Motion Control Application – Intelligent robot systems are increasingly being used in disaster control, rescue missions and salvage operations!

After the severe earthquake in Japan and the subsequent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Quince managed to reach the upper floors of the ruins of the power plant. There it measured the radioactivity levels and sent HD images to the world outside.

Wherever it is too dangerous for humans. Robots that can look for survivors after an explosion, an earthquake or other natural disasters, providing humans with a view of inaccessible areas. Powerful EC motors from maxon motor give the Japanese rescue robot “Quince” its drive.motion control application robot Quince

 

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Fall River, MA — Motion Control Components Application – Robots that are used in disaster areas have to have a very high level of adaptability. They have to be fairly small, not too heavy and maneuverable enough to get through cracks or narrow spaces to reach areas deep inside a building. Furthermore rough terrain should present no problem. These rescue robots enter and explore buildings to determine if there are gases, radiation or other life-threatening hazards, before human rescue teams can search the area. Quince has proven that it fulfills all these demands. After the severe earthquake in Japan and the subsequent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Quince managed to reach the upper floors of the ruins of the power plant in June 2011. There it measured the radioactivity levels and sent HD images to the world outside (To see video – CLICK HERE). The robot was able to supply valuable information from areas where no human can set foot.motion control robot goes down stairs

Quince weighs 27 kg and is equipped with four moving caterpillar drives (flippers). These flippers automatically adapt their angular position to the surface underneath – regardless of whether the robot is climbing steep stairs or crossing rough terrain. Correct ground contact is a very important prerequisite. This contact is accurately analyzed by measuring the power consumption of the flipper motors. Furthermore PSD (Position-Sensitive Device) sensors on the front and rear flippers measure the distance to the ground. In addition to a gripper arm (see fig. 2), two laser scanners can also be attached to the robot. These scanners are capable of accurately capturing the structure of the terrain.motion control robot navigates rough terrain

Additionally Quince is equipped with a “bird’s eye camera” and can travel quite fast, at 1.6 meters per second. The operator that controls the robot has to tell it which direction to take, but the robot itself determines the optimal flipper positions for crossing various surfaces, for example stairs. Newer Quince motors have additionally been equipped with a device for collecting radio-active dust or ultra-fine particles, as well as a 3D scanner. To ensure that no robot is lost, a connection to a wireless network is possible, which is the only way to navigate the robot if the connection cable breaks.

The rescue robot was developed by Eiji Koyanagi, Vice-Director of the Chiba Institute of Technology Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRO). Koyanagi started his career as a teacher – at the age of 51, he became a professor. This means that he has a completely different background than other researchers in the field of robotics. Quince has been specially designed for extreme conditions in environments where it would be too dangerous for humans. Therefore its main area of application is disaster areas. “When you develop a robot, you first have to consider the tasks that it will perform later. That is the biggest challenge,” explains Koyanagi. Hitherto eight Quince robots have been built. But before this could be done, all components had to be 100% functional. To this end, various trials were run in the large “Disaster City” training area in College Station, Texas. Quince was the only robot that successfully completed the entire obstacle course at the site as part of a RoboCup contest. In preparation for using the robot inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, several specific customizations were required. “The conditions in the nuclear reactor buildings are very tough. If we had attempted to send Quince in without modifications, it would probably have met its end,” says Koyanagi. Therefore the robot had to be able to survive a fall from approx. 2 m high unscathed, and had to be largely maintenance-free.

Powerful motors to beat every obstacle

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Where the motor selection was concerned, fuRO required absolutely reliable drives. The motors have to provide high power and high efficiency, yet be small and light. These requirements were precisely met by maxon motors, explains Koyanagi. Six powerful maxon motors drive the robot. The brushless EC-4pole 30 direct current motors each provide 200 W; two of these have been installed in the two main chains. The powerful 4-pole units give their all when Quince maneuvers its way across uneven terrain. Four additional motors (EC22) drive the moving chain drives (flippers). These can automatically adapt their angular position to the surface below. The 3D scanner unit of Quince is moved to the right position by an RE-max 24. Thanks to the special winding technology and the 4-pole magnets, the maxon EC-4pole drives are unbeatable when it comes to delivering the highest driving power per unit of volume and weight. The motors have no cogging torque, high efficiency, and excellent control dynamics. The metal housing additionally ensures good heat dissipation and mechanical stability. All motors of the chain drives have been combined with the GP32HP (High Power) planetary gearhead with MR encoder. This gearhead was customized by installing a large ball bearing and a reinforced motor shaft. With this power pack, Quince has no trouble managing almost any obstacle.

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Comprehensive documentation and software are included with every delivery, and are also available for you to download from our website at www.maxonmotor.com.

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Motion Control – High Performance XY Stage with Linear Motors from Intellidrives!

