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.

Motion Control Techniques, Step Motors, Integrated Circuits (ICs), Magellan, Digital Amplifers, Atlas, Best Practices, Juno Family of ICs

Common Motion Problems and How to Fix Them - Part II

We continue with our deep dive series that gives you tools to diagnose common motion control problems and get your machine back on track!

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, Servo Motors and Drives, Best Practices

Common Motion Problems And How To Fix Them - Part III

We wrap up our deep dive series on how to diagnose common motion control problems and get your machine back on track!

Motion Control Techniques, Motion Profiles, Prodigy, ION, Velocity and Torque, Juno Family of ICs

Use Torque FeedForward to Get More From Your Motion Controller

Many motion applications require high accuracy both during, and at the end of, the move, but even if you are using perfectly optimized PID values to control position, the compensation loop is never perfect. You can improve motor performance by adding motion control elements outside of the PID loop. In this article, we will look at torque control and the related subject of torque FeedFoward, which will make your equipment run smoother, and deliver better accuracy.

Common Motion Architecture, Automation and Robotics, Digital Amplifers, ION, Atlas, Digital Drives, Automated Packaging

Packaging Automation - A Deep Dive

Get a closer look at packaging automation machines that dispense, seal, and label.

Integrated Circuits (ICs), Digital Amplifers, ION, Atlas, Digital Drives, Best Practices

Selecting The Right Motion Control Amplifier

Get a detailed look at motion control amplifiers. Making the right design choice when selecting a motion control amplifier can have a big impact on your machine's cost and performance.

Motion Control Techniques, Medical Device Equipment, Noise Control, 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.

Motion Control Techniques, Frequently Asked Questions, Digital Amplifers, Atlas

Design FAQs: Motion Control Amplifiers

Before selecting the best motor, or motors, for your design project, take time to understand what kind of positioning controls and functionality you need. In this article, Motoring to Success, we will look at the issues concerning the selection of the right type of motor controller for positioning control applications. The focus will be on understanding how these motors are controlled, and how the choice of the control techniques affects the system cost.

Motion Control Techniques, Field Oriented Control (FOC), Motor Setup, Current Control

Commutation and Motor Control Techniques

Whether you build your own controller or buy off-the-shelf, knowing how to implement these new approaches is important for maximizing cost-effectiveness, and minimizing project design times. This article examines current control techniques, including a comparison of various commutation techniques.

Advanced Motion Control, Field Oriented Control (FOC), Servo Motors and Drives, Motor Setup, ION

Mathematics of Electronic Motor Control

Several trends have been driving the use of sophisticated, complex motor control algorithms. The most important of these trends include the desire for lower energy consumption and the need for higher performance. Performance Motion Devices Founder Chuck Lewin addresses these trends and introduces the major techniques used to control multi-phase motors, both brushless DC and AC induction.

Advanced Motion Control, Motion Control Techniques

Motion Software - Part II

Motion Control Techniques, Developer Kits, Pro Motion Development Software, Getting Started, Motor Setup

Motion Control Software Setup - The Basics

The right motion development tools can help you get to market faster, and stay there. This article provides an overview of setup of our easy-to-implement motion control software. It includes a deep dive into our Pro-Motion developer software tool.  

Motion Control Techniques, Servo Motors and Drives, Precision Motion Control, Motion Profiles, Magellan

Motion Control ICs Make Their Move

Learn about the significant cost savings that can result from integrating separate motion control functions together. Understand the recent developments in motion ICs that have made new architectures possible.

Motion Control Techniques, Automation and Robotics, Precision Motion Control

Motion Control Architectures

Examine trends and review the four major motion control architectures in use today. Two of these can be traced back to earlier motion control approaches, and two are more recent additions.

Motion Control Techniques, Servo Motors and Drives

Servo Motor Tuning - A Deep Dive

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.