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
Level Switch

The Model 1100 in-line flow level switch from Thomas Products, Southington, CT, monitors insufficient or excessive liquid flow rates. It is factory preset for flow rates of 0.4 to 100 gpm. Other models are available with a vane to adjust the set point in the field. Standard process connections range from ¾ to 3in. NPT. Standard...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Position Sensor

The RS 1500-200 rotary position sensor from Macro Sensors, Pennsauken, NJ, measures the angular displacement of rotating elements such as quarter-turn ball and butterfly valves, air flow dampers, and diverter gates used in packaging and postal sorting machine. It is available with a 24Vdc input and 0 to 10Vdc output (RSE...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Control Card

The MC302-K Motion Coor dinator motion card from Trio Motion Technology Ltd., Gloucestershire, UK, is designed to plug into the Kollmorgen S300 and S700 drive platform to provide a cost-effective, fully programmable single-axis control system. The digital interface gives the controller access to all drive parameters.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Air Bearing Actuator

The Airpel-AB air bearing actuator from Airpot, Norwalk, CT, has a specially shaped stainless steel piston that is precisely fitted to a borosilicate glass cylinder. Introducing pressurized air into the air bearing’s cylinder produces a true bearing airflow effect around the piston. The air cushion prevents the piston from...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Motor Stages

The ANT95-XY and ANT95-XY-H dual-axis linear motor stages from Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA, allow travel in X and Y dimensions. They allow critical elements such as orthogonality, straightness, and flatness to be optimized. The technology has no hysteresis or backlash, enabling 5nm resolution, 50nm repeatability, and 250m...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Cylinder Position Sensor

A magnetically actuated linear displacement sensor from Turck, Minneapolis, MN, the Q25L, detects piston position on pneumatic cylinders. Suited for applications requiring precise signal transmission over long measuring distances, it is available with measuring ranges of 100, 125, 160, and 200mm. By utilizing an external...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Fiber Optic Rotary Encoder

The MR319 fiber optic rotary encoder from Micronot, Newbury Park, CA, has an industry-standard 58mm synchro housing and is installed like a conventional encoder. It optically connects to an MR310 module via a multimode fiberoptic link. The encoder operates from 15 to 32 Vdc and offers a range of standard interface...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Axis Compensation Unit

Schunk Inc., Morrisville, NC, has introduced two-axis compensation units. The AGE-F is self-centering using spring force and compensates for deviations of up to 5mm in the X and Y axis. Three spring rates are available for each of four sizes, which can be preloaded to specific sizes through an adjustment screw.

Articles : Motion Control
Introduction to Linear Actuators

Students trained in classic mechanical engineering are taught to construct a system using conventional mechanical components to convert rotary into linear motion. Converting rotary to linear motion can be accomplished by several mechanical means using a rotary motor, rack and pinion, belt and pulley, and other...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Fluid Handling Products Gain in Performance, Efficiency

Today’s pumps, valves, and flow meters are being designed with greater accuracy and flexibility to handle a wide range of fluids, chemicals, and other materials. Demands for more reliable operation and lower energy usage dictate these parts be made of materials lighter than previously...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Assembly Machines Produce Optics for NASA’s NuSTAR Telescope
Cylindrical optics module assembly machines
ABTech
Swanzey, NH
603-358-6431
www.abtechmfg.com

ABTech has completed the first of two cylindrical optics module assembly machines for Columbia University’s Nevis Astrophysics Laboratory. The multi-axis...

Application Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
HAWE Hydraulic Valves Improve Maintenance for Conveyor Application Systems

HAWE Hydraulics, Charlotte, NC, offers proportional valves and controls typically used by companies manufacturing machine tools, lifting platforms, mobile cranes, construction machinery, forestry, material handling, shipbuilding, wind and solar power, offshore technology,...

Application Briefs : Medical
Spiralock Fasteners Safeguard Reliability for Medical Lasers and Implants

Failure is not an option when it comes to medical equipment. From critical or sensitive devices like lasers, MRI scanners, knee joints, and implantable pacemakers to instruments as straightforward as stethoscopes, when life is at stake, medical equipment must be...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Piston Pump

Parker Hannifin, Marysville, OH, has added a 45cc model to its P1/PD line of piston pumps. The variable displacement, axial piston pump is optimized for medium pressure, open-circuit mobile and industrial applications.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Heavy-Duty Slide

The Heavy-Duty Slide 2 from Techno, Inc., New Hyde Park, NY, is constructed of single rigid aluminum extrusion and able to handle heavy cantilevered loads. It measures 225mm wide and is available in travels from 122 to 2,722mm (4.8 to 107.2in.), with a wraparound motor mounting kit that allows for longer travel with shorter...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Coupling

