Mechatronics October 7, 2013

Top Control Engineering articles, September 2013

The most-visited articles at during September 2013 included: Alarm management standard, IT vs. OT, automation upgrade help, Invensys acquires InduSoft, thermowell selection, motor shaft grounding, machinery directive help, help from IT, big structures from small interlocking pieces, human-robotic collaboration, automation justification, modular PLCs, and more.

By Mark T. Hoske
Mechatronics October 3, 2013

Self-assembling robots from MIT have simple design

Resolves problem for modular-robotics community: Small cubes with no exterior moving parts can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form arbitrary shapes. Link to video of the robots.

By Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
Mechatronics October 1, 2013

Safe motion modules, hygienic servos, fighting robots

Kollmorgen Safety Modules (KSM) help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) deliver higher productivity by combining machine safety logic and safe motion. Servo drive advancements, stainless steel motors, and fighting robots were also shown.

Mechatronics October 1, 2013

Integrated-motor market to expand by more than 40 percent in five years

Integrated-motor market sales are projected to reach $553 million by 2017 due to a larger global market size and additional market revenues from ac brushless servo and dc brushless integrated motors.

By IMS Research (Now part of IHS Inc.)
Mechatronics September 16, 2013

Latin American low-voltage motor drive market takes uphill path to $600 million in sales in 2017

The low-voltage ac and dc motor drive market is expand to grow to $600 million by 2017 thanks to lower commodity prices and concerns about potential mining and hydroelectric projects.

By IHS Inc.
Mechatronics September 4, 2013

Foundation offering grant for electrical motor power density tests

EMERF is offering a $15,000 grant to a university or research facility to develop research concepts on improving power density and efficiency in small electric motors.

By SSMA - The Motor and Motion Association
Mechatronics August 30, 2013

North American machine vision sales rise for second straight quarter

The AIA reports North American machine vision sales rose 6% for the second quarter of 2013 with machine vision systems having the highest growth of any category.

Mechatronics August 26, 2013

Top Control Engineering articles, July 2013

The most-visited articles at during July 2013 included: System Integrator Giants of 2013, temperature sensor selection, future human-machine interfaces, Invensys sales talks, programming methods, top articles in June, when to automate advice, and industrial network selection, among others.

By Mark T. Hoske
Mechatronics August 22, 2013

Linear positioning drives deliver 40 N force

Nanotec Electronic's Nema 8 and Nema 14 hybrid linear positioning drives deliver a force of up to 140 N and a resolution of up to 0.01 mm.

Mechatronics August 20, 2013

Direct drive motor assemblies

Applimotion's customized direct drive motor assemblies include precision bearings, encoders, and cabling for a low-profile direct drive solution.