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Motion Control Resources

Motion Control Technical Feature Resources

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Special A3 Report: Signs of Hope for Manufacturing Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

by John Gallagher, Special to A3

POSTED: 03/27/2020

The Association for Advancing Automation asked former Detroit Free Press Business Columnist John Gallagher to examine the state of manufacturing

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A3 Special Report: How Robots and Automation are Fighting Covid-19

by Keith Shaw, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/26/2020

As the world continues to fight the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, robots and automation are playing a critical role...

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Implementing Safety in a World of Motion Control and Motors

by Laura Moretz, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/12/2020

Improving safety with motion control and motors is a continuing concern for those who work with machinery and design it.

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Motor Types: What You Need to Know

by Leah Zitter, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 02/13/2020

Motors are everywhere, running from pumps, drive compressors and conveyors to fans, blowers, drills, and mixers.

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How to Specify a Controller for Your Motion System

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/31/2020

With a variety of options, OEMs need to understand how application characteristics map to controller types in order to choose

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VFDs: The Next Best Thing to Motion Control

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/17/2019

For applications with budget constraints, VFDs can provide surprisingly good performance at an affordable price.

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How to Specify Gearboxes for Motion Control Systems

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/21/2019

This article discusses how to properly specify a gearbox. For a tutorial on gearbox types and when to use them,

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AVGs and AMRs Bring New Levels of Efficiency to Logistics

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/29/2019

Intelligent components and sophisticated controls lead to high-functioning automated vehicles that are dramatically improving logistics and manufacturing.

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How to Select the Right Encoder for Your Motion Axis

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/23/2019

Feedback plays an essential role in motion control. Servomotors and, increasingly, stepper motors leverage encoder feedback for precise control.

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Building the Case for Object-Oriented Programming (OOP)

by Ray Chalmers, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 09/18/2019

While not a panacea, the right applications yield impressive rewards.

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Retrofits, Upgrades, and New Builds: Path to Success

by Kristin Lewotsky, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/28/2019

The retrofit process can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be. By following best practices, asset owners can upgrade

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Tech Assists to Building a Better-Engaged Workforce

by Ray Chalmers, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/27/2019

It seems workforce has been a concern for much of manufacturing’s history.

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Where Motion Control Meets Sustainability

by Ray Chalmers, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/28/2019

Higher efficiencies, tighter standards are helping manufacturing get greener

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Digital Twins Deliver Better Machines Across Product Lifecycle

by KristinLewotsky,, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 04/26/2019

A dynamic virtual representation of a piece of equipment - the digital twin streamlines design, speeds commissioning, improves operations, and

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Advancing Artificial Intelligence in Motion Control

by Ray Chalmers, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/20/2019

However you might define it, companies are discussing and adopting artificial intelligence (AI) applications in ever-growing numbers, and the pace


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