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
Rotary Stage

The M660 high-speed, direct-driven piezomotor rotary stage from PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. (Auburn, MA) is designed using PILine® piezomotor drive technology. The stage reaches top speeds of 720 degrees/sec and resolution to 40 μrad. A self-locking ceramic drive holds the position steady at rest, and a directly coupled precision...

Articles : Imaging
Choosing the Right Touchscreen Display Technology for Your Control/Automation Process

From industrial panel PCs, to open-platform graphic operator interface terminals (OITs), to microOITs, to human-machine interfaces (HMIs), there are many choices of interactive display technologies for manufacturing and process control. It can be a challenge to...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Flex Cable Assembly to Aid Robot Arm in Mars Exploration Program
High-Flex
Cables Cicoil Corp.
Valencia, CA 661-295-1295
www.cicoil.com

Cicoil has provided a custom-formed high-flex cable to the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), scheduled to launch in 2011 as part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. The program is...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Benefits of Magnetostrictive Sensors for Industrial Applications

Modern industrial machines rely on fast, accurate motion control in order to achieve high product quality and productivity, as measurement errors can lead to increased scrap and production downtime. However, these and other costly headaches can be avoided by choosing the proper...

Articles : Motion Control
Roller Pinion Technology Allows High Positional Accuracy for Precision Applications

Increasingly competitive markets make efficient and accurate processes more critical than ever before. To meet the demands of manufacturers, machine builders are constantly searching for new methods to design faster, more precise, and longer-lasting systems that...

Articles : Motion Control
All Motors are Stepping Motors

In 1938, General Electric began producing a two-phase synchronous induction motor which, at 60 Hz, ran at 75 RPM. The low speed resulted from using a different number of rotors to stator poles or teeth, which made the motor a good bi-directional control motor. This motor was used by Superior Electric Company of...

Articles : Motion Control
Intelligent Control Increases Motion System ROI

The economic realities of the industrial marketplace are driving machine builders and integrators to get creative and build more intelligence into their machines in order to increase productivity and lower lifecycle cost. This is done by minimizing time to communicate with the motion controller,...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Connector Improves Reliability, Cuts Cost on Engine Production Line

HARTING North America was recently asked to solve some of the problems associated with power distribution and motion control on a vehicle manufacturer’s long conveyor and engine block production line. The line’s system integrator needed to reduce installation costs to be...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Programmable Actuator

The IDEA(TM) Drive stepper motor linear actuator from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) integrates a linear actuator, electronic drive, and control unit with a patented GUI (Graphical Unit Interface). The GUI enables the operator to automatically enter motor and drive parameters based on the actuator part number....

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Motor Actuator

The IMA integrated-motor actuator from Tolomatic Inc. (Hamel, MN) combines a servo motor with a rod-style actuator. Compared to rod-style actuators, the integrated design improves dynamic performance by eliminating the need for separate motors, couplers, motor mounts, gearing and belts.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Retaining Rings

The Hoopster(R) retaining rings from Smalley Steel Ring Company (Lake Zurich, IL) fit into shallower groves than regular snap rings or retaining rings. The rings’ low-profile, precision circularity, and small radial size allow it to be an unobtrusive component in an assembly. They are suited for light to heavy loads and are...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Intelligent Motor

The SM3416DT-PLS2 SmartMotor(TM) from Animatics (Santa Clara, CA) delivers up to 480 oz-in. of peak torque and over 200 oz-in. of continuous torque, at speeds of over 5,000 rpm. It incorporates high-speed position capture, advanced torque overshoot braking, and modetorque-brake. An eight-pole, segmented stator design improves...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Programmable Linear Actuator

The Series 500 programmable linear actuator from Nook Industries (Cleveland, OH) offers an expanded range of performance in generating high loads, longer life, increased duty cycles, higher speed, and programmability. Load capacities range up to 550 lb for in-line configurations, with parallel configurations ranging...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuator

The MDrive(R) linear actuator from Intelligent Motion Systems Inc. (Marlborough, CT) is available in non-captive and external shaft styles with a choice of NEMA 14, 17, or 23 motor sizes. It accepts input voltages from 12 to 75 Vdc, handles loads to 200 lb., and is capable of 256 × 200 microstepping with an operating temperature...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Motion System

Available in various versions, the LM76 linear motion system from LM76 (East Longmeadow, MA) features high-speed travel to 10 m/sec and acceleration to 50 m/sec2, and load capabilities to 1,259 lb. The low-cost, precision dual rail system can mount vertically or horizontally.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Rod Lock

