Robotic Modules Modify Their Environment for Specific Tasks
Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Unique Lift System Enables Installation and Servicing of Large Telescope Mirrors
Unique Lift System Enables Installation and Servicing of Large Telescope Mirrors

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), under construction atop 8,737-foot El Peñón peak in northern Chile, is a partnership project of the National...

Unique Lift System Enables Installation and Servicing of Large Telescope Mirrors
Products : Motion Control
New Products: October 2018 Motion Design
New Products: October 2018 Motion Design

Multi-Voltage Motors

Simotics SD Pro low-voltage motors from Siemens (Munich, Germany) are suited for mains-fed operation or with a converter for voltages up to 690 volts. There is generally...

New Products: October 2018 Motion Design
White Papers : Sensors/Data Acquisition
The Importance of Precision and Specifications in Torque Sensors

A torque sensor, also known as a torque meter or a torque transducer, is a device that measures the torque in a rotating system. This white paper examines why accurate torque sensors are critical to the development and testing of products such as motors, compressors, pumps or any...

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Understand Connector Selection to Avoid Downtime

The right connectors will eliminate downtime on a busy production line. But with the thousands of connectors currently on the market, even experienced engineers can find it difficult to select the right one for the job. This paper explores how you can minimize this connector confusion using four...

Articles : Motion Control
The Expanding Role of Sensors in the IoT/IIoT
The Expanding Role of Sensors in the IoT/IIoT

The increasing variety of applications for the Internet of Things is driving predictions that the sales volume for sensors will reach 75 billion units by 2025. Applications unforeseen just five...

The Expanding Role of Sensors in the IoT/IIoT
White Papers : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Compact New Non-contact Proximity Measuring System Provides Greater Speed without Sacrificing Precision

Selecting the right non-contact proximity measuring system can be essential to highly precise measurements and a successful project. Non-contact measuring systems that employ eddy current sensors allow for high-accuracy proximity...

INSIDER : Motion Control
Cageless Bearing Design Reduces Friction
Cageless Bearing Design Reduces Friction

A cageless bearing with rolling separator elements was developed for applications including portable medical devices, toys, and robotic applications with medium force requirements. The normal cageless...

Cageless Bearing Design Reduces Friction
INSIDER : Motion Control
“Actuated” Paper Bends, Folds, or Flattens on Command
“Actuated” Paper Bends, Folds, or Flattens on Command

A thin layer of conducting thermoplastic, applied to common paper with an inexpensive 3D printer or even painted by hand, serves as a low-cost, reversible actuator. When an electrical...

“Actuated” Paper Bends, Folds, or Flattens on Command
Question of the Week : Robotics, Automation & Control
Can Popcorn Power Robots?

In last week's INSIDER, we featured a Q&A with Cornell University researcher Steven Ceron, who is experimenting with a new way — and delicious — way of powering robots: Popcorn.

Blog : Motion Control
How to Power Robots with Popcorn
How to Power Robots with Popcorn

Cornell researchers have discovered a novel – and delicious – way to power simple robots: Popcorn.

How to Power Robots with Popcorn
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Conical, Floating-Piston Isolation Valve
Conical, Floating-Piston Isolation Valve

A new valve concept consists of a solid piston floating in a medium to control a flowstream. Although the conical shape of the seat is a prominent feature of the valve, especially when the concept was...

Conical, Floating-Piston Isolation Valve
Application Briefs : Software
High-Speed Reluctance Machine Design
High-Speed Reluctance Machine Design

Silphenix GmbH is an engineering and consulting firm in Switzerland specializing in high-speed electrical machines, magnetic bearings, and electromagnetic field analysis. One project focus is compact...

High-Speed Reluctance Machine Design
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Fast, Low-Voltage Actuator for Soft and Wearable Robotics
Fast, Low-Voltage Actuator for Soft and Wearable Robotics

The unique capabilities of soft robots are to bend, deform, stretch, twist, or squeeze in all the ways that conventional rigid robots cannot. Today, it is easy to envision a world in...

