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
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Triaxial Accelerometer

PCB Piezotronics (Depew, NY) has released the Model 356A03 miniature ICP® triaxial accelerometer that delivers 10 mV/g sensitivity in a 0.25" cube. It includes a hermetic seal design with a low noise floor and high shock limit, and features a redesigned cable strain relief connection with a larger and stronger crimp tube...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Expanding the Use of Smart Operator Panels

The evolution of operator interfaces has moved quite far beyond the pushbutton. Once, the intelligence resided in the operator’s brain, and considerable experience and training were required to operate any complex piece of machinery or process. The evolution of the operator panel is actually two...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Prototype Helps Astronauts Use Robot on International Space Station
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) material parts
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Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Machinery & Equipment Category Winner

Hybrid Rotor Compressor for Natural Gas Extraction

Jeremy Pitts and Pedro Santos, OsComp Systems, Boston, MA

Natural gas is a booming industry in the U.S. and represents a bridge energy solution to a renewable energy future. Unfortunately, the key piece of equipment — the compressor —...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Electronic Flow Control Valve (EFCV) with Pressure Compensation Capability

Flow control is one of the most critical functions in the hydraulic industry. Traditionally, flow control is implemented via a proportional or servo valve. When current is applied into the coil of a solenoid (proportional valve) or a torque motor (servo valve), a...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
DC Motor Automates Patient Transfer Device

One of the growing problems facing nurses is a reduced staff, and with it the need to care for overweight patients with very little help. This effort has led to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) including back injuries. In fact, 12 percent of nurses leave the profession each year due to back injuries....

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Adjustable Frequency Drives

Magnetek (Menomonee Falls, WI) has announced the IMPULSE® Series 4 adjustable frequency drives. The IMPULSE•G+ can be used as open-loop vector or V/F crane control for traverse motions or mechanical load brake hoists, and the IMPULSE•VG+ can be used as a closed-loop flux vector crane control for non-mechanical...

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Stepper Motors

The STM24 Series of NEMA 24 frame hybrid stepper motors from Applied Motion Products (Watsonville, CA) features holding torque rated to 340 oz-in. The CANopen high-torque integrated motors adhere to CAN in Automation specifications DS301 and DSP402. Profile position, profile velocity, and homing modes are supported at data rates...

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Position Sensor System

Nook Industries (Cleveland, OH) has released the Nook Sensor System™ that provides position control for translating screw jack systems. Designed for the ActionJac™ inch and metric translating screw jacks, the system features repeatability to ±.004" and a cylindrical aluminum stem cover that provides a housing shroud...

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Inverter Drives

The 8400 HighLine inverter drives from Lenze Americas (Uxbridge, MA) feature integrated point-to-point positioning for up to 15 position destinations. The drives store the corresponding travel profiles directly in the inverter. They feature linear and S-shaped travel profiles, a touch probe function, and homing selectable for 14...

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Motor/Valve Assembly

The Cheminert C52 Series Injector from Valco Instruments (Houston, TX) is an integrated motor/valve assembly that uses the Cheminert HPLC injector design and a 24V motor. The assembly is connected to the instrument’s power supply. Control requires only a single contact closure; the injector’s position is determined by...

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Rotary Encoders

Heidenhain Corp. (Schaumburg, IL) has introduced the ROC/ROQ 400 series PROFIBUS rotary encoders that support the DP-V2 encoder profile for robot control and production technology. The encoders with 58-mm housing diameter feature M12 or M23 input connectors and flange sockets for easier cable connections. M12 flange sockets allow...

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DC Motor Control

The BGE 3508 and BGE 6005 4-quadrant positioning motion controllers with integral output stage are available from Dunkermotoren USA (Elgin, IL). They control brushless and brushed DC motors as slaves in CANopen networks, or in standalone operation with digital or analog I/O. The two versions are available in a package size of...

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Rotary Sensor

Piher International Corp. (Mundelein, IL) has released the PST-360 through-hole shaft angle rotary position sensor that combines a through-shaft design with 360° absolute position feedback. In the through-hole design, the sensor fits over existing shaft and bearing assemblies. The sensor incorporates a proprietary ring magnet with...

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Gripper

The WSG 50 gripper from Schunk (Morrisville, NC) can be controlled via Ethernet TCP/IP or Profibus DP. It features an integrated Web server for configuration and diagnostics. Integrated control and regulation electronics enable the gripper to be integrated into higher-order systems. It is equipped with an internal MicroSD card for saving...