Motion Control/​Automation

Explore the latest developments in motion control and automation. Discover innovative advances from NASA and major research labs in robotics, autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, PID controller applications, motor drives and power transmissions.

Dr. Axel Krieger from Johns Hopkins University explains how he is getting a robotic system ready for the fight against COVID-19.
Darin Skelly spoke with Tech Briefs about how he felt during the landing of the Perseverance rover, and what he's most looking forward to finding out about Mars.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A New Kind of Soft Pump, The Size of a Credit Card
What can you do with a credit card sized pump? "Power clothing!" Prof. Jonathan Rossiter tells Tech Briefs?
Watch as the Perseverance rover lands on Mars.
White Papers: Automotive
The Growing Importance of Electronics to Control and Convert Power

The modern world relies on electric power in countless ways. It is almost impossible to imagine life without electricity and the many applications it enables. This reliance...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Do You Like the Idea of Robots in the Hospital?

Our brand-new episode of Here’s an Idea highlighted a growing use of robots and robotic arms in the hospital. While technologies like “Tommy” and “Tiago” are helpful in completing tedious, repetitive tasks, the robots do lack a certain human touch, says our editor Sherrie Trigg.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Ways To Increase Productivity With ‘Smart’ Systems

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) like the Festo Motion Terminal promise to increase production, simplify value chain processes and future-proof plants. In a new white paper, we explore...

Podcasts: Robotics, Automation & Control
Here's an Idea: Hospital Robots
In this episode of Here's an Idea, we look at a set of robots already helping out hospitals in the fight against COVID-19.
Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will ‘Bubble Robots’ Catch On?

A group of researchers are using a surprising ingredient in their robot design: Bubbles. (Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.)

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...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Can 'Bluebots' Preserve Coral Reefs?

A team of Harvard researchers have developed fish-inspired robots that can synchronize their movements like a real school of fish, without any external control. (Watch the robots in action on Tech Briefs TV.)

White Papers: Motion Control
NBK's Anti-Vibration Couplings Help Bring Out Your Servo Systems Performance

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

A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Innovation on a Larger Scale: Robotic Fiber Placement and 3D Printing
“The disruption promised by Industry 4.0 has already begun,” says Jason Melcher from the aerospace manufacturing company Ingersoll.
Industrial robots, motor disconnect switches, position sensors, and more.
Once confined to the role of machine visualization, modern unified HMI software now delivers better user interfaces, containerization, and remote device management.
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
New online tools — coupled with online libraries of pre-selected and tested component specifications — simplify machine design.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Electronic Skin Sensor Decodes Human Motion
This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Locking Side Pull Hoist Ring
The integrated tool eliminates the need for manual operators or additional custom fixtures.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Direct Drive Servo Motors: Key Terms and Trends
When specifying servo motors for applications like a new machine or CNC retrofit, there are many considerations regarding servo motor performance and sizing.
As 5G arrives, devices will need to expand I/O counts at the controller, as well as overall networking capabilities.
See why Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. is excited for the potential of additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Capabilities for Grasp-Assisting Gloves
Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Executive Roundtable: Facility & Network Security
Tech Briefs asks industry experts about cybersecurity, the cloud, wireless devices, and securing a remote workforce.
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
With a technique first used at NASA, researchers are making glasses that can improve your concentration.
NASA-funded research by Clemson University scientists could lead to the creation of lighter, faster-charging batteries suitable for powering a spacesuit or even a Mars rover.
Some of the technologies coming from the UT labs include COVID antibody tests, self-watering soil, and the "DRACO" robot.

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Application Briefs: Software

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Podcasts: Robotics, Automation & Control

Here's an Idea: Hospital Robots

Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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