Motion control 101
Features 4/9/2001 Post a comment When it comes to the latest in robotic technology, reality still lags far behind Hollywood, where robots have long been rendered about as human as humans. However, the components underlying robotic movement are easily understood when compared to the human anatomy
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.