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.

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Learn the differences between bipolar and unipolar motors, their driving methods, and advantages and limitations.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Briefs: Motion Control
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Linear motion bearings, magnetic angle encoders, isolation valves, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Application Briefs: Data Acquisition
RightHand Robotics combines machine vision with an intelligent gripper design to make more adaptable robots.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These common pneumatic circuits can be used alone or as building blocks in larger pneumatics systems.
Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An OEM must think about how to build a machine that will work on any kind of power system.
Briefs: Propulsion
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Motion Control
SMA tube elements drive rotary and ring gear motion in compact, powerful actuators.
Articles: Motion Control
Learn about widely used communications technologies for motion control.
Briefs: Motion Control
The lightweight brake rotor design with high heat dissipation uses novel surface cooling technology.
Articles: Transportation
A new COVID test, a "ChromoUpdate," and NASA's brake rotor.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot firmly but gently grasps objects as small as 1 millimeter in diameter.
Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
WPI supports research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, cybersecurity, and fire safety.
Briefs: Energy
Solid-state batteries offer a higher level of safety and potentially longer life than lithium-ion batteries.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

While soft robots hold promise in applications ranging from search-and-rescue efforts to wearable exoskeletons, the technologies are often held back by the electronics, says William Grover,...

INSIDER: Motion Control

A team of scientists has uncovered how heavy, motorized objects climb steep slopes — a newly discovered mechanism that also mimics how rock climbers navigate inclines. The “micro-swimmers” are about...

INSIDER: Motion Control

Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University developed a method that allows non-contact manipulation of small objects using sound waves.

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Engineers at UC Riverside developed an air-powered computer memory that can be used to control soft robots. Existing systems for controlling pneumatic soft robots still use electronic...

White Papers: Connectivity
Fiber Optic Emergency Stops for Harsh Environment Applications

Fiber optic emergency stops provide immunity to EMI, RFI, and lightning; are inherently safe; and can operate at extremely long distances up to 10 kilometers. This whitepaper...

On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Auto, Aero and Defense Electrification: Optimizing Induction Motor Design for Manufacturing

As the demand for electrification continues to grow globally, the automotive, aerospace, and defense markets face unprecedented challenges. New technologies are placing greater demands on motors in terms of operating speeds, temperatures, and...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Future of Autonomous Driving is Almost Here
How Artificial Intelligence, Digitalization, and Simulation are ramping up to enable validation of game-changing advances in autonomous vehicles.

Autonomous driving is changing the way we...

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
UC Berkeley engineers have created a lightweight and durable robot that achieves exquisite control and agility by modulating the electrostatic forces between its feet and surfaces.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects for picking and sorting or tool use.
Briefs: Communications
Servo motion control delivers powerful, fast, and precise movement onboard robots and for associated equipment.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The open-architecture flight software package provides solutions for onboard orbit determination.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A production-based X-ray solution performs product quality evaluation directly on the manufacturing line.

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