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July 2015

Keeping Muscles in Shape

POSTED: 07/02/2015

For paraplegic people, rehabilitation is frequently a long process; this is why methods and tech-nology that optimize these measures for the patient

Kenshiro: Strong Robot with 160 Muscles

POSTED: 07/02/2015

The tendon-controlled humanoid robot created by the University of Tokyo has more than 160 artificial muscles and is the result of many years of experience. Around 100 brushless maxon motors ensures that the only 1.58 m tall robot has humanlike

Over Rough and Smooth – Robots on a Mission to Explore

POSTED: 07/01/2015

Intelligent robot systems are increasingly being used in disaster control, rescue missions and salvage operations – wherever it is too dangerous for humans. Robots that can

June 2015

Relaxed Golfing with Maxon Motors

POSTED: 06/30/2015

Golf is becoming increasingly popular and has become a common recreational sport. In the spring and summer millions of people around the world head to the greens to work on their handicap or to

Vacuum Compatible Maxon Motors for Extreme Conditions.

POSTED: 06/30/2015

maxon motor spent several months working alongside Instrument Design Technology (IDT) to customize a small, brushless

Autonomous Robots Provide Green Logistics

POSTED: 06/30/2015

The upcoming company YLOG builds autonomous robots for transporting containers at logistics companies. The Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AiV) helps to cut energy costs and to optimize the use of space in the

Actuators in Aviation

POSTED: 06/29/2015

In the aviation industry, a wide range of applications is controlled by actuators. For example, they are used to control and limit velocity and engine speed by adjusting levers and flaps. In many of these actuators, maxon motors can be found. Actuators convert electrical signals to mechanical movement or other physical

Automatic Transfer Device Helps Nurses

POSTED: 06/29/2015

Nurses face the daily challenge of caring for an overweight population, which leads to debilitating injuries. A motorized lateral transfer device allows even the smallest nurse to move a heavy patient. One of

May 2015

Selecting the Right Motor Supply Cable

POSTED: 05/08/2015

Selecting any cable involves getting the right performance without overspecifying—and overpaying—for what you don’t need. For powering motors, the choice ranges from PVC/nylon-insulated wires in a conduit to precision VFD cables. The most obvious requirement is a cable that meets the power-handling requirements of the motor over the distances between

How to Pick the Right VFD Cable

POSTED: 05/08/2015

Variable-frequency drives (VFD) allow sophisticated control by AC motors by allowing their speed and torque to be precisely adjusted. Control is achieved by varying the frequency to the motor. It does not, however, send a pure sine-wave frequency to the motor. Rather it sends a series of pulses, whose width

IKO Maintenance Free Linear Guides C-Lube Technology Keeps Linear Motion Components Lubricated — So You Don’t Have To

POSTED: 05/07/2015

Walk through any plant that uses linear motion systems, and you can often see maintenance workers, grease gun in hand, applying lubrication to linear guides. And why shouldn’t they? Under-lubricated guides can wear excessively, which leads to performance problems and premature failure. These labor-intensive lubrication practices, however, do not come cheap.

Cycle Times for Trackmotion Robotic Cells

POSTED: 05/04/2015

CYCLE TIMES FOR TRACKMOTION ROBOTIC CELLS Placing a robot on a track greatly expands its reach envelope, potentially allowing it to tend many more machines or to transfer

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


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