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.
Motion control applications are changing the nature of manufacturing. While the industrial sector faces increasing pressure from market forces, automation technology is stepping up and alleviating that pressure.
With an actuator, a motor can control a system and act on an environment by turning energy into motion. Actuators can be in a simple control system like a mechanical engine, or in a computer based system, like a robot. Actuators can be divided by the type of motion they produce and the type of power they use.
Converting electricity into mechanical energy is the job of the industrial electric motor. Motors create either a linear or rotary force. While electric motors can be powered by direct current (DC) sources like batteries, they are more often powered by alternating current (AC) sources like generators or the power grid. Here's an overview of the main components of industrial electric motors.