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.

Articles : Motion Control
Reducing Machine Controller Design and Deployment

Machine design and deployment requires integration of various technologies such as controls, mechanics, vision, lasers, data acquisition, and software, to mention only a few. These mechatronic solutions usually target a specific purpose such as part manufacturing, marking, packaging, etc. Often...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Reducing Linear Bearing Wear

To get the longest working life out of a linear bearing, keep it clean and well lubricated. This common-sense advice may sound easy enough to follow. Yet in the real world of round-the-clock, high-cycle manufacturing operations, bearings do get dirty and dry. And when either of these conditions happens, linear...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Hull-Cleaning Robot for Large Ships

Toxic paint is used on the bottoms of large ships to prevent fouling, which is when a biofilm layer develops, decreasing the ship’s efficiency moving through the water. To further complicate the matter, the paint must be blasted off and replaced every 5 to 10 years, at which time literally tons of toxic...

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Rotating Machinery Analysis

Microstar Laboratories (Bellevue, WA) has announced the release of the Rotating Machinery Analysis module with software tools to facilitate mixed time measurements and rotation measurements of rotating machinery. The software enables time-based sampling or encoder-based sampling, or both at the same time. The module...

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Thermoplastic Pumps

Hayward Flow Control (Clemmons, NC) has released the T-Series Webster thermoplastic pumps. The vertical, seal-less, immersible pumps feature a single, non-coupled motor/impeller shaft with a proprietary shaft seal. The pumps are available from 1/3 HP to 1-1/2 HP, with standard and washdown motors, and in voltages of 115/230...

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Motorized Microscope Stage

PI, L.P. (Auburn, MA) has introduced the M-687 motorized microscope XY stage for inverted microscopes that features fully integrated, miniaturized ceramic linear drives. The stage is delivered as a complete system including a controller, joystick, and software. The self-clamping ceramic/ceramic linear motors in the XY...

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Accelerometer

Dytran Instruments (Chatsworth, CA) has introduced the Model 3225M39 ultraminiature teardrop IEPE accelerometer with a sensitivity of 10 mV/g, designed to adhesively mount in spaces typically inaccessible to other types of accelerometers. The sensor has an overall height of 0.23" (5.8 mm), and weighs 0.95 grams. Featuring a quartz...

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Rotary Stages

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the CCS series rotary stages with integrated captured collet chucks that provide automated material handling for a wide range of materials and applications. Collet chucks used with the stages accept C-, D-, or Levin-style collets from machine-tool component suppliers in sizes supporting tube...

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Spindle Drive

The GP16 precision spindle drive from maxon motor (Fall River, MA) incorporates a spindle combined with a DC motor to transform rotary motion into axial motion. Gearheads, motors, encoders, and controllers are used to drive the spindles. It is available in a metric M6 spindle with a self-locking function, or a 5-mm ball screw for...

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Acceleration Sensor and Gyroscope

Bosch Sensortec (Reutlingen, Germany) has integrated two triaxial MEMS sensors in a single package. The BMI055, a combination of an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope, is an inertial measurement unit for applications with six degrees of freedom (6DoF). The elements — acceleration sensor, gyroscope, and...

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Linear Shaft Motor

The S605 linear shaft motor from Nippon Pulse America (Radford, VA) offers up to 3100N of acceleration force and a continuous force of 780N. The motor is designed for industrial applications requiring high force, high precision, energy efficiency, and/or high precision. Available with one of three types of windings (double,...

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Rotary Actuator

Pangolin Laser Systems (Orlando, FL) has introduced the VRAD-1510 low-power rotary actuator based on a dual-coil, segmented stator design. It can be used in electromechanical applications such as automotive, industrial machinery, robotics, HVAC, and valve control. The actuator incorporates a magnetic spring and preloaded ball...

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Piezo-Positioning Stage

Piezosystem jena (Hopedale, MA) has introduced the PX 100 CAP piezoelectric nanopositioning stage that features a travel range up to 100 μm of motion in closed-loop mode. A highresolution capacitive feedback sensor is built in. The sensor measures a deviation with sub-nanometer accuracy, and operates in a direct...

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Vibration Isolation Workstation

The Vision IsoStation vibration isolation workstation from Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) provides scientific- grade optical breadboard platforms in sizes from 24 × 24" to 36 × 72". The breadboards feature steel, triple-core-interface honeycomb construction that minimizes static deflection and increases...

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Brushless DC Motors

Dunkermotor (Elgin, IL) offers iBLDC™ brushless DC motors with integral four-quadrant speed controls in a 45-mm frame size. The motors feature digital control and power electronics, and operate with a 12V or 24V power source at a nominal speed of 3000 rpm. Motor target speed can be set using an analog ±10VDC input signal....

