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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.

Application Briefs: Materials
“The disruption promised by Industry 4.0 has already begun,” says Jason Melcher from the aerospace manufacturing company Ingersoll.
Products: Motion 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: Nanotechnology
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The integrated tool eliminates the need for manual operators or additional custom fixtures.
Articles: Motion Control
When specifying servo motors for applications like a new machine or CNC retrofit, there are many considerations regarding servo motor performance and sizing.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
As 5G arrives, devices will need to expand I/O counts at the controller, as well as overall networking capabilities.
Application Briefs: Energy
See why Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. is excited for the potential of additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.
INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

University of Pittsburgh researchers have utilized a catalytic reaction that causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously “morph” into a three-dimensional...

INSIDER: Motion Control

The Tethered permanently shadowed Region EXplorer (T-REX) rover, designed and built by a team of Michigan Technological University students – is designed to provide reliable power and data to other...

White Papers: Motion Control
Advanced Power Conversion Technology Delivers Unrivaled Density, Efficiency and Performance

When converting 3-phase AC input power to an isolated and regulated DC output with power factor correction, the most common design methods use...

White Papers: Motion Control
Load Simulation for Test Benches

When designing a test bench, Particle brakes made by Merobel™ provide an excellent solution , because of their ability to generate a torque that is precise, variable and easy to control - at a reasonable...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Radar sensors, cameras, RF processing systems, and more.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A Cornell University team has created microscopic robots that incorporate semiconductor components, allowing them to be controlled – and made to walk – with standard electronic signals. The...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Researchers have developed a technique for manufacturing micrometer-long machines by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way. The micromachines are made out of metal and plastic, in...

INSIDER: Motion Control

With a training technique commonly used to teach dogs to sit and stay, computer scientists showed a robot how to teach itself several new tricks including stacking blocks. With the method, the robot was...

Briefs: Transportation
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
Briefs: Aerospace
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
Briefs: Motion Control
These hands, with a large grasping force, enable safer human-robot interactions.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A panel of experts explains how robots are playing a larger role in manufacturing.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Learn about the sensors assessing and analyzing plant equipment.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include retractable covers and awnings, camera booms, and spacecraft and astronaut positioning.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The magnetic, multi-material pump was 3D-printed all in one piece.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Automatic recirculation valves offer efficiency for critical pump protection in power or oil and gas applications.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Smart electric actuators not only enable fine position adjustments, but they also provide real-time feedback on the extent of those adjustments.

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