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Motion Control Resources

RTOS 101: Semaphores and Queues

by Terri Hawker, Vice President Product Management

POSTED: 12/13/2016

The use of a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) is increasingly common in embedded software designs. An RTOS makes it easy to divide your code into smaller blocks, tasks, which execute seemingly in parallel and independent of each other, as described in the first article in the RTOS 101 series. IntervalZero’s RTOS

3 Good Reasons to Get Excited About the NEW KINGSTAR 3.0

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 11/16/2016

The latest release of KINGSTAR, version 3.0, will become generally available on November 21. You can read the complete Product Release Notice (PRN) here, but we also wanted to highlight

R.M. Hoffman Joins the Motion Solutions Family

by MOSO Marketing

POSTED: 09/15/2016

The R.M. Hoffman Company Joins Motion Solutions Family ALISO VIEJO, CA– Motion Solutions, a provider of custom engineering solutions and world-class automation products, is pleased to announce that the R.M. Hoffman

Eric the Robot – Foreshadowing The Inevitable Future of Humans and Robots Living Harmoniously

by Terri Hawker, Director Product Management

POSTED: 06/01/2016

Listening to NPR the other day, a story about Eric, one of the first UK robots designed in the late 1920s, it amazes how far we have come in the area of robotics. Back in 1928, a couple guys were able to create a robot that could stand and take

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

Why an Open “Plug-and-Play” Software Platform is The Answer for Industrial Motion Control

POSTED: 04/28/2016

What is the number one thing that industrial automation engineers want at work? It’s simple: the freedom and flexibility to choose the best tools without reservation. That autonomy, however, is rarely achieved, not just in industrial automation but practically any industry these days. Oh sure, plenty of tooling vendors say they provide

Industrial Motion Control: Software Creates More Value Than Hardware

POSTED: 04/28/2016

Embedded OEMs – especially those whose products have complex human-machine interfaces (HMIs), manage many degrees of motion, and require hard real-time operation – have traditionally relied on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and digital signal processors (DSPs) to meet the precision and performance requirements of machine vision and motion control

Blog Post: Motion Solutions achieves ISO 13485 certification

by MOSO Marketing

POSTED: 03/03/2016

ALISO VIEJO, CA Motion Solutions, a manufacturer of electro-mechanical systems, announced it has achieved ISO 13485 certification for the design and manufacture of linear motion, motion control and electro-mechanical assemblies for the medical

Blog Post: Motion Solutions buys certain SMI assets

by MOSO Marketing

POSTED: 09/29/2015

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Motion Solutions, a portfolio company of North Branch Capital LLC, has acquired certain assets of Specialty Motions Inc. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Corona, California, SMI is

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


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