Tutorial podcast: Expert advice on planning motion control projects

Motion control and mechatronics expert Lee Stephens describes the steps he takes when planning a motion control project in a new Control Engineering podcast.
By Control Engineering Staff July 29, 2008

Oak Brook, IL– Modeling for motion control designControl Engineering Website. “This is a‘growing’ process,” Stephens points out. “It’s not just trying to model the whole thing at once. That would be an insurmountable task.”

Control Engineering podcast explains how to plan a motion control project.

In the podcast, Stephens takes listeners through the entire system life cycle, from concept to maintenance, and describes how modeling bolsters effective operations at every step. “Armed with a model,” he asserts, “you have a lot more information at your disposal than if you had done a hit-or-miss job. You probably have enough information to troubleshoot it, even after it’s a product.”
“The model doesn’t go away!”
Along the way, Stephens describes the information needed at each step and where to get it. Starting with basic system requirements documentation, selecting the best top-level system design, evaluating control components, and verifying system performance through prototype testing, he points out the right approach to achieve the best results.
To download the entire podcast for free, visit the Control Engineering Website and click on the Podcast tab. Select the podcast you want to download.
This podcast was recorded during research for the July 2008 Control Engineering print magazine cover story entitled “

Modeling in Motion

,” which describes how the convergence of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering is changing the face of motion control design and development. To learn more, visit the Control Engineering Website and click on magazine, archive .

–  C.G. Masi , senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk
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