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Motion Control Resources

Firefighting humanoid robot

POSTED: 03/23/2018

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

Human-Like Bipedal Walking Robot

POSTED: 03/23/2018

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 can walk

Motors Continue to Operate in Antarctic -120°F Temperatures

POSTED: 03/23/2018

The Dome C telescopes in Antarctica must operate continuously in weather that is the most severe on the planet. At Concordia Station in Antarctica there is a telescope mount that has been operating for a few years now. Just recently there was a new record temperature at the Dome

Vacuum compatible maxon motors for extreme conditions

POSTED: 03/23/2018

maxon motor spent several months working alongside Instrument Design Technology (IDT) to customize a small, brushless motor to perform in the extreme vacuum conditions of the synchrotron. This article highlights the challenges in the

Brushless DC Motors for Down Hole and Directional Drilling

POSTED: 03/23/2018

The recovery of petroleum and natural gas requires constant innovation and improvement of technology. This technology used for deep drilling processes are exposed to extreme environmental conditions. Temperatures of 200+°C, high pressure and extreme shock and vibration. Brushless DC motor

Autonomous robots provide green logistics

POSTED: 03/23/2018

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 warehouse. The integrated maxon

Over Rough and Smooth – Robots on a Mission to Explore

POSTED: 03/23/2018

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 look for survivors after an explosion, an earthquake or other

Project Pegasus: Gallop Like a Horse

POSTED: 03/23/2018

The Pegasus robot, which was created by students of the ETH Zurich during a research project, does not have wings like the famous horse from Greek mythology. But instead, the autonomous robot has strong legs that can gallop almost like

Kenshiro: Strong Robot with 160 Muscles

POSTED: 03/23/2018

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 movements. The

Robotic Snake-arm Flies into Tight Spaces

POSTED: 03/23/2018

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 snake-arm robot has

Underwater inspection on twelve wheels

POSTED: 03/23/2018

Inspecting flooded pipes of power plants requires skilled, high-precision handling. And the robotic vehicles have to be optimized accordingly, for example to dive 20 m deep. The new seawater manipulator is capable

Inked to Precision

POSTED: 03/23/2018

The tattoo scene is driven by younger artists who have little in common with the old stereotypes. They create true masterworks using the latest technology. And they all know the maxon “Swiss motor”. The age of rockers and sailors

When every tenth of a second counts

POSTED: 03/23/2018

Triathlon and time trial racing are gaining more and more fans every day. Technological innovations, such as an electronic drivetrain, are highly sought-after components when every second counts on the way to the finish line. The EPS (electronic power shift)

Guardians between two worlds

POSTED: 03/23/2018

The kinetic sculptures of the Korean artist U-Ram Choe are composed of acrylic resin, stainless steel and moving elements, and have been fascinating people for two decades. To breathe life into his mythological creature

Taking to the High Skies with maxon motors

POSTED: 03/23/2018

At an altitude of 11 kilometers above the surface of the earth, the air is very thin. Modern pressure cabins and an environmental control system (ECS) ensure a pleasant atmosphere in commercial aircraft. In the new Boeing 787, also known


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