Choosing the right motor is critical for the efficiency and productivity of your motion control applications. It can be difficult to choose between servo and stepper motors as there are so many considerations: cost, torque, efficiency, speed, circuitry and more.
Motion control applications are some of the most demanding applications in the industrial sector. Accurate and efficient data transfer is critical for a properly functioning motion control system. Recently, newer protocols, such as Ethernet POWERLINK, have been able to resolve data transfer challenges in motion control applications.
In motion control packaging applications, slip rings play a vital, if somewhat underappreciated, role. Part of nearly every packaging process, they are crucial to overall performance.
The industrial sector is much different today than it was a decade ago. Current market forces have created a widespread need for operational innovation and motion control is working to facilitate empowering automation technologies designed to offer manufacturers a sharper competitive edge.
Still in the early-adopter phase, but set to see widespread implementation in the next year or so, mobile HMIs (human-machine interfaces) will revolutionize the way humans interact with motion control applications.
The Motion Control and Motor Association (MCMA), the largest association in North America dedicated to advancing the global understanding and use of motion control and related automation technologies, has recently launched the MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional (CMCP) program.