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  • Air spring key to robot handler
    Custom actuators, pneumatic clamps, and seal software are among the topics covered in the pneumatics reference guide. A robotic arm developed by Luzenac America relies on air springs to grip and handle bags of talc. Designing a robotic arm to handle 50-lb packages of talc powder was an engineer's
  • Force/torque sensors help industrial robots make the right moves
    Knowing what load levels robots exert is key to more repeatable, safer operation. Feedback from force/torque sensors (black cylinder mounted on arm end) gives robots the delicate touch needed for operations such as this camera function test. An industrial PC controls the robot and documents test
  • Mini footballers run on dc micromotors
    . The robots play on a field measuring 4.90 3.40 m. The ball weighs 46 gm with a diameter of 43 mm. The robotic players must fit in a cylinder 180 mm in diameter and not exceed 225 mm in height. As in traditional soccer, there are two halves to each match and a 10-min break in between. There are yellow and red
  • Pumping iron
    Artificial muscles mimic the action of their human counterparts to synthesize novel kinds of motion. The Humanoid robot can synthesize movements to about 1 of precision. Ten Festo Fluidic muscles go into each side of its torso and 16 more small prototype muscles in each wrist let the robot pick
  • Pneumatic clamps save set-up time and operator wear
    The picture on the above shows manual clamps on a welding fixture. The below on the right shows the same fixture with pneumatic clamps. A manufacturer of enclosures for telecommunications equipment wanted to speed up production in a cell with robotic welders and manual clamping. The cell under

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