High-quality robot components can be found in factory automation, deep space, and a tech frontier that’s just as challenging — the home. As we discussed at RoboBusiness 2017 late last month in Santa Clara, Calif., precision drives are necessary ingredients for successful, robust robotics products.
In the video below, Doug Olson, president and CEO of Harmonic Drive LLC, talks with Robotics Business Review about how the entire robotics industry uses his company’s strain-wave gears. He describes Harmonic Drive’s robot components as the “paint” that enables automation suppliers and end users to “paint a Rembrandt” in terms of performance and applications.
Some examples include collaborative robots and a prototype of an arm that Motiv Space Systems is building for the Mars 2020 mission [see image above], according to Olson. Although Harmonic Drive has been making precision parts since 1960, automation has blossomed in recent years, thanks to cheaper and better processing, sensors, and artificial intelligence.
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