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
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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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....

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Vibration isolators
Minus K® Technology
Inglewood, CA

Minus K Technology was chosen by ITT Space Systems, LLC, a...

Articles: Motion 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...

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...

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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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....

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
DC/DC Controller

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) has released the LTC3890/-1 highvoltage, dual-output, synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that draws 50μA when one output is active, and 60μA when both outputs are enabled. With both...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Positioning Sensor

The OLM distance measurement positioning sensor from SICK (Minneapolis, MN) is designed for high-speed positioning of overhead cranes, rail cars, elevators, and other vehicles. The vehicle can be positioned around curves...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Torque Location Sensor Arm

KolverUSA (Westford, MA) offers the torque location sensor arm, an intelligent system that ensures every screw in an assembly is in the correct location at the right torque. Assembly sequences and X-Y coordinates...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Identification Chip

B&R Industrial Automation Corp. (Roswell, GA) offers an embedded parameter integrated chip that stores mechanical and electronic motor data such as serial number, type, parameters, and manufacturer...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Process Pumps

KNF Neuberger (Trenton, NJ) offers process pumps for fuel cell applications for the delivery of natural gas and pure hydrogen. The pumps feature brushless DC motors and a double diaphragm system. Oil-free operation eliminates the risk of gas contamination. The pumps can achieve maximum flow rates up to 25 l/min, maximum vacuums up...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Encoder

Gurley Precision Instruments (Troy, NY) offers the A08/R108 series rotary encoder that provides both incremental (to 4,096 counts) and absolute (up to 12 bits) position information in an 8-mm-diameter package. Available in...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuator

Ultra Motion LLC (Cutchogue, NY) has introduced the Series A linear actuator that can be configured for stroke lengths up to 16", for forces up to 500 pounds, or for speeds up to 20" per second. Add-on equipment includes...


Upcoming Webinars: Materials

Protecting Power Electronics from EM and RF Interference

Upcoming Webinars: Electronics & Computers

Vehicle Electrification

Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The Evolution of SOSA

Upcoming Webinars: Software

Next-Gen Vehicle Architectures and the Role of HPCs

Tech Talks: Medical

Testing Home Healthcare Medical Devices

Upcoming Webinars: Software

Accelerating Pre-Silicon Software Development with Next-Gen...