26 Apr '12, 12pm

Robots Go Green | via @EE_Engineers #robotics #manufacturing

By Rick Nelson, Executive Editor, April 2012 When it comes to green technology, the headlines tend to go to transformational technologies—gasoline-powered cars giving way to electric vehicles, or fossil-fuel power pants giving way to solar or wind-powered generation, to name two examples. In many cases, however, incremental improvements in existing technologies can yield significant savings—adding a start/stop function to gasoline-powered cars, for instance. This evolutionary approach is driving energy-efficiency improvements in robotics, according to John Roemisch, general manager at FANUC Robotics . Speaking at BIOMEDevice Boston , he described several features of new robots and controllers that reduce energy consumption. The innovations range from continual improvements in the efficiency of servo motors and digital servo drives to the development of Gakushu robots, or l...

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