Discrete Manufacturing - Robotics

Tech group exploring the meaning of a robot

The Tech Policy Lab at the University of Washington are exploring what it means to be a robot,... » more

Robotic motion planning in real-time

Duke University researchers have introduced a specially-designed computer processor for motion... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, June 13-19: Salary and Career Survey, binary-coded decimals, tool calibration and robots, more

Articles about the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, binary-coded decimals and PLCs, tool calibration... » more

Industrial robot companies investing in the cloud and Big Data

Robot companies are starting to collect data about their operations and, through the use of deep... » more

Top 10 Control Engineering articles, May 14 to June 13: Salary and Career Survey, binary-coded decimals, high-performance HMIs, more

Articles about the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, binary-coded decimals and PLCs, high-performance... » more

Tool calibration method speeds implementation of 6-axis industrial robots

A teach-position method calibrates tools used by six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) robots for peak... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 30 to June 5: Binary-coded decimals, Big Data in the market, engineering career advice, more

Articles about binary-coded decimals and PLCs, Big Data and the oil and gas market, engineering... » more

3-D additive manufacturing advancements

Advancements in 3-D printing have made the technology more sophisticated and affordable. The... » more

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Planetary gears in plastic for service robotics applications

GPLK planetary gears in plastic are suited for applications such as service robotics where the mobile motor is needed.  » more

Encoder for high horsepower electric motor applications

MRI 2850 is bearing-less encoder for high horsepower electric motor applications using vector control. The encoder may be used as a motion feedback solution in applications such as large rotating machinery. » more

Nanometer precision linear stages for high-end applications

Physik Instrumente's (PI) N-565 compact nanometer-precision linear stages are designed for high-end applications in bio-nanotechnology, fiber-optics, microscopy, semiconductor testing, and metrology and scientific research in... » more

Scanning laser micrometer for measuring diameter

LaserLinc's TLAser1240 scanning laser micrometer is a single-axis diameter gauge that is designed for use in industries such as metal, glass, wire and cable, and plastics and rubber extrusion. » more

Motion controller designed to control up to 32 drives

Galil Motion Control's DMC-52xx0 EtherCAT master is a 32-axis motion controller with the ability to control up to 32 drives and is designed for applications such as point-to-point positioning, position tracking, contouring,... » more

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Machine Safety: Benefits of safety assessments, risk...

The need to evaluate hazards and apply corrective actions to reduce... » more

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Motors and Drives Video Series

Overview

Part 1 of the Motors and Drives Series describes...

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Poll of the Week

Which industrial Ethernet protocol is most used in your facility, machines, or installations? (A June CE article looks at networks.)
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Modbus TCP
Powerlink
Profinet
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