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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 : Motion Control
Custom Optomechanics in Industrial UV Lasers

Reliability and longevity directly impact the cost of using Q-switched, diode pumped, solid state, ultraviolet lasers in industrial applications. Damage to the intracavity harmonic crystal is...

Articles : Energy
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Automotive/Transportation Category Winner

ISCAD — ELECTRICAL DRIVE WITH 0% RARE EARTHS, 25% HIGHER DRIVING RANGE, AND 100% SAFETY

Conventional electrical machines suffer from the problem that...

INSIDER : Motion Control
Tiny Curiosity Motor Identifies a Massive Martian Dust Storm

An unexpected source recently identified a global Martian dust storm. The source was an actuator, or motor, that powers a lid to a funnel that takes in samples of powdered Martian...

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion System Causing You Pain?

Putting together a motion control system that meets your requirements for speed, accuracy, and flexibility can often be a challenge. Many factors play a role in the sizing and selection of each element of the system, including the actuator. Cycle time, required thrust, and life expectancy are a few of the major...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Motion Control in Factories: Choosing the Right Solution

The need for Ethernet-based communication within the factory has grown over the past 10 years. Detailed information about the tasks and performance of machines at every stage is...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Technique Allows Mobile Robots to Navigate Autonomously

A technique was developed to quickly teach robots novel traversal behaviors with minimal human oversight. The technique allows mobile robot platforms to navigate autonomously in...

Articles : Motion Control
Single-Axis Motion Control Systems: Multi-Sourced vs. Single-Sourced

In today’s fast-paced industrial settings, speed and efficiency are key. Reducing time spent on sourcing, installing, and testing motion control systems can play a big...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

When heated, popcorn can expand more than 10 times in size, change its viscosity by a factor of 10, and transition from regular to highly irregular granules with surprising force. These unique qualities can...

Briefs : Motion Control
Robotic Modules Modify Their Environment for Specific Tasks

Given the exact parameters of the task at hand, a robot can assemble a car door or pack a box faster and more efficiently than a human, but such purpose-built machines are not...

Application Briefs : Imaging
Unique Lift System Enables Installation and Servicing of Large Telescope Mirrors

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), under construction atop 8,737-foot El Peñón peak in northern Chile, is a partnership project of the National...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: October 2018 Motion Design

Multi-Voltage Motors

Simotics SD Pro low-voltage motors from Siemens (Munich, Germany) are suited for mains-fed operation or with a converter for voltages up to 690 volts. There is generally...

Briefs : Motion Control
Compact, High-Resolution Rotary Position Sensor

It is often desirable to sense the angular position of a rotating part. Numerous kinds of rotation sensors have been developed over the years; one type is a capacitive sensor, where a...

INSIDER : Motion Control
Controlling Nanomotors with Light

Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have developed the first method for selecting and switching the mechanical motion of nanomotors among multiple modes with simple visible light as the...

Videos : Motion Control
Gaze-Tracking Glasses Control Drone to Fly Wherever You Look

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and New York University have developed a pair of lightweight gaze-tracking glasses and a...

White Papers : Motion Control
The Importance of Precision and Specifications in Torque Sensors

A torque sensor, also known as a torque meter or a torque transducer, is a device that measures the torque in a rotating system. This white paper examines why accurate torque sensors are critical to the development and testing of products such as motors, compressors, pumps or any...

White Papers : Motion Control
Understand Connector Selection to Avoid Downtime

The right connectors will eliminate downtime on a busy production line. But with the thousands of connectors currently on the market, even experienced engineers can find it difficult to select the right one for the job. This paper explores how you can minimize this connector confusion using four...

Articles : Data Acquisition
The Expanding Role of Sensors in the IoT/IIoT

The increasing variety of applications for the Internet of Things is driving predictions that the sales volume for sensors will reach 75 billion units by 2025. Applications unforeseen just five...

Products : Motion Control
New Products: September 2018 Sensor Technology

Digital Variable Impedance Transducer

With its user-friendly new graphical user interface (GUI) for easier setup and connectivity, and cloud-based data access/monitoring, the digiVIT...

White Papers : Test & Measurement
Learn How to Select the Right Digital Output for Your Encoder

When specifying an encoder for your application, choosing the right digital output is critical. With the wrong signal format, your system won't understand what your encoder is trying to tell it. Avoid signal problems and download Selecting Digital Encoder Outputs today and make sense...

White Papers : Sensors/Data Acquisition
A Compact New Non-contact Proximity Measuring System Provides Greater Speed without Sacrificing Precision

Selecting the right non-contact proximity measuring system can be essential to highly precise measurements and a successful project. Non-contact measuring systems that employ eddy current sensors allow for high-accuracy proximity...

INSIDER : Motion Control
Cageless Bearing Design Reduces Friction

A cageless bearing with rolling separator elements was developed for applications including portable medical devices, toys, and robotic applications with medium force requirements. The normal cageless...

INSIDER : Motion Control
“Actuated” Paper Bends, Folds, or Flattens on Command

A thin layer of conducting thermoplastic, applied to common paper with an inexpensive 3D printer or even painted by hand, serves as a low-cost, reversible actuator. When an electrical...

Question of the Week : Motion Control
Can Popcorn Power Robots?

In last week's INSIDER, we featured a Q&A with Cornell University researcher Steven Ceron, who is experimenting with a new way — and delicious — way of powering robots: Popcorn.

Because kernels expand rapidly and exert force when heated, the unpopped granules may provide just the right kind of boost for...

Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
How to Power Robots with Popcorn

Cornell researchers have discovered a novel – and delicious – way to power simple robots: Popcorn.

White Papers : Motion Control
Meeting the Emerging Challenges in Manufacturing: The Practical Applications of Lightweight Robotics

Today’s global marketplace is changing the dynamics of manufacturing. The speed of business is accelerating, competition has increased and maintaining high-quality products using manual production methods is not always sustainable....

Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Conical, Floating-Piston Isolation Valve

A new valve concept consists of a solid piston floating in a medium to control a flowstream. Although the conical shape of the seat is a prominent feature of the valve, especially when the concept was...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
High-Speed Reluctance Machine Design

Silphenix GmbH is an engineering and consulting firm in Switzerland specializing in high-speed electrical machines, magnetic bearings, and electromagnetic field analysis. One project focus is compact...

Briefs : Motion Control
Fast, Low-Voltage Actuator for Soft and Wearable Robotics

The unique capabilities of soft robots are to bend, deform, stretch, twist, or squeeze in all the ways that conventional rigid robots cannot. Today, it is easy to envision a world in...

Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Drive Technology: The Recipe for Precise Actuator Control

Worldwide, there are only a handful of manufacturers of electrical actuators for the process industry, and the Vienna, Austria-based company Schiebel Antriebstechnik GmbH is the...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Machine Vision Can Do More Than You Think

The ability to automatically extract information from digital images opens many doors for manufacturers striving to cut costs, improve quality, and streamline their processes overall. The primary...

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