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
Single-Axis Accelerometer

Kistler Instrument Corp. (Amherst, NY) offers the Type 8640A miniature, single-axis, IEPE PiezoBeam® accelerometer for the multi-channel modal and structural analysis of small or thin-walled structures and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Magnetic Ring Encoder

ASM Sensors (Elmhurst, IL) offers the PMIR7 series POSIROT® incremental en coder magnet rings in three sizes for different shaft sizes. They yield up to 184,320 pulses per revolution in conjunction with the quadrature encoder read head. The encoder system consists of a magnetoresistive read head, PMIS4, and a dual-channel...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The MS-2500 stage from Applied Scientific Instrumentation (Eugene, OR) provides 100 mm of Yaxis travel and 250 mm of X-axis travel, and works on existing inverted microscopes. Custom configurations are available, including...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Hybrid Stepper Motors

Servo2Go (Greenville, DE) has introduced the Applied Motion Products HT24 NEMA 24 frame series of hybrid stepper motors for applications where additional power is required, but changing to a size 34 motor is not...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Diaphragm Pump

The 1410 Series DC miniature diaphragm pump from Thomas Division (Sheboygan, WI) measures 3.3 × 1.2 × 2.1" and is designed for medical and other applications requiring high performance in a compact package. The pump features...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Nanopositioning Controller

PI L.P. (Auburn, MA) has introduced the E-709 digital piezo nanopositioning controller that features fifth order polynomial digital linearization, two notch filters for piezo operation at high frequencies, and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rail Brakes

RB Series Generation II linear profile guide rail brakes from Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) are designed for stopping and holding in e-stop and power-off situations. Each rail brake clamps directly onto the center of the...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Control Platform

XMOS (Sunnyvale, CA) has released a motor control platform that contains XCore® processors, an XMOS motor control hardware board with support for dual axis motor control and communication, and a suite of control,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Vision-Guided Motion Controller

A pocket-sized, vision-guided motion controller from Precise Automation (San Jose, CA) is based on a distributed network architecture that allows the device to be located at the point of use. Along with...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
EtherCAT Communication-Enabled Drive

The IDM680 Intelligent Servo Drive from Technosoft (Canton, MI) comes equipped with a CANopen, or EtherCAT communication interface, and combines motion controller, drive, and PLC functionality in one...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Food and Beverage Sensors

A series of food and beverage sensor products from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) includes AC and DC proximity, photoelectric sensors and quick-disconnect sensor cables. Compliant with the IP69K standard, the...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Strain System for the Motion Base Shuttle Mission Simulator

The Motion Base Shuttle Mission Simulator (MBSMS) Strain System is an innovative engineering tool used to monitor the stresses applied to the MBSMS motion platform tilt pivot frames during motion simulations in real time. The Strain System comprises hardware and software produced by...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Pyrotechnic Actuator for Retracting Tubes Between MSL Subsystems

An apparatus, denoted the “retractuator” (a contraction of “retracting actuator”), was designed to help ensure clean separation between the cruise stage and the entry-vehicle subsystem of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. The retractuator or an equivalent mechanism...

In dozens of industries and in millions of applications around the world, dangerous chemicals are transferred from their original shipping containers...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Cavitating Pump Dynamics Test Facility for Vehicle System Stability Modeling

A unique cavitating pump dynamics test facility has been developed at Concepts NREC (CN, White River Junction, VT) in cooperation with engineers at NASA Marshall...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Drives and Motors

National Instruments (Austin, TX) has announced the AKD servo drives and AKM servo motors for deploying custom motion applications to any NI real-time controller supporting NI EtherCAT technology. The motors are...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Piezo Nanopositioner

MICOS USA (Irvine, CA) offers a multiphase piezo nanopositioner that reduces stick-slip signature for nanopositioning applications. The motor uses at least two piezos and friction elements that move in unison, but slip...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Diaphragm Valves

The Model 475 series diaphragm valves from Tridak, a Dymax Co. (Torrington, CT), are used with low- to medium-viscosity fluids. The internal design prevents fluid contact with the actuating components, making them suitable...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Encoder Interface Device

US Digital (Vancouver, WA) offers the QSB (Quadrature to USB) encoder interface adapter that interfaces standard quadrature encoder signals into a PC USB port for encoder verification. Single-ended or differential...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Position Sensors

Novotechnik (Southborough, MA) has introduced the TX2 series of position sensors with stroke lengths up to 300 mm. The sensors are sealed to IP67 specifications, and feature an 18-mm-diameter housing size. The sensors...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Position Sensor

PIHER North America (Libertyville, IL) offers the PS15 rotary position sensor in a 15-mm package. It is surface-mountable for detecting changes in angle and position, and converting them to a voltage output. It can be...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electronic Handwheel

The HR 1120 electronic handwheel from Heidenhain Corp. (Schaumburg, IL) is used in machine automation systems where changing formats or positioning objects with numerous axes is necessary. It is suitable for both...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Lead Screws

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Hollis, NH) offers the Kerk® Micro Series lead screw assemblies. Standard configurations include 2-mm-diameter screws with leads ranging from 0.3 mm to 2 mm revolution, and a variety of nut...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Diaphragm Pump

The Thomas 1210 Series diaphragm liquid DC pump from Thomas Division (Sheboygan, WI) features the REFLEX valve design that provides a bubble-free liquid flow for fuel cell and diagnostic applications. Available in 12V and 24V...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Driver IC

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) offers the AUIRS4426S dual-channel, low-side driver IC for hybrid power train drives, direct fuel injection, and DC-DC converter applications. Available in an 8-lead package, the IC is a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rolled Ball Screws

Lee Linear (Piscataway, NJ) has introduced end-machined precision rolled ball screws available in a range of sizes and leads. Made from induction case-hardened alloy sheet, the screws are integrally sealed and are...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
MEMS Inclinometer

The PTAM27L series MEMS-based inclinometer from ASM Sensors (Elmhurst, NY) is designed for single- and dual-axis tilt angle measurements. For single-axis versions, measurement ranges span from ±15° to ±180°, in...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Vertical Lift Stage

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the ANT 130-5-V linear motor-driven wedge-style vertical lift stage that provides in-position stability for nanopositioning applications. It offers travel up to 5 mm and is a precision...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Stepper Motors

The Super Torque 5818 series stepper motors from Lin Engineering (Morgan Hill, CA) measure 2.4" and feature up to 305 oz-in of holding torque. Bipolar and unipolar windings are available with the option of a custom winding for...


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