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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.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo drives, magnetic angle sensors, draw wires, and more.
Briefs: Energy
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Automotive
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pneumatic technologies such as control valves continue to evolve, incorporating sensors, industrial network interfaces, wireless technology, and more.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Articles: Motion Control
Specially designed brake controls are a critical factor of brake performance in any application.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
There is a growing demand for direct-drive motors.
White Papers: Motion Control
Selecting a Pneumatic Linear Slide

Given the variety and versatility of pneumatic linear slides, it's often difficult to pick the best one for the job. So how do you decide which model to best use for your application? In this paper, you...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Army-funded researchers created nanosized robots that could enable locomotion, novel metamaterial design, and high-fidelity sensors. Cornell University researchers created micron-sized shape memory actuators...

INSIDER: Motion Control

There are some tasks that traditional rigid robots aren’t cut out for. Soft-bodied robots, on the other hand, may be able to interact with people more safely or slip into tight spaces with ease. But...

Blog: AR/AI
Robotics researchers are developing exoskeleton legs capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
White Papers: Motion Control
White Paper: Simplicity® Bearings from PBC Linear vs. DryLin® Bearing from Igus

This white paper combines months of application research and experiments with years of recorded data on each product, bringing a final resolution as to which...

White Papers: Motion Control
White Paper: Eliminating Artifact Lines with Consistent Linear Motion

There is great need for linear guidance systems that provide consistent repeatable performance in the field of large format digital image scanning such as architectural...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
Briefs: Motion Control
Hundreds of drones can recharge autonomously on unmanned ground vehicles.
Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
With new vehicles, automotive manufacturers will need to closely monitor the current flowing to the motor.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably, even without GPS.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Rain detectors, beacons, flow meters, and more.
INSIDER: Motion Control

Perseverance – the largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world – touched down on Mars last week after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles. About the size of a car,...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A research team from National University of Singapore (NUS) has taken a first step towards improving the safety and precision of industrial robotic arms by developing a new range of...

White Papers: Semiconductors & ICs
NBK's Anti-Vibration Couplings Help Bring Out Your Servo Systems Performance

How can replacing your current shaft couplings to improve your industrial productivity?

Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Test & Measurement - February 2021

Sensors to search for ancient life on Mars...nano-thermometers that could revolutionize temperature measurement...a major advance in semiconductor testing. These are just a few of the technologies you'll...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
“The disruption promised by Industry 4.0 has already begun,” says Jason Melcher from the aerospace manufacturing company Ingersoll.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Industrial robots, motor disconnect switches, position sensors, and more.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Once confined to the role of machine visualization, modern unified HMI software now delivers better user interfaces, containerization, and remote device management.
Briefs: Motion Control
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New online tools — coupled with online libraries of pre-selected and tested component specifications — simplify machine design.

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