Through innovations in design, drive technology has taken a leap forward from mechanisms used since the 1950s. At the same time, design upgrades have allowed for smaller footprint, lighter weight, and higher torque densities.
Mike Sutcliffe and Joe Kornack of NexLevel Automation are manufacturer’s reps and have worked for companies, manufacturers, and distributors of motion control and robotics for many years. This video presentation outlines mechatronics and motion control case studies in three key areas, military, warehouse, and medical along with key trends and insights from customers.
New video! A quick 3 minute video of the various stages of development and manufacturing for the ML1000 series.
WHITEPAPER | Today’s robots are slow, and their workspaces are limited. This statement may seem somewhat shocking. But while there have been tremendous advances lately in fields such as machine learning and vision systems, most articulated robots cannot move much faster than the earliest robots introduced in the 1950s. Why is this?
TSD is a Manufacturer Rep, covering all of California, providing expert engineering consulting for various custom motion control applications.
NEXLEVEL kicks-off our Partner Spotlight series! NEXLEVEL Automation is the premier Manufacturers Representative Team focused on delivering superior motion control and robotic solutions.
We wanted to share an article, recently posted from RIA, Robotics Industries Association. It provides an excellent overview of 2021 and beyond for robotics and automation in various industry sectors, and how the pandemic helped to put robotics and automation in the forefront.
We spent some time with Carlos Hoefken, CTO & Co-Founder, and asked him questions regarding the Motus CAM and CAM Generator™ software. In the video, Carlos uses the ML100 as an example, but the same CAM concept applies to the ML1000 series.
Humans know intuitively or from experience that if we put weights on our wrists or elbows, it becomes more difficult to move our arms. If we apply the same force we used without any weights, our arm will move more slowly.
It’s no surprise, then, that we see the same result in robots: as joints get heavier, the arm moves more slowly when the same force (or torque) is applied. Conversely, removing weight from the wrist or elbow actuator using a lighter weight transmission/gear drive results in higher speeds for the same applied torque.
What does a 10-15% increase in robot speed imply for robot owners?
As we mentioned in the last post, we will be looking at how torque density influences different robot parameters, including reach, speed, and lifetime. Each of these in turn has a direct and important impact on the economic value of a robot to the end-user.