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.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

A series of RTX precision planetary gearheads from Sterling Instrument (New Hyde Park, NY) features high-torque design and are offered in standard NEMA sizes 60 and 90. These 36 gearheads, identified as the S9160AMRTX and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The C100A Variable Speed Controller from Fluid Metering (Syosset, NY) provides a control interface for the company’s Variable Speed Pumps. The C100A features both manual speed adjustment using a front-panelmounted rotary...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The ACOPOSmicro from B&R Industrial Automation Corp. (Roswell, GA) offers support for two servo motors, allowing users to integrate different drive types. The architecture enables changeover from a stepper to a servo motor,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) offers the CONEX-AGP controller preconfigured with an Agilis™ AG-LS25-27P linear stage that includes a miniature, built-in, direct-read linear encoder. The stage combines a piezo motor...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Johnson Electric (Vandalia, OH) has introduced the Saia® ULE Series linear stepper motors. Available in unipolar or bipolar configurations, the motors provide constant positioning force to 400 N over full travel...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Oriental Motor (Torrance, CA) offers encoder options for 0.36º and 0.72º stepping motors. The stepping motors are available as a stepping motor only, or as a stepping motor and driver package. The new stepping motor encoder...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
New Shepard rocket-propelled vehicle Blue Origin
Kent, WA
253-872-0411 www.blueorigin.com

Blue Origin has received funding from NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev)...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Many hydraulically operated machines perform adequately with on/off “bang-bang” valves, but some need special controls to avoid maintenance problems and deliver quality production...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Endo Tools Therapeutics (ETT) is a medical device company based in Brussels, Belgium that was established in 2008. The company was formed after an innovative research...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Crane Brake Release Tool

At the Rotation, Processing and Surge Facility (RPSF), the Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) segments are processed after they arrive by rail prior to a Shuttle launch. Using overhead bridge cranes capable of lifting up to 200 tons, the engineers remove the rail cover of the SRB segments, inspect the propellant grain and metal...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Sample acquisition from small bodies is a key capability needed for proposed comet and asteroid sample return missions. This investigation determines how to utilize shape memory...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

MICROMO (Clearwater, FL) offers the series 2232/2250 BX4 CSD/CCD compact drive and integrated motion controller from Faulhaber. The series incorporates the BX4 four-pole brushless technology with a single-axis motion...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

NovaTorque (Sunnyvale, CA) offers Premium Plus+ electric motors in 2 and 3 HP @ 1800 RPM as a motor system paired with a variable frequency drive, or as standalone motors. The 2-HP version has a full-load rated efficiency of...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Dunkermotoren USA (Elgin, IL) has introduced the BG75 series modular brushless permanent magnet motors driven by an integrated servo motor drive. The series is composed of 2.95" squared high-power-density...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Environmental friendliness, economy, and individuality are the fundamental ideas associated with the topic of eMobility (electromobility). The increasing scarcity of resources and constantly rising...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Pricing pressures, intense competition, and strict regulatory demands are challenging scientists and researchers in the fast-growing, highly-regulated pharmaceutical,...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

As recent events in Haiti and Argentina have highlighted, many urban buildings in seismically active regions worldwide are in need of reinforcement to resist earthquake damage. One challenge...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Piher North America (Libertyville, IL) offers the MTS 360 SMD rotary position sensor that combines a through-shaft design with 360° absolute position feedback in an ultra-miniature size. The non-contacting sensor measures 6 ×...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Oriental Motor (Torrance, CA) has introduced the SCX10 single-axis universal stepping motor controller that allows users to operate any motor via three serial communication protocols, including RS-232C, CANopen,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

J.H. Williams Tool Group, a unit of Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI), offers single-acting lock nut cylinders in diameter sizes from 2 to 12". Units are designed to support loads for extended periods without hydraulic...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Dytran Instruments (Chatsworth, CA) has released the 3363AT series miniature triaxial accelerometers for modal analysis testing and environmental stress screening. The IEPE-type piezoelectric sensors have a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Model 795 pneumatic dispensing valve from Tridak (Torrington, CT) dispenses very high-viscosity fluids, gels, and pastes that require high pressure to achieve suitable material flow. The valve can be used for silicone...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Maxon Motor (Fall River, MA) offers two new motor sizes with IP54 protection rating and mounting brakes. The commutated DC motors, with output power of 200 and 250W, are protected on the commutation side with sealed...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Hollis, NH) offers the PCM4806 IDEA™ programmable linear actuator drive that is RoHS compliant and optimized to regulate a low-current power stage suitable for controller can-stack linear...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
DC Motors

Pittman® Series 8690™ brush-commutated DC motors from AMETEK Technical & Industrial Products (Kent, OH) are 26-mm motors for data storage, medical, semiconductor processing, automation, and other high-performance applications. The iron core DC motors incorporate bonded neodymium iron boron magnets, and include 7-slot skewed...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) offers the XPSDRVP1, an XPS-compatible driver card for the piezoelectric stack-based NanoPositioning line of sub-nanometer-resolution stages. The driver eliminates the need for either an XPS...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) offers the Q42 dual-axis inclinometer sensor with a CANopen interface for angular tilt detection, and angle measurements of ±10, 45, and 60 degrees. The device measures angular tilt in reference to...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

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...

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