Putting a robot or a fully automated system into action requires the right size motors, proper torque and smooth movements. Motion control is as critical to automation success as software and end-of-arm operating tools.
A controller, the drive and the motor are the three basic components in a motion control system. Handling the demands of on-going production requires additional levels of planning.
The motor alone has several variables that need addressing like the right size and knowing what type of motor to use in a servo system. Size and torque within the designated application can spell long-term success or short-term frustration for integrators and end users.
Issues relating to motion control and solutions explored are found via the website of Motion Control and Motor Association (MCMA). Founded in 2006, MCMA offers resources and membership to advance the understanding and use of motion technologies.
You may be stuck with a problem like matching motors and inertia. Or maybe a topic pops up that you haven’t considered like this video on MCMA covering The Benefits of Migrating from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuation.
Look for Big Picture thinking regarding data analysis in the factory of the future to specific topics on programmable logic controllers through articles and case studies.
Like its partner organizations through the Association for Advancing Automation, MCMA provides help for both the industry veteran and someone who needs to get up to speed on the issues.
As noted on MCMA’s blog post, New Motion Control Technology is Solving Manufacturing Crises, motion control systems are designed to provide superior performance, flexibility, ease of use, productivity and safety.
MCMA gives users ways to explore the topics that lead to high performance while maintaining a safe environment.
Automation is proven safe and the few robot accidents that occur are more likely to happen during maintenance and non-operating hours. The first industrial robot fatality was in 1979 and since then, deaths have occurred at the rate of about one per year.
Compare that with the overall number of industrial fatalities. According to OSHA statistics, there were 4,836 workers killed on the job in 2015.
Yet, robotics makers are working hard to ensure safety in the broadest possible terms. As noted in Understanding Motion Control Networks II: Safety, “automation safety has moved beyond the core mandate of employee health to also support the health of assets and the manufacturing process itself.”
MCMA supports the work of industry standards and sets a high bar in the certification of motion control professionals.
Promoting products and services and drawing on the latest research and insights regarding motion control are some of the benefits. Refer to the Membership page to learn more about MCMA as an educational resource and network.
The 230 members are suppliers and manufacturers, distributors, system integrators and end users who find MCMA membership a helpful way to grow their businesses, explore solutions to challenges, and get training that meets the highest industry standards.
Learn how your company can succeed with automation. Use the many resources available through A3automate.org.