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.

Products : Motion Control
Drives

Danfoss VLT Drives (Loves Park, IL) has introduced D-Frame VLT® drives available in a power range from 125-450 HP (90-315 kW). They leverage back channel cooling to remove 90% of the heat generated by the drive. The drives are available with IP20, IP21 (NEMA 1), or IP 54 (NEMA 12) enclosure protection ratings. They come standard with...

Products : Motion Control
Motor Drive Transistors

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) has introduced a family of 600V insulatedgate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) for motor drive applications operating below 10 kHz, including compressors for refrigerators and air-conditioners. The Gen7 F devices employ punch-through Trench technology to deliver high power density, and...

Products : Motion Control
Motion and Automation Control

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) offers the AKD PDMM that combines a multi-axis motion controller, IEC61131-3 soft PLC, EtherCAT® master, and AKD® servo drive in a single, compact package. The system is suited for applications in printing, packaging, converting, and medical, as well as other automation applications where...

Products : Motion Control
Rod-Style Actuators

ERD electric cylinders from Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) are available with a reverseparallel motor mount that makes a more compact package. The motor is mounted in parallel with the actuator instead of inline, which reduces the length of the total package and, with the addition of a rear clevis pivot mount, provides greater...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Positioning Stages

Mini-MAG precision linear positioning stages from Dover (Boxborough, MA) are available with a complete controls package. Users can combine a Mini-MAG linear motor stage with a board-level, single-axis servo drive for integration into a control cabinet, or a Kollmorgen AKD™ servo drive for single- or multi-axis...

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Linear Actuator

BEI Kimco Magnetics (Vista, CA) has introduced the Model LA100-93-000A high force linear actuator with a peak force of 500 pounds. It features a continuous force of 292 pounds with 2" total stroke. Other features include semi-housed construction with built-in shaft and bushings that orient the coil assembly concentric to the...

Products : Motion Control
Brush Motors

Crouzet, a brand of Custom Sensors & Technologies (San Diego, CA), has introduced the DCmind Brush range of direct-current brush motors. The motors, even under full load, offer a range of gearboxes and accessories. The new motors have a noise level of 35 db. The motors are available in 15-, 25-, and 55-Watt configurations with a...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Motion Control Components Keep Curiosity on the Go

PI Ceramic monolithic piezo actuators (PICMA) were put to use in the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin) on the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. CheMin is an Xray diffraction-capable mineralogy instrument whose purpose is to determine if water was present in the formation of...

Articles : Motion Control
Simulation of Fluid-Structure Interaction in Hydraulic Pump Design

Axial pumps with cam-driven commutation units — so-called PWK pumps — emerged as a result of a research project conducted in the Department of Hydraulics and Pneumatics at the Gdansk University of Technology. As for all axial hydraulic piston pumps, several cylinder chambers...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Motion Controllers as Data Acquisition and Testing Tools

Manufacturers often need to test their products to verify that they meet customer specifications, and provide the data that verifies specification compliance. This is particularly true when government contracts are involved, public money is being spent, and public safety is an issue....

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Compact, Low-Force, Low-Noise Linear Actuator

Actuators are critical to all the robotic and manipulation mechanisms that are used in current and future NASA missions, and are also needed for many other industrial, aeronautical, and space activities. There are many types of actuators that were designed to operate as linear or rotary motors, but...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ultra-Compact Motor Controller

This invention is an electronically commutated brushless motor controller that incorporates Hall-array sensing in a small, 42-gram package that provides 4096 absolute counts per motor revolution position sensing. The unit is the size of a miniature hockey puck, and is a 44-pin male connector that provides many I/O...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Control System

The MESA 7I77 card set from Mesa Electronics (Richmond, CA) is a FPGA-based, 6-axis analog control system for CNC, industrial automation retrofits, and OEM systems. Six axes of analog outputs and encoder inputs are sufficient for up to 5-axis machines plus spindle control. Encoder inputs are individually programmable for TTL...

Products : Motion Control
Diaphragm Pump

The 118Z Series pressure/vacuum oil-less diaphragm pump from Thomas Division (Sheboygan, WI) provides a low-vibration design that utilizes a lightweight nylon housing and end cap that limit the pump’s weight to 4.4 pounds. It features a 24V brushless DC motor.

Products : Motion Control
Slotless Frameless Motors

Applimotion (Loomis, CA) has introduced new models of the UTS slotless frameless direct drive motors in sizes from 12 mm to 300 mm diameter. The motors feature zero cogging and sinusoidal torque curves. With large through holes and thin radial cross-section, the frameless kits integrate into gimbal, rotary stage, or...

