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.

The worlds of biomedical and motion control are joining at the hip, with motors, controllers, actuators, and other motion control components becoming key elements in advanced...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Universal Joint Carries Power in Surgical Device

Belden Inc., a manufacturer of universal joints, has developed a miniaturized universal joint for a surgical tool developed by Tuebingen Scientific Medical GmbH for minimally invasive surgical...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Linear Rails Bear Weight of New X-Ray Table Apps

Arcoma, one of the world’s leading providers of automatic x-ray equipment, faced the challenge of redesigning one its flagship products, the Arcoma mobile imaging table, because new...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Encoder Helps Track Molecular Level Movement

What good is a $100,000 ultra-precision inverted microscope if it can’t hold focus? That’s the problem facing researchers involved in an increasing number of genetic experiments.

Cargo Management System Jeremy Connell
Blacksburg, VA

Standard truck beds lack the ability to secure loose items easily. The Cargo Management System...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless Motor Design Kit

Luminary Micro (Austin, TX) has introduced the Stellaris brushless DC motor control reference design kit, enabling designers without prior motor control experience to implement an advanced motor control system. The kit comprises a four-quadrant controller for three-phase brushless DC motors rated up to 36V, 500W, and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Bevel Gear Drives

The TDB254WR wide-wheel bevel gear drive from ABM Drives (Germany) incorporates special gearing to produce the industry’s tightest swing radius – just 7in. – for wide wheel capability with zero-offset drive. Designed...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Load Cells

A family of industrial load cells from Stellar Technology (Amherst, NY) includes 20 models covering ranges from 5 lb to 1,000,000 lb. These cells are available in pancake, rod end, miniature, through-hole, load pin, beam, and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuators and Amplifiers

Four new series of piezoelectric stacked actuators from Physik Instrumente L.P. (Auburn, MA) are equipped with the advanced PIC 255 PICA(TM) Power piezoceramic stacks. Designated the P-212, P-216, P-225, and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Absolute Encoder

The Acuro(TM) AD34 and AD35 absolute encoders from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) utilizes the company’s proven OptoASIC engine for reliable absolute positioning and speed feedback up to 10,000 RPM. This high-speed capability,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
PTFE Bearing Liner

A maintenance-free PTFE bearing liner from Aurora Bearing (Montgomery, IL) provides an alternative to fractured race and light series spherical bearings in hydraulic cylinders in both Metric and inch versions. They are...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Single-Axis Motion Control

Maxon’s (Fall River, MA) Freedom Series motion control development tool is a motion control package offered with a choice of four brushless motor options sized from 16 to 40 mm in diameter and up to 1/16 hp. It...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Translation Stages

Linear translation stages from Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ) are available with travel track distances as long as 24 in. The stages use rack-and-pinion positioning with accuracy of 0.01 in., and are designed to...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuated Sensor

BI Technologies’ (Fullerton, CA) 400 Series linear actuated sensor is offered with and without end bearings to suit the different grades of various applications. Redundant output is available, and stroke size ranges...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Accelerometer

Dytran Instruments’ 3234A series IEPE accelerometer is available in three versions with varying sensitivities and range. Model 3234A1 is rated 10mV/g, Model 3234A2 is 100mV/g, and Model 3234A3 is 500mV/g.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Industrial Joysticks

The J6 line of industrial joysticks from Elobou Sensor Technology (Lake Bluff, Ill.) is designed for heavy-duty use on vehicles and equipment including machinery, cranes, forklifts, and material handling devices. They...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Microactuator

New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) has added a smaller, lower-power module to its SQL-M line of SQUIGGLE(R) micro-actuators. The SQL-M-1.8 micro-actuator module measures 13.5 × 4.3 × 4.2 mm – 35 percent smaller than the...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mini Bearing

Igus Inc. (East Providence, RI) is offering a highly-resistant bearing with a wall thickness of just 3 mm. Part of the company’s line of igubal(R) spherical bearings, the bearing requires minimal installation space, is self...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Control Reference Platform

The R8C/25-based motor control reference platform from Renesas Technology (San Jose, CA) accelerates the design of brushless DC motor applications. The platform allows engineers to quickly bring the latest...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless DC Pump

Thomas Products Div. (Sheboygan, WI) has introduced a brushless DC WOB-L(R) air compressor and vacuum pump for medical and other applications requiring a small-size and lightweight pump with variable output. The 250 Series pump measures 4.25 x 4.54 x 3.02 in. and weighs only 1.9 lbs.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Temp Bearing Materials

Metallized Carbon Corp. (Ossining, NY) has unveiled the Metcar Grade 2500 and Metcar Grade 9800 from its Resistox (TM) family of high temperature mechanical grades. Treated with a specially formulated oxidation...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuators

Haydon Switch & Instrument (Waterbury, CT) now offers its size 14 hybrid linear actuators with an integrated connector. Offered alone or with a harness assembly, this connector is RoHS compliant and features a positive latch...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Precision Tensioning Brake

Placid Industries’ Hystereis brakes features the company’s patented Cog-Buster to automatically smooth braking torque. Frictionless torque is produced by internal magnetic fields rather than contact between...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Clutch/brake Module

Warner Electric’s Gen 2 electromagnetic clutch/brake modules feature several enhancements in performance and appearance, compared to the original C-Face design.

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Protecting AC Motors From Destructive Shaft Currents

The use of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) to control AC motors has increased dramatically in recent years. In addition to low operating cost and high performance, they save energy....

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Getting on the Right Motion Bus

As modern machines have become more advanced, the complexity involved in motion control has escalated. Today, servos have replaced cams and gears on machines and multiple axis of synchronized motion control...

The trend in aircraft design is toward more efficient brushless DC motors. A integrated motor drive module for brushless DC motors from International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) reduces the effort...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Custom inserts solve reel torque problems

As a leading supplier of fishing equipment and accessories, Penn Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Co. provides customers with high-quality, competitively priced, cutting edge products that meet the highest possible industry standards.

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Configurable Components Ease Sourcing For Machine Company

ABCO Automation, Greensboro, NC, has consistently decreased costs and increased profits by looking for new ways to source custom components used in machine builds.

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