CNC, Motion Control
North Carolina State researchers have developed a structure called soft tactile logic, which senses, computes and responds without any centralized processing and has the characteristics of a robot and computer.
A method developed by MIT researchers uses standard 3-D printers to produce functioning devices with the electronics already embedded inside and can sense their surroundings, store energy or perform other actions.
Motor drives, power-switching transistors and microprocessors, sophisticated control algorithms, software influences, and mechatronic integration are among the standout electronic motion control developments.
Industrial automation has continued evolving as machines become more connected and smarter while reducing maintenance costs for companies.
Eye-tracking technology is being used for research and industrial applications and will improve right along with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) systems and become the basis for human-computer interaction
Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are turning to collaborative robots to increase flexibility on the plant floor, and companies are looking to improve the technology behind the robots. In a flexible robot cell, the installation and commissioning time is reduced by up to 90%.
3-D machine vision lets a robot sense, process information and mimic the way two humans adjust to working around each other.
Case study: Retrofit controller on four hydraulic presses used a new programmable logic controller (PLC) to control the moving platen and the levelling cylinders would be controlled by a new electrohydraulic motion controller.
Technology update: Collaborative robots used in industrial applications can be easier than traditional robotics for set up and redeployment, producing rapid return on investments (ROIs) in many diverse applications, according to one robot manufacturer.
Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to remotely control the movement of soft robots using light and magnetic fields.