CNC, Motion Control

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
A scene from the Rice University campus captured with the TuLIPSS spectrometer provides spectral signatures that can be filtered for many purposes. The system allows data to be gathered in an instant for environmental or biological analysis. Courtesy: Modern Optical Instrumentation and Bio-Imaging Laboratory/Rice University
CNC, Motion Control May 24, 2019

Researchers develop portable hyperspectral camera for imaging, research applications

Rice University engineers are building a portable hyperspectral camera, Tunable Light-Guide Image Processing Snapshot Spectrometer (TuLIPSS), which allows researchers to instantly capture data across the visible and near-infrared spectrum.

By Mike Williams
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2019 were 21% compared to the same period last year. Orders from Germany fell by 10% whereas those from abroad were down by 27%. Courtesy: VDW
CNC, Motion Control May 23, 2019

Machine tool industry orders expected to drop in 2019

Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2019 were 21% compared to the same period last year due to a cooling global economy and other challenges.

By VDW
Siemens' Sinumerik 828D CNC has been upgrading with version 4.8 of the operating system, which offers an array of hardware and software solutions to enable machine tool manufacturers to leverage the full productivity potential of the digital factory. Courtesy: Siemens
CNC, Motion Control April 27, 2019

CNC with software upgrade

Siemens' Sinumerik 828D CNC has been upgrading with version 4.8 of the operating system, which offers an array of hardware and software solutions to enable machine tool manufacturers to leverage the full productivity potential of the digital factory.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.
Cornell researchers have discovered a simple, low-cost method that allows autonomous cars to detect 3-D objects with high accuracy. Courtesy: Cornell University
CNC, Motion Control April 26, 2019

Stereo cameras help self-driving cars ‘see’

Cornell researchers use two inexpensive cameras on either side of the windshield to detect objects with high accuracy and a low cost. See link to video for more information.

By Chris Vavra
Image courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control April 20, 2019

Three collaborative robot innovations

Collaborative robots have come a long way in the last several years and recent innovations such as embedded vision and machine learning have allowed them to do more.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Image courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control April 16, 2019

Benefits of collaborative robots for CNC machine tending applications

Collaborative robots are useful for CNC machine tending applications because they can be deployed quickly and can improve productivity on the plant floor.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
At the recent Festo global media conference, Frank Melzer, director of product and technology management and member of the management board of Festo AG & Co. KG, suggested that industrial AI applications will become among the important digital transformation trends for manufacturing and Industrie 4.0. Courtesy: Control Engineering China, Festo
CNC, Motion Control April 6, 2019

Digital innovations, AI advance Industrie 4.0

International: Industrial artificial intelligence (AI) technology applications are among the important trends in digital transformation for manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 advancements.

By Aileen Jin
Through an iterative process of testing and verification supported by diagnostic tools and 3-D graphics, the model is refined continually as components are sized. Courtesy: B&R Automation
CNC, Motion Control April 2, 2019

Plug and model simulation tools for automation software development suites

Simulation, modeling, and virtual commissioning are becoming easier to apply on different levels in automation. Interfaces to third-party simulation tools may be built into your software development suite already.

By John Kowal