CNC, Motion Control

An engineering breakthrough from Festo combines the simplicity of pneumatics with the benefits of electric automation. The new Simplified Motion Series (SMS) takes proven spindle axes, toothed belt axes, mini slides, electric cylinders, and rotary actuators and integrates them with an onboard-servo drive. Users commission two-position functionality via onboard push buttons with no additional software needed. IO-Link control can be used for flexible, multi-position applications. It received 2021 Engineers’ Choice recognition in the Motion Control – Drives category. Courtesy: Festo
Process Manufacturing February 5, 2021

Low-cost, easy-to-use electric motion

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.

By Tim Sharkey
Technology suppliers are embracing open-source automation. For example, the recently introduced Bosch Rexroth ctrlX Automation platform follows open automation principles. Based on a Linux operating system, the Bosch Rexroth ctrlX Core control system is designed as an open industrial automation platform, allowing customers the maximum freedom to apply or adapt their control systems in whatever direction they see fit. Courtesy: Bosch Rexroth
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 4, 2021

Lessons learned for new approaches in machine control

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.

By Allen Tubbs
Image courtesy: Advanced Energy
Motors, Drives January 28, 2021

Your questions answered: Motors and drives: Tips and tools for efficient motor management

Webcast presenter answers additional questions on motor management tips and tools.

By Michael Lyda
An actor robot runs on a playpen trying to catch the visible green food, while an observer machine learns to predict the actor robot's behavior purely through visual observations. Although the observer can always see the green foods, the actor, from its own perspective, cannot due to occlusions. Courtesy: Creative Machines Lab/Columbia Engineering
Robotics January 16, 2021

Robot displays empathy to a partner robot

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.

By Holly Evarts
When a swarm of smarticles is made to interact in a confined space, they form stunningly symmetric dances whose choreography emerges spontaneously from the physics of low rattling. Courtesy: Thomas A. Berrueta, Northwestern University
Robotics January 10, 2021

Predicting robot movement, collective behavior

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.

By John Toon
Courtesy: AeroGo
Maintenance Strategy December 11, 2020

How air casters integrate CNC machining and business operations

Lean methodologies are supported by flexibility in plant floor layouts

By John Massenburg
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Robotics November 30, 2020

Computer-aided creativity for robot design

A system called RoboGrammar allows designers to simulate potential robot designs to find a system that works best for particular terrains.

By Daniel Ackerman
Courtesy: EU Automation
Data Acquisition, DAQ November 30, 2020

How to use the true value of data

Manufacturers could save $100 billion through data sharing

By Claudia Jarrett
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