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Machine Controller

Machine Controller courtesy Parker Hannifin

A machine controller controls an entire stand-alone machine used in a factory automation or industrial manufacturing environment vs. a motion controller whose purpose it may be to control perhaps only one function within that machine. 


Machine controllers may be found in factory automation and industrial manufacturing industries such as:

  • Automated warehouses and conveyors
  • Automotive and machine tools
  • Electronics industry
  • Food product industry
  • Medical product industry
  • Molding machines


Specific examples where machine controllers are integral to the manufacturing process:

  • Conveyor systems used in the packaging process of finished goods before being placed into inventory
  • Data recorder equipment used to log machine usage and schedule machine maintenance
  • Equipment used to Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tag product through manufacturing process eventually into finished goods inventory 
  • Semiconductor and electronic inspection equipment
  • Temperature indicators in molding machines used to warm, pour, form, and cool, plastic and rubber products



Some of our Machine Controller Sponsors include...

AMK Automation Corp

Uniquely flexible and fully customizable - that's the essence of the AMK Automation portfolio

Aerotech, Inc

Designer and manufacturer of high quality motion control, linear motion, positioning and robotic systems.


FAULHABER products include production automation and robotics, aerospace, optical systems as well as medicine and laboratory.

PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P.

Physik Instrumente (PI) designs and manufactures precision motion control equipment, piezo motors, air bearing stages and hexapod parallel-kinematics.

Trio Motion Technology, LLC

Trio is a world class manufacturer of high-performance motion, motor and machine controllers. Mix and match Servo, Stepper and SERCOS, up to 24 axes.