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
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...

Products : Motion Control
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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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,...

Products : Motion Control
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 : Robotics, Automation & 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....

Products : Motion Control
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 : Medical
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.

Articles : Robotics, Automation & 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 : Robotics, Automation & 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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products : Motion Control
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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products : Motion Control
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...

Products : Motion Control
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...

Products : Motion Control
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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products : Motion Control
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,...

Products : Motion Control
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...

Products : Motion Control
Motion Controllers

The DMC-30017 Pocket Motion Controller Series from Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) combines a single- axis motion controller with a 6A microstepping drive, which operates a two-phase bipolar stepper motor. The drive produces 256 microsteps per full step, or 1024 steps per full cycle, resulting in 51,200 steps/rev for a...

Products : Motion Control
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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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....

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products : Motion Control
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...

Products : Motion Control
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...