As machine trends change, motion requirements stay unaffected

From software and robotics to virtualization, simulation and the Industrial Internet of Things, the manufacturing landscape is shifting faster than ever.

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Machine building has seen an interruptive shift in how equipment is built and how it operates. From software and robotics to virtualization, simulation and the Industrial Internet of Things, the manufacturing landscape is shifting faster than ever. But, despite all of the changes, motors and drives continue to play a major role in making machinery move. In a February 2016 survey, Control Design readers identified usage and application trends in motion, drives and motor technology, reinforcing that, the more machines change, the more their motion requirements stay relatively unchanged. More than two-thirds of respondents reported using servo motors, while almost half are…

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