Motion Control

CeleraAura400x275Celera Motion has announced new sizes and capabilities for its Aura Absolute Chip Encoder series of rotary and linear optical encoders with MicroE technology. The new line of products aims to meet all the typical sizes needed in a robot arm – from small end effectors at the end of an arm to the upper shoulder joints.


PI H 840 G2IHP 400x275Physik Instrumente (PI) has announced it has added a new model to its family of compact hexapod six-axis stages based on the Stewart Platform principle. The H-840.G2IHP micropositioning robot is equipped with brushless precision motors for high-performance and high-duty cycle applications.


IKO LWLF2 400x275Expanding its LWL family of miniature guides, IKO has announced the LWLF2 linear motion rolling guide, which addresses the demand for device miniaturization with a compact and lightweight design to make it easier for mounting in tight spaces.


NEC AMR method400x275Japan’s NEC Corporation has announced the development of a control technology that doubles the efficiency of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in warehouses while maintaining a high level of safety. NEC said it plans to put the technology into practical use by March 2024, and to have it installed in NEC’s cooperative AMRs in Japan.


CrossedBearings IKO 400x275IKO International has published a free downloadable whitepaper that discusses the benefits of using crossed roller bearings for modern robotics and automated machines. The report gives an overview of crossed roller bearings and provides advice on what to look for when choosing a crossed roller bearing for a robotic application.



Firgelli linear actuator400x275Firgelli Automations, which develops linear actuators and other motion equipment, has announced new adjustable limit switch linear actuators that feature a patent-pending mechanical limit switch device, which allows users to alter the built-in stopping position to give them additional flexibility.


CeleraMotion Multiturn400x275Celera Motion has announced the latest addition to its IncOder and Ultra IncOder series – the Multiturn IncOder inductive angle encoder. The new encoders offer precise angle measurements for applications that include robot joints, cranes and antenna masts.


CeleraInCoder400x275Celera Motion has announced a new device for precision angle measurement: a compact, ultra-lightweight inductive angle encoder that can be ideal for several surgical, medical, and industrial robotics. 


Heidenhain400x275Heidenhain has launched its new KCI 120 Dplus rotary encoder, designed to fill two critical needs via a single component in high accuracy robots. The unique absolute encoder provides both reliable feedback to a robot’s motor and accurate position measurement to its controller to enable safe and accurate motion.


AMC Image FM060 5 RMAdvanced Motion Controls, which develops servo drives and other motion technologies, recently announced launching nine new models within its FlexPro servo drive family. The new models introduce RS485 and RS232 communications to the drive, making it the fourth network offered in addition to EtherCAT, CANopen, and Ethernet/IP.


Toshiba TXZ 400x275Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corp. has announced the start of mass production of 12 new devices in the M4K Group for motor control, the first products in the TXZ+ family advanced class. The company said it will start mass production of another 10 products in the M4M group in August 2021. Both groups of microcontrollers will be manufactured in a 40nm process, and belong to the TXZ4A+ series, Toshiba said.


CeleraMotion OmniPlus400x275Celera Motion, which develops precision motion component and sub-system solutions, has launched a new direct-drive motor platform, the Omni+ Series, to its line of direct-drive, frameless motor kits.

CeleraMotionCapitan400x275Celera Motion, which develops precision motion component and sub-system solutions, has announced its Capitan Series to their line of premium performance Ingenia servo drives. The drives are aimed to deliver maximum performance for applications that include surgical robotics, exoskeletons, robotic joints and end effectors, among others.


CeleraMotion AuraSeries400x275Celera Motion, which develops precision motion component and subsystem solutions, has announced the Aura Absolute Chip Encoder Series to its line of precision rotary and linear optical encoders with MicroE technology. Aura uses a short wave-length LED for precise absolute position decoding, Celera said in a statement. An incremental scale track and advanced sensor produce pure sine wave signals, enabling high-resolution interpolation with run speeds greater than 80k rpm.


 HelixLinear400x275Switzerland-based Delta Line SA and Cleveland-based Helix Linear Technologies have announced a global strategic partnership to further advance its motion solution products. The new partnership will combine “an incredible depth of knowledge” in motors and drives, linear technology expertise, and global sales and support network to support customers in motion projects, the companies said in a statement.

RNDAutomation 400x275iAutomation, which designs and distributes automation products, solutions and services, announced the acquisition of Lakewood Ranch, Fla.-based RND Automation. The announcement was made by Saw Mill Capital Partners, which includes iAutomation as one of its portfolio companies. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.