From the control standpoint, semiconductors provide the starting point for improved motion control performance. The trends in this area include increased integration in microcontrollers developed specifically for motor control applications. In high voltage motor controls, advances in IGBTs provide improved power dissipation in power devices and allow higher current capability. Bringing both the control and power switching together in a reference design provides a systems approach with improved performance.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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