Motion control is a sub field of automation, in which the position and /or the velocity of machines are controlled by using the devices like actuator, or an electric motor. It is even important part of robotics. It is widely used in the packaging, printing, textile, semi conductor production and assembly industries. Some of the automation methods in motion control are:

Machine Controls: The manufacturing community is continuously improving its quality in production. Thus, there is a demand in the market for more adaptive controls. There are many advanced algorithms which are embedded in the machine controls to get the best solution. The electronic servo controls are needed instead of positioning systems. Manufacturers are controlling force and measuring the displacement by adding another control for the adaptive process. Another element which is added is flexibility which improves the production system.

Intelligent software: Manufacturers are improving their operational efficiencies for the assets which are existing already. The primary mechanism for measuring the asset efficiency is by using overall equipment effectiveness. However the data is turned into information which is useful for the managers. Finally the key is to improve the production efficiency. Thus the intelligent software is used to improve the efficiency.

Safety Systems: Business and plant managers are in need of an intelligent safety strategy that not only protects humans, machines, and the environment but also supports to achieve the benefits such as increased productivity, improved machine efficiency etc. A modern effective safeguarding strategy is one, which is integrated as a system solution using intelligent automation components. Modern safety systems allow operators to gain machine safety.

Thus these are requirements to be considered in general motion control.