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Position Sensor

The iC-LO from iC-Haus GmbH (Bodenheim, Germany) is a triangulation position sensor designed as a system-on-chip for the assembly of diffuse reflective photoelectric sensors with switching outputs. Integrated functions include the photodiodes, LED driver, microcontroller interface, signal conditioning circuitry, and signal filter...

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Diaphragm Pump

The 1410 Series DC miniature diaphragm pump from Thomas Division (Sheboygan, WI) measures 3.3 × 1.2 × 2.1" and is designed so that a full range of motor options, and several design configurations, can be used, depending on the life requirements and specifications of the application. Designed for applications requiring high...

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Slotless Motor

Koford Engineering LLC (Winchester, OH) has introduced a short-length 28 mm (1.102") diameter slotless 2-pole motor with an axial length of 23.9 mm (.941"). The motor is designed for applications with limited available axial length, and features winding from 4,428 rpm up to 14,952 rpm. Custom winds to meet special applications are...

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Digital Accelerometers

API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL), has announced a high-g digital accelerometer from its Sensors line of inertial measurement products. Measuring up to 500 g, this accelerometer is used for shock detection. Available in ±500 g and ±250 g versions, the unit comes in single-axis, dual-axis, and triaxial models. The...

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Gearbox

Ondrives.US Corp. (Freeport, NY) has announced a right-angle NEMA gearbox designed to IP65 specifications for use in washdown applications in filling, capping, packaging, and similar machinery. Rated backlash is 30 arc-minutes, with options for 4 or 8 arc-minutes. The NEMA 34 flanged gearbox has 440C stainless steel bearings with seals...

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AC Drives

Vacon Plc (Mequon, WI) offers the VACON® 100, VACON® 100 X, and VACON® 20 X AC drives. The VACON 100 is a multi-purpose drive that can be adapted for hundreds of different applications. It features fully graphical multilingual display and extended built-in block programming for drive customization. Features include a Safe Torque Off...

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Ball Bearing

Bishop-Wisecarver Corp. (Pittsburg, CA) has announced The Radial Wheel, a single-row, deep-groove ball bearing designed for applications with specified radial loading conditions. The wheel enables reliable motion in environments exposed to debris such as sawdust or grit. The bearings make it possible to convey heavy loads without...

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Vibration Control System

Crystal Instruments Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced the Spider-81, a modular, distributed, scalable vibration control system with centralized DSP architecture and operation via PC, WiFi-enabled PDA, or iPad. It directly integrates time-synchronized Ethernet connectivity with an embedded DSP centralized...

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Six-Axis Robot

ABB Robotics (Auburn Hills, MI) has introduced the IRB 120T, a multipurpose 6-axis robot. It is suited for assembly and pick-andplace applications requiring reorientation of the product, commonly found in the food and beverage, consumer packaging, consumer electronics, electrical, and automotive industries. The robot features path...

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Servo Drive

The Gold Drum HV 100/800 from Elmo Motion Control (Nashua, NH) is a compact servo drive that delivers up to 100 A and operates up to 800 VDC. The 60-KW, high-performance, wide-bandwidth servo drive is EtherCAT and CANOpen compliant. Set-up and tuning are performed using Elmo Application Studio (EAS) software tools with a...

Briefs : Motion Control
High-Accuracy Closed Loop Force Feedback

Hand-driven press assemblies, which require a specific amount of force applied for a given amount of time, present challenges when attempting to accurately measure or replicate results in production or quality control processes. In contrast, servo-driven digital presses are able to provide accurate,...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
New Automotive Test Bench Concept Eliminates Gyrating Mass

At its location in Recklinghausen, Germany, EDAG-Prüftechnik has offered comprehensive services in the conception, development, construction, and assembly of test benches for over three decades. EDAG’s clients include renowned manufacturers from the automotive industry as well as...

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Servo Drives

AMK Drives and Controls (Richmond, VA) offers the AMKASMART iC servo drives for single-axis machines and modular machine configurations. The compact drives for closed-loop control of servomotors up to 10 kW peak power can be installed almost anywhere in a machine. The drives come equipped with 3x 400VAC supply, mains filter, brake...

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Magnetic Encoder

The iC-MH8 from iC-Haus GmbH (Bodenheim, Germany) is a variable system-on-chip magnetic encoder for motor control applications. Combined with a diametrically magnetized permanent magnet, this device can be used to create a universal encoder with motor commutation and positioning interfaces. The device includes a Hall sensor...

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Accelerometer

Silicon Designs (Issaquah, WA) has introduced the Model 2210-005, a ±5g, low-noise, single-axis accelerometer module that incorporates MEMS capacitive sensing elements. The sensing elements are packaged within a lightweight anodized epoxy aluminum housing, occupying a footprint of one square inch. The accelerometers feature a...