Motion Control/​Automation

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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.

Briefs: Materials
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Aerospace
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pneumatic technologies such as control valves continue to evolve, incorporating sensors, industrial network interfaces, wireless technology, and more.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new type of control system may broaden robots’ range of tasks and allow safer interactions with people.
Articles: Motion Control
Specially designed brake controls are a critical factor of brake performance in any application.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
There is a growing demand for direct-drive motors.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
This system enables battery-free ocean exploration with applications ranging from marine conservation to aquaculture.
Briefs: Automotive
This compact beam steering technology has applications in autonomous navigation, AR, and neuroscience.
Articles: Software
The more complex the vehicle, the greater the need for comprehensive design solutions.
Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Aerospace & Defense Sensing - April 2021

A microwave radiation sensor offers 100,000 times greater sensitivity...Nature-inspired sensors help autonomous machines to see better...New accelerometers aid the development of Electric Vertical...

5 Ws: Materials
A medical patch can be folded around minimally invasive surgical tools and delivered through airways, intestines, and other narrow spaces.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Virtual Commissioning for a New, Competitive Injection Molding Machine

The injection molding industry is a diverse, competitive market where innovative products must meet demanding requirements. For many companies, these requirements...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
E-Book - Virtual Commissioning: Why New Designs Fail

Today's production systems require extensive development and validation to meet the needs of the highly competitive manufacturing industry. This is a high-risk activity and manufacturers...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Army-funded researchers created nanosized robots that could enable locomotion, novel metamaterial design, and high-fidelity sensors. Cornell University researchers created micron-sized shape memory actuators...

INSIDER: Motion Control

There are some tasks that traditional rigid robots aren’t cut out for. Soft-bodied robots, on the other hand, may be able to interact with people more safely or slip into tight spaces with ease. But...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Robotics researchers are developing exoskeleton legs capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
White Papers: Motion Control
Demystifying the 2:1 Ratio and the Stick-Slip Phenomenon

One of the most frequently misunderstood principles regarding the use of plain bearings is the 2:1 Ratio. Most engineers are taught this principle which states there is an allowable...

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

A robot being developed at Tel Aviv University "hears" electrical signals, thanks to a natural sensor: the ear of a dead locust.

White Papers: Test & Measurement
White Paper: Simplicity® Bearings from PBC Linear vs. DryLin® Bearing from Igus

This white paper combines months of application research and experiments with years of recorded data on each product, bringing a final resolution as to which...

White Papers: Medical
White Paper: Eliminating Artifact Lines with Consistent Linear Motion

There is great need for linear guidance systems that provide consistent repeatable performance in the field of large format digital image scanning such as architectural...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Do You See Applications for Electronics-Free Robots?

In our lead INSIDER story today, UCSD researcher Dylan Drotman talked to Tech Briefs about his team’s air-powered robot.

Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
Unmanned Systems - March 2021

Drones that swarm and change shape mid-flight... autonomous combat vehicles on the battlefield...the latest in counter-UAS technology. Read about new advances in air and ground unmanned systems in this report...

Briefs: Motion Control
Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
Briefs: Motion Control
Hundreds of drones can recharge autonomously on unmanned ground vehicles.
Application Briefs: Transportation
With new vehicles, automotive manufacturers will need to closely monitor the current flowing to the motor.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably, even without GPS.
Products: Test & Measurement
Rain detectors, beacons, flow meters, and more.
Application Briefs: Automotive
See what kinds of sensors are supporting self-driving vehicles.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
In-air UAV docking, digital communication via touch, and a computer-vision monitor for diabetes.

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