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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Starter

ABB (New Berlin, WI) has released the PSE soft starter family with two-phase torque control. Additional features include built-in class-selectable electronic overload, built-in bypass, and an LCD display. The PSE features a compact design, and is suitable for all common applications including centrifugal pumps, fans, blowers,...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Rail Platform

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) offers the Kerk® RGS/RGW linear rail platform that includes a 180° folded- over motorized design for motion applications where space is at a premium. The rail contains all the components needed for a complete motion subassembly, including the stepper motor, belt and pulley,...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Machine Automation Controller

Omron Industrial Automation (Schaumburg, IL) has released the NJ-Series Machine Automation Controller (MAC) that integrates multiple, specialized controllers (motion, logic, sequence, vision, operator safety, and RFID tracking) with system synchronization on a single controller. The system features access to one...

Products : Motion Control
Torque Wrench

Advanced Torque Products (Berlin, CT) offers the ATP 40000 mechanical torque multiplier, a digitally controlled wrench that produces up to 40,000 ft/lbs. The device employs all-mechanical operation, which eliminates the need for heavy pumps, tubes, and bleed-off. Mechanical gears rotate on needle roller bearings with hardened and...

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Direct Drive Motor Systems

Applimotion (Loomis, CA) has introduced custom direct drive motor systems with precision encoders and bearings. The systems incorporate frameless motor kits into application-specific direct drive motors for special mechanical requirements, special sealing, autoclave heat cycles, and harsh environments. A selection of...

Products : Motion Control
Voice Coil Motor

Equipment Solutions (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced the RVC-5 rotational voice coil motor that creates rotational translation using a flexure bearing. The rotational translation is achieved by tilting a precision mirror, grating, or other user-supplied load ±5°. Typical applications include semiconductor fabrication, scanning...

Products : Motion Control
Metal Gear Motors

Nidec Copal U.S.A. Corp. (Torrance, CA) offers the MG16B brush and LB16MG brushless metal planetary gear motors. The metal planetary gear train allows for higher torque and protection against shock and vibration loads. Eight gear ratios from 16:1 to 643:1 are available. The brush DC gear motor develops a range of rated torques...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Drive

Portescap (West Chester, PA) offers the LVD low-voltage servo drive designed to support small and large brushed DC or brushless motors. Packed in a high-power-density package, it is powered from a supply voltage of 12-48 VDC, and is capable of 7 amps RMS continuous and 12 amps RMS peak current with CANopen® communication interface....

Products : Motion Control
Motion System Design Software

MOTIONEERING® Application Engine 6.2.0 motion system sizing and selection software from Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) utilizes a mechanism project concept to collect and save load information for multiple axes, automatically calculates application results, and compares them against a database catalog of Kollmorgen...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Solar Cell Manufacturing and Robot Automation: Right Fit, Right Robot

The United States has set 2015 as a goal to reach grid parity (that point where solar electricity is equal to grid electricity). No matter your thoughts on regulatory involvement, it is clear there will be a resurgence in investment, development, and innovation within the PV...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Springs and Couplings Keep Mars Science Laboratory Rover on Track

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover “Curiosity” is the biggest rover to roam the Red Planet, measuring almost the size of a standard car. The rover is expected to land on Mars this summer, joining Opportunity, which has been exploring the planet since 2004. Working with...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Air Conditioning Cools Lunar Test Vehicles

NASA tests robotics for lunar electric rovers (LERs) and space exploration in remote locations, such as the Arizona desert, that closely simulate the terrain of the Moon or planets. The LER tests are conducted by a team of NASA engineers also known as the Desert RATS (Desert Research and Technology...

Articles : Motion Control
Reducing Design Time for Linear Motion Systems

Reducing design time is critical in engineering because the result is lower costs and faster time to market. Design time often includes a number of non-value-added activities such as re-design, over-design, or scope creep that can be minimized by thoroughly understanding all of the application...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Play Role in Future Aircraft Wing Production

KUKA Systems (Sterling Heights, MI), in conjunction with Bombardier Aerospace, has devised an innovative robotic cell for laying up dry carbon fiber material as a result of a national research and development project.

