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.

Briefs: Energy
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pneumatic technologies such as control valves continue to evolve, incorporating sensors, industrial network interfaces, wireless technology, and more.
Briefs: Materials
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Specially designed brake controls are a critical factor of brake performance in any application.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
There is a growing demand for direct-drive motors.
White Papers: Test & Measurement
Selecting a Pneumatic Linear Slide

Given the variety and versatility of pneumatic linear slides, it's often difficult to pick the best one for the job. So how do you decide which model to best use for your application? In this paper, you...

INSIDER: Motion Control

Army-funded researchers created nanosized robots that could enable locomotion, novel metamaterial design, and high-fidelity sensors. Cornell University researchers created micron-sized shape memory actuators...

INSIDER: Motion Control

There are some tasks that traditional rigid robots aren’t cut out for. Soft-bodied robots, on the other hand, may be able to interact with people more safely or slip into tight spaces with ease. But...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Robotics researchers are developing exoskeleton legs capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Demystifying the 2:1 Ratio and the Stick-Slip Phenomenon

One of the most frequently misunderstood principles regarding the use of plain bearings is the 2:1 Ratio. Most engineers are taught this principle which states there is an allowable...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
White Paper: How to Design a Retail Kiosk for Unattended Retail

Usage of unattended retail kiosks continues to expand beyond movies and snack foods into pharmaceuticals, electronics, games, cosmetics, and more. Within the framework of kiosk...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Hundreds of drones can recharge autonomously on unmanned ground vehicles.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Perseverance – the largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world – touched down on Mars last week after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles. About the size of a car,...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A research team from National University of Singapore (NUS) has taken a first step towards improving the safety and precision of industrial robotic arms by developing a new range of...

White Papers: Semiconductors & ICs
NBK's Anti-Vibration Couplings Help Bring Out Your Servo Systems Performance

How can replacing your current shaft couplings to improve your industrial productivity?

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Test & Measurement - February 2021

Sensors to search for ancient life on Mars...nano-thermometers that could revolutionize temperature measurement...a major advance in semiconductor testing. These are just a few of the technologies you'll...

Briefs: Materials
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Application Briefs: Materials
“The disruption promised by Industry 4.0 has already begun,” says Jason Melcher from the aerospace manufacturing company Ingersoll.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Industrial robots, motor disconnect switches, position sensors, and more.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Once confined to the role of machine visualization, modern unified HMI software now delivers better user interfaces, containerization, and remote device management.
Briefs: Materials
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New online tools — coupled with online libraries of pre-selected and tested component specifications — simplify machine design.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The integrated tool eliminates the need for manual operators or additional custom fixtures.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
When specifying servo motors for applications like a new machine or CNC retrofit, there are many considerations regarding servo motor performance and sizing.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
As 5G arrives, devices will need to expand I/O counts at the controller, as well as overall networking capabilities.

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