Harmonic Drive Announces Super-Flat FLA Actuators for Robotics

Source: Harmonic Drive

September 24, 2018      

PEABODY, Mass. — Harmonic Drive LLC, the leader in high-precision motion-control, has announced its FLA Series of super-flat actuators. The new ultra-flat, ultra-light brushless actuators combine the company’s high-precision/high-performance reducers with a compact, high-output brushless DC motor.

This new series is ideal for a wide range of applications such as automated guided vehicle (AGV) wheel drives and powered exoskeletons.

The new FLA actuators will be on display at RoboBusiness 2018 this week in Harmonic Drive’s booth, No. 205 in the Expo Hall. The company is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the event in Santa Clara, Calif.

In addition, Harmonic Drive this year was named one of the top robotics companies in the world in the annual RBR50 list!

Key features of the FLA series:

  • Ultra-flat shape
  • Multiple options available: Three sizes, multiple ratios, and two voltages
  • Lightweight
  • Designed to operate with a wide range of third-party servo drives
FLA series flat motor

The FLA series actuators have a compact design. Source: Harmonic Drive

FLA actuators are available with Harmonic Drive’s high-speed, high-efficiency Harmonic Planetary® gearhead or with its high-precision, high-torque Harmonic Drive® reducer.

The FLA actuator with the FB Harmonic Drive® reducer is available with 50:1 or 100:1 ratios. The HP version features the Harmonic Planetary® gearhead with 8:1 and 9:1 ratios. The company offer both 24VDC and 48VDC versions to work with battery-powered applications.

The high-performance, compact configuration and low-weight of the FLA actuator makes it ideal for AGV wheel drives and powered exoskeletons.

Don’t miss your chance to see these actuators at RoboBusiness. All attendees are welcome to join the 4th Annual C. Walton Musser Industry Cocktail Opening Reception on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

About Harmonic Drive

Harmonic Drive LLC engineers and manufactures precision servo actuators, gearheads, and gear component sets. We work closely with both Fortune 500 and companies of all sizes to understand their application requirements and provide a standard or, in most cases, a custom-engineered solution to enable the success of their design project.

The majority of the products sold by Harmonic Drive are proudly made at our manufacturing facility in Peabody, Mass. The Harmonic Drive Group Companies include Harmonic Drive LLC in the U.S., Harmonic Drive Systems Inc. in Japan, and Harmonic Drive AG in Germany.

We have shared core values, product designs and quality standards. State-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Japan, and Germany enable us to locally serve the needs of our global customers providing both custom-engineered solutions and standard products.

With over 50 years of experience, our expert engineering and production teams develop enabling technologies and products to meet the needs of an evolving motion-control market.

We are very proud of our outstanding company history. Our high-precision, zero-backlash Harmonic Drive® gears and Harmonic Planetary® gears have played and continue to play critical roles in robotics, spaceflight applications, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, factory automation equipment, medical diagnostics, and surgical robotics.

More information can be found by visiting the company’s website at www.harmonicdrive.net.

Harmonic Drive is a registered trademark of Harmonic Drive Systems.