Emerging Applications and Growth Areas for Motion Control

Moving welding robot and robot gripping working with engine partsIt wasn’t long ago that motion control’s complexity significantly limited its application. But advancing technologies have greatly contributed to an increase in motion control capabilities. According to Kenneth Research, the global motion control market is expected to reach approximately $21.75 billion by 2023. Industry analytics firm Monroe Scoop went even further, projecting that it will reach $27.99 Billion by 2026. Motion control utilization is increasing as it continues to emerge in new industries and applications.

Logistics is constantly evolving with the help of motion control. Automated guided vehicles (AVGs) have been in utilization for years, following guiding lines on warehouses floors to deliver products and items to different locations. But their limitations have spurred innovation. 

Automated mobile robots (AMRs) have been developed to offer new levels of automation in the logistics industry. These robots, powered by motion control applications, can be independently guided by central controllers or download path information and guide themselves. They possess sensors to avoid collisions with other AMRs or humans. The result is greater autonomy and flexibility. 

Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing, is designed to create cheaper, stronger, more efficient materials and products. Two primary technologies behind additive manufacturing are computer programming and motion control. 3D printers can use a variety of motors, including steppers.

Additive manufacturing is massively growing in popularity and its applications are limitless, from product to prototyping to prosthetics for the healthcare industry. A recent survey by Forbes found that 80% of companies surveyed said that 3D printing enables them to innovate faster. As 3D printing becomes more universally deployed, it has brought with it an increase in the need for motion control systems.


Agriculture and innovation have long had a relationship together. As farmers across the globe learn of the benefits automation can have on production, the desire to implement automated processes continues to increase. Motion control offers farmers the ability to maximize efficiency. As a result, the demand for electric motors in agriculture is greater than ever before.