The RLN Series Rod Lock from Advanced Machine & Engineering Co. (Rockford, IL) is designed to solve pneumatic control problems such as overtravel, drifting, bouncing, and reverse traveling. The Amlok(R) type RLN is constructed of black anodized aluminum with a piston and wedge locking mechanism actuated by multiple springs that...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Magnetic Encoder

The MagRes BM1V magnetic incremental encoder from Baumer Ltd.(Southington, CT) is designed to endure the operating extremes of railway vehicles. It has up to 12 channel outputs, delivering data with different pulse rates.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Controller

The BDE40 motor controller from Crouzet North America (Vista, CA) can be used with most three-phase brushless Hall Effect motors. The device’s 4-quadrant design is suited for applications requiring not only standard forward and reverse motor control, but also closed-loop speed control for motor slowing and stopping.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Encoder Warning System

The Series 800 rotary encoder from Leine & Linde (Schaumburg, IL) has an integrated early warning system that detects worn-out ball bearings. The warning system monitors the completeness of the rotary encoder pulses and the correct pulse sequence. The error is relayed as a flashing LED on the rear of the encoder housing....

Articles : Motion Control
Tips On Selecting Custom Gearmotors

A custom gearmotor is one that meets your particular specifications. It has the correct mechanical and electrical interfaces, fits within the envelope available, meets your performance, maintenance, lifetime, and aftermarket criteria, and fits within your budget.

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Intelligent Motor Control ICs Simplify System Design

A new category of IC called an intelligent motor controller (IMC) is evolving that simplifies the task of designing high performance motor control drives. IMCs are dedicated, high-speed ICs that control multi-phase motors such as brushless DC and AC induction motors, and provide sophisticated...

Application Briefs : Software
Matrox Vision Software Aids Robotic Inspection of Turbines

Turbines housed in aircraft engines are subject to pretty tough conditions. They must perform at speeds of 30,000rpm in temperatures greater than 800 °C for hours at a time.

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Siemens Processor Helps KUKA Boost Robot Productivity

KUKA Flexible Production Systems is a leading producer of production systems for car bodies and chassis. When KUKA decided to become a Tier I supplier of automobile bodies to Chrysler, they needed to use their extensive knowledge of body shops and find a partner willing to work with them to...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Stepper Motor and Driver/Controller

The CRK Series five-phase stepping motors and drivers/controllers from Oriental Motor USA Corp. (Torrance, CA) have a built-in RS-485 controller package that controls up to 16 axes of motion. Five network communications rates of up to 115,000 bps can be selected. The controller can be operated in either direct...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless DC Motor

The EC 25 brushless dc motor from Maxon Motor USA Inc. (Fall River, MA) is designed for high speed applications of up to 70,000 rpm. It incorporates preloaded ball bearings and a two-pole Neodymium permanent magnet.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Stepper Motor with Chopper Drive

The MotoDrive™ PDE captive linear actuator from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) comes with an integrated chopper drive to form a compact, precision motor control system. It produces an output force of 220 Newtons (50 lb) for the single-stack version and 350 N (78 lb) for the double-stack...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Encoder

The RVS58S incremental rotary encoder from Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) is designed for safety aligned systems up to SIL3 in accordance with IEC 61508, and Category 4 in accordance with DIN EN 954-1. It is also suited for use as a motor feedback system for safe drives in accordance with IEC 61800-5-2.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless AC Motor

The DynaMotor™ from DynaMotors (Dayton, OH) is a patented high performance brushless AC motor providing integrated control of speed, torque and direction. With innovative new solid-state light technology and high torque motor design, the DynaMotor delivers accurate control while offering advantages not possible with...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Voltage Amplifier

The Model PZD700A high-voltage power amplifier from Trek Inc. (Medina, NY) addresses the need for high speed and fast settling when driving capacitive loads in piezoelectric driving/control, electro-optics, MEMS and other demanding applications such as laser modulation and ion beam control.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Micromotor

The series 2237 DC micromotor from MicroMo Electronics (Clearwater, FL) measures 37 mm long by 22 mm in diameter. It utilizes the Faulhaber MCDC 3006 motion controller or SC 2804 speed controller. Continuous torque rating is 11 mNm. Accessories incorporating matching-diameter gearing and three-channel encoders are available.