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.

Fitting the right type of linear position sensor to an application requires at least a working knowledge of the attributes of this electromechanical device....

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Connectors Enable Precise Movement of Lunar Robotic Tool Changer

NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA hired Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corp. to develop a totally mechanical tool changer for the end of what Langley’s...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
CNC Machine Controllers

B&R Industrial Automation Corp. (Roswell, GA) offers standardized system modules for CNC machines. Consisting of hardware components, all necessary software functions, and available simulation options, the software...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Automation Control Platform

GE Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the PACSystems® control and computing platform designed for the industrial Internet. It incorporates COM Express architecture with multi-core CPUs. The...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Harmonic Gearhead

Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) has announced a harmonic gearhead that directly replaces much larger, high-ratio planetary gearheads utilizing the latest harmonic strain wave gearing technology. In addition to its compact...

Products: Motion Control
Helical Gearbox

GAM Gear (Mt. Prospect, IL) has introduced the SPH series inline planetary gearbox featuring helical gearing. It is designed for dynamic and cyclic motion control applications, and can be optimized for high-speed and...

Products: Motion Control
Microstepping Drive

Servo2Go.com (Greenville, DE) offers Applied Motion Products’ STR2 stepper drive, a compact, digital step and direction drive for applications requiring basic step and direction control of a 2-phase step motor. The...

Products: Motion Control
Position Sensor

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) offers the SMART rotary configuration position sensor that provides 360° non-contact angular position sensing. The sensor enables users to replace an optical encoder, or to utilize a sensor...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Positioning Stages

Rollon (Hackettstown, NJ) has in - troduced the Actuatorline TT series of high-precision linear positioning stages. Available in a range of sizes and configurations, the stages are suited for use in robotic handling...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Guides

Lee Linear (Piscataway, NJ) offers the SBC Linear Profile SBI linear guide system that uses a low profile and wide base design for less noise, less vibration, and increased life over caged ball assemblies. The extra load...

Products: Motion Control
Robotics Simulation Software

Siemens PLM Software (Plano, TX) has introduced RobotExpert software for robotics simulation and programming. The software enables the design, simulation, optimization, and offline programming of robotic...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Shaft Supports

The SBL and LPB series of linear shaft supports from Ondrives.US Corp. (Freeport, NY) feature removable top clamps that enable easy removal of shafts and permit reassembly without upsetting the critical alignment...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Speed Controls

Four controls from Bodine Electric (Northfield, IL) provide speed control for low-voltage 12 or 24V permanent magnet DC (PMDC) gearmotors and motors (up to 1/3 HP/250 Watts). The controls utilize pulse width modulation (PWM)...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Motion Platform

PBC Linear®, a Pacific Bearing Company (Roscoe, IL) has introduced the SIMO® Series linear motion platform. Options allow a design engineer to meet multiple application requirements with a single platform. Options...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
DC Micromotors

Pittman® Motors, a division of AMETEK/Precision Motion Control (Harleysville, PA), offers high-performance slotless brushless DC motors for medical applications such as high-speed surgical tools, dental tools, medical...

Products: Motion Control
Drives

Danfoss VLT Drives (Loves Park, IL) has introduced D-Frame VLT® drives available in a power range from 125-450 HP (90-315 kW). They leverage back channel cooling to remove 90% of the heat generated by the drive. The drives are...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Drive Transistors

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) has introduced a family of 600V insulatedgate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) for motor drive applications operating below 10 kHz, including compressors for refrigerators and...

Products: Motion Control
Motion and Automation Control

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) offers the AKD PDMM that combines a multi-axis motion controller, IEC61131-3 soft PLC, EtherCAT® master, and AKD® servo drive in a single, compact package. The system is suited for...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rod-Style Actuators

ERD electric cylinders from Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) are available with a reverseparallel motor mount that makes a more compact package. The motor is mounted in parallel with the actuator instead of inline, which reduces the...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Positioning Stages

Mini-MAG precision linear positioning stages from Dover (Boxborough, MA) are available with a complete controls package. Users can combine a Mini-MAG linear motor stage with a board-level, single-axis servo drive...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Actuator

BEI Kimco Magnetics (Vista, CA) has introduced the Model LA100-93-000A high force linear actuator with a peak force of 500 pounds. It features a continuous force of 292 pounds with 2" total stroke. Other features include...

Products: Motion Control
Brush Motors

Crouzet, a brand of Custom Sensors & Technologies (San Diego, CA), has introduced the DCmind Brush range of direct-current brush motors. The motors, even under full load, offer a range of gearboxes and accessories. The new...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Motion Control Components Keep Curiosity on the Go

PI Ceramic monolithic piezo actuators (PICMA) were put to use in the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument (CheMin) on the Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. CheMin is an Xray...

Axial pumps with cam-driven commutation units — so-called PWK pumps — emerged as a result of a research project conducted in the Department of Hydraulics and Pneumatics...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Controllers as Data Acquisition and Testing Tools

Manufacturers often need to test their products to verify that they meet customer specifications, and provide the data that verifies specification compliance. This is particularly true...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Compact, Low-Force, Low-Noise Linear Actuator

Actuators are critical to all the robotic and manipulation mechanisms that are used in current and future NASA missions, and are also needed for many other industrial, aeronautical, and space...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Ultra-Compact Motor Controller

This invention is an electronically commutated brushless motor controller that incorporates Hall-array sensing in a small, 42-gram package that provides 4096 absolute counts per motor revolution position sensing. The unit is the size of a miniature hockey puck, and is a 44-pin male connector that provides many I/O...

Products: Motion Control
Servo Control System

The MESA 7I77 card set from Mesa Electronics (Richmond, CA) is a FPGA-based, 6-axis analog control system for CNC, industrial automation retrofits, and OEM systems. Six axes of analog outputs and encoder inputs are...

Products: Motion Control
Diaphragm Pump

The 118Z Series pressure/vacuum oil-less diaphragm pump from Thomas Division (Sheboygan, WI) provides a low-vibration design that utilizes a lightweight nylon housing and end cap that limit the pump’s weight to 4.4 pounds....

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