Dynamometer with Active Load for Testing Manipulator's Joint Prototypes
A product derived from this invention could be used as a development tool for manufacturers of electromechanical actuators for robotics applications, in various industrial sectors. The mechanical load of a mechatronics system can be replaced with an active load system and the actuators of a mechatronics system can be tested before the rest of the mechanical system is fabricated.
The demand for development of new actuators for mechatronics systems is established and growing. Yet prototyping of the complete system for testing is often an expensive and inflexible process. A product derived from this invention would be a cost-effective replacement for tradirtional prototyping.
This invention is designed for a facility for testing space or terrestrial robot actuators under their end-use thermal and mechanical conditions. Unlike the conventional dynamometer, which has a brake to apply friction torque, this invention uses active load that generates the torque dynamics of a target manipulator.
The Business Opportunity
The need for new actuators in robotics and automation is pervasive. However, any newly developed actuator must undergo extensive mechanical, electrical, control and thermal tests. Currently, actuator tests can be performed on a robot prototype built with the newly developed actuators. However, the prototyping process is expensive, inflexible, and not applicable for space robots, as such robots do not operate in the thermal and gravity conditions of Earth.
This invention is designed for a specialized test-bed facility that develops and tests electromechanical actuators for robotics and automation applications. Its design innovations allow for less expensive and more cost-effective development and testing of actuators.
Technology Transfer Details
This technology is available for licensing.
The business opportunity may be referred to by its CSA case ID: 50706
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