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Motion control is the combination of different technologies used to keep industry moving. From motors on the electrical to belts on the mechanical, a simple stop function or a precise detailed movement, the need for control is paramount.

The importance of motion and control can never be understated, it forms the building blocks for many applications in today’s world. We need its precision for robotics and multi-axis CNC machines, it’s ruggedness for conveyors and packaging systems and its overall adaptability to meet the industrial demands of today.

Whether it’s electrical, mechanical, pneumatic or a combination of all three, deployment of effective motion control delivers cost savings, system efficiencies and is the key differential in the competitive industrial world.

In this hub you will find application related content together with insightful commentary and hints and tips for industrial solutions.

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Stepper motors and drives, what is full step, half step and microstepping?

Stepper motors and drives, what is full step, half step and microstepping?

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CNC Build #1 Build a CNC to learn about Motion Control and automation.

This is the beginning of a series on building a CNC for two purposes 1. it’s cool and would be a fun addition to anyone’s LAB or Workshop 2. It will be a great platform to demonstrate and learn about several practical uses of technology that are used I’m many devices found in the Home or industry

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Six tips to shrink the downtime of your conveyor system to a minimum

Six tips to shrink downtime on conveyor systems and reduce unplanned maintenance.

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In Formula E racing, he who controls power drives longest. Win with Formula XMC

According to British Formula E driver Sam Bird and the Virgin teams’ chief designer who I had the opportunity to talk with at a recent event.

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August 7, 2019 07:06

Engineering the perfect cup of tea

As engineers we love a good cuppa, but how do you ensure the perfect cup of tea every time? Alan has found a solution using the brilliantly versatile K4 drive system from ebm papst, using each drives precision to make 'The engineers cup of tea'.

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July 8, 2019 12:27

A DIY Antenna Measurement System Part 2: Mechanical Prototyping

Integrating an ebm-papst EC motor with a RevPi Core for control, and a LimeSDR Mini for signal generation and reception, to create a system that measures antenna performance.

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July 1, 2019 07:33

Development kits to deliver motor drive solutions

DesignSpark got the chance to overview the new range of K4 Drive System Development Kits with ebm-papst. These new kits allow for rapid evaluation and implementation of industrial drive & control applications.

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July 1, 2019 07:16

A DIY Antenna Measurement System Part 1: Introduction

Integrating an ebm-papst EC motor with a RevPi Core for control, and a LimeSDR Mini for signal generation and reception, to create a system that measures antenna performance.

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June 18, 2019 15:14

Proven SINAMICS family of drives. New member: The infrastructure drive SINAMICS G120X

SINAMICS G120X is the new frequency converter from the proven SINAMICS family of drives. Optimized for the infrastructure sector, makes SINAMICS G120X the first choice for users who want to tap on the power of the elements.

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May 31, 2019 08:59

Automate your DC linear axis in 10 minutes with D3 Dryve!

Controlling a simple A-to-B motion with a DC motor, requires various components and of course a master controller to handle all the signals. Let's see how D3 Controller can reduce commissioning time and operate with or without a PLC!

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February 1, 2019 13:28

Colin Furze - how to control a motorised staircase treadmill with RS Pro

Our favourite You-tuber Colin Furze has built a custom Treadmill for his staircase at home.  Using a conveyer belt wrapped around a bearing and roller system, Colin uses wheelchair motors and an RS Pro DC motor controller to drive the conveyor.

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January 29, 2019 15:52

Spinning the wheels: Selecting a PMDC motor

My post ‘Spinning the wheels: interfacing PMDC motors to a microcontroller’, covered interface hardware and the use of PWM for speed control. Now let’s look at selecting the right motor for the task in hand.

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