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Technology Beat

Tomorrow's Integration TodayTomorrow's Integration Today
(posted 11/17/2014)
Fully integrated machines and production lines optimize performance, simplify maintenance, and deliver better return on investment over the lifetime of the equipment. more...

 

 

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Applications Spotlight

Understanding Encoders (Part II of II)Understanding Encoders (Part II of II)
(posted 10/13/2014)
Non-optical encoder options like magnetic, inductive, and eddy-current designs offer moderately high resolutions and tolerate punishing environmental conditions. more...

 



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November 28, 2014
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item North America has launched a new, multi-media website that demonstrates the company’s products and capabilities.  more...
The proven Baumer CleverLevel LBFS/LFFS level switch has now been listed by the American Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).  more...
Siemens is proud to announce that Anne Cooney was named to the list of 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM.  more...
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The Basics of Motion Control

Motion control refers to the handling of products through the use of electrical and mechanical components. Motion control can be applied to virtually any application, including manufacturing, packing, shipping and more. Motion control can also be used in any industry, such as automation, robotics, manufacturing, packaging, shipping, transportation, automotive, electronics, medical, food and many more. It’s not just limited to industrial companies; the opportunities are endless and the technologies are flexible enough to accommodate the needs of many industries. Many different components fall under the umbrella of motion control systems. You can group motion control components and devices in many ways to help you execute your precision applications:

  • 3 or 4 axis motion controller
  • Motion control board or boards or chip
  • PCI motion control card or cards
  • Drives
  • Hydraulic components
  • Sensor or sensors
  • Stepper motor
  • Linear motor
  • Rotary motors
  • Servo motors
  • PID controller
  • PLC
  • Software
  • and more

Because you may find a single, off-the-shelf unit for your application, only minor engineering or programming may be necessary. As with any tried and true technology, there are also many manufacturers and suppliers who can assist you in finding the quality equipment or product you need, or develop completely customized solutions. Many of these suppliers, distributors and integrators are members of Motion Control Association.

What Is MotionControlOnline.org?

MotionControlOnline.org is the official website of the Motion Control Association (MCA), a global resource for information about motion control technologies, including newsletters, webinars and market data. MCA also provides members with marketing and networking opportunities including conferences and trade shows.

 

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