Motion Control

Positioning Equipment

Your destination for the latest advances in positioning controls for industrial robotics and equipment. Access new product developments, technical briefs, and applications for industrial robotics, positioning equipment, linear stages, slides, guides, and controllers.

Latest Briefs & News

The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
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.
As advancements in technology continue to define how pneumatic or electromechanical linear devices lift, move, or place a load, the requirements of excellent closed-loop positioning and accuracy greatly increase
Products: Motion Control
New Products: April 2020 Motion Design
Motor drivers, position sensors, offset couplings, and more.
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: March 2020 Sensor Technology
This month: Sensors that measure weather, proximity, pH, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Spring Drive Fitting
Applications include valves, tubes, and other gas and fluid system components.
Thermal cameras, testing software, an ion air knife, and more.
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Such grippers would be suited for human-robot partnership in assembly lines in the automotive, electronic packaging, and other industries.
Products: Test & Measurement
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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.
This microbot can walk on land, swim, and walk underwater.
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
Special Reports: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
CONEXPO/IFPE - January 2020

Coming to Las Vegas in March, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE are North America's largest events for the construction/commercial vehicle, fluid power, power transmission, and motion control industries. In this Special...

Briefs: Motion Control
Self-Contained Wheel Unit
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: December 2019 Motion Design
Actuators, Encoders, Gripping Tools, and More
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Valve Position Sensor Protects Switch Boxes from Salt Environment
Salty air the Dutch city of Harlingen causes exposed metal parts to corrode.
Glenn's research facilities have contributed to decades of technology advances.

If you’ve ever tried to hold a camera steady for a long exposure in low light, you know exactly what happens: the camera shakes and the image blurs. The same can happen with images from...

LIDAR Systems, Smart Cameras, Optical Communications, and more.
A Tech Briefs reader asks: What's next with military motion control?
The characteristics of hybrid drives present a practical solution when a position needs to be detected with high precision

In the digital age, the measurement of rotation of a mechanical shaft on a motor or a rotating instrument knob needs to be done quickly and efficiently....

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: October 2019 Motion Design
Brushless Servo Motor

maxon precision motors (Taunton, MA) released the EC-i30 20W brushless servomotor with integrated electronics. With an integrated 4-quadrant speed controller, the motor is...

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