Motion Control


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Why Pneumatics Remain an Automation Mainstay

Greater intelligence, coupled with cost and sustainability advantages, keep pneumatic motion control a staple of modern automation.

JR Automation Uses Beckhoff’s XTS in its Modular Assembly Platform

The FlexChassis system from JR Automation, which enables manufacturers to scale assembly applications in multiple industry verticals, features Beckhoff’s XTS intelligent transport...

BMW Uses 3D Printing to Manufacture Powertrain Components

ExOne’s Exerial binder jet 3D printing systems are used for high-speed, accurate creation of sand cores that are filled with molten aluminum to manufacture engine parts for BMW...

Motor Energy Appraisals Reveal Significant Savings

ABB’s energy reviews of industrial electric motors indicate potential 2.1 TWh lifetime savings.
Mitsubishi Electric’s lineup of MR-J5 servo technologies.

How Servo Drives Help Manufacturers Meet Competitive Digitalization Goals

By delivering accurate and precise control over position, speed and torque, servo drives meet exacting industry requirements while embracing the latest innovations to enable the...
Norgren multi-axis motion control system components.

Motion Control: Electric or Pneumatic

In complex machines with multi-axis motion control, pneumatic and electric options abound. Making the selection often depends on the application’s speed and length of travel as...
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Motors: The Core of Automation

Motors have been central to automation since the beginnings of the first industrial revolution in the mid 18th century and their varied forms and applicability maintain their ...
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The floating and flying XPlanar movers transport the components through the testing process in an optimized 3-second cycle.

Using XPlanar for Optical Inspection

Built around Beckhoff’s XPlanar materials transport system, Stoba Sondermaschinen has developed a modular optical inspection system that accelerates quality control.


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Variable Frequency Drives

IDEC Corporation now offers a new line of VF1A Doesa variable frequency drives (VFDs) capable of driving an induction motor or a permanent magnet synchronous motor. The product...
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Mini Planetary Gearmotors

Applied Motion Products new PH Series mini planetary gearmotors are used with small step motors in NEMA 8, 11, and 14 frame sizes. The small design allows them to not adversely...
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Asahi/America Introduces New Electric Actuator

Asahi/America, Inc., the leader in thermoplastic fluid flow technology, is pleased to introduce the Series 19 electric actuator: offered in both smart and basic options. Compact...
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Short-Cycle Transfers Up to Ten Times Faster: Rexroth Presents the TS 2 Booster Workpiece Pallet

The TS 2 Booster was developed as a component for the established TS 2plus and helps the multi-faceted transfer system to achieve more flexibility.


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Insights on Multi-Axis Motion Control

Automation World connects with Anthony Leo of Norgren to discuss the distance, speed and accuracy capabilities of multi-axis electric motion control technologies. Access the full...
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PACK EXPO 2022 Automation Trends

Exhibits by Beckhoff, Schneider Electric, Stratus Technologies, and Festo highlight growing trends around automation use in the CPG industries.
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Comparing Soft Starters and Variable Frequency Drives

Tri Tech Automation’s Jacob Becker explains the key differences and functionality overlaps between variable frequency drives (VFDs) and motor soft starters as well as how to determine...
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Beckhoff Demonstrates Machine Analytics

Using a CNC milling machine to showcase the functions of its analytics software, Beckhoff explained the software’s use for applications ranging from predictive maintenance to ...