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
Current Sensors

NK Technologies (San Jose, CA) offers the ATS Series AC current sensors that combine a current-operated switch and transducer in a single package. A built-in digital display provides a visual indication of where the contact...

Products: Motion Control
Rotation Stage

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) has introduced the FCR100 rotation stage that features a stepper motor with an integrated controller/ driver using the company’s iPP™ technology. This design simplifies cable management and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Optical Encoders

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) has introduced the AEDR-87xx series of 3-channel reflective optical encoder devices for use in low-power, miniaturized motion control systems such as stepper motors, electrical actuators,...

Products: Motion Control
Gearmotor

Midwest Motion Products (Watertown, MN) offers the Model MMP-D33-455F-24V GP81-046 planetary DC gearmotor that accepts any 24 Volt DC source, including battery power. It measures 3.2" in diameter, and has a keyed output shaft of...

Products: Motion Control
Position Sensors

ams AG (Raleigh, NC) has introduced the 47 Series magnetic position sensors featuring a technology capable of producing accurate angle measurements of rotors spinning at high speed. The sensors feature DAEC™ (Dynamic Angle Error Compensation), a patent-pending technology that eliminates the measurement error attributable to...

Products: Motion Control
Part Gripper

The EGP from SCHUNK (Morrisville, NC) is an electric small part gripper that weighs 110 g, and has a stroke of 3 mm per finger. The gripping force can be adjusted on two stages, and its maximum gripping force amounts to 40 N....

Products: Motion Control
Optical Encoders

POSITAL-FRABA America (Hamilton, NJ) has introduced optical encoders with EtherCAT that provide high-speed data for positioning and speed control with cycle times of up to 62 μs. Using a distributed clock function, they...

Products: Motion Control
Encoder System

The ATOM™ non-contact optical linear and rotary incremental encoder system from Renishaw (Hoffman Estates, IL) combines miniaturization with dirt immunity and signal stability. It features a readhead as small as 6.7 x 12.7 x...

Products: Motion Control
Machine Automation Controller

Omron Automation and Safety (Schaumburg, IL) offers the Sysmac NJ machine automation controller that provides direct connectivity to SQL databases, including Microsoft SQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, MySQL, and Firebird....

News: Motion Control
Pumping Efficiency Into Electric Motors

University of Adelaide (Australia) researchers are using new magnetic materials to develop revolutionary electrical motors and generators that promise significant energy savings. They have used the new motors to develop patented highly efficient water pump systems with potential widespread application.

News: Communications
Astronauts to Test Free-Flying Robotic 'Smart SPHERES'

Three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for development and research, each having its own power, propulsion,...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
Hurricane-Tracking Unmanned Systems Win NASA Challenge

NASA has selected three winning designs solicited to address the technological limitations of the uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) currently used to track and collect data on hurricanes....

NASA completed a near-space test flight of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), developed to evaluate new landing technologies for future Mars missions....

News: Aerospace
New Drones Ensure Ideal Photographic Lighting Positions

Researchers at MIT and Cornell University will provide photographers with squadrons of small, light-equipped autonomous robots that automatically assume the right positions for photographic lighting.

With the new system, the photographer indicates the direction from which the rim light...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Students Design Robotic Gardeners for Deep Space

Graduate students from the University of Colorado Boulder are designing robots to work in a deep-space habitat, tending gardens and growing food for astronaut explorers.

The team's entry in the eXploration HABitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge is called "Plants Anywhere: Plants Growing...

Since World War II, sea mines have damaged or sunk four times more U.S. Navy ships than all other means of attack combined, according to a Navy report on mine warfare. New sonar research...

Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) controllers are used in most automatic process control applications in industry today to regulate flow, temperature, pressure, level, and many other...

What will it take to land heavier spacecraft on Mars? How will engineers slow large payloads traveling at supersonic speeds in a thin Martian atmosphere? The Low Density...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mobile Robots Help Technicians Manufacture Airplanes

A new mobile assistant is being developed to support technicians in the airplane manufacturing industry when applying sealant, measuring, and testing — without putting them at risk. In...

News: Materials
New Strain Gauge Enables 'Soft Machines'

Purdue University researchers have developed a technique to embed a liquid-alloy pattern inside a rubber-like polymer to form a network of sensors. The approach may be used to produce "soft machines" made of elastic materials and liquid metals.

Such an elastic technology could be used to create robots...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Temperature Actuators for Aircraft Propulsion Systems

Future “more electric aircraft” (MEA) will require electric actuation systems for control surfaces and engine controls. Electric motors, drive electronics, and mechanisms are...

Briefs: Motion Control
Probe Positioning System for Antenna Range

In situ measurements of antenna patterns on rovers in a simulated terrain are difficult to make with conventional antenna range techniques. The desired pattern data covers a hemisphere above the antenna of interest, which is close to the ground. This is incompatible with traditional measurements that...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Fluidic Actuators with No Moving Parts

Two new fluidic actuator designs were developed to control fluid flow in ways that will ultimately result in improved system performance and fuel efficiency in to improve the aerodynamic performance of a variety of vehicles. These flow control actuators, often referred to as fluidic oscillators or sweeping...

Monitoring the level of liquid can be accomplished through the use of a pressure transducer. The density of the liquid and its height create pressure on the diaphragm of the...

Products: Motion Control
Drive Kits

Avnet Electronics Marketing (Phoenix, AZ) offers the Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC/Analog Devices Intelligent Drives Kit for prototyping motor control applications. Combining the Xilinx® Zynq-7000 All...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Step Motors

Applied Motion Products (Watsonville, CA) has announced the HT range of step motors for DC powered drives available with 10' shielded cables. The motors are available in single- or double-shaft versions with additional encoder or...

Products: Motion Control
Actuator

NB Corp. (Hanover Park, IL) offers the BG compact, single-axis actuator with a U-shaped integrated slide and ball screw. The actuator’s rigid structure can be one-end supported. There are four ball circuits contained in the single...

Products: Motion Control
Hydraulic Valves

HAWE Hydraulics (Charlotte, NC) offers the PSL/PSV proportional directional spool valve series that can be configured for the hydraulic functions of a silage trailer. These functions include raising/lowering the tailgate or...

Products: Motion Control
Motor

The EC-4pole 32 HD motors from maxon precision motors (Fall River, MA) are designed for operation in air or in oil (flooded in hydraulic oil). The power rating depends on the surrounding medium and amounts to 220W in air and, due to...

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