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
The system uses infrasonic acoustics for weather monitoring and for drone or UAV activity.
Briefs: Aerospace
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Briefs: AR/AI
A robot could immediately alert a human of small changes in their surrounding environment.
Products: Test & Measurement
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The system enables robots to predict what their human coworker will do next.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Briefs: Transportation
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
INSIDER: Materials

Researchers from the University of Houston have demonstrated “giant flexoelectricity” in soft elastomers that could improve robot movement range and make self-powered pacemakers a real...

Tech Talks: Robotics, Automation & Control
Developing Realistic Scenes to Enable Virtual Automated Driving Testing

This Tech Talk examines how to design 3D scenes for simulating and testing automated driving systems. The designed scenes can be exported to most driving simulation environments. Also discussed is how to create a scene using RoadRunner and then run it in CARLA, an...

Podcasts: Robotics, Automation & Control
In this episode of Here’s an Idea, we speak to three researchers who are finding ways to automate surgical tasks, from suturing,to spotting tumors.
White Papers: Motion Control
RESOLUTE™ Encoders Make RF Antenna Positioning Accuracy and Resolution 100 Times Better

Pacific Antenna Systems (PAS) designs, fabricates, and manufactures antenna systems that use radio frequency (RF) ranging from 1 to 110 GHz....

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The technology uses tactile sensing to identify objects underground.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Briefs: Motion Control
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Energy
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The design could contribute to various applications in the robotics field such as smart prosthetics and human-robot interaction.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Articles: Software
See how simulation software is being used to is automate the test process for vehicle rotors.
Technology Leaders: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
You may not be able to see them, but power anomalies that originate within your automated control system are costing you expensive downtime.
Briefs: Motion Control
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.

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