Motion Control/​Automation

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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: Robotics, Automation & Control

Griffin Motion (Apex, NC) introduced the CXY-BS Series 150-mm Precision XY Motion Platform for use in microscopy, inspection, wafer processing, laser marking, and optical positioning applications. The low-profile,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Rollon Corp. (Hackettstown, NJ) offers Motion Box, a pre-engineered Cartesian robot system designed to deliver six different motion profiles that can be set up and running in a couple of hours. The Motion Box...

Products: Motion Control

AEGIS® PRO Series Rings from Electro Static Technology (Mechanic Falls, ME) divert VFD-induced shaft voltages to ground, protecting large AC and DC motors from bearing damage. Available for motor shafts to 30" in...

Products: Motion Control

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) released WGS motorized linear stages that can be directly coupled to size 17 and size 23 step motors to provide a compact design. Utilizing a patented bolt-on design, the...

Products: Motion Control

R+W America (Bensenville, IL) released SP6 SERVOMAX elastomer couplings for high-speed spindle applications. The hubs are capable of handling circumferential speeds of up to 80 m/s, and higher torque levels per size....

Products: Motion Control

Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX) offers the Bosch Sensortec BMF055 9-axis motion sensor, a System-in-Package (SiP) MEMS sensor. The sensor contains a triaxial 16-bit gyroscope, a triaxial 14-bit accelerometer, and a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Verti-Lift (Louisville, KY) offers material handling equipment including scissor lift tables, turntables, and tilt tables with virtually any type of conveyor built in. These include ball transfer conveyors,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, North Kingstown, RI, introduced the BLAZE 600M non-contact optical measurement solution. The flexible, manually operated system provides ultra-rapid 3D data...

Products: Motion Control

Fischer Connectors, Alpharetta, GA, introduced the MiniMax 06 ultra-miniature connector that can include up to 12 power and signal contacts in a 10-mm footprint. The connector also features a configuration with two...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

PEM® self-clinching standoff fasteners from PennEngineering®, Danboro, PA, enable mounting, spacing, or stacking of panels, boards, or components in assemblies. The fasteners include a range of types...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

C&K Components, Newton, MA, announced the Space Splice high-reliability connecting solution that is an alternative to manual splicing. The one-way connectors deliver radiation and temperature resistance, low residual...

Products: Motion Control

The Ashcroft DF diaphragm seal from Ashcroft, Stratford, CT, provides a means to isolate pressure instruments from harsh media. The flush flanged design eliminates the use of a lower housing and prevents clogging around...

Products: Motion Control

Keystone Electronics, Astoria, NY, introduced SMT enclosure coin cell contacts for connections in self-contained battery compartments. The contacts require minimal board space while allowing installation and removal of...

Products: Motion Control

Amphenol Industrial Products Group, Sidney, NY, offers Max M12 board-level connectors that mate to a PCB board with straight or right-angle solder pins. The connectors can transmit high-speed data in environments...

Products: Motion Control

The LVRD10 Series of general-purpose guided wave radar level transmitters from OMEGA Engineering, Stamford, CT, provides continuous level measurement with a 4 to 20 mA signal output. They are offered in three...

Products: Motion Control

ASM Sensors, Elmhurst, IL, introduced the POSIROT® PRAS6 non-contact analog angle sensor that measures angular displacement and position of rotating objects from 0-360° using magnetic Hall technology. The sensors are...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Stockwell Elastomerics, Philadelphia, PA, offers SNE556-R and SNE-540-R nickel-graphite-filled silicone rubber with fabric reinforcement that can be die cut or water jet cut into EMI shielding gaskets with...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Gap Wireless, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, introduced the iBwave Wi-Fi Suite that provides bundled cloud-connected products to streamline the in-building Wi-Fi network planning and design process. The solution...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Self-Latching Piezocomposite Actuator

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a self-latching piezocomposite actuator. The self-latching nature of this invention allows for piezo actuators that do not require constant power draw. Among other applications, the invention is well suited for use in aerodynamic control surfaces and engine...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

To train astronauts to live and work in the weightless environment on the International Space Station, NASA employs a number of techniques and facilities that simulate microgravity. Engineers at the...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Fluid Structure Coupling (FSC) technology is a highly efficient and passive method to control the way fluids and structures communicate and dictate the behavior of a system. This...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Variable-Aperture Reciprocating Reed Valve

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center engineers have developed a new reed valve for controlling fluid flow back and forth between two chambers. The VARR valve provides two-way flow that is proportional to flow demand. As the pressure gradient builds on one side, the reed valve responds by opening an...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Passive, Integrated, Sublimator-Driven Coldplate

Spacecraft thermal control systems typically perform three key functions — heat acquisition, heat transport, and heat rejection — in addition to those of insulation, heat generation, and heat storage. In a typical pumped fluid-loop spacecraft thermal control system, heat is acquired from...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Experiments in space can be expensive and infrequent, but Earth’s upper atmosphere is accessible via large scientific balloons, and can be used to address many of the same fundamental questions. Scientific balloons are made of a...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Human operation in space over long time periods causes bone and muscle deterioration, so there is a need for countermeasures in the form of physical exercises consisting of working against controlled...

INSIDER: Motion Control

For robots with multi-jointed arms, motion planning is a problem that requires time-consuming computation. Simply picking an object up in an environment that has not been...

INSIDER: Motion Control

A small, squishy vehicle equipped with soft wheels was developed at Rutgers University to roll over rough terrain and run underwater. The vehicle features a soft motor that...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Intricate tasks that require dexterous in-hand manipulation — rolling, pivoting, bending, and sensing friction — are a challenge for today's robots. A University of Washington team of computer scientists...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center has developed a novel ruggedized housing for an electrical or fluid umbilical connector that prevents intrusion of dust, sand, dirt, mud, and moisture during field use under harsh...

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