Fast, Low-Voltage Actuator for Soft and Wearable Robotics
Application Briefs : Motion Control
Drive Technology: The Recipe for Precise Actuator Control
Drive Technology: The Recipe for Precise Actuator Control

Worldwide, there are only a handful of manufacturers of electrical actuators for the process industry, and the Vienna, Austria-based company Schiebel Antriebstechnik GmbH is the...

Drive Technology: The Recipe for Precise Actuator Control
Articles : Lighting Technology
Machine Vision Can Do More Than You Think
Machine Vision Can Do More Than You Think

The ability to automatically extract information from digital images opens many doors for manufacturers striving to cut costs, improve quality, and streamline their processes overall. The primary...

Machine Vision Can Do More Than You Think
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ultra-Thin Capacitive Sensor Has the Least Possible Resistance to Motion

A thin and flexible sensor was developed for sensing sounds, since it can move with the airflow made by even the softest noises. With the least possible resistance to motion, the sensor addresses issues with accelerometers, microphones, and many other similar sensors. The...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
IMTS2018 Preview
IMTS2018 Preview

Presented by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) has been the premier manufacturing technology show in the Northern Hemisphere. IMTS is held every even...

IMTS2018 Preview
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Variable-Camber Compliant Wing
Variable-Camber Compliant Wing

In the early years of manned flight, wing warping was used for lateral control of an aircraft. This technique consisted of a system of pulleys and cables used to twist the trailing edges of the wings in...

Variable-Camber Compliant Wing
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Using Direct Current with Inverter Technology in Resistance Welding
Using Direct Current with Inverter Technology in Resistance Welding

Resistance welding with direct current (DC) using inverter technology reduces costs by improving quality, reducing maintenance, and increasing productivity. Switching from...

Using Direct Current with Inverter Technology in Resistance Welding
Briefs : Motion Control
Autonomous Crop-Counting Robot
Autonomous Crop-Counting Robot

Today's crop breeders are trying to boost yields while preparing plants to withstand severe weather and changing climates. To succeed, they must locate the genes for high-yielding, hardy traits in crop...

Autonomous Crop-Counting Robot
Briefs : Motion Control
Hydraulic-Based Spherical Robot

Current spherical robots rely upon rotating mechanical weights inside the sphere to change the center of gravity of the sphere, causing the robot to roll. The use of rotating mechanical weights is not optimal due to the reliance upon moving parts, which can present burdensome maintenance issues. It would be...

Products : Test & Measurement
New Products: August 2018 Motion Design
New Products: August 2018 Motion Design

Servo Controller IC

TRINAMIC Motion Control (Hamburg, Germany) announced the TMC-4671 fully integrated servo controller IC that provides field-oriented control for BLDC/PMSM and 2-phase...

New Products: August 2018 Motion Design
Podcasts : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Here's an Idea: Engineering Real-Life 'Superpowers'
Here's an Idea: Engineering Real-Life 'Superpowers'

Engineers today are using their creativity to build a variety of superhero-like technologies that enhance our human capabilities, including exosuits, invisibility cloaks, and wall-scaling...

Here's an Idea: Engineering Real-Life 'Superpowers'
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Selecting a Force Measurement Solution to Minimize Variables and Protect Tensile Testing Data
Selecting a Force Measurement Solution to Minimize Variables and Protect Tensile Testing Data

Computers and software play a major role in force measurement and quality control. Whether in the engineering lab, quality control inspection area,...

Selecting a Force Measurement Solution to Minimize Variables and Protect Tensile Testing Data
White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Application Note: Extreme Customization, Well-maintained Tooling, and Accuracy

Take a look behind the scenes at how Nippon Pulse America Inc. re-designed one of its standard linear stepper motors to replace a competitor motor that was no longer meeting customer resolution or accuracy requirements. This application note showcases major...