Robotics

Advanced robotic solutions on display at Automate 2017

28th March 2017
Alice Matthews

On booth 270 at Automate 2017, TQ Systems will showcase its RoboDrive technology as part of its first public appearance in North America. RoboDrive motors were designed by researchers at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) for the International Space Station. TQ RoboDrive is suited for robotics because the motors are compact, are half the weight and half the power losses at the same torque as other commercially available motors, and feature strong dynamics and precision.

The company claims that RoboDrive technology provides the highest power density at maximum torque range and overload capability in a compact design. These performance characteristics make RoboDrive a suitable choice for medical, robotic and aerospace applications.

The variable concept offers solutions for a variety of demanding drive applications. Alternative voltage levels, increased speeds and customised torque adaptations are also available on special order. The optional hollow shaft motors allow designers to run fluids, cables or lasers through the center of the motor, providing maximum functionality with minimal footprint.

RoboDrives are available in sizes with different stator lengths, and outer diameters from 25-115mm and a wide torque range from .024-11.2Nm.

Concurrent with the show, and as an example of TQ’s motor development and production expertise, KUKA will feature multiple collaborative robots showing a range of applications that demonstrate how collaborative robots can be used in the Human Robot Collaborative applications industry. Driven by seven RoboDrive servo motors, the LBR iiwa, for example, is the first series-produced sensitive robot capable of human-robot collaboration, according to the company. TQ assembles and tests the drive units for KUKA and delivers them for final assembly.

Customers can purchase RoboDrive motors as separate components such as rotors and stators, or complete turn-key solutions, including servo kits, sensors, inverters, safety brakes and customised drive solutions.

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