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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.

Motion Control Techniques, Motion Profiles, N-Series ION, user defined profiles

Motion Kinematics

Step Motors, Magellan, ION, Juno Family of ICs, Pro-Motion

Getting The Most Out Of Portable Medical Motion Control Applications

Motion Control Techniques, Magellan, Juno Family ICs, Digital Drives, MC58113

Motion Control Goes Small

Motion Control Techniques, Servo Motors and Drives

Servo Motor Tuning – Rocket Science or Walk In the Park?

Is servo motor tuning rocket science or a walk in the park? You decide! This article offers an overview of proportional, integral, derivative (PID) based servo tuning, and two standard manual tuning methods that work well for a large variety of machine designs. It shows that optimal parameters vary with application and performance goals, even for the exact same motor and amplifier setup.

Field Oriented Control (FOC), Step Motors, Servo Motors and Drives, Juno Family of ICs

Field Oriented Control (FOC) - A Deep Dive

Brushless DC, step, and DC brush motors are the three most commonly used motor types for positioning and velocity motion control applications. Of these, brushless DC and step motors are “multi-phase,” meaning they require some type of external coil excitation. Explore the most popular techniques for multi-phase motor control, including Field-oriented Control (FOC), and determine which techniques work best for various positioning and high-speed spinning applications.

Motion Control Techniques, Medical Device Equipment, Life Sciences, Automated Packaging

Mechanical Resonant Frequency and How to Analyze It

Explore why a machine is exhibiting mechanical resonant frequency and what tools can be used to analyze it.

Step Motors, Prodigy Motion Boards, Magellan, ION, Juno Family of ICs, Pro-Motion

Too Hot, Too Heavy, and Too Power Hungry

Liquid Handling, Prodigy Motion Boards, Life Sciences, Magellan, Atlas, Digital Drives, Juno Family of ICs

Precision Fluid Handling: Optimizing Lab Automation Mechanics

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.