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.

White Papers : Automotive
Driving Change in the Age of Electric Vehicles

In the 21st century, electric vehicles will be king. Gasoline prices, energy security concerns and environmental awareness are the converging forces driving behavior change at the policy, regulatory and consumer level toward EVs. Manufacturers worldwide have accelerated the production of electric...

Question of the Week : Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Hummingbird Robots Help with Search-and-Rescue?

Purdue University researchers have created small flying robots that act like hummingbirds. Artificial intelligence, combined with flexible flapping wings, allows the robo-bird to teach itself new tricks.

Question of the Week : Robotics, Automation & Control
Would You Use a Robot to Help with Household Tasks?

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have built Blue, a low-cost robot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and deep reinforcement learning to master human tasks like folding laundry or making coffee.

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
A microrobot can take up to 8 hours to make. With the help of a 3D printer, University of Toronto engineers got the process down to 20 minutes
Want a Magnetized Medical Robot? Just 3D Print It
News : Medical
Answering Your Questions: How Do Medical Robots Help Surgeons?
Answering Your Questions: How Do Medical Robots Help Surgeons?
A reader asks: "With medical robots, what's in it for surgeons?"
Answering Your Questions: How Do Medical Robots Help Surgeons?
White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Diesel Engine Cylinder Deactivation for Improved System Performance over Transient Real-World Drive Cycles

Eaton’s Vehicle Group, was part of a team that authored “Diesel Engine Cylinder Deactivation for Improved System Performance over Transient Real-World Drive Cycles” which received the 2018 SAE John Johnson Award for...

Products : Lighting
New Products: May 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider
New Products: May 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Software for Enhanced Laser Processing

Prima Power Laserdyne (Champlin, MN) released of the FASTTRIM™ CAD/CAM software for use with its multi-axis precision laser processing...

New Products: May 2019 Photonics & Imaging Insider
Blog : Energy
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: Helicopter Drones
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: Helicopter Drones
Three new unmanned helicopters were unveiled at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL show in Chicago.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: Helicopter Drones
Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Flying Sea Glider
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Flying Sea Glider
A Navy Sea Glider can look for a target in mid-air or underwater.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019: A Flying Sea Glider
Products : Software
New on the Market: May 2019
New on the Market: May 2019

Position Sensors

Novotechnik, U.S., Southborough, MA, introduced Vert-X 2900 Series sensors that measure angular position and are available in single or redundant versions. Users can specify...

New on the Market: May 2019
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Changing the Automation Conversation
Changing the Automation Conversation

With advancements in manufacturing processes and materials, components in many industries are more precise with a new level of complex shapes. There is significant demand to create parts and assemblies...

Changing the Automation Conversation
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A Guide to Collaborative Robot Safety
A Guide to Collaborative Robot Safety

The ability of collaborative robots to share tasks with humans and flexibly adapt to new requirements can provide high returns on investment in a wide variety of industrial applications. Manufacturers...

A Guide to Collaborative Robot Safety
Application Briefs : Aerospace
Miniature Bearings Play a Major Role in Mars 2020 Mission
Miniature Bearings Play a Major Role in Mars 2020 Mission
Timken
North Canton, OH
www.timken.com

As NASA prepares for the launch of its newest Mars rover in 2020, Timken engineers have designed and tested its miniature...

Miniature Bearings Play a Major Role in Mars 2020 Mission
Briefs : Materials
Transparent, Self-Healing Electronic Skin

Scientists have taken inspiration from underwater invertebrates like jellyfish to create an electronic skin with similar functionality. Like a jellyfish, the electronic skin is transparent, stretchable, touch-sensitive, and self-healing in aquatic environments.

Articles : Software
An Introduction to Time of Flight Imaging
An Introduction to Time of Flight Imaging

Three-dimensional (3D) imaging applications are used in many different industries ranging from industrial pick and place, palletization/depalletization, warehouse, robotics, and metrology to...

An Introduction to Time of Flight Imaging
White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Extending Your Robot's Reach: Learn How to Use Linear Axis Systems to Increase the Positioning Range

The future of manufacturing and automation will focus on reducing manual operations, extending machinery ranges, increasing productivity, and reducing costs. Handling applications often include long distances between machines, such as with...

INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Robots Created with 3D Printers
Soft Robots Created with 3D Printers

Recent advances in material science have enabled the fabrication of robots with deformable bodies or the ability to reshape when touched, but the complex design, fabrication, and control of soft robots...

Soft Robots Created with 3D Printers
White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Tolerance Rings Can Save Your Design When Mounting Ball Bearings

These unique circular fasteners can secure and mount ball bearings within housings or to shafts by exerting radial holding forces. A series of equally spaced waves or corrugations formed into their circumference act as springs to retain ball bearings in place. The amount of...

White Papers : Automotive
How mmWave Radar Will Influence Autonomous Driving Systems

Automotive radar is today’s leading sensing technology for increasing driving safety in all environmental conditions. Advanced automotive radar takes advantage of 76 – 81Ghz band higher frequency and 5 Ghz wider bandwidth for better resolutions, smaller and lighter sensor design, for...

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Complimentary White Paper on the Basics of Bellows Couplings

In case you haven't read it yet, R+W would like to recommend this short technical article describing the how and why of torsionally rigid bellows couplings. This white paper will cover where they come from, how they're made, proper sizing techniques, why people use them, and more....

INSIDER : Robotics, Automation & Control
AI-Based Human-Friendly Robot
AI-Based Human-Friendly Robot

Blue – a low-cost, human-friendly robot – was designed with durable, plastic parts and high-performance motors that total less than $5,000 to manufacture and assemble. Its arms are sensitive to outside...

AI-Based Human-Friendly Robot
White Papers : Automotive
Green Light on Lidar

For driverless cars to see mainstream adoption, engineers must solve lidar design challenges including detection range and field of view, adaptability to environmental factors, and safety. Engineering teams are debating the best design choices, with no clear winner.

Question of the Week : Robotics, Automation & Control
Would You Want to Work Alongside a 'Handle' Robot?

Another video featured on Tech Briefs TV this week demonstrated a robot from Boston Dynamics called "Handle." The bipedal wheeled robot takes on material handling tasks like pallet building and truck unloading for warehouse logistics. Take a look for yourself.

Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
Automate Show 2019: Introducing New Robots to North America
Automate Show 2019: Introducing New Robots to North America
On day one of the Automate show in Chicago, Stäubli introduced its new TS2 four-axis robots to the North American market.
Automate Show 2019: Introducing New Robots to North America
Question of the Week : Robotics, Automation & Control
Have You Used Collaborative Robots?

Last week, a Tech Briefs reader asked our expert: "Can collaborative robots help manufacturers looking to scale their business?"

Briefs : Propulsion
Transforming Flat Elastomers into 3D Shapes
Transforming Flat Elastomers into 3D Shapes

Mechanical systems such as engines and motors rely on two principal types of motions of stiff components: linear motion, which involves an object moving from one point to another in a straight...

Transforming Flat Elastomers into 3D Shapes
Articles : Transportation
Selecting Electric Traction Solutions for AGVs and Mobile Robots
Selecting Electric Traction Solutions for AGVs and Mobile Robots

Smarter, better, faster, less expensive — those words are the mantra of today’s global economy. As organizations seek to streamline operations and do more with less, they...

Selecting Electric Traction Solutions for AGVs and Mobile Robots
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Failsafe Linear Magnetic Brakes
Failsafe Linear Magnetic Brakes

Linear permanent magnet brakes, also known as eddy current brakes, are a failsafe, power-free deceleration system that is used in conjunction with a metal reaction plate. Ceramic or rare earth magnets are...

Failsafe Linear Magnetic Brakes
Briefs : Materials
Multimaterial 3D Printing Used to Develop Fast-Response, Stiffness-Tunable, Soft Actuator
Multimaterial 3D Printing Used to Develop Fast-Response, Stiffness-Tunable, Soft Actuator

Fast-response, stiffness-tunable (FRST) soft actuators — or movable machine elements — were developed that could be used in soft robots.

Multimaterial 3D Printing Used to Develop Fast-Response, Stiffness-Tunable, Soft Actuator
Briefs : Materials
Smart Microrobots Adapt to Surroundings
Smart Microrobots Adapt to Surroundings

Researchers, drawing inspiration from bacteria, have designed smart, bio-compatible microrobots that are highly flexible. Because these devices are able to swim through fluids and modify their shape...

Smart Microrobots Adapt to Surroundings