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
Thin Motor

The MigaOne™ motor from Miga Motor Company (Berkeley, CA) is a powerful but lightweight linear actuator built directly onto a PCB substrate. Now being adapted for use by NASA and Boeing, the wafer-thin motor is smaller than a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Heavy-Duty Slide

The HepcoMotion HDS2 from Bishop-Wisecarver (Pittsburg, CA), offers system capacities up to 68kN, and adds new bearing sizes including a 150mm diameter vee bearing and a 144mm diameter taper roller bearing. Maximum single...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Hose Products Quick Reference Guide

Parker Hannifin Corp. (Wickliffe, OH) has released a new Hose products Division Quick Reference Guide (Bulletin 4400-B13) describing the division’s hydraulic, Push-Lok®, suction and return,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Ball Valve

Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC, has announced a line of compact ball valves for a wide range of heavy duty chemical, water, and wastewater applications. The QVC and QTA series ball valves feature a rugged, all-plastic...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Digital Pump Drives

The Masterflex L/S digital pump drive from Cole-Parmer (Vernon Hills, IL) has a high-contrast LCD graphical interface that eases setup and operation. The LCD shows four operating modes: continuous run, timed dispense,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Positioning Drive

For space-restricted position and speed control applications, Baumer Ltd. (Southington, CT) has introduced a line of FlexiDrive positioning drives, which integrate absolute encoders with an assortment of motors, drives,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Stage

The model DT 65-LM rotary stage from Steinmeyer, Inc. (Burlington, MA) measures a low 25mm high and 105mm long. It weighs only 0.35kg, but can support loads up to 80Newtons. Driven by a piezo linear motor, the stage has a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Drives

The SV Series servo drives from Applied Motion Products (Watsonville, CA) are compact 5.0 × 3.0 × 1.75in. programmable OEM servo drives designed to make servo systems an option in applications that could benefit from their...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Solenoid Valves

The 310/410 series solenoid valve from Humphrey Products Co. (Kalamazoo, MI) is a compact 1/8-in., ported 3-way and 4-way, direct- acting solenoid valve that provides high reliability in various pneumatic applications. The...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Borst Adapters

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) announces a series of tuohy borst adapters. These three adapters comprise a PVC body with a Triax® (ABS/nylon) cap. The silicone gasket is chemically resistant, prevents backflow of fluids and secures...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuator

The QLZE / QSZE / QST-KE) modular linear actuator from Nook Industries (Cleveland, OH) has a stainless steel cover band that wraps over the square aluminum profiles – creating an optimal solution to combat caustic wash-down issues. The stainless steel housing also protects the aluminum profile from exposure to damage due to...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Piezo Amplifier Module

The E-617 high-power piezo amplifier from Physik Instrumente (Auburn, MA) is suited for high-dynamic switching and scanning applications. Its innovative efficient circuitry based on energy recovery technology reduces...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Indexing Drive

The RS indexing drive from Amacoil (Aston, PA) is available in seven sizes to meet axial thrust requirements from 22 to 450 pounds. The drive is available in five different linear pitch settings. The model RS linear...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Feedback System

Sick Stegmann Inc. (Dayton, OH) has available a new Guide to Motor Feedback Systems for Electric Drives. The guide provides an overview of Sick Stegmann’s motor feedback systems for high precision speed and position...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Control Processor

The Magellan motion control processor from Performance Motion Devices, Inc. (Lincoln, MA) comes in one, two, three, and four-axis chip set versions that can control DC brush, brushless DC, micro stepping, and pulse &...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
I/O Module

Holjeron (Tualatin, OR) has introduced the Aqua Series I/O modules for DeviceNet™. The module is designed for outdoor use in temperatures as low as -30 C and as high as 70 C. They are available in four analog input, four analog...

Reactive, avoidable equipment repairs are a leading contributor to lost productivity in industrial manufacturing operations. Parts with an average selling price of just a few...

Advances in digital hardware technology and software innovations now allow a single digital servo drive to be configured to work in a variety of machine control architectures.

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electronic Motion Controller Simplifies Hydraulic Press Controls

What do you do if you’re in the business of producing a wide variety of metal presses to meet special customer requirements? You choose your system components wisely, and...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Maxon Drive Prevents Bottlenecks for Bottle Cap Maker

Maxon’s MCD EPOS integrated power drive was used by a wine and liquor bottling operation to control the cutting of shrink-wrapped film over the bottleneck and cork or cap.

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
QuickSilver Servo Motors Drive Autonomous Vehicles

The design of remotely operated, autonomous battery-powered vehicles places special requirements on motion control systems. High torque at low speeds is needed to climb over obstacles, while higher speed operation is needed for cruise speed. Efficient operation from lower voltages (12V to 48V)...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Stepper Motor/Drive

The STM Drive+Motor solution from Applied Motion Products (Watsonville, CA) is a stepper drive and motor unit fused into a single device that saves space, wiring and cost, when compared with conventional motor/drive...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Conveyor Control

Holjeron (Tualatin, OR) has unveiled conveyor control assemblies and 24 VDC motor-driven rollers able to operate in extreme temperature and humidity conditions.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Digital Motion Control

The SPiiPlus HP Series motion control module from ACS Motion Control (Plymouth, MN) is available in PC-based, standalone, or rack-mounted multi-axis controllers that support direct-connected servo or stepper motors and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Drive

The Accelnet Micro servo drive from Copley Controls (Canton, MA) mounts directly onto pc boards and delivers 6 A at 90 V for brushless and brush-type servo motors. It works in a range of system architectures and is compatible...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
MOSFSET Chipset

A 25V synchronous buck converter DirectFET® MOSFET chipset from International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) is designed for point-of-load (POL) converter designs, and server, high-end desktop and notebook computer applications....

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Quadrature Encoder

The ADAM-5081 high-speed quadrature encoder and counter module from the Industrial Automation Group of Advantech (Cincinnati, OH) provides isolation of 2,500VDC, a high-speed frequency mode (5 Hz to 1 MHz), and a counter...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Load Actuator

The MX Series linear actuator from Pacific Bearing Company (Rockford, IL) comes in belt-driven vertical and horizontal configurations, and in a choice of sizes. The actuator has large cam rollers to carry high loads at greater...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Position Sensor

The A40-HR 20P linear position and velocity sensor from Visi-Trak (Charlottesville, VA) provides control resolution exceeding 0.001 in. at 200 inches per second. The auto-calibrating sensor can sense any stroke length, suiting it for hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders or any linear actuator requiring high speed and...

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