May 1, 2015, 8:54 AM
High band-width, slow but forceful motion and back-drivability is essential for development of the user-friendly and cost-effective, performance enhancing products needed by our ageing population and for human-centred manufacturing. The most widely used approach involves complex, bulky and expensive configurations of servo-motors and gearing, where the motor may be overdriven by up to 500% to achieve the bandwidth required so limiting its useful lifetime. This constrains the market. Manufacturers are looking for more viable solutions: “Service robots designed for the disabled must be reliable, safe, and easy to use. Having the right motion system components is essential.” Maxon Motor 2015.