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Philadelphia, PA, —

  • Motion Control YX Stages Feature:
  • Direct drive linear motors
  • Resolution 0.1 microns
  • Repeatability 0.25 microns
  • Absolute accuracy 5 microns
  • Max speed 1.5 m/sec
  • Max acceleration 1.5 G

ULTRA-PRECISION STAGE DESIGN – New IntelLiDrives XY stage design allows critical elements such as orthogonality, straightness, and flatness to be optimized, resulting in a stage with exceptional geometric tolerances. Direct-drive technology with core-less linear servo motor has no hysteresis or backlash, enabling accurate and repeatable nano-meter scale motions in both X and Y directions.

DIRECT DRIVE TECHNOLOGY – Non-contact direct-drive technology offers robust, accurate, and high-speed positioning necessary for mass production of precision devices. XY stage utilizes advanced direct-drive technology to achieve the highest level of positioning performance. Accurate Positioning is assured with contact-less linear encoder. The motor and encoders are directly coupled to eliminate backlash.

MULTI-AXES CONFIGURATIONS – This unique drive and bearing combination, packaged in a small-profile and footprint, offers tangible advantages in many applications such as high-precision positioning, disk-drive fabrication, fiber alignment, optical delay element actuation, sensor testing, and scanning processes that demand smooth and precise motion.

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Features:

  • Advanced sine wave commutation
  • Accurate torque control
  • Stand-alone or CAN distributed drive
  • Step/direction interface
  • Electronic gearing to master encoder
  • ± 10V velocity/current command
  • Auto-phasing and auto-tuning
  • 24-160VDC or 115/230VAC operation

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About IntelLiDrives —

IntelLiDrives, Inc. manufactures linear actuators, XY tables and rotary tables for the industry, government, science and research institutions around the world. Our precision rotary actuators, XY stages and linear actuators are used in the applications in medical devices, life sciences, semiconductor and electronic assembly manufacturing, data storage, laser processing, military/aerospace, photonics, automotive and test assembly, research and development and other industries requiring high precision and throughput motion control solutions.

For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1-215-728-6804 or e-mail Intellidrives at sales@intellidrives.com or go Intellidrive – Contact Us at: www.intellidrives.com/contact-us

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Motion Control – Frameless Brushless Servo Motor Kits from Maxon Are Available from Electromate!

Electromate offers Maxon Frameless DC Serov Motors from Maxon

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With outer diameters of only 43mm to 90 mm, these frameless brushless servo motors are extremely compact. 

 

Vaughan, Ontario, Canada — Motion Control Components — The new frameless motor kits from Maxon consist of only a rotor and stator – with no bearings or motor shaft. With outer diameters of only 43 to 90 mm, these pancake servo motor kits are extremely compact.

Available in size ranges from 30 Watt to 260 Watt, these EC (electronically commutated) frameless slotted motors feature low voltage windings, high pole pair count and are shipped as BLDC motor kits with the rotor and stator delivered separately without bearings and motor shaft.

The flat design, high torque output and hollow shaft construction provides plenty of space for cable glands which allows for a high level of integration into OEM applications such as Collaborative & Mobile Robots, AGV’s, Exoskeletons and Embedded Robotic Applications.

Performance data and additional information on the New Frameless Brushless Servo Motor Kits can be found at the link below.

CLICK HERE to view performance data and additional information on the New Frameless Brushless Servo Motor Kits.

About Electromate:

Electromate’s Core Purpose is to help Manufacturers build better machines using differentiated automation technology. They specialize in Robotic and Mechatronic Solutions for the Industrial Automation marketplace. Respected by customers as a premiere source for High Performance Automation and Motion Control Components & Systems, Electromate® specializes in AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors & Drives, Motion & Automation Controllers, Positioning Systems & Actuators, Feedback Devices, Gearing Products and HMI’s & Operator Displays, all supported via extensive product selection, just-in-timedelivery, dedicated customer service and technical engineering support.

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For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1-877-SERVO99 (737-8699) or e-mail Warren Osak at sales@electromate.com or visit Electromate at: www.electromate.com

 

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Motion Control – Panel Mount Servo Drive Provides Centralized Control & Offers High Bandwidth & Quick Response Times!

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Greenville, DE —-Motion Control Components – The AB25A100 PWM servo drive from Advanced Motion Controls is designed to drive brushless and brushed DC motors at a high switching frequency. A single red/green LED indicates operating status. The drive is fully protected against overvoltage, under-voltage, over-current, over-heating and short-circuits across motor, ground and power leads. Furthermore, the drive can interface with digital controllers or be used stand-alone, and requires only a single unregulated DC power supply. Loop gain, current limit, input gain and offset can be adjusted using 14-turn potentiometers. The offset adjusting potentiometer can also be used as an on-board input signal for testing purposes. This drive can use quadrature encoder inputs for velocity control. Features include:

  • Built-in hardware protection – Over Current, Over Voltage, Under Voltage, Over Temperature, Short Circuit
  • DIP Switches and Potentiometers for loop tuning, current limit adjustments and drive configuration
  • Standard models support both brushless and brushed motor types
  • Velocity feedback via incremental encoder, Hall Sensors, or tachometer
  • Optical isolation between high and low power signals standard on certain models
  • Current, Velocity, and Fault Monitor analog output signals
  • Status LEDs for power and drive status
  • Four quadrant regenerative operation

CLICK HERE for more information on the AB25A100 Servo Drive from Advanced Motion Controls.

