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.

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Planetary Gearhead

Portescap (West Chester, PA) has introduced the R08 planetary gearhead that delivers continuous torque of 0.05 Nm within an overall envelope of 8 mm. The standard gearbox is available from 4 to 256 ratios, which can be further extended to ratios of 4096. The gearhead can be coupled with brush DC, brushless, and stepper motors...

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Magnetic Encoders

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced HDMag magnetic hollow-shaft encoders for direct mounting onto large-sized shafts up to 740 mm in diameter. Available in both absolute and incremental versions, the encoders provide 17-bit absolute single-turn resolution. Measuring 27 mm wide, the encoders are suited for limited-space...

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Load Cell Actuator

Myostat Motion Control (Newmarket, ON, Canada) has introduced an integrated load cell actuator for device manufacturing and quality testing. Available as a complete solution for touchscreen manufacturers, the actuator assembly comes with the load cell, mechanical actuator, and controller. It requires serial communication and...

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Electric Actuators

Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC) offers EPM Series CE and CSA approved reversing, quarter-turn actuators. Available in both on/off and proportional control models, the actuators are designed for use with ball and butterfly valves up to 24" in size, and with torque outputs from 300 to 13,500 in. lbs. Features include...

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Step-Down Regulator

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) offers the LTC3615 4-MHz synchronous buck regulator that incorporates a constant frequency, current-mode architecture. Low-resistance internal switches enable the device to deliver up to 3A of continuous output current from each channel. The regulator operates from an input voltage of 2.25V to...

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Tilt Sensor

The Fredericks Co. (Huntingdon Valley, PA) has introduced the 0737-1203-99 electrolytic tilt sensor with thin-film technology that provides inclination measurement with arc second repeatability. The sensor offers an angle range of ±30 arc minutes , less than 0.05 arc second resolution, and less than 0.5 arc second repeat ability at...

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Brushless Blowers

AMETEK Technical & Industrial Products (Kent, OH) offers the Nautilair® 8.0" variable speed pre-mix brushless blowers that deliver a measured air/fuel mixture to optimize combustion and reduce nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide emissions. The single-phase, standard-output blowers achieve a maximum sealed pressure capability up...

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Electric Motor

DynaMotors (Cleveland, OH) has introduced the Model 56-2 DynaMotor, a single-phase, variable-speed electric motor for air-moving, pumping, and other applications. The motor features optional fan cooling, incorporates a NEMA 56 frame, and is suitable for applications up to 2 HP and 800 to 4,800 RPM. The motor integrates a...

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Inclinometer Sensor

TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) offers a single-axis inclinometer sensor for detecting angular tilt with an adjustable measuring range of 360 degrees. The sensor measures angular tilt in reference to gravity. It uses a MEMS device that incorporates a microelectromechanical capacitive element into the sensor. The device consists of...

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Air Springs

Advanced Antivibration Components (New Hyde Park, NY) offers V11Z48MPSB Series air spring vibration mounts that feature vibration isolation of low-frequency machines. The air springs use elasticity of air as an isolator, which acts as a soft spring, eliminating moving parts. The mounts handle a range of loads by changing the inner...

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Pneumatic Hand Pump

E Instruments (Langhorne, PA) has released the PHP 35/40 bar hand pump, a pneumatic/vacuum-generating unit designed for testing and calibrating pressure instruments. It features a pressure/vacuum changeover switch, which is used to select either vacuum or pressure output. The pump is equipped with a Vernier and release valve....

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Shock Accelerometer

Meggitt Sensing Systems (San Juan Capistrano, CA) offers the Endevco® Model 7268C miniature triaxial piezoresistive accelerometer designed for measurement of short-duration shock across three axes and in three orthogonal directions. Housed in a package measuring 12.7 × 10.7 × 13.7 mm, the device is available in ranges of...

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Digital Torquemeter

The MCRT® 79700V digital torquemeter from S. Himmelstein and Company (Hoffman Estates, IL) has two ranges with independent outputs. The meter measures torque even if the ratio of peak to average torque is high. Such conditions occur when starting, stopping, or reversing high-inertia loads, during torsional oscillations, and...

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Rotation Stages

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) offers the URS50BCC and URS50BPP precision rotation stages that feature 360-degree continuous motion. The stages provide backlashfree, continuous rotation with MTBF up to 20,000, and low wobble. Both stages offer 6-μm eccentricity. The stages feature a two-part bearing design with pre-tempered steel...

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Gantry System

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) has released the AGS1500 series Cartesian gantry systems for ultra-precision, highdynamic contouring in precision micromachining, fuel cell manufacturing, solder-ball placement, printed electronics, high-speed pick-and-place, automated assembly, vision inspection, dispensing stations, and high accuracy...

