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Motion Control Resources

Motion Control Technical Feature Resources

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The Biggest Trend in Controls is Choice

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/04/2018

PLCs manage motion control, motion controllers handle machine logic, drives work with distributed control—except when they don’t.

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New Trends in Drives

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/20/2018

Functions that enable OEMs & machine builders to boost performance, productivity, and usability, plus, the trend that anyone buying...

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Moving Toward Better Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

by Ray Chalmers, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/30/2018

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is one of the hottest concepts going today.

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Recent Trends in Motors

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/27/2018

OEMs work to deliver equipment to end-users that delivers higher throughput and better operational equipment effectiveness (OEE) in a smaller

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Collaborative Robots Offer New Automation Options

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/25/2018

Alternative motor designs, new actuator approaches, and redundant safety create robots that can interact safely with human beings.

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Integrating Motion Control with Machine Vision

by Kristin Lewotsky, contributing editor

POSTED: 05/24/2018

New tools and more sophisticated levels of integration boost productivity, decrease downtime, and simplify machine design.

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New Trends in Remote Monitoring Enhance Manufacturing

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/23/2018

Remote monitoring boosts productivity, cuts cost of ownership.

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Cybersecurity: Smart Defenses for Smart Production

by Ray Chalmers, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/28/2018

Protecting your network means picking the right components, both hard and soft.

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Smart Components For Smarter Production

by Ray Chalmers, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/23/2018

Manufacturing companies looking to burnish their competitive edge are challenging industrial automation suppliers like never before.

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Understanding Coordinated Motion

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/21/2017

Coordinated motion control involves compensating for error along multiple axes simultaneously.

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Software-Based Motion Delivers Performance, Flexibility

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/30/2017

Propelled by smart drives, industrial Ethernet, and blisteringly fast processors, software-based motion control can tackle tough problems...

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How to Size a Motor

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/31/2017

Key criteria include inertia, speed, acceleration, torque, and duty cycle.

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Today’s Encoders Monitor Machine Health

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/27/2017

Onboard sensors, built-in functionality, and increased usability mark these essential feedback components.

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Magnets Still Miraculous

by Ray Chalmers, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/23/2017

Assemblies and emerging applications continue to fascinate.

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Integrated Motors: Define, Design, Apply

by Ray Chalmers, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/27/2017

Integrated and gear motors the infrastructure of the automation boom


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