The EKC Series servo coupling from GAM, Mount Prospect, IL, combines high precision and custom configurability with a low price. It is engineered to minimize space requirements as well as design and installation time. Key features include a single bolt radial clamping hub, star-shaped elastomeric element with an involute tooth...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Pressure Control Valve

HAWE Hydraulics, Charlotte, NC, has introduced the type CLK, a pressure control valve with an additional safety function to provide operational ease within hydraulic systems where temperature increases and/or external load peaks can lead to problems.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Two-Way Valves

The Mini-Mizer two- and three-way valves from Humphrey Products Company, Kalamazoo, MI, operate over a -40 deg F/C to +150 deg F (+66 deg C) range. They are available in a wide range of coil voltages, with power consumption as low as 0.5 watts. The valves’ captured sealed construction allows for easy design of custom manifolds,...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Fluid Sensor

Optek Technology, Carrollton, TX, has expanded its family of fluid sensors to include automatic calibration and a preset trip level feature. Designated the OCB350 Series, the fluid sensor requires only an optical device and power supply for operation. It uses an LED/phototransistor to sense the change in refractive properties...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Intelligent Actuator

Tolomatic, Hamel, MN, has introduced the ICR Basic rodstyle actuator, an all-in-one linear actuator integrating servomotor, drive, controller, and actuator. Requiring only a DC power source and motion inputs from the host PLC, the actuator can directly replace pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders in packaging, material...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Motor Stage

The NanoTranslation ANT95-L linear motor stage from Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA, provides 5G acceleration, 500mm/s velocity, 5nm resolution, and an accuracy of 250nm. The stage uses non-cogging, noncontact, direct-drive technology. The stage is available in x, xy, xyz, and other combinations.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Stage

The PMT320 precision linear stage from Steinmeyer Inc., Burlington, MA, provides a repeatability of +/1 micron and travel distances of 600 to 1,500nm. It has a 320mm wide die-cast base profile, a 1,000mm stroke, and weighs 70kg.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Inductive Encoder

The MILE inductive encoder from Maxon Motor USA Inc., Fall River, MA, delivers up to 64 pulses at up to 120,000 rpm. Measuring 6mm in diameter, it is said to be the smallest inductive encoder available.

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Hermetic Feedthroughs Critical for Flywheel Energy Storage

Next-generation flywheels are made possible by advances in material science in rotor technology, as well as the application of magnetic bearings running in a vacuum environment. While the movement of the rotating flywheel into a vacuum eliminates parasitic drags, such as windage friction...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Control Advancements Ease Medical Procedures

Whether performing an intricate surgery, positioning a patient, or taking a tissue sample, today’s biomedical devices are taking advantage of advanced motion control devices to ensure accurate control and movement in biomedical applications. Robots are making it possible to perform surgical...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Rotary Motors Customized for Telescope Spectrometer
SQUIGGLE® custom rotary piezoelectric motors
New Scale Technologies
Victor, NY
585-924-4450
www.newscaletech.com

The Wide-Field Multi Object Spectrometer (WFMOS) is a ground-based astronomical instrument that is scheduled to be commissioned on the Subaru...

Application Briefs : Medical
Forest City Gear Controls Prosthetic Hand

Forest City Gear of Roscoe, IL, is a turnkey gear manufacturer, responsible to their customers for literally every facet of gear manufacturing, including prototyping, testing, production, finishing, quality and process validation, even packaging and delivery. One customer the gear manufacturer has...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Omron Controls and Drives Improve Animals’ Joint Health

Ferno Aquatic Therapy, Wilmington, OH, designs and manufactures canine and equine underwater treadmill equipment used by veterinarians to provide aquatic therapy, rehabilitation, and conditioning for both dogs and horses. Designed specifically for canine rehabilitation, the Ferno Aqua...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Slide Assembly

HaydonKerk Motion Solutions™, Waterbury, CT, offers the Kerk RGS(R) linear slide assembly combined with the Haydon™ MotoDrive™ PDE Actuator. The integrated linear slide, stepper motor, and electronic drive assembly combines both Kerk and Haydon technology.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Multi-Axis Controller

ACS Motion Control, Eden Prarie, MN, has developed a low-cost, small-footprint approach for machine control. Designated the SPiiPlus LF-CM, the machine controller provides multi-axis integrated control and up to 64 additional nodes via CANOpen network extension. The controller includes a logic controller programmable in any...