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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.

White Papers: Connectivity
Fiber Optic Emergency Stops for Harsh Environment Applications

Fiber optic emergency stops provide immunity to EMI, RFI, and lightning; are inherently safe; and can operate at extremely long distances up to 10 kilometers. This whitepaper...

On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Auto, Aero and Defense Electrification: Optimizing Induction Motor Design for Manufacturing

As the demand for electrification continues to grow globally, the automotive, aerospace, and defense markets face unprecedented challenges. New technologies are placing greater demands on motors in terms of operating speeds, temperatures, and...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects for picking and sorting or tool use.
Briefs: Motion Control
Servo motion control delivers powerful, fast, and precise movement onboard robots and for associated equipment.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The open-architecture flight software package provides solutions for onboard orbit determination.
INSIDER: Materials

Researchers from the University of Houston have demonstrated “giant flexoelectricity” in soft elastomers that could improve robot movement range and make self-powered pacemakers a real...

White Papers: Motion Control
RESOLUTE™ Encoders Make RF Antenna Positioning Accuracy and Resolution 100 Times Better

Pacific Antenna Systems (PAS) designs, fabricates, and manufactures antenna systems that use radio frequency (RF) ranging from 1 to 110 GHz....

Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Briefs: Imaging
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.
Briefs: Motion Control
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Briefs: Wearables
Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The design could contribute to various applications in the robotics field such as smart prosthetics and human-robot interaction.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Articles: Software
See how simulation software is being used to is automate the test process for vehicle rotors.
Technology Leaders: Motion Control
You may not be able to see them, but power anomalies that originate within your automated control system are costing you expensive downtime.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
Products: Transportation
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
INSIDER: Motion Control

As part of the Artemis program, NASA is planning to send its first mobile robot to the Moon in late 2023 in search of ice and other resources on and below the lunar surface. Data from the Volatiles...

White Papers: Motion Control
When Should Designers Use Crossed Roller Bearings?

Crossed roller bearings provide more accuracy, rigidity, and weight-bearing capacity for linear motion than other commonly used friction-reducing devices such as ball bearings. And unlike...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

Briefs: Motion Control

Innovators have developed an RFID-based system for sensing the angular position of rotating systems. The RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor can be used as a position/orientation sensor or implemented in a...

Briefs: Motion Control
The new hinge is the key to get loadbearing, large quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds.

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