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Electromagnetic Machine Software

SPEED 2012 software from CDadapco (Melville, NY) consists of five machine programs: PC-BDC (Brushless PM Motors), PC-IMD (Induction Motors), PCDCM (DC Brush Motors), PC-WFC (DC and AC Wound Field Motors), and PC-SRD (Switched Reluctance Motors). Each program is intended for designing and calculating a range of...

Products : Motion Control
Variable Speed Drive

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America (Waukegan, IL) has released the P1000 variable speed drive that provides control for variable-torque loads through 500. Configuration tools include a multi-language LCD display with a real-time clock, parameter storage, fan and pump application presets, and a portable USB copy...

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Synchronous Motors

Bauer Gear Motor, an Altra Industrial Motion Company (South Beloit, IL), offers a range of permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM). The motors employ a rotor design that integrates embedded permanent magnets made from the rareearth material, instead of the squirrel-cage rotor found in induction motors. The motors offer high...

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Rotary Stages

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the MPS-GR series rotary stages available in two sizes: the MPS50GR and MPS75GR. They incorporate wormgear drive and bearing components for repeatable positioning, and are available with DC servo or stepper motors and either a 20-mm (MPS50GR) or 30-mm (MPS75GR) clear aperture. The clear aperture...

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Measuring Wheel Encoder

Baumer (Southington, CT) offers the MA20 measuring wheel encoder for flexible position and speed feedback for conveyor systems. The two-in-one device combines a high-resolution optical incremental encoder and a precise measuring wheel. Capable of resolutions as high as 25,000 ppr, the encoder provides precise measuring...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Stages

PI (Physik Instrumente) LP (Auburn, MA) offers PI miCos precision linear stages. More than 20 product families are available, including miniature translation stages and positioning ranges of 40-mm to high load, and linear translation stages for travel ranges to 1 meter. The motorized precision positioners come in a variety of...

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Hydraulic Relay Valves

MICO (North Mankato, MN) offers hydraulic-over-air relay valves designed to convert hydraulic modulated input pressure to a proportional output air pressure. The relay valves are suited for various on- and off-highway applications, such as controlling an air-braked trailer with a hydraulically braked towing vehicle that...

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MEMS Accelerometer

Silicon Designs (Kirkland, WA) has introduced the model 2276 accelerometer with four-wire threaded removable connector. It offers continuous operation to +125°C (+250°F) when used with an 8-32V power supply. It is designed for zero- to medium-frequency applications, offering integral amplification and high-drive,...

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Sensorless Motor Driver

Koford Engineering (Winchester, OH) offers the S24V30A sensorless motor driver with 37 kHz pwm frequency for use with standalone, digital, or analog operation. The drive has no minimum inductance and will operate slotless or ironless brushless motors without the need for inductors. The drives can be operated in standalone...

Products : Motion Control
Load Carrier

Amacoil (Aston, PA) has introduced a linear bearing slide load carrier to enhance the load carrying efficiency of Uhing traverse drives and to prevent them from slipping. The load carrier protects the rolling ring bearings from undue wear by assuring that weight and radial forces are not transmitted to the shaft-bearing interface....

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Gearboxes

Myostat Motion Control (Newmarket, ON, Canada) offers the HY series Hyphoid right angle gearboxes. Suitable for input torques between 76 N-CM and 357 N-CM, the gearboxes offer a high gear ratio in a small footprint. They are available in 5:1 and 10:1 ratios, with optional motor combinations and with sealed shafts.

Products : Motion Control
Pump Vanes/Rotors/End Plates

Metallized Carbon Corp. (Ossining NY) offers custom vanes, rotors, and end plates for use in rotary vane pumps pumping both liquids and gases. The carbongraphite components provide lubrication in most environments, and are suited for pumping liquids with poor lubricating qualities, strong chemicals that attack...

Products : Motion Control
Position Transducer

The Micropulse® Generation 7 linear position transducer line from Balluff (Florence, KY) includes models with SSI Synchronous Serial Interface. Micropulse SSI-output transducers interface with control systems from manufacturers such as Allen-Bradley, Delta Computer, Siemens, Bosch Rexroth, and others. With position...

Products : Motion Control
Slide

Accuride (Santa Fe Springs, CA) has released the Model 3357, a slide that offers 1" over-travel and a latch disconnect. It carries medium-duty loads up to 150 pounds, and provides full access to storage drawers and trays in industrial workstations and machinery, medical equipment, and electronic enclosures. The slide is available in even...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Hands-Free Transcranial Color Doppler Probe

Current transcranial color Doppler (TCD) transducer probes are bulky and difficult to move in tiny increments to search and optimize TCD signals. This invention provides miniature motions of a TCD transducer probe to optimize TCD signals.