These and other Motion Control Products are available throughwww.Servo2Go.com

For further information on this new product or others in our extensive product portfolio, call 1- 877-378-0240 or e-mail Warren Osak at warren@servo2go.com or visit Servo2Go.com at: www.Servo2Go.com

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Motion Control – Open Aperture Voice Coil Stage Features 1 Micron Positioning Resolution!

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Van Nuys, CA – Motion Control Components – The compact HCDS-025-038-02-B1-01 Voice Coil Stage from Moticont has a foot print of just 2.000 in. (54.0 mm) wide by 5.000 in (127.0 mm) long and features a positioning resolution of 1 micron and a 0.125 in. (3.175 mm) open aperture. This precision cross roller stage has a 0.97 in. (24.6 mm) range of motion with 1.0 lb. (4.4 N) of continuous force and 3.2 lb (14.2 N) peak force. The zero cogging, clean, quiet, efficient, low inertia, high acceleration, high speed voice coil driven stage has a built-in home switch for accurate initialization. As the coil is fixed and the magnetic assembly moves, there are no moving electrical components to fail. Designed for closed loop servo operation an integral quadrature optical encoder with differential outputs is included.

The stage table is equipped with 4 8-32UNC-28 mounting holes. Pre-drilled and counter-bored mounting holes in the base and a plug -and-play wired connector allows for easy integration into new or existing applications. This black anodized voice coil stage with a clear aperture is ideal for: laser drilling, optical focusing, testing, laser steering, mirror positioning, scanning, oscillation, switching, applications in industrial, medical, metrology, and research fields.

The HCDS-025-038-02-B1-01, voice coil driven stage is available as part of an XY or XYZ stage. It can also be ordered as a complete plug-and-play system with a controller. Other sizes and models are also available.

About Moticont – Moticont is a manufacturer of motion control products. Their product line includes voice coil motors, three phase brushless motors and positioning stages and slides.

Moticont is committed to exceeding their customers’ quality expectations and industry standards throughout the design, manufacturing, service and technical support phases. Our modern manufacturing facility, highly controlled processes, committed staff, and extensive testing complement our product design strengths. This enables us to supply our clients with specialized small orders to high volume just-in-time deliveries.

We offer an extensive line of standard products ready to be shipped immediately from stock, and when standard products are not quite right for an application, highly trained design engineers are always available to develop custom motion control products to fit the specific needs or our customers.

For additional information contact Moticont, “A Motion Company” at 6901 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406, USA; Tel: (888) 785-1804, Fax: (818) 785-5713, E-Mail: moticont@moticont.com or visit the website at http://www.moticont.com

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Motion Control – High Performance Ultra Compact Stepper Motor Positioning Stage From Equipment Solutions!

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Sunnyvale, CA, – — The motion control SMS12 Linear Stepper Motor stage is an ultra compact stage that provides up to 12 millimeters of linear motion. This stage offers near sub-micron resolution with the ability to accelerate a small load at 2G’s. A non-contact home sensor provides a reference position with repeatability of a couple microns. It was specifically developed for optical applications requiring both high precision and modest-speed positioning over a short to medium stroke. The SMS12 is well suited for optical focusing and other micropositioning applications such as scanning interferometry, surface structure analysis, disk drive testing, autofocus systems, confocal microscopy, bio-technology, semiconductor test equipment.

 

Specifications:

  • Translation 43µm/step
  • 0.67µm @ 64µstep/step
  • Maximum Travel 12mm
  • Maximum Acceleration 2G
  • Maximum Velocity 250mm/sec
  • Maximum Load Capacity 13kg
  • Maximum Moment Load 1.8kg
  • Positioning Accuracy ±2µm
  • Bidirectional Repeatability ±1µm
  • Homing Repeatability ±1µm
  • Motor Amps/Phase 0.3
  • Dimensions 39.1 x 39.1 x 31.75mm

The SMS12 can be ordered with an optional stepper motor controller that is nearly the same size a the SMS12 itself. Only raw power and a simple RS232/RS485 communications line is needed to completely control this high-resolution stage.

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Equipment Solutions, Inc. (ESI) is a provider of engineering and manufacturing services. ESI specializes in the design and production of automation and instrumentation products including motion control components and sub systems. ESI’s products range from galvanometer amplifiers with an integrated arbitrary waveform generator, to high-resolution displacement sensors, voice coil and stepper motor stages, amplifiers and controllers.

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For additional information contact Jeff Knirck at Equipment Solutions, 1098 West Evelyn Ave. #102, Sunnyvale, CA 94086; Tel: 408-245-7161, Fax: 408-245-7160, E-Mail:info@equipsolutions.com or visit the Website at http://www.equipsolutions.com

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