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.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This system can track the motion of the entire body with a small sensory network.
Briefs: Motion Control
The integrated tool eliminates the need for manual operators or additional custom fixtures.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
When specifying servo motors for applications like a new machine or CNC retrofit, there are many considerations regarding servo motor performance and sizing.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
As 5G arrives, devices will need to expand I/O counts at the controller, as well as overall networking capabilities.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
See why Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. is excited for the potential of additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Tech Briefs asks industry experts about cybersecurity, the cloud, wireless devices, and securing a remote workforce.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
NASA Spinoff: Sensors/Data Acquisition
With a technique first used at NASA, researchers are making glasses that can improve your concentration.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
NASA-funded research by Clemson University scientists could lead to the creation of lighter, faster-charging batteries suitable for powering a spacesuit or even a Mars rover.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Some of the technologies coming from the UT labs include COVID antibody tests, self-watering soil, and the "DRACO" robot.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The battery can be used in flexible, stretchable electronics for wearables as well as soft robotics.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new method of linking materials with unique mechanical properties could enable robots made of robots.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This optical-based device measures position, velocity, and torque.
INSIDER: Motion Control

University of Pittsburgh researchers have utilized a catalytic reaction that causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously “morph” into a three-dimensional...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Tethered permanently shadowed Region EXplorer (T-REX) rover, designed and built by a team of Michigan Technological University students – is designed to provide reliable power and data to other...

White Papers: Aerospace
Advanced Power Conversion Technology Delivers Unrivaled Density, Efficiency and Performance

When converting 3-phase AC input power to an isolated and regulated DC output with power factor correction, the most common design methods use...

White Papers: Motion Control
Improve Performance and Reduce the Costs of Your Pneumatic Grippers

Pneumatic grippers are an integral part of pick-and-place, material transfer and part ejection applications, but traditional designs come with limitations. Fabco-Air SPG...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Robotics and Automation Lead to a Greater Appreciation of Nature?

Our lead INSIDER story today focused on the environmental impacts of robotics and automation.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Cost Effective High Precision Linear & Rotary Axes

Andantex USA offers modular system building blocks consisting of Racks, Pinions, Planetary Reducers, and lubrication systems to build linear axes of any length and move weights from 100 to...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Load Simulation for Test Benches

When designing a test bench, Particle brakes made by Merobel™ provide an excellent solution , because of their ability to generate a torque that is precise, variable and easy to control - at a reasonable...

Blog: Unmanned Systems
A survey of over 170 experts assessed the opportunities and challenges that drones, robots, and autonomous systems could have for urban nature and green spaces.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Precise Positioning: Choose the Ideal Table for Your Equipment

The positioning mechanism you choose must perform with accuracy and precision while offering the right attributes for your application. Your options for positioning tables...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Would You Use a 'Twining' Robotic Gripper?

Our lead INSIDER story today focused on a twining robotic gripper that its inventor says is especially effective at grabbing thin objects like pencils, paintbrushes, and even a straightened paperclip.

Products: Electronics & Computers
Radar sensors, cameras, RF processing systems, and more.
Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Stanford University’s School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The material, commonly found in house paint, can be used in a device to more efficiently process information.
Articles: Energy
A malaria-test "bandage"; underwater navigation via sound; and a biodegrading, implantable sensor.

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Briefs: Physical Sciences

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Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers

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