Products : Motion Control
DC Servo Motors

The Series 3400, 4400, and 5400 Pittman® slotless, brushless DC servo motors from AMETEK Technical and Industrial Products (Kent, OH) are available in three frame sizes: NEMA 14, 17, and 23. They incorporate 3-phase slotless stators, 4-pole rotors, and neodymium magnets. The motors can achieve maximum continuous torque up to 43...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Tilt Sensor

The MS9001.D from Colibrys (Neuchatel, Switzerland) is a MEMS-based tilt sensor for platform stabilization applications, including satellite communication and scanning radar antennas, remote surveillance cameras, and fire-control servo systems. It offers linearity independent of the operating environment, and is designed for use as a...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Vertical Carousel

The Megamat RS vertical carousel from Kardex Remstar (Westbrook, ME) features an intelligent drive design made of a drive track, carrier arms, transportation chain, drive motor, drive chain, and hand crank. The components work together to reduce wear and tear on the unit. The carousel features an automatic chain tensioner...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Duplex Pumps

The STH and STQ Ratio:Matic® duplex pumps from Fluid Metering (Syosset, NY) consist of two valveless pump heads direct-coupled to a single variable-speed drive (typically a 23-frame stepper motor). Displacement of each pump head is independently adjustable, and a variety of pump head sizes can be used in combination to achieve...

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Linear Motor Stages

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) offers the IMS-LM-SA Series of long-travel linear motor stages. Based on a stiff-body design, the self-supporting stages are available in 800-, 1000-, and 1200-mm travel, and do not require ultra-flat mounting surfaces. The stages are suited for light to medium industrial applications that carry up...

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Electric Actuators

Hayward Flow Control (Clemmons, NC) offers the EPM-4 and EPM-6 models of quarter-turn reversing electric actuators. They are designed to eliminate wiring errors and can be factory- or field-mounted on ball or butterfly valves. The EPM-4 provides torque output of 455 in-lb./50 Nm, and the EPM-6 provides output of 600 in-lb./67...

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Motor Driver ICs

Allegro MicroSystems (Worcester, MA) offers the A4952 and A4953 single, full-bridge motor driver ICs for use in brush DC motor drive applications. They are rated for peak output currents to ±2A, and operating voltages to 40V. Input terminals are provided for use in controlling the speed and direction of a DC motor with...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Workholding Products

Enerpac (Menomonee Falls, WI) offers a 70- bar line of products for low-pressure workholding applications, including link clamps, swing clamps, and remote mount system valves. The products are designed for applications where low hydraulic pressure is needed to hold workpieces in machining fixtures, welding fixtures, or leak...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Parallel Grippers

Techno-Omil (New Hyde Park, NY) has introduced the OPP2 Series of two-finger parallel grippers that feature a heavy-duty T-slot design. The nine models feature a stroke range from 12 to 72 mm, and a gripping force from 420 N to 8410 N. Operating pressure range is from 2 to 8 bar. Housings are made of hard-coated aluminum alloy...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Hydraulic Hand Pumps

The P100 gauge and handheld pumps from E Instruments International (Langhorne, PA) offer pressure calibration with ranges to 1000 bar. The hydraulic pumps display engineering units in bar, Mpa, Kpa, Psi, and mbar. Accuracy is ±0.20% of full scale or ±0.05% of full scale. Other features include fine-adjustment Vernier,...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Servo Table

The Planar ServoRing™ rotary table PSR300 from IntelLiDrives (Philadelphia, PA) features a low profile and minimizes stage height. Angular contact bearings are used to minimize wobble, moment stiffness, and friction. The table has a clear center aperture that can be used for air or wire line feed-through or beam delivery....

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Belt Pulleys

Stock Drive Products (New Hyde Park, NY) offers the A 6A18M Series of 1-mm pitch timing belt pulleys for miniature applications. The pulleys are available in 17 different sizes, ranging from 18 to 75 grooves. The clear, anodized aluminum pulleys are designed for 3-mm and 6-mm-wide belts, and are offered with double-flange and...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Positioner

The MX45S linear positioner from Parker Hannifin’s Electromechanical Automation Division (Rohnert Park, CA) is a 45-mm-wide miniature screw-driven positioner. It is designed with anti-cage creep cross-roller bearings and allows users to position up to 15.4 pounds of normal load on the available three standard travel lengths...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Inclinometers

FRABA (Hamilton, NJ) offers POSITAL Accelens (ACS) inclinometers in two models. The first model features a fiber-reinforced PBT plastic housing and fully encapsulated electronic components. They can withstand prolonged exposure to UV radiation and dust, immersion, or high-pressure water jets. The second model is enclosed in a...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Controller

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) offers the DMC-300xx Pocket Motion Controller Series, a single-axis Ethernet motion controller that combines a motion controller and an 800W sine drive in a 3.9 × 5.0 × 1.5" package. It is also available as a controller-only model that can be connected to a stepper or servo motor amplifier...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
DC Motor

MICROMO (Clearwater, FL) offers the 3272 CR DC Micro Motor from Faulhaber that provides graphite commutation and premium materials. The drive provides torque of up to 120 mNm, while measuring 32 × 72 mm. The motor features an ironless stator coil, nominal voltage of between 12 and 48V, and ensures that the slope of the n/M curve...