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Robotic Resources

Tech Papers

April 2015

Design Guidelines for Pneumatic Grippers

by Design Guidelines for Pneumatic Grippers, Design Guidelines for Pneumatic Grippers

POSTED: 04/08/2015

When designing a robotic or automated assembly machine, applying a gripper correctly unit can make the difference in the reliability and productivity of the assembly machine system or robotic cell. Gripper calculations will vary depending on many factors such as, part acceleration, part weight, physical size, tooling length, tooling jaw

March 2015

High-Acceleration Servo Motors Create Cabling Challenges

by Lucas Kehl, Product Marketing

POSTED: 03/13/2015

In automated production machines, faster acceleration and deceleration of motion axes can lead to productivity gains. It’s no wonder that machine builders have started to adopt new low-inertia servo motors that offer maximum accelerations up to 5g, compared to less than 3g for conventional servo motors. The new motors can reach

Connectors Lower Wiring Costs

by Jack Gayara, Product Manager

POSTED: 03/10/2015

The assumption that hardwiring will minimize wire installation costs turns out to be wrong If you design or build industrial machines, you probably know all about hardwiring. It remains the most common way to bring power and signal to the

August 2014

Robotic Snake-arm Flies into Tight Spaces

POSTED: 08/15/2014

A robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny. Problems often occur in confined and hazardous spaces, and whilst these spaces are difficult for humans to work in, a

May 2014

Robotic Laser Cladding

POSTED: 05/27/2014

Additive Manufacturing using Additivie Shaping Advancements in laser technology over the past decade have been improving at an exciting rate. Companies interested in traditional welding have been adopting the technology and are leading the movement towards laser welding additive manufacturing processes. Of particular interest is the integration

What is the Genuine Added Value From an Ejector with Integrated Controls in a Suction Cup Handling System?

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/05/2014

Introduction Air-driven ejectors are gaining pace as the vacuum source for suction cup handling equipment on robots and special purpose machines (ex: case/carton erectors, de-stackers, unloading equipment, etc.). It is an ongoing trend in many different industries, such as packaging, electronics, automotive, glass and plastics. The advantages over traditional blowers

Five Steps Towards More Picks Per Minute

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/01/2014

Vacuum-based systems for materials handling are used in many different industries, and regardless of whether a system is used to pick up cartons of food or consumer products, large metal sheets or tiny electronics components, the speed at which that system is working will impact the production rate. A more

Five Steps Towards Using Less Energy Per Pick

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/01/2014

In a world where most electrical power is produced in power plants fuelled by gas, oil and coal, and where the carbon dioxide (CO2) released from these fossil fuels is considered a major environmental threat, manufacturers need to focus on reducing their energy consumption. Increasingly strict legislation intended to reduce

March 2014

Model making: A dwarf-sized Caterpillar.

by Anja Schütz

POSTED: 03/04/2014

maxon drives also play an important role in model making – for example, many locomotives run their rounds powered by maxon motors. But even crazier things can be found in the world of model making: like the bright yellow Cat track

Robotic Rib Spreading Tool to help patients hurt less and heal faster.

by Deb Setters and Anja Schütz

POSTED: 03/04/2014

One advanced technology company is taking on the challenge of developing hand-held, robotic surgical instruments to help patients hurt less and heal faster. High torque maxon motors

November 2013

Robotic Exoskeleton: For more quality of life

POSTED: 11/11/2013

Worldwide, an estimated 185 million people use a wheelchair daily. A company based in Auck-land (New Zealand) has developed innovative robotic technology that helps people with mobility impairment get back on their feet: the robotic exoskeleton from Rex Bionics. The integrated

October 2013

Vacuum Systems for Successful Robot Implementation

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 10/17/2013

ABSTRACT The design of a vacuum system and choice of vacuum components for robot end effectors can be of crucial importance for a successful robot installation. This paper discusses vacuum solutions for robot end effectors, which increase the

September 2013

Not a hair out of place, even at 100 miles.

POSTED: 09/06/2013

With the AIRCAP®, Mercedes-Benz offers for its E-Class Convertible an automatic draft stop that can be activated at the push of a button, thus greatly reducing turbulence in the interior. Actuated is the AIRCAP® by a maxon drive system. The

April 2013

Firefighting Humanoid Robot

POSTED: 04/29/2013

With funding from the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech’s RoMeLa laboratory is designing and building their Shipboard Autonomous Fire Fighting Robot, or SAFFiR.   Agility, speed, strength, balance are all qualities needed to fight fires,

Human-Like Bipedal Walking Robot

POSTED: 04/29/2013

In the world of robotics engineering there are two primary ways to view how a robot walks. Either the robot has to be quasi-statically stable at every moment of movement, or it


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