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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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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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January 15, 2019 16:14

Building and Testing a 3D Printed Brushless Motor (until it explodes!)

Christoph Laimer builds a 3D-printed brushless motor and tests the maximum rotation speed. The destruction of the motor is intended, to work out the safe operating range.

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January 15, 2019 14:35

Quadrature Encoder Basics Part 2: Practice

Some motion applications require both stepper and DC motors to have encoders for position and/or speed control. Today we will read the encoder channels using Arduino and display the counts of steps on an LCD Screen.

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January 8, 2019 16:26

Spinning the wheels: interfacing PMDC motors to a microcontroller

Permanent Magnet DC Motors are cheap, have linear characteristics and are very easy to control using the PWM units built-in to most modern microcontrollers. Interfaces can be as simple as a single transistor depending on the application.

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November 16, 2018 12:21

Five key test points for understanding motor drive efficiency and performance

Motor systems are a critical operation in almost every plant & can account for 60 to 70% of all electrical energy used in the plant, so understanding the efficiency and performance can result in energy savings & extended life of the motor.

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October 2, 2018 14:27

Quadrature Encoder Basics Part 1: Theory

Today we are going to understand the basic theory behind encoders and more specifically quadrature incremental encoders. After getting to know the basics we will try to read the encoders with an Arduino UNO and some very well commented code!

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August 28, 2018 15:06

Test and Measurement Solutions within Motion Control

Keeping the production line or plant running is critical to any business, as any unplanned downtime, lost productivity or delays can be very costly to the business, this article looks a various T&M products to keep your motion control system running.

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