CNC, Motion Control
Specialist cleaning and polishing equipment complete the process. Courtesy: Sulzer
CNC, Motion Control July 9, 2019

New technologies reducing lead times for spare parts

Digitalization and new manufacturing techniques have paved the way for a dramatic improvement in lead times.

By Daniela Haldenwang
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control June 18, 2019

Algorithm developed to predict and inform robots where humans are headed

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that accurately aligns partial trajectories in real-time, allowing motion predictors to accurately anticipate the timing of a person’s motion to make human-robot interaction safer.

By Jennifer Chu
System-integrated motion design software promotes proactive machine design by making it easier to match motor and drive equipment to all mechanical machine components. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
CNC, Motion Control June 11, 2019

CNC technology developments help engineers cut corners in all the right ways

Cover Story: Automation technologies continue convergence across platforms and computer numerical control (CNC) technology advances, along with faster control hardware and software, allow engineers to complete more accurate cuts in less time.

By Matt Prellwitz
Dr. Alexander Broos, VDW, German Machine Tool Builders Association, spoke at OPC Day, Sept. 13, 2018, at IMTS in Chicago, explaining that non-standard connections are among machine builders’ challenges. With OPC UA from OPC Foundation, there already is connectivity, he said. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control June 10, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 3-9

Articles about the Career and Salary Survey, CNC digitalization, alarm management and process safety, process instrumentation education, and asset performance in refineries were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
CNC, Motion Control June 8, 2019

Is automation going too far?

International: Just because something can be automated doesn’t mean it should. Pay attention to the details. High-profile mission-critical automation applications and smaller-scale control systems should optimize reliability, safety and efficiency.

By Stone Shi
The global motion control market is projected to grow with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7% from 2018 to 2022, reaching $20.5 billion in 2022. Courtesy: IHS Markit
CNC, Motion Control June 2, 2019

Using motion control to upgrade motors for machine design

Inside Machines: Motion control product demand has increased for many machine design applications as the economy has improved. However, different markets have different expectations and needs, forcing suppliers to be flexible.

By Sudhakar Chaudhary
Machine tool programmers and engineers that use Renishaw’s GoProbe macros could save significant time and labor with the use of Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc.’s Interactive Cycle Insertion screens on its M8 Series of CNC controls. The new software screens can integrate Renishaw GoProbe macros with CNC controls. Courtesy: Mitsubishi Electric
CNC, Motion Control May 31, 2019

Easier CNC programming, probe system integration

Cover Story: Computer numerical controls (CNC) trends for machine control include easier integration of systems, such as measuring probes, to save up to 90% setup time.

By CFE Media
Dr. Alexander Broos, VDW, German Machine Tool Builders Association, spoke at OPC Day, Sept. 13, 2018, at IMTS in Chicago, explaining that non-standard connections are among machine builders’ challenges. With OPC UA from OPC Foundation, there already is connectivity, he said. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control May 31, 2019

Standard interface simplifies CNC digitalization

Cover Story: VDW, the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association, said the first concrete OPC UA companion specification based on a realistic set of parameters will be presented at EMO Hannover 2019 in September. The interface allows data exchange from and among machines with different control systems. See more answers in “Flexibility in a marketable standard.”

By Annedore Bose-Munde
To bring more human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicle navigation, MIT researchers have created a system that enables driverless cars to check a simple map and use visual data to follow routes in new, complex environments. Courtesy: Chelsea Turner, MIT
CNC, Motion Control May 27, 2019

Bringing human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicles

MIT researchers have developed an autonomous control system that “learns” the steering patterns of human drivers as they navigate roads in a small area, using only data from video camera feeds and a simple GPS-like map. See video.

By Rob Matheson
For a standard turbine fan such as the diagram shows here, a typical simulation would only include sections S1, R2 and S2. New research from the GUIde 6 Consortium is now showing that including R3 is important to the accuracy of the simulations. Courtesy: Shreyas Hegde/Duke University
CNC, Motion Control May 26, 2019

Guiding vibration simulations for turbines

The Duke-led GUIde Consortium develops faster, more accurate simulations of turbine blade vibrations to help aeronautical engineers develop safer jet turbines with lower maintenance costs.

By Ken Kingery