Know your options, choose your solution
Download our white papers and technical articles to learn about motion control solutions, components and motor control architectures. Explore your options and develop the best strategy for balancing lab automation and robotics costs, reliability, maintenance, and time-to-market.
Step Motors, Prodigy Motion Boards, Magellan, ION, Juno Family of ICs, Pro-Motion
Step Motor Noise
Liquid Handling, Life Sciences, Atlas, Digital Drives, Juno Family of ICs, Pro-Motion, MC58113
Precision Fluid Handling: It's All In The Pump
Advanced Motion Control, Step Motors, Servo Motors and Drives, ION, Juno Family of ICs, MC58113
New Control Technique Combines Servo Performance With Step Motor Cost
Step Motors, Prodigy Motion Boards, Magellan, ION, Servo Motors, Juno Family of ICs, Pro-Motion
Servo Motor Noise
Motion Control Techniques, Step Motors, Motion Profiles
Mathematics of Motion Control Profiles
This article will review the mathematics of motion profiles and help you understand which profiles work best for which applications. You'll gain valuable insights into how to tune your motion control profile for maximum performance.
Medical Device Equipment, Liquid Handling, Syringe Dispensing, Life Sciences
Motion Techniques For Improved Liquid Handling
Liquid Handling Robot systems oftentimes use peristaltic pumps to deliver reagents and other fluids to test sites. Although some smaller volumes of liquid can easily be delivered by plunger-style syringe pumps, larger liquid volumes often use peristaltic pumps because they have much higher displacement volumes and the mechanical system of rollers and motors are not exposed to the liquid itself. This paper will demonstrate the statistical differences in delivered volume with and without an adaptive control system and the resulting higher accuracy that can be achieved.
Motion Control Techniques, Motor Setup, Motion Profiles
S-Curve Motion Profiles - Vital For Optimizing Machine Performance
S-curve motion profiles add “smoothing” segments to the traditional 3-phase trapezoidal profile (accelerate, coast, decelerate). Why is this better? The answer is beyond the motor, at the load itself.
Advanced Motion Control, Medical Device Equipment, Life Sciences, Motion Control Trends
Motion Control Technology Trends for Medical and Laboratory Applications
Step Motors, Encoders, Best Practices, Webinars
How to select an encoder
Medical Device Equipment, Liquid Handling, Closed Loop Motion Control, Syringe Dispensing, Life Sciences
Optimize A Control Architecture for High Accuracy Syringe Dispensing
Automated Liquid Handling systems are the preferred method when accurate dispensing of liquids is required. Two common architectures for dispensing are contact and jet dispensing. This paper will demonstrate motion control dispensing applications where the required motion accuracy can only be achieved with a closed loop control architecture (position feedback).
Advanced Motion Control, Motion Control Techniques, Packaging, Automated Packaging
Techniques That Improve Automated Packaging Equipment Performance
TENSIONING – GEARING - CAMMING - In this article we will review three widely used motion control techniques: web tension control, proportional material spacing, and CAM-based synchronized profiling.
Precision Motion Control, Integrated Circuits (ICs), Magellan, Motion Control Boards, Prodigy, Digital Amplifers, Atlas, Juno Family of ICs, Development Tools
Get 2X Faster Development with Performance Motion Devices
Medical Device Equipment, Liquid Handling, Life Sciences, Precision Motion Control
Improve Liquid Handling Robot Throughput with Direct Path Planning
In Liquid Handling Robots that are properly balanced, the gantry robot utilization reaches close to 100%, meaning the robot is almost always moving. This article (and poster) shows how we have implemented a high-speed motion system on a Liquid Handling Robot gantry that is aware of system clearances so that it can start a planar (X/Y) move while a Z-axis move is still ongoing. By employing such a motion control solution, robot move times can be improved by 25% over conventional robot moves and over 50% compared to systems that only employ single axis moves.
Motion Control Techniques, Motor Setup, Motion Profiles, Motion Control Boards, Prodigy, Digital Amplifers, Atlas
Motion Controller Design Architectures - A Deep Dive
A detailed look at design choices for building a machine controller that provides precision motion control. This article addresses whether it is best to build or buy motion control hardware and software, and what aspects of your application are most important for determining the architecture of your machine controller.
Motion Control Techniques, Closed Loop Motion Control, Step Motors
Keep Your Step Motor Position with A Closed Loop Motion Control System
Step motors are a common solution for controlling the position of moving components, but in some cases can be inadequate since the motor position is not necessarily known. Even though step motors are inexpensive when compared to brushless motors, in many critical applications, care has to be taken to ensure that when a command is given to the step motor controller, the motor actually ends up where the user wants it to go. In this article, we will look at each motor control design option and provide an in-depth review of a new closed loop motion control system.