The Top Trends in Motion Control Systems
Published on : Tuesday 31-10-2023
Industrial Automation explores the latest motion control technology trends to bring new solutions for precision and efficiency in modern industries.
Motion control systems have become a key component driving industries toward previously unheard-of levels of automation, efficiency, and precision in today's quickly changing technological landscape. Whether it is a manufacturing assembly line, a robotic arm, or even a 3D printer, motion control systems play a critical role in orchestrating the movements of machines with finesse. As these systems evolve as a critical technology, there are certain trends that you, as an industry leader, must be aware of in order to fully realise their potential.
Before we delve deeper into the topic, let us define motion control technology. Motion control is a subsystem of an industrial automation system that governs the movement of machines and devices in order to complete a sequence of movements. The fundamental function of motion control systems is to precisely control and modify the position, acceleration, and speed of mechanical components.
According to the Market Research Future (MRFR) report, the motion control market is predicted to reach around USD 18.92 billion by the end of 2030. The market is growing at a rate of 4.60% between 2022 and 2030.
Any motion control system needs a well-balanced ensemble of parts to operate optimally. Electric or hydraulic motors are the workhorses, generating the required movement. Controllers coordinate the movement by acting as conductors. Sensors provide critical feedback, ensuring that all movements are precise and accurate. These components work together to convert electrical signals into tangible, controlled motion.
Motion control has an extensive and varied scope. Motion control systems in manufacturing help to streamline processes and ensure that production lines run smoothly. These systems are also important in robotics, allowing robots to perform complex tasks with human-like dexterity. Beyond that, motion control systems are responsible for advancements in industries like entertainment, healthcare, automotive, and aerospace. Consider the robotics employed in surgery or the immersive experience found in a theme park ride; these systems are essential to both.
Top trends in motion control systems for 2024
The motion control system landscape is constantly changing. Recent advancements have seen a convergence of automation, artificial intelligence, and Industry 4.0, resulting in smart factories and adaptive manufacturing processes. The integration of IoT and connectivity has transformed remote monitoring and control, ushering in a new era of data-driven decision-making. Here, we have discussed some of the latest trends every business leader and entrepreneur must consider to stay ahead of innovation.
Advanced algorithms and AI
Advanced control algorithms and artificial intelligence are increasingly being used in motion control systems. These technologies improve motion control precision and adaptability, allowing for more complex and dynamic operations.
Robotics and automation
Robotic systems rely heavily on motion control systems. Motion control that is extremely accurate and flexible is becoming more and more necessary as automation spreads throughout industries. Advanced motion control is necessary for the safety and accuracy of collaborative robots, or cobots, which are increasingly being used alongside humans.
VR and AR in motion control
In motion control, AR and VR technologies are gaining traction, opening up a world of possibilities. VR could provide an immersive, risk-free environment for operators to learn how to use motion control systems. This could improve proficiency and security, especially in intricate or dangerous tasks.
AR has the potential to change system maintenance and troubleshooting. Even from a distance, technicians could virtually ‘see’ inside systems to identify and fix problems. Motion control combined with VR/AR could allow us to interact with system designs in virtual environments. This could lead to more efficient design, which would enable quicker prototyping and more user-friendly user interfaces.
Connectivity and customisation make complex motion control easier
Even though digitisation and connectivity are essential for assisting clients in realising their Industry 4.0 goals, difficulties still exist, major among them being outdated, legacy networks that are unable to handle the demands of modern data usage. It is possible that only half of the equipment in a typical plant is connected. However, this is beginning to change as manufacturers get ready for future events that might prevent workers from working on-site and discontinue plants from operating, partly because of the pandemic response.
Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market
Asia-Pacific is one of the most important markets for motion control systems. The increasing adoption of automation in the region's various end-user industries presents the studied market vendors with enormous growth potential. The region's energy concerns are also encouraging businesses to create energy-efficient, compact electrical equipment and devices, which is propelling the growth of motion control. The region is also a manufacturing hub for many global markets, and automation has become essential in these facilities.
The Chinese government, in June 2022, declared that by 2025, the nation would play a major role in the development of robotics worldwide. In addition, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology predicts that in the next three years, China will have more robots than any other country in the world. This is expected to drive up demand for servo motor-based motion control systems in the local robotics market.
In the Indian context, it was expected that by 2022, India would have 175 GW of installed renewable capacity, mostly from wind and solar energy. As of March 31, 2021, India ranked fourth globally in terms of installed wind capacity, with a total of 39.25 GW, according to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. By 2030, the nation wants to obtain 40% of its energy from renewable sources. Manufacturers are investing heavily in industrial automation solutions to meet these energy manufacturing targets, thanks to government support.
The motion control market is extremely competitive, with several major players. These industry players are broadening their customer base to garner customers from other countries. These businesses are capitalising on strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and profitability.
Apart from the latest trends, there are certain challenges that may hinder the development of motion control technology, and industry leaders must address these obstacles. These challenges include cybersecurity risks, workforce reskilling, and regulations.
The wrap up
Motion control is recognised as a critical technology in mechatronics. This technology is constantly evolving, driven by modern industry demands and the relentless pursuit of precision, efficiency, and safety.
As the world continues to rely on automation and precision in an ever-expanding range of applications, Industrial Automation believes that motion control technology is more than a tool; it will play a significant role in the next industrial revolution, and businesses must seize the opportunities this technology offers to stay at the forefront of this field.