Precision Speed Reducer for Robotics and Manufacturing.
Final rept. 7 Jul 94-6 Jan 95,
SYNKINETICS INC BEDFORD MA
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The robotics and manufacturing industries rely on high precision speed reducers to convert low motor torques to high output torque without degrading the tool position. SYNKINETICS Inc. has developed a new and innovative technology that uses flat plate cams with balls at conjugate locations transmitting and amplifying torque. This SYNKdrive technology is then coupled to a special machining operation on the cam set to produce a zero-backlash speed reducer. The analysis and data produced thus far show the zero-backlash SyNKdriven technology as a very versatile, low cost alternative to the products generally on the market today. The data have shown low backlash with good repeatability and low hysteresis. The analytical predictions show opportunities for improvement in a follow on program. SyNKdrive zero-backlash systems testing and analysis represent a major step in applying a new precision speed reducer technology to the robotics and manufacturing industry.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems