In-Motion Blog

Is it Servo Drive or Servo Amplifier? and Other Motion Control Questions

What’s the Difference Between a Servo Drive and a Servo Amplifier? A lot of motion control terminology is used interchangeably, situationally, and sometimes incorrectly. We’ll be the first to admit that it can be a bit confusing at times, and understandably so. Some of the motion control lingo has changed over time, and it hasn’t

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The History of Modern Motion Control

Determining the start date of motion control greatly depends on your definition of motion control. An argument could be made that it started with the invention of the mechanical cam. Others might say it didn’t start until PID control was introduced. There’s no definitive beginning, but we’re just going to start with electric motors, just

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What is Dual-Loop Position Control and Where is it Needed?

Most motor control systems use couplings such as gears, ball screws, belts and other methods to transmit the forces from the motor to the load.  They’re used for various reasons, such as to increase the torque through gear ratios, change rotary motion to linear motion or change the angle of the applied torque.  Along with

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Servo Drive Trends for 2020

2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year for new servo drive technologies and capabilities. Continuing with the trend from the past few years, servo drives in 2020 will have even more power and more features packed into the micro-sized form factor that’s becoming popular in the industry. Mobile robotics and tightly integrated machines

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How to Select a Servo Drive

When searching for a servo drive, you’ll be able to find thousands of options. ADVANCED Motion Controls offers almost 200 servo drives alone. But finding one that meets all the needs for your application can be a bit more complex. Servo drives have different power ranges, sizes, network options, intelligence, form factors, digital features, and

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Types of Motors in Motion Control

We might not manufacture motors at ADVANCED Motion Controls, but we work with them every day and build servo drives to make them run, so you might say we know a thing or two about them. We take a lot of pride in being able to serve any application, and that means we have a

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Motion Control in 3D Printing

3D printing used to be an abstract concept. It was something out of science fiction. Or it was what a child thought would happen when they put their favorite toy under the lid of their parent’s copier and expected another one to come out…no? Just me? Today, 3D printing is very much a real thing.

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Servo Drive Trends for 2019

The year is half over and it seems like a great time to review the servo drive trends we’ve seen so far in 2019 and to go over what we expect to see for the rest of the year. Latest Trends Smaller Miniaturization has been an ongoing trend for at least 15 years and so

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Servo Control for Military and Aerospace Applications

Above all else, military and aerospace equipment needs to be reliable and responsive when in the line of duty. Because of this, ADVANCED Motion Controls® has become a trusted motion control supplier for many defense contractors. Using logic controls, robust system architectures, and custom-built servo drives, our products offer the defense industry far more flexibility

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Click&Move®: Automated Servo Control System

Click&Move Automation

Automation is the way of the future,  and it relies heavily on the motion control industry. That’s why ADVANCED Motion Controls® offers an automation architecture designed to answer the growing complexities of motion control systems. At first glance, Click&Move looks like a software package. It’s not just software; it’s a complete control system. What Can

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