CNC, Motion Control
Stepper motor systems deliver more precision than standard variable-speed motors without the expense and complexity of servo motors, and newer high bus voltage options provide additional flexibility. See 5 motor technologies, common uses.
Direct-drive servomotors are becoming more common as range and availability expands for use in many machine and motor applications.
Use easy-to-use electric actuators: Digital I/O ensures pneumatics-like control, while IO-Link adds a third, mid-point position for new capabilities.
Movie rentals and automation? Digital assets create better customer experience, which applies to today’s open-automation advances, such as separating software from hardware, using open-source designs and easier to implement, more flexible automation.
Webcast presenter answers additional questions on motor management tips and tools.
A robot has learned to visually predict how its partner robot will behave, displaying a glimmer of empathy, which could help robots get along with other robots and humans more intuitively.
Engineers have proposed a principle where active matter systems can spontaneously order, without need for higher level instructions or even programmed interaction among the agents, which has been shown in shape-changing robots.
Lean methodologies are supported by flexibility in plant floor layouts
A system called RoboGrammar allows designers to simulate potential robot designs to find a system that works best for particular terrains.
Manufacturers could save $100 billion through data sharing