Motion Control

PMD ProdigyCME 400x275The Prodigy/CME Machine-Controller boards from Performance Motion Devices provide high-performance motion control for medical, scientific, automation, industrial, and robotic applications. Available in 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-axis configurations, these boards support DC Brush, Brushless DC, and step motors and allow user-written C-language code to be downloaded and run directly on the board. 


ThomsonSplines400x275Thomson Industries, which manufactures linear motion control solutions, has announced a line of precision ball splines that enable the delivery of rotary and linear motion on a single shaft. The new components give designers more flexibility to compress an assembly, extend a stroke, distribute a load or otherwise meet modern automation demands.


HarmonicDriveProfile400x275Harmonic Drive offers several different types of gear units for robotic applications. The company’s zero backlash component gears incorporate a precision cross roller output bearing and flange. Gear Units are very compact, robust and designed to be an easy-to-use gearhead/gearbox solution.


MolliaGaming400x275Robotics-World spoke with Daniel Vincz, CEO of Hungary-based Mollia, about their plan to improve humanoid robot kinematics through crowdsourced gamification, with the goal of producing robots that move more like humans.


Bell EvermanServoBeltArcDrive400x275Bell-Everman, which creates motion control technologies for automation and metrology tasks, has announced a new multi-axis transfer robot based on its ServoBelt backlash-free belt drive technology. The ServoBelt Arc Drive features custom-designed rotary and tilt axes that precisely position semiconductor glass panels.


Neugart WPLHE 400x275Germany’s Neugart has announced the WPHLE, a right-angle variant that combines the advantages of its PLHE, Economy and Precision gearboxes. The new gearbox is axially space saving, economical, IP65-compliant and designed for high radial and axial forces at the output, Neugart said.


AlliedMotion Airex400x275Allied Motion Technologies, which designs and manufacturers precision and specialty motion control products, has announced it acquired Airex LLC, a privately owned company with more than 70 years of history providing high-precision electromagnetic components for aerospace/defense, life sciences, semiconductor and other commercial industrial applications.


CeleraMotion Omni Plus400x275Celera Motion has announced it expanded its innovative direct drive motor platform, the Omni+ series. The series is designed for optimal system integration with several axial lengths and winding options, including a new size – the Omni+ 100 mm.


CeleraAura400x275Celera Motion has announced new sizes and capabilities for its Aura Absolute Chip Encoder series of rotary and linear optical encoders with MicroE technology. The new line of products aims to meet all the typical sizes needed in a robot arm – from small end effectors at the end of an arm to the upper shoulder joints.


PI H 840 G2IHP 400x275Physik Instrumente (PI) has announced it has added a new model to its family of compact hexapod six-axis stages based on the Stewart Platform principle. The H-840.G2IHP micropositioning robot is equipped with brushless precision motors for high-performance and high-duty cycle applications.


IKO LWLF2 400x275Expanding its LWL family of miniature guides, IKO has announced the LWLF2 linear motion rolling guide, which addresses the demand for device miniaturization with a compact and lightweight design to make it easier for mounting in tight spaces.


NEC AMR method400x275Japan’s NEC Corporation has announced the development of a control technology that doubles the efficiency of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in warehouses while maintaining a high level of safety. NEC said it plans to put the technology into practical use by March 2024, and to have it installed in NEC’s cooperative AMRs in Japan.


CrossedBearings IKO 400x275IKO International has published a free downloadable whitepaper that discusses the benefits of using crossed roller bearings for modern robotics and automated machines. The report gives an overview of crossed roller bearings and provides advice on what to look for when choosing a crossed roller bearing for a robotic application.



Firgelli linear actuator400x275Firgelli Automations, which develops linear actuators and other motion equipment, has announced new adjustable limit switch linear actuators that feature a patent-pending mechanical limit switch device, which allows users to alter the built-in stopping position to give them additional flexibility.


CeleraMotion Multiturn400x275Celera Motion has announced the latest addition to its IncOder and Ultra IncOder series – the Multiturn IncOder inductive angle encoder. The new encoders offer precise angle measurements for applications that include robot joints, cranes and antenna masts.


CeleraInCoder400x275Celera Motion has announced a new device for precision angle measurement: a compact, ultra-lightweight inductive angle encoder that can be ideal for several surgical, medical, and industrial robotics.