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

THK America (Schaumburg, IL) has introduced a self-adjusting power linear bushing with cages engineered of resin that continually lubricates the rolling elements. The bushing also features a hardened steel ball plate with a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Series 2665/2685 WOB-L piston pumps by Thomas Products Div. (Sheboygan, WI) incorporates epoxy-coated head and valve plates for exterior corrosion protection, aluminum construction, and a Teflon piston seal that remains...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

PennEngineering® Motion Technologies (Harleysville, PA) offers the MAE® Series BM brushless servo motors that can be equipped with Hall effect sensors and encoders. The motors feature copper integrated in the...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Quickdraw® conveyor system from MagStar Technologies (Hopkins, MN) is designed for lab and cleanroom environments. It stands 2-7/8" and is only 1-1/2" wider than the transport tray. It uses sealed ball bearings rather...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The A-Track Series linear actuators from Warner Electric (South Beloit, IL) include a round, ground ball nut, a motor shaft supported by bearings rather than bushings, and limit switch and potentiometer options. The series...

Products: Motion Control

AC Technology, a member of the Lenze Group (Uxbridge, MA), has introduced the SMVector drive, featuring a power range of up to 20 Hp. Four modes (v/Hz, enhanced V/Hz, vector speed, and torque), high starting torque,...

Products: Motion Control

The KE/KW series of digital intelligent servo converters from AMK Drives and Controls (Richmond, VA) is comprised of infeed and modules in the power range up to 60 kVA. A compact system, the unit measures 170 × 320 × 160...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

PI L.P. (Auburn, MA) introduced NEXLINE®, a high-force, sub-nanometer resolution linear actuator for telescopic precision. Based on the PiesoWalk® drive principle, the all-ceramic, high stiffness actuators provide...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

LM76 (E. Longmeadow, MA) offers the Speed Guides™, two series of high-speed, compact linear guide systems. The Speed Demon OSG type and Speed Demon SG type linear guide systems are ideal for used in X, Y, or Z axes,...

Products: Motion Control

W.L. Gore & Associates (Elkton, MD) has introduced Gore™ Eye-Opener® DensiShield cable assemblies to transmit high-speed differential signals while reducing size and weight. A short cable exit and lightweight cable allow...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Performance Motion Devices (Lincoln, MA) released the Magellan™ family of motion control ICs. They provide smooth stop, abrupt stop, and system disable, and are available for DC brush, brushless DC, microstepping, and...

Products: Motion Control

Amacoil (Aston, PA) offers a reciprocating linear motion platform driven by a rolling ring drive that reciprocates automatically without requiring motor reversal. Designed for a PCB measurement/cleaning process,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Torque Transmission (Fairport Harbor, OH) has introduced a line of right-angle gear drives housed in glass-reinforced nylon, and are available in two model groups: RAB (standard right-angle drive) and MAD (for...

Products: Motion Control

SERVOSHAFT motion system control software from Danaher Motion (Wood Dale, IL) enables users to run all three functions of a control system (SCADA function, PLC, and motion control) from their own computers. The...

Products: Motion Control

A line of Koganei blow-type ionizers is available from Humphrey Products Co. (Kalamazoo, MI). Designed to remove static electricity and dust, the device is available in one-head, two-head, and compact models. A range of optional...

Products: Motion Control

The Series 330 motor protection circuit breakers from c3controls (Beaver, PA) are available with thermal and magnetic trip elements providing overload and short circuit protection, and magnetic trip element...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The DGEA cantilever electric linear actuator from Festo Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) is designed so the slide unit remains stationary while the profile moves axially. Suited for space-contained, multi-axis configurations, the motor...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

From LEE Controls (Piscataway, NJ) and designed for automated production lines, CNC machines, power transmission, and other linear motion applications, the SBC Profile Rail System incorporates linear guide rails and blocks and is...

Articles: Motion Control

All moving objects possess six degrees of freedom — three linear and three rotary. The task of a linear motion guideway is to eliminate, as closely as possible, five of these degrees...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Center for Rapid Transit Systems at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) is an internationally recognized drive systems and motion control research group with...

Application Briefs: Motion Control

Stern Pinball of Melrose Park, IL, is the only manufacturer of coin-operated pinball machines in the world. Today, Stern’s pinball games are designed using...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) has announced the DCP010507DB, a 1-W isolated, unregulated DC/DC converter, supporting an operating temperature range of -40 °C to 100 °C. The module provides thermal shutdown and...

Products: Motion Control

Balluff (Florence, KY) offers the Micropulse™ BIW transducer that uses a patented, pulsed-inductive technology. It features a wear-free, non-contact design that can be used where linear pots are used, such as plastic...

Products: Motion Control
Accelerometers

Wilcoxon Research (Gaithersburg, MD) has introduced the 788A accelerometers that feature a sensitivity of 100 mV/g. The accelerometer is a single-axis sensor with an acceleration range of +50 g. High-frequency response measurements up to 10 kHz identify faults and improper machine operation. Typical noise is 4 mg at 100 Hz. The...

Products: Motion Control

Performance Motion Devices (Lincoln, MA) has announced the ION™ brushless DC drive, a network-connected motion control drive. The fully enclosed compact module provides network connectivity, power amplification, and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The LCM 100 accelerometer from Jewel Instruments (Manchester, NH) is designed for industrial, commercial, and aerospace applications. It is engineered with micro-machined components. The 0.5G to 4.0G device meets the needs of...

Products: Motion Control

New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) offers the SQL Series SQUIGGLE piezo motor that measures 2.4 × 2.4mm and features a metal/ceramic composite construction. The motor holds position when power is turned off, conserving battery...

Products: Motion Control

Festo Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) has introduced the DMES electromechanical linear actuators that provide a feed force of up to 3000 N. The lead screw of the actuators is non-backdriveable, eliminating the need for an additional...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

The Torkdisc® rotary torque sensor system from the Force/Torque Division of PCB Piezotronics (Depew, NY) is a compact, in-line rotary torque sensor for spindle qualification testing of machining center and other torque...

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