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.

Briefs: Motion Control
The gyroscope is smaller than a grain of rice — about 500 times smaller than the current state-of-the-art device.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
As advancements in technology continue to define how pneumatic or electromechanical linear devices lift, move, or place a load, the requirements of excellent closed-loop positioning and accuracy greatly increase
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Motor drivers, position sensors, offset couplings, and more.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Hardware and software tweak microwave patterns to discover the most efficient way to identify objects.
Briefs: Motion Control
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.
Briefs: Information Technology
The newest PLCs can directly access Internet resources, much like a mobile device, to obtain information for improving operations.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
Facility Focus: Wearables
See some of the world-changing tools and technologies launched by Caltech scientists, from earthquake monitoring to helping the blind see.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
These materials can be used in soft robotics, self-healing electronics, and medical devices.
INSIDER: Motion Control

A small, inexpensive, and highly accurate gyroscope, developed at the University of Michigan, navigates without GPS. The key to making the gyroscope is a nearly symmetrical mechanical...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Rutgers University engineers have created a tabletop device that can draw blood or insert catheters to deliver fluids and drugs. The device can accurately pinpoint blood vessels, improving success...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Massive manufacturing bots have evolved into something new — collaborative robots.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
The new Mars Rover Name is Perseverance, thanks to a suggestion from Virginia 7th grader Alex Mather.
Products: Packaging & Sterilization

Goodfellow (Coraopolis, PA) recently announced a new range of perovskites, a group of materials that demonstrate great potential for optoelectronic applications....

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This month: Sensors that measure weather, proximity, pH, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The bus is designed for high-frequency, high-temperature operation in electric drive systems and next-generation power electronics.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include valves, tubes, and other gas and fluid system components.
Products: Motion Control
Thermal cameras, testing software, an ion air knife, and more.
Briefs: Energy
This technology could impact new directions in robotics design.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Beta Technologies is putting their Electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (eVTOL) prototype through the wringer.
Briefs: Aerospace
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The new arm design enables unmanned aerial vehicles to fly in windy conditions.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The device retrains patients with spinal cord injury to sit more stably and gain an expanded active sitting workspace.
Blog: Test & Measurement
See what the SuperCam will do when it arrives on Mars in 2021.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A bulk-machined “Pop-Up” MEMS process was developed for creating mesoscale machines up to several centimeters in dimension.

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rutgers University engineers have developed an automated way to produce polymers, making it much easier to create advanced materials aimed at improving human health. While a human researcher...

Articles: Connectivity
5G has the potential to provide connectivity for a range of different uses in manufacturing.