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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.

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Advances in digital hardware technology and software innovations now allow a single digital servo drive to be configured to work in a variety of machine control architectures.

Application Briefs: Motion Control

What do you do if you’re in the business of producing a wide variety of metal presses to meet special customer requirements? You choose your system components wisely, and...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Maxon’s MCD EPOS integrated power drive was used by a wine and liquor bottling operation to control the cutting of shrink-wrapped film over the bottleneck and cork or cap.

Application Briefs: Motion Control
QuickSilver Servo Motors Drive Autonomous Vehicles

The design of remotely operated, autonomous battery-powered vehicles places special requirements on motion control systems. High torque at low speeds is needed to climb over obstacles, while higher speed operation is needed for cruise speed. Efficient operation from lower voltages (12V to 48V)...

Articles: Motion Control

Solving a machine vision application, whether it involves quality inspection, part verification or any number of additional tasks, requires taking several factors into...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Machine vision systems are playing an increasingly important role in many industrial applications, whether it is counting parts on an assembly line or examining surfaces for defects....

Articles: Motion Control

Recent advances in motion control and machine vision technologies present tremendous opportunities for Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) systems. Thanks to recent developments in these fundamental...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Robotics technology has made measurable strides in the last few years. Today’s robots can move with greater precision over a more flexible range of motion, while handling heavier payloads....

Articles: Motion Control

Many robotic and mechanical systems require the calculation of kinematic equations to express the relationship between variables that are to be controlled (motor/actuator position obtained via...

Application Briefs: Propulsion
Simulated Models Test Design of Space Shuttles and Rocket Engines
Finite element modeling and analysis
Dynamic Concepts
Huntsville, AL
256-922-9888
www.dynamic-concepts.com

NASA tasked Dynamic Concepts (DCI) with assessing the structural dynamics of the rollout process, whereby the space shuttle orbiter, external tank,...

Articles: Motion Control

Linear motors and actuators are now cost-competitive with ball screws and belt drives and offer distinctly superior agility and bandwidth for advanced positioning applications. New...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

The worlds of biomedical and motion control are joining at the hip, with motors, controllers, actuators, and other motion control components becoming key elements in advanced...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Belden Inc., a manufacturer of universal joints, has developed a miniaturized universal joint for a surgical tool developed by Tuebingen Scientific Medical GmbH for minimally invasive surgical...

Application Briefs: Motion Control

Arcoma, one of the world’s leading providers of automatic x-ray equipment, faced the challenge of redesigning one its flagship products, the Arcoma mobile imaging table, because new...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

What good is a $100,000 ultra-precision inverted microscope if it can’t hold focus? That’s the problem facing researchers involved in an increasing number of genetic experiments.

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

The use of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) to control AC motors has increased dramatically in recent years. In addition to low operating cost and high performance, they save energy....

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

As modern machines have become more advanced, the complexity involved in motion control has escalated. Today, servos have replaced cams and gears on machines and multiple axis of synchronized motion control...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

The trend in aircraft design is toward more efficient brushless DC motors. A integrated motor drive module for brushless DC motors from International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) reduces the effort...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Custom inserts solve reel torque problems

As a leading supplier of fishing equipment and accessories, Penn Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Co. provides customers with high-quality, competitively priced, cutting edge products that meet the highest possible industry standards.

Application Briefs: Motion Control

ABCO Automation, Greensboro, NC, has consistently decreased costs and increased profits by looking for new ways to source custom components used in machine builds.

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes characterize the motion control market. Motors and motor controllers continue to gravitate toward higher performance and...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Onyx guided parachute designed and manufactured by Atair Aerospace (Brooklyn, NY) is an autonomous precision airdrop system. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) uses motors and...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Assembly is a complicated, sometimes tedious process that often unfolds sequentially along a series of stations. In the manufacture of complex equipment such as jet...

Application Briefs: Motion Control

Tractair Ltd., based in Brough, UK, designs, manufactures and installs air and hydraulic brake systems for special applications. The company works closely with the design engineers of...

Application Briefs: Motion Control

Many factors have contributed to the fact that in the past five years, home elevator sales have doubled. These include the aging of the affluent baby-boom generation. In the next five years, an...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

The semiconductor industry and automation technology increasingly require more precise and faster machines in order to satisfy growing demands on miniaturization, quality, and...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Bugatti Veyron is the world’s fastest street-legal motor vehicle, a high-end passenger car that can reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. These high speeds...

Application Briefs: Motion Control

Complex machines in semiconductor manufacturing often have tough performance requirements for motion control. When traditional PLCor PC-based motion controllers fail to...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Midwest Motion Products (Watertown, MN) has released the Model MMP-TM55-12V GPk52-124, a DC gearmotor that accepts any 12-volt DC source including battery power. This gearmotor measures 2.14" in diameter by 7.7" in length, and...

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