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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

Getting Swinging Lights to Stop on a Dime

POSTED: 03/23/2018

At the Royal Shakespeare Company’s refurbished venue, lightweight lights are hung from swinging cables. A unique design stops the swinging to put the spotlight on the actors.  The Royal Shakespeare Company recently went through a

Focusing on Dark Energy

POSTED: 03/23/2018

The HETDEX project is the first major experiment to search for dark energy in the universe using a set of spectrographs to map the three-dimensional positions of one million galaxies. The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is located at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas.

Actuators in Aviation

POSTED: 03/23/2018

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,

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

Automatic Transfer Device Helps Nurses

POSTED: 03/23/2018

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 the growing problems facing

Circulatory Support without Surgery for Heart Failure Patients

POSTED: 03/23/2018

Intra-aortic pump powered by miniature brushless DC motors provides heart failure patients an aid to help hearts rest and heal. Chronic heart failure patients draw hope from a new technology. A team of life science entrepreneurs in Houston, Texas has developed

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


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