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Motion Control Resources

All-in-One Real-Time Windows IPC Machine Controller

by Dipesh Mukerji, VP Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 09/12/2018

Consolidate Robot & CNC Controllers with an All-in-One Real-Time Windows IPC for Machine Automation – Watch Video Now When it comes to machine automation, hardware costs and complexity add up fast. As your requirements expand, so does your ever-growing list of

Machine Automation Explained

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering, Motion Control

POSTED: 09/12/2018

Generally, machine velocity and positioning systems are controlled using devices like linear actuators, hydraulic pumps or electric motors, such as a servo. However, motion control utilizes special technology systems comprised of electric actuators like ac/dc servo motors. A typical motion control system includes three

Choosing the Best Machine Vision Technique for Robot Guidance

by Matt Edwards, Director of Professional Services

POSTED: 09/12/2018

The use of machine vision for robot guidance offers new industrial operations possibilities, but also creates complex safety design challenges. This is because it is applied to machinery that operates with

5 Things You Need to Know About Motion Control Systems

by Alex Hung, Vice President, Sales APAC

POSTED: 09/12/2018

Motion control is an engineering technology that is highly utilized in the industrial sector. A motion control system is any system that entails the use of moving parts in a coordinated way. Most

What’s a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller)?

by Fabrice Boisset, General Manager, Europe, Middle East, Africa Region

POSTED: 09/12/2018

A PLC (programmable logic controller) is a digital computer used for industrial automation to automate different electro-mechanical processes. It was introduced to eliminate issues such as high power consumption that arose from the use of relays to control manufacturing processes. It

Industrial Automation Software: A Powerful Alternative to Hardware-Based Motion Control

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering, Motion Control

POSTED: 06/07/2018

Traditional hardware-based motion control is an expensive and time-consuming affair. With loads of accessories, connection cables, and applications to support the devices in use, the process becomes costly and cumbersome. Industrial automation software offers a powerful alternative. With customizable options, the software approach to motion control provides the user with

Components of a Real-Time Machine Vision System

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering, Motion Control

POSTED: 06/07/2018

Machine vision processes consist of algorithms that review images and extract information, make required decisions, and run necessary inspections in real-time. Communication among machine vision systems is executed by a discrete I/O signal or data passed over a serial connection to a device that logs or uses information. The main

Better Industrial Control & Monitoring Through Real-Time Machine Vision

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering, Motion Control

POSTED: 06/07/2018

Advancements in real-time machine vision software allow you to conduct real-time image capture and processing for all your industrial automation needs. Integration of machine vision technology ensures improved productivity and efficiency in manufacturing facilities through reduction in turn-around-times. Here are ways in which real-time machine vision software improves industrial automation

Best Practices When Buying PLC Software

by Dipesh Mukerji, VP Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 06/07/2018

Industrial automation software processes have reduced cost, enhanced control and made it faster to get to the market. To enjoy these and other benefits, you must purchase the best PLC software in the market. By looking at the features of a PLC, you can tell whether it will offer value

Advances In Motion Controller Software That Will Transform Your Industrial Automation Operations into a PLC

by Matt Edwards, Director of Professional Services

POSTED: 06/07/2018

5 Key Benefits of a Real-Time Motion Control Architecture

by Daron Underwood, CTO, Vice President R&D

POSTED: 06/05/2018

When developing and setting up real-time motion control systems its best to plan an architecture and infrastructure the not only prepares you for today but also for tomorrow. Your real-time architecture therefore has to be flexible and malleable to external and internal changes. Here

3 Primary Benefits of Software Motion Control

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering, Motion Control

POSTED: 04/09/2018

Software motion control is defined as PC-based motion control that utilizes the modern x86 CPU to reduce hardware requirements. This means that software motion control is not tied down to the hardware ASIC limitations and does not require complicated cabling. The KINGSTAR Platform is based on the innovative open standard network

Made in China 2025: Midea's Takeover Offer of Kuka Gives Insight Into China's Future Industrial Innovation Policies

POSTED: 05/24/2016

By: Jeffrey Hibbard, CEO KINGSTAR Made in China 2025: A Look Inside China’s Latest Industrial Innovation Policy Last week, China-based home appliance maker Midea made a profound statement with its 4.57 billion euros ($5.17 billion) takeover offer for German industrial robot maker Kuka, one of the world's biggest 4 robot suppliers. Without context, it seems

EtherCAT Digital Control Bus Primer

by Ed Novak, North American Sales Manager

POSTED: 06/17/2015

ETHERCAT PRIMER 1. EtherCAT – What is it? Over the years there has been a need for an open low-cost digital control bus for automation and motion control. Some were available but had proprietary technology. With the introduction of EtherCAT it has become the accepted open standard for Ethernet-based control buses. EtherCAT was

AC OR DC DRIVE – WHICH IS BEST FOR SMALL MOTORS?

by Mark Lewis, VP - Marketing & Sales - Dart Controls, Inc.

POSTED: 01/28/2015

Variable speed motor controls (‘drives’) have been around for many decades.  In the early years, application and budget were the primary decision criteria for choosing between a DC motor/drive package and AC equivalent.  While this practice continues, the advances in AC drive technology have made the decision more complex to


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