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MacSTANDARD PSC Belt Driven Actuator Helps Solve Clemson University Students’ Senior Design Challenge

Macron Dynamics, Inc.

Application:  Electric engineering senior design project

Industry:  Education
 
Problem: Recently, a group of students from Clemson University’s Electric Engineering program approached Macron with the challenge of building an automated air hockey machine. The students in this program participate in projects emphasizing real-time control systems and computer vision.
 
This past semester, students faced a senior project calling for construction of an automated system that was capable of playing air hockey with limited human input
 
Solution: MacSTANDARD PSC Belt Driven Actuator
The students needed controlled, automated movement in order to successfully move the air hockey paddle in a multitude of directions. The MacSTANDARD PSC belt driven actuator provided fluid, stable movement of the air hockey paddle.
 
System Benefits:   The zero backlash belt to pulley design and stress proof shafted pulley provided swift, controlled horizontal movement of paddle. Extruded aluminum actuator body with T-slots provided easy mounting, aiding to the stability of the overall design.
 
Customer Comments: “Our system compared to other systems was the best looking, as well as the most stable. A lot of other systems had problems braking and not having the force to score goals.”
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