CNC, Motion Control

Using the 3D printing method developed by the MIT researchers, a structure such as this model airplane wing could have both light emitters and light detectors embedded in the material, so that it could continuously detect any micro-cracks as they begin to form. Courtesy: Felice Frankel, MIT
Discrete Manufacturing September 18, 2019

Engineers develop multimaterial fiber ink for 3-D-printed devices

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.

By David L. Chandler
Figure 2: A prime example of mechatronic integration is the combining of motor and drive components into one package. Exploded view of an integrated step motor shows the technique, which is applicable to other electric motor types as well. Courtesy: Applied Motion
CNC Motion Control September 3, 2019

5 enduring developments in electronic motion control

Motor drives, power-switching transistors and microprocessors, sophisticated control algorithms, software influences, and mechatronic integration are among the standout electronic motion control developments.

By Frank J. Bartos, P.E.
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Automation, Controls August 27, 2019

Four ways industrial automation will evolve

Industrial automation has continued evolving as machines become more connected and smarter while reducing maintenance costs for companies.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
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Sensors, Vision August 27, 2019

Eye-tracking technology as the future of human-computer interaction

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

With a flexible robot cell, the installation and commissioning time is reduced by up to 90%, taking only about two to three shifts. Courtesy: Sick
Robotics August 13, 2019

Mobile collaborative robot benefits on the plant floor

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%.

By Bryan Sellars
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Sensors, Vision August 13, 2019

3-D machine vision for safer collaborative robot automation

3-D machine vision lets a robot sense, process information and mimic the way two humans adjust to working around each other.

Figure 2: The moving platen (yellow structure) is visible above the fixed lower bolster of the 2,430-ton Hoesch press. Courtesy: Delta Computer Systems Inc.
CNC Motion Control August 12, 2019

Motion controller gives old presses new life

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.

By Bruce Coons
Placing the fabric correctly into the snap fastening machines was difficult to do in a uniform fashion with manual labor, the Universal Robots UR5 enabled Zippertubing to triple the tolerancing. Courtesy: Universal Robots
Robotics August 11, 2019

Collaborative robotics deliver faster ROI

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.

By Mark T. Hoske
Rotation of a "flower" with six petals. Turning on the LED in sync with the rotation of every second petal beneath the magnet causes lifting of alternating petals, which remain lifted. Courtesy: Jessica A.-C. Liu, NC State University
Robotics August 9, 2019

Controlling soft robot movements with light, magnets

Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to remotely control the movement of soft robots using light and magnetic fields.

By Matt Shipman
Engineers Perry Knollenberg (left) and Paul Reynolds (right) inspecting Webb’s secondary mirror’s outboard hinge at Northrop Grumman’s clean room in Redondo Beach, California. Courtesy: Northrop Grumman
Sensors, Vision August 9, 2019

Secondary mirror for telescope deploys using spacecraft flight electronics

The James Webb Space Telescope’s Secondary Mirror Support Structure (SMSS) was deployed for the first time using the telescope’s flight electronics at Northrop Grumman’s clean room in Redondo Beach, Calif.

By Northrop Grumman