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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.

Step Motors, Encoders, Best Practices, Webinars

How to select an encoder

Medical Device Equipment, Liquid Handling, Closed Loop Motion Control, Syringe Dispensing, Life Sciences

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Optimizing 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, Development Tools

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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.

Medical Device Equipment, Liquid Handling, Syringe Dispensing, Life Sciences

Improving Liquid Handling Pumping Through Optimized Feedback

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 - A Deep Dive

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.

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.

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

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!