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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, Velocity and Torque

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.

Automation and Robotics, Atlas, 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, 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, Best Practices

Motion Control Networks

The cost savings and flexibility offered by motion networks can be substantial. The key is knowing which solution will work best in your application.

Motion Control Techniques, Motion Profiles, ION, Encoders

Position Encoder Deep Dive: New Measurement Techniques Drive Data Formats

With positioning motion control applications, one position feedback device has been king of the hill for a long time - the incremental optical encoder with quadrature output. This article will look at other encoder types and the just-as-important subject of data formats that are used to carry and encode position information.

Advanced Motion Control, Medical Device Equipment, Automation and Robotics, Life Sciences

Haptic Feedback in Motion Control

Motion control applications with an operator remotely controlling a robot hand or mechanism can now be expanded to where the operator can “feel” what the robot is touching. This article talks about two common ways to implement robotic hand haptic feedback.

Motion Control Techniques, Digital Current Loop, Field Oriented Control (FOC), Step Motors, Best Practices

Common Motion Problems and How to Fix Them - Part I

Everyone who has worked in motion control has a war story, be it the machine that mysteriously stopped working or the motor that wouldn't stop vibrating. Fortunately, common problems often have common solutions.

Motion Control Techniques, Servo Motors and Drives, Motor Setup

Regenerative Braking, Part II

The second part of our regenerative braking and battery regeneration deep-dive uses a theoretical model to prove the existence of steady state regeneration and provides insight into estimating the energy recovered during regenerative conditions of an electric vehicle.