CNC, Motion Control

Students work during the summer with Purdue’s Mach 6 quiet wind tunnel. The tunnel will be involved in research by a new multidisciplinary hypersonics program. Courtesy: John Underwood, Purdue University
Labs, Research October 27, 2020

Universities team up to improve hypersonics research and facilities

Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame are pairing their hypersonics research and facilities to improve the next generation of high-speed vehicles capable of flying beyond Mach 5.

By Brian Huchel
Courtesy: Posital Fraba
Sensors, Vision October 16, 2020

How hollow-shaft encoders break the multi-turn barrier

Adding multi-turn measurement capabilities to hollow-shaft encoders used to be challenging, but adding a Wiegand wire system makes it easier and expands usable applications, including robotics.

By Christian Fell
Courtesy: Motion Industries
Robotics September 16, 2020

Do cobots replace people in manufacturing?

The debate has been long — and shall continue — whether automation replaces humans or increases productivity, quality and safety

By Joseph H. Schwartz
As the only controller to support two safety networks simultaneously, Omron’s NX-SL5 makes it easy to connect servos via FailSafe over Ethernet (FSoE) and enable safety control with fast cycle times for motion applications. Courtesy: Omron Automation Americas
Safety September 12, 2020

Three ways to avoid motion-related safety pitfalls

Machine builders can help end users avoid motion-related safety incidents by performing risk assessments and ensuring proper equipment is installed.

By Todd Mason-Darnell and Pam Horbacovsky
Courtesy: Festo
Safety September 10, 2020

Three tips for designing a trouble-free pneumatics system

Speed, force, and size are vital to the compressed air system, but so are external, internal, and safety considerations.

By Darren O’Driscoll
Courtesy: EASA
Motors, Drives September 8, 2020

How to field test 3-phase squirrel cage motors

Maintenance of critical machines depends on the diagnostic electrical testing of installed 3-phase squirrel cage motors, interpretation of results and key points of physical inspection

By Thomas H. Bishop, P.E.
Courtesy: TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH
Safety Standards September 1, 2020

Ensure software updates protect motion control

Product safety and operational safety of elevators require that software and software-updates are under control. See list of standards to help lower risk for motion control applications.

By Dr. Rolf Zöllner
Courtesy: Festo
Robotics August 10, 2020

Automation helps with COVID-19, energy efficiency, robotics, non-contact motion control, STEM

Automation innovation has opportunities to help with COVID-19 pandemic response, energy efficiency, robotics, non-contact motion control using superconductivity, training and by creating increased interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Posital Inc.
Discrete Manufacturing July 31, 2020

Cost-effective position control boosts stepper motor performance

Kit-based absolute encoders (position sensors) can make stepper motors a lower-cost option to servo motors for many industrial machinery motion control applications.

By Jim Stevens
Courtesy: Siemens Industry, Inc.
AI and Machine Learning July 22, 2020

Drive train with AI, machine learning delivered to refinery

Siemens Large Drive Applications delivered a drive train, which includes artificial intelligence and machine learning to Deer Park Refinery located in Houston, Tex., one of the nation's largest refineries.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.