Motion Control

Motors & Drives

Browse the innovative developments in motors and drives technologies. Access the technical briefs and applications that are trending in variable-frequency drives, AC motor-based drive systems, direct drive solutions, and servo motors.

Latest Briefs & News

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Traverse System Enables Vertical Farming
See how a system feeds plants, delivering about 5,417 gallons of water per hour.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Wiegand Wire: Energy Harvesting and More
With the emergence of a new generation of ultra-efficient electronic chips, the Wiegand technology is showing significant promise, especially in the exciting area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Gripper Handles Freely Moving Cables
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Motion Control
Wireless Aquatic Robot Cleans Water
Inspired by a coral polyp, this plastic mini robot moves by magnetism and light.
Complex locomotion techniques enable the rover to climb hills covered with soft granular material.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Flexible Feet Help Robots Walk Faster
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: August 2020 Motion Design
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
INSIDER: Motion Control
Smallest Motor in the World

The smallest motor in the world — consisting of just 16 atoms – measures less than one nanometer or about 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The rotor rotates on the surface of the...

Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Magnetic Transmissions Increase Lifespan of Offshore Wind Farms
In places of limited accessibility and harsh conditions, replacing failed transmissions is a challenging and tremendously costly task.
The right sensors can cut machine building costs, improve flexibility, and boost customer satisfaction.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: June 2020 Motion Design
Positioning System

H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) offers the SRT-030/360-026-01 two-axis X-Theta positioning system for motion control applications that require coordinated linear and rotary...

Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Products: Test & Measurement
Product of the Month: June 2020 Tech Briefs
The K6PM provides continuous, remote thermal monitoring of critical components such as high-voltage control panels, transformers, and hydraulic equipment.
On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Advantages of Smart Servo Steppers vs. Smart Brushless Servos

For years the difference between brushless servos and step motors was understood. That has all been blurred with servo vector control of step motors and the growing popularity of smart motors. Understanding these technologies is key to selecting the best product for specific...

Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
Here's what you'll need to know when you’re choosing an encoder for a motion control system.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: April 2020 Motion Design
Motor drivers, position sensors, offset couplings, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Maximizing Safety in Advanced Battery Systems
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
Perovskites

Goodfellow (Coraopolis, PA) recently announced a new range of perovskites, a group of materials that demonstrate great potential for optoelectronic applications....

Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: March 2020 Sensor Technology
This month: Sensors that measure weather, proximity, pH, and more.
Beta Technologies is putting their Electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (eVTOL) prototype through the wringer.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Low-Inductance DC Power Bus
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
Briefs: Motion Control
Spring Drive Fitting
Applications include valves, tubes, and other gas and fluid system components.
This technology could impact new directions in robotics design.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Products: February 2020 Motion Design
Encoder

The AI25 hazardous series AI25 encoder from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) is suited for Class 1 Division 2 applications where a Zone 1 or Division 1 encoder may have previously been...

Briefs: Automotive
Flexure for Self-Assembly

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...

Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Modified Fittings Enhance Industrial Safety

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is home to one of the largest buildings in the world — the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — and also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The...

Machine and system designers now have greater options in choosing a motor to meet motion control requirements.

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