Project Successes

Over the years ADVANCED Motion Controls has been involved with hundreds of applications at universities and educational institutions. Some of the outstanding research and educational projects are featured here.

Massachesettes Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA

Flying Nimbus

Dane Kouttron - Electrical Engineering

The Flying Nimbus, a high-power, self-balancing, transportation contraption, intended to combine a pile of recycled components, a spiffy three-phase servo drive and a bundle of batteries into a balancing skateboard contraption for zooming around everything from paved roads to park trails.

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Carleton University - Ottawa, Ontario

Gait enable robot walker

Aliasgar Morbi - Engineering

This robot catches patients when they fall during physiotherapy rehabilitation.

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AxCent Panel Mount

Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta. GA

Patient Transfer Device

Heather Humphries, JD Huggins - Mechanical Engineering

Improved patient transfer device for moving mobility-limited patients; for example, from a bed to a chair, a wheelchair to a shower chair, etc. The device is more maneuverable and has a higher weight capacity than current market devices. This project uses both vehicle mount and panel mount AxCent servo drives.

Mississippi State University - Starkville, MS

UAV Propulsion

Nandita Gupta - Engineering

Provide a motor control system for UAVs that allows for the addition of CAN compatible modular subsystems. This project uses DZCANTE-040L080 and DZCANTE-060L080 servo drives

Penn State Atloona - Atloona, PA

Magnetic Levitation

Benjamin Parry - Engineering

Design and implement a magnetic levitation instrument to levitate a neodymium sphere at any distance within a predefined range.

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AxCent PCB Mount

Stanford University - Stanford. CA

Haptic Auto

Christopher Ploch - Haptic Feedback for Automotive

Research the use of haptic feedback in an automotive setting to provide road feel to the driver. In many newer cars that have electrical systems replacing mechanical linkages, the sense of road feel is reduced. This research will be replacing this road feel with tactile feedback at the steering wheel using the AMC servo drive to control the DC motor in a haptic feedback device. The motor will generate forces simulating the forces felt at the steering wheel. A later version of the device may be used in an experiment in a driving simulator.

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AxCent Panel Mount

University of Maryland - College Park, MD

Positioning Leg for the RANGER robotic system

Nicholas Limparis - Aerospace Engineering

Upgrade for the Positioning Leg of the RANGER robotic system. This robotic manipulator needs significantly higher currents, and uses DZCANTE-060L080 servo drives.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

RASC-AL Robo-Ops

Joe Bartels, Shane Farritor, Tom Frederick - Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Competition is for students to design and build a teleoperated rover capable of traveling over different terrains and picking up various target objects. The rover uses 12 DZRALTE-020L080 digital servo drives.

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University of Pennsylvania - Philidelphia, PA

X-RHex robot

Gavin Kenneally - Electrical and Sytems Engineering

RHex is a biologically inspired hexapedal robot invented and first characterized at the dawn of the century as part of a large DARPA funded consortium. A variety of RHex platforms have been developed since that time, and our lab has been particularly active in developing new versions for studying biologically inspired locomotion, gait control, and sensor based navigation as well as for developing novel courses and other educational materials. RHex uses 6 DZCANTE-020L080 servo drives per robot.

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Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, VA

DARPA Robotics Challenge

Steve Ressler - Mechanical Engineering

The DARPA Robotics Challenge is one of largest robotics programs ever conceived. We are developing an autonomous humanoid robot for disaster response scenarios. The legs are 12 degrees of freedom, using state-of-the-art custom designed actuators and BLDC motors. These motors will be controlled by a new system tagged "late motor processing" using custom electronics hardware. We are planning to use the AZBDC12A8 servo drives to control the motors.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Brussels Belgium


Carlos Rodriguez - Robotics

This multidisciplinary research project aims at the development and clinical testing of a step rehabilitation robot powered by compliant actuators. The ALTACRO project is a contribution to the synergy between robotics and rehabilitation. The primary goals are to improve the quality of step rehabilitation therapy both for patients and therapists and increasing the availability of automated step rehabilitation training.

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AxCent Panel Mount