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
Position Switches

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) offers the NITRA® line of position switches for pneumatic cylinders, including round, dovetail, t-slot, square, and D-shaped. Additional dovetail accessories are available to accommodate...

Products: Motion Control
Rotary Position Sensor

Piher Sensors & Controls (Chicago, IL) has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount rotary position sensor with integral PCB. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto a PCB, the package allows engineers to install...

Products: Motion Control
Vibration Isolator

Minus K Technology (Inglewood, CA) has released the CM-1 compact, high-capacity, low-frequency, negative-stiffness isolator designed to support heavy payloads while reducing low-frequency vibrations. The isolator comes in...

Products: Motion Control
Rotary Position Sensors

Bourns (Riverside, CA) has introduced the Bourns® Model AMS22U and Model AMM20B non-contacting rotary position sensors for rugged environments. They utilize magnetic Hall Effect (HE) technology, and are designed for...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Servo Actuator

Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) offers the IMA integrated linear servo actuator with ball screws that provide up to 58 inches per second. Designed for long life in high duty cycles, the actuator is suited for press fitting...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Controllers

The Simatic S7-1500 controllers from Siemens Industry (Chicago, IL) feature integrated motion control, security, and safety functions, as well as a color display. The controllers feature a backplane bus with a high baud rate and...

Products: Motion Control
Cartesian Robot

IAI America (Torrance, CA) offers a Cartesian robot with commanded acceleration of up to 3.2 G (maximum instantaneous acceleration: 4.8 G). The dedicated cast aluminum frame ensures high rigidity. The shape and vibration...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
AC Vector Drives

The SK 200E series distributed size 4 AC vector drives from NORD Gear Corp. (Waunakee, WI) offers power capacity to 30 HP. The drives are capable of operating up to 15-HP motors on 200 to 240 VAC 3-phase power, and up to...

Products: Motion Control
Lens Actuator

New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) offers the UTAF (ultra-thin auto focus) piezoelectric lens actuator module that measures 8.5 × 8.5 × 3.8 mm. The module integrates the company’s UTAF piezoelectric beam motor with a drive...

Products: Motion Control
Gear Reducer

The Able VRB Gear Reducer from Shimpo Drives is available from Servo2Go.com (Greenville, DE), and is suited for packaging machinery, medical equipment, and assembly cell automation. The standard mounting is a through-bolt style....

Where accuracy is concerned, robots have traditionally relied on repeatability. In the past, robotic accuracy has not been developed to a level of maturity acceptable to standard production...

With some of the most demanding quality control regimens of any industry, semiconductor manufacturers use a variety of sophisticated metrology instruments to inspect wafers...

Products: Motion Control
Rotary Stroke Bearings

A line of rotary stroke bearings is available from Mahr Federal (Providence, RI). Suitable for applications where linear, rotary, and combined movements are required, MarMotion high-precision linear or rotary stroke...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Rails

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, a brand of AMETEK Precision Motion Control (Waterbury, CT), has introduced the BGS06 BGS (Ball Guide Screw) linear rail system utilizing the popular size 17 single-stack or double-stack stepper...

Products: Motion Control
Motion Program Software

CADFusion software from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) bridges the gap between part drawings and motion control. Users import a vector-based DXF drawing into the software environment to see the resulting tool path...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Actuators

The MSR Series of five linear actuators from Techno-Omil (New Hyde Park, NY) includes configurations such as cross roller guides, adjustable position, shock absorbers, guide bushings, and external cylinder. The actuators...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Vibration Measurement

Dytran Instruments (Chatsworth, CA) offers the VibraScout™ Vibration Measurement System that includes a USB digital triaxial accelerometer combining a MEMS accelerometer with a microcontroller to create an intelligent...

Products: Motion Control
Servo Drives

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) has introduced the AKD® PDMM and AKD® BASIC Ethernet-based servo drives that enable machine builders to standardize on a single drive family with a common Graphical User Interface (GUI) across the...

Products: Motion Control
Controller

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) has announced the RIO- 47300 Pocket PLC that includes I/O, screw terminals, and two Ethernet ports that allow management of an unlimited number of inputs and outputs without an external Ethernet...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuators

PL Series linear actuators from Promation Engineering (Brooksville, FL) provide up to 4400 lbs. of force and up to 3.9" (100 mm) travel. This increased up and down force allows use of a globe valve for increased flow control...

Products: Motion Control
Motion Module

Mitsubishi Electric (Vernon Hills, IL) has introduced the QD77MS Simple Motion Module that simplifies programming of complex motion profiles. Programming and setup of both PLC and motion control are performed using a single...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Controls

Cerus Industrial (Hillsboro, OR) offers the BAS (Building Automation Starter) motor controls that incorporate the company’s patentpending Smartstart™ Control Module for integration with digital controls. The starters...

Products: Motion Control
Speed Reducers

Boston Gear (Charlotte, NC) offers the 700 Series speed reducers for heavy-duty conveyor systems. The 752 size worm gear speed reducers feature hollow output shafts in 5.25" center distance. Output torque ranges up to 12,250...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Drives

Amacoil (Aston, PA) offers Uhing Model RG linear drives with a manual pitch control that permits a 10:1 adjustment of the linear pitch of the drive unit. Each of the 17 drive units has a specific maximum linear pitch — the...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Dual-Axis Inclinometers

The Fredericks Company (Huntingdon Valley, PA) offers a microprocessor-based analog output dual-axis inclinometer with RS-232 communications, and a dual-axis inclinometer with RS-485 communications. They are designed...

Products: Motion Control
Slotless Motors

Nanotec Electronic U.S. (Medford, MA) offers the DS16 and DS28 slotless BLDC motors in two models in Nema 6 (16 mm) and Nema 11 (28 mm) sizes. Since there is no iron core, the inductivity of the motor is very low and the...

Products: Motion Control
Leveling Mounts

The V10Z44MCM Series of 3-in-1 leveling mounts from Advanced Antivibration Com - ponents (New Hyde Park, NY) dampens shock and vibration, provides leveling, and offers position mobility for packaging machinery applications....

Products: Motion Control
Positioning Controller

The EPOS3 70/10 EtherCAT digital positioning controller from maxon precision motors (Fall River, MA) enables real-time positioning of synchronized multi-axis systems. It offers a nominal power supply voltage range from...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Incremental Encoders

The OptoPulse EIL580 family of 58-mm optical incremental encoders is available from Baumer (Southington, CT). Available in various mechanical designs, the family includes clamping flange encoders with 10-mm solid shafts,...

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