Motion Control/​Automation

Topics:

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: Software
The technology could be useful in manufacturing and assembly plants for sorting packages, or in any environment where humans and robots collaborate.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new general-purpose optimizer can speed up the design of walking robots, self-driving vehicles, and other autonomous systems.
Briefs: Design
Acoustic optimization for anti-phase asymmetric rotor.
Application Briefs: Materials
Keeping oil and gas production facilities running smoothly is among the toughest challenges in any industry.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Although the basic function of cotton gins is quite old, today’s versions can benefit further from modernized control systems.
Briefs: Motion Control
Interactive program aids motion planning for environments with obstacles.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The piezoelectric “meta-bot” is capable of propulsion, movement, sensing, and decision-making.
Briefs: Communications
Researchers built electroluminescent soft artificial muscles for flying, insect-scale robots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robots will be challenged to carry out work too dangerous for humans.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A team of engineers from the University of Glasgow led by Professor Ravinder Dahiya developed an artificial skin with a new type of processing system based on...

Articles: AR/AI

Although industrial factories and processing plants have long been automated, it remains vital for human decision-making to be involved in operations, sometimes to a great extent. Automation in...

Briefs: Aerospace
Gust load alleviation is an increasing concern for the design of fixed-wing aircraft with ultra-high aspect wings.
Briefs: Aerospace
A lightweight alternative to rudders for aircraft with spanwise adaptive wings.
Briefs: Design
A self-aligning, self-healing system for pneumatics and cryogenics with applications in aerospace.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A designer’s job gets much more complicated when artificial intelligence is part of the system.
INSIDER: Unmanned Systems

An autonomous spacecraft exploring the far-flung regions of the universe descends through the atmosphere of a remote exoplanet. The vehicle, and the researchers who programmed...

INSIDER: Design

Mimicking the human body, specifically the actuators that control muscle movement, is of immense interest around the globe. In recent years, it has led to many innovations to improve...

INSIDER: Aerospace

If you’ve ever made an origami paper crane, using folds and creases to transform a square piece of craft paper into the delicate long-necked bird, it may seem odd that...

INSIDER: Medical

A new method of generating gaits for robotic assistive devices aims to guarantee stability and achieve more natural locomotion for different users. The method is being developed by a team at...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Exoskeleton Device Helps Stroke Victims Regain Hand Function

Many of our daily activities involve our hands’ prehensile abilities. While able-bodied people don’t think twice when using a spoon or lifting a glass, these actions are nearly impossible for someone unable to grasp things with their fingers.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electro-Hydraulic Steering Solutions Explained

The decentralized nature of EVs gives engineers the freedom to rethink the design of steering systems with an eye toward reducing complexity, improving performance and decreasing maintenance...

Question of the Week: Propulsion
Tiny Robotic Crab Is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny peekytoe crab.

White Papers: Motion Control
DieQua’s Standard Gearboxes Modified for any Application

Gearboxes are essential components for machines in practically every industry. They must comply with the environmental, safety, and production/efficiency regulations and standards...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Implant Allows Amputees to Use Mind to Control Robotic Arm

A more accurate, less-invasive technology allows amputees to move a robotic arm using their brain signals instead of their muscles. Researchers have created a small, implantable device that attaches to the peripheral nerve in a person’s arm. When combined with an artificial...

Special Reports: Green Design & Manufacturing
Vehicle Electrification - July 2022

Innovation is happening at a rapid pace in the e-mobility space. Read this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Truck & Off-Highway Engineering to learn about...

Special Reports: Propulsion
Space Technology - July 2022

Read about a novel approach to space mining, an advanced propulsion system for hypersonic flight to Mach 17, how digital technology is fueling a new space economy, and much more in this compendium of recent...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University took an all-terrain vehicle on wild rides through tall grass, loose gravel, and mud to gather data about how the ATV...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny peekytoe crab.

INSIDER: Propulsion

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Pennsylvania have developed soft robots that are capable of navigating complex environments,...

Videos