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DC Motor

Nidec Copal (Torrance, CA) has announced the HG16 RoHS-compatible DC motor with planetary gearbox. The 0.63" OD (16 mm) DC motor has three axial lengths that develop rated gear motor torques of 3.47 oz-in, 4.86 oz-in, and 6.94 oz-in. Six-volt, 12-volt, and 24-volt windings are available with each motor frame size for a range of...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Vibration Isolators Supplied for James Webb Telescope Testing
Vibration isolators
Minus K® Technology
Inglewood, CA
310-348-9656
www.minusk.com

Minus K Technology was chosen by ITT Space Systems, LLC, a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman Corp., to provide vibration isolators for the ground testing of...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Advances in Magnetic Bearings

In this age of environmental consciousness, OEMs around the world are competing to build better, safer, and greener machines. In striving toward such lofty goals, many industries are rediscovering a fundamental principle — magnetics. Magnetic bearings improve reliability, reduce friction, minimize vibration, and...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Teleoperation of Unmanned Vehicles Using Immersive Telepresence

In order to extend the usefulness of small, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to a wider range of missions, techniques are being developed to enable high-speed teleoperated control. Our goal is to quadruple the speed of teleoperated UGVs compared to currently deployed models. The key...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Data Management Speeds Up Simulation of Crash Test Dummy Models

The idea for the automotive crash test dummy first came to life in the 1950s when U.S. Air Force flight surgeon Col. John Stapp realized that more of his fighter pilots were dying in car crashes than from accidents in their hi-tech jet aircraft. The Stapp Car Crash Conferences...

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Motor Design Software
(Aurora, IL) has introduced the 3D Advanced Machines Environment that combines finite-element analysis simulation with a design entry system to create 3D models of electric motors or generators. The electromagnetic design tool for rotating electrical machines is an application-specific toolbox of the Opera electromagnetic...
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Compressor

The 2450 Series WOB-L® compressor from Thomas Division, a Gardner Denver Co. (Sheboygan, WI) features a footprint of 8.3 × 4 × 6.4" and sound levels of 50 dBA @ 20 PSIG. The compressor features a monolithic head that reduces leak paths, optional intake locations on the side and bottom, boltless construction to reduce vibration and...

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Speed Regulator

The Super-K Model Kinecheck speed regulator from Deschner Corp. (Santa Ana, CA) provides a 4" or 6" stroke unit in a short overall length. The leakproof models can handle loads of up to 1,200 pounds. The unit features a hardened tool steel highpressure cylinder with an adjustable flow control passage. The mirror-finished cylinder...

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Tilt Sensor Switches

NKK Switches (Scottsdale, AZ) has introduced the DSB Series of mercury-free tilt sensor switches. The through-hole, PCB-mounted devices use a photo interrupter for sensitivity to very small angle changes. The switches contain two solid-state devices: an infrared light-emitting diode and a photo transmitter. A nickel-plated...

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DC Gearmotor

Midwest Motion Pro ducts (Watertown, MN) offers the Model MMP-TM55-36-28V GP52-195 DC gearmotor that accepts any 24- 28V DC source, including battery power. The motor measures 2.14" in diameter and has a keyed output shaft of 12-mm diameter by 25 mm long. Mounting is accomplished with four facemount M5 threaded holes, equally spaced...

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Motor Drive Integrated Circuit

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) has released the AUIRS2301S 600V integrated circuit for automotive motor drives, micro-inverter drives, and three-phase inverter applications. The rugged, general-purpose driver IC features independent high- and low-side referenced output channels and a gate drive supply...

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Reciprocating Linear Drive

The Amacoil-Uhing Kinemax reciprocating linear drive from Amacoil (Aston, PA) features pitch adjustment and automatic reversal without requiring clutches, cams, or gears. A ten-toone pitch adjustment range is possible by turning the dial on the front of the drive unit. The unit reverses direction automatically without...

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Linear Motor Stages

Dover, a Danaher Motion Co. (Salem, NH), has introduced the MMG Mini-Mag linear motor stages available in four models that deliver 25, 50, 100, and 150-mm travel. They provide uncompensated accuracy ranging from 2 um to 8 um, and resolution ranging from 1.0 um to 5 nm. Each model delivers repeatability to ±0.4 um and is...

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Linear Stepper Motors

Johnson Electric (Vandalia, OH) offers the Saia® UAL series of linear stepper motors that deliver constant positioning force up to 30N over the full travel distance of up to 15 mm, at speeds up to 4.16 mm/s at 200 Hz. They feature a removable bayonet-style flange for mounting, a flexible design that accommodates custom...

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Magnetic Lifting Tool

Bunting Magnetics (Newton, KS) offers the MagFORKLift that works with any type of forklift to move up to 1,100 pounds of material. It attaches to the two forks of a forklift and works in conjunction with four different sizes of Bunting® MagLift™ hand-controlled lifters, which hold, carry, and release loads. The lifters...