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
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...

Products : Motion Control
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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Articles : Motion Control
Influence of Position Measurement on Accuracy in 5-Axis Machining

Productivity and accuracy are important attributes in the competition for machine tools. Five-axis machining provides considerable potential for increasing productivity. In many cases it permits higher metal removal rates than 3-axis machining. Production times can be...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & 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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products : Motion Control
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...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Actuators

Exlar Corp. (Chanhassen, MN) offers the Tritex II™ DC-powered actuators that integrate power and control electronics with brushless servo motors and actuators in one package. The actuators are combined with electronic power and thermal management modeling. They offer continuous forces of 1,000 pounds, 1,300 pounds peak, and speeds...

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Brushless Motors

The Gen2.0 PremiumPlus+™ brushless permanent magnet motors from NovaTorque (Sunnyvale, CA) are driven by variable frequency drives and feature a fluxfocusing stator and rotor hub geometry. The motors feature all-ferrite magnets, and are packaged in standard NEMA frame sizes and mounting dim ensions. Due to high power density,...

Products : Motion Control
Digital Servo Drive

Servo2Go.com (Greenville, DE) offers Applied Motion Products’ SVAC3 Series digital servo drives. The AC powered drives can be controlled via analog signal or step and direction inputs. They also can be programmed to act as standalone units. All models include Ethernet/ IP industry-standard network communication with...

Products : Motion Control
Acceleration Sensors

Bosch Sensortec (Reutlingen, Germany) has introduced the BMA280 and BMA255 triaxial acceleration sensors with 14-bit and 12- bit resolutions, respectively. The sensors are available in a 2 × 2 mm LGA package and measure changes in acceleration as low as 0.25 milli-g. They feature a low noise level of 120 micro-g/vHz for the...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Digital Torquemeter

The MCRT® 88700V dual-range digital torquemeter from S. Himmelstein (Hoffman Estates, IL) measures torque even if the ratio of peak to average torque is high, such as when starting, stopping, or reversing highinertia loads. When peak torques are unknown, the torquemeter reduces the risk of damage from unexpected or...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Motor

Beckhoff Automation (Burnsville, MN) has released the AM8000 servo motor series featuring single-cable technology that combines the power and feedback system into one standard motor cable. The encoder data, rotor position, multi-turn information, and status of the thermal conditions in the motor are transmitted via a digital...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Drive

Technosoft (Bevaix, Switzerland) offers the iPOS3602 MX micro-sized, pluggable servo drive for motion control applications where space is critical. The drive can be integrated into the user’s motherboard or PCB machine. All basic motor control functions, as well as motion control and PLC features, are embedded onto the drive....

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Torque Limiters

Zero-Max (Plymouth, MN) offers torque limiters in very large models for handling up to 37,000 foot pounds or 50,000 Newton meters of torque. These very large torque limiters are designed to protect drive trains, gearboxes, and generators from excessive peak loads. Features include factory preset torque, maximum bore sizes up to...

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Flow-Regulating Valve

The Lee Company (Westbrook, CT) offers the High Pressure 500 Flosert miniature flow-regulating valve that is pressure-compensated to provide a constant flow over a range of pressure differentials. The valve is suited for high-pressure hydraulic applications with system pressures up to 5000 psi. Available in forward and...

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Motion Control Systems

Aspen Motion Technologies, a Division of Pentair (Radford, VA), offers motion control solutions. Capabilities range from 0.5" in diameter to 36" in diameter for permanent magnet brushless synchronous motors/generators, with the associated drive electronics, from a few Watts to 25 kilowatts, often with a DSP/ARM core and...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Stepping Motor

Sanyo Denki America (Torrance, CA) offers the F2 two-phase bipolar stepping motor with a frame of 0.55" and holding torque at 0.92 oz-in minimum. It features a step angle of 1.8 degree/ step, and rated current of 0.3A/phase. Single- and double-shaft models are available. Applications include electric grippers, electric cylinders,...

Products : Motion Control
Motor Control IC

Melexis (Nashua, NH) has announced the MLX81205/ 07/10/15 family of integrated circuits (ICs) for sensor-less and sensor-based BLDC motor control for automotive applications. The ICs combine a voltage regulator, LIN-Transceiver, MCU, EEPROM, Flash, RAM, Power FET Pre-Driver, and several dedicated circuit blocks. Each circuit is...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Pressure Controllers Used in Sounding Rocket Payload Attitude Control Systems

Pressure controllers from Alicat Scientific have been selected for use in NASA sounding rockets to control payload attitude. The payload sections of some NASA sounding rockets are required to achieve pointing accuracies of finer than 1 arc second (1/3600 of a degree)....

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Creating a Fully Automated Pharmacy Warehouse

Previously, the walk from the sales counter of the pharmacy to the medication drawer wasted valuable time. Today, the fully automated picking system for European pharmacies by KLS requires only eight seconds. Image-based Cognex DataMan® 500 barcode readers can now guarantee rapid resupplying from...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Underwater Autonomous Vehicles Combine Robotics and Vision to Inspect Oil Pipelines

Among the various components of a submarine pipeline, the vertical section known as a riser is critical to managing the pipeline. This section connects the piping that runs along the bottom of the sea with the floating production platform.

Products : Motion Control
Measurement Machine Software

HEIDENHAIN (Schaumburg, IL) has released the IK5000 version 2.96 PC-based QUADRA-CHEK Metrology software for inspection measurement machines. It performs 2D and 3D measuring tasks and offers functionality such as 3D profiling capabilities for measurement and graphic evaluation of 3D contours using multisensor and...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuators

Warner Linear (Belvidere, IL) has introduced the S-Track line of linear actuators for generalduty applications. Models are available with aluminum or engineered plastic housings. Enhanced control allows for 12 or 24 VDC switched power operation by turning power off to the motor automatically when the internal end limits are...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Systems

Wittenstein (Bartlett, IL) offers the RP+ and RPM+ linear rack and pinion systems. The RP+ combines the alpha TP+ gearbox, pinion, and rack into one solution for linear motion; the RPM+ combines the TPM+ actuator, pinion, and rack. Maximum power density and functional design are fused into a unit featuring visible length benefits....