Motion Control/​Automation

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.

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Breath-regulating garments, humidity sensors, thin-film antennas, and more.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Factors To Consider When Choosing An Actuator of Four Feet Or Less

Smooth motion, fast accelerations and a high degree of accuracy are hallmark requirements for linear movement actuators. Increasingly, miniaturization has added the...

INSIDER: Motion Control

Carnegie Mellon University's Iris rover is bolted in and ready for its journey to the moon.

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

People rarely walk at a constant speed and a single incline. We change speed when rushing to the next appointment, catching a crosswalk signal, or going for a casual stroll in the park. Slopes...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Modern agricultural tractors contain so much cutting-edge technology, they rival even the latest spacecraft. But the back end is still old-school, relying largely on fossil...

INSIDER: Propulsion

Researchers at Caltech have built a bipedal robot that combines walking with flying to create a new type of locomotion, making it exceptionally nimble and capable of...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
2D/3D Profile Measurements in Factory Automation & Machine Building

scanCONTROL laser scanners are among the most powerful profile sensors with regard to accuracy and measurement rate are used for precise inline 2D and 3D measurements in...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motors, suspension arms, slit couplings, and more.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
As more manufacturers implement robots, hand guidance tools and techniques will continue to expand in functionality and become even easier to use.
Articles: Imaging
To make robots truly see, you need the right software.
Articles: Energy
Hypoid gears have a growing presence in the industrial power transmission and motion control industries.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
The retrofit uses unconventional technologies.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The “nanoswimmers” could be used to remediate contaminated soil, improve water filtration, or even deliver drugs to targeted areas of the body.
Briefs: AR/AI
The multi-legged robots are capable of maneuvering in challenging environments.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Potential uses include MEMS accelerometers, vibration monitoring, and other precision motion control applications.
Briefs: Aerospace
This mechanism improves rotordynamic stability in turbomachinery.
Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A mobile robot will go to the South Pole of the Moon — with help from radiation-hardened avionics.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The model allows robots to ask clarifying questions to soldiers.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
It can also find the nearest electric wall outlet to recharge without human assistance.
INSIDER: Motion Control

NASA Kennedy Space Center developed the Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor for motion control applications. The sensor was designed to monitor the precise movements of an optical inspection system that...

INSIDER: Motion Control

University of Cincinnati researchers developed an autonomous robot that can open a door for itself. It uses an appendage on a simple motorized lift the robot can raise and lower to reach a...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Auto-Tuning Variable Frequency Drives

Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) make applications all over the world work better, more efficiently, and with their keypad displays, make the equipment easier to interact with.

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
When are Linear Motors the Right Choice?

Knowing when and how to apply linear servo motor technology requires that you understand the components that comprise a linear motor stage, as well as the components that are used to make other linear...

Products: Motion Control
Infrared lens testers, fiber optic transceivers, spectral radiometers, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
Low-voltage DC stepper and servo drives offer space-saving options for applications traditionally handled by AC servo drives.
Articles: Materials
Articles: Propulsion
The e-kit promises to be a low-cost solution in the developing world.
Articles: Propulsion
A vision-based control algorithm saves a quadrotor after the complete loss of a single motor.
Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Forget puzzles — In the early days of quarantine, Notre Dame professor and robotics engineer Yasemin Ozkan-Aydin used the time at home to put together robots.