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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

Intelligent Components Simplify MaintenanceIntelligent Components Simplify Maintenance
(posted 12/16/2014)
Condition monitoring and auto tuning capabilities change maintenance from guesswork to a deterministic process. more...

 



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December 19, 2014
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Bosch Rexroth uses Anybus modules mainly to connect welding and tightening controllers to the various control systems used in automation technology.  more...
Lenze today announced an almost four percent increase in sales for FY14 (year ending April 30, 2014).  more...
Global shipments for motion control products grew by nine percent to $2.3 billion in the first nine months of 2014, according to new statistics released by the Motion Control Association.  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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