Current Challenges of Robotic Arms
By removing the need for additional mechanical components such as gears and flexible couplings, Genesis’ direct drive motor technology offers zero backlash, high stiffness, faster settling times, and improved accuracy for robot arm applications that require high precision. Systems with direct drive motors also benefit from lower power loss caused by gearbox inefficiency. The high torque and low inertia design of Genesis motors allows robot arms to achieve faster acceleration for increased throughput and quick deceleration for safe stops.
Reducing Complexity and Cost
Direct drive motors are simple by design. Although they generally have higher upfront costs, the cost of ownership is significantly lower than a geared motor over the lifetime of the system due to the reduction of components. As torque is translated in the gear box, friction creates heat and wears the gear teeth over time. High internal temperatures reduce the viscosity of the gear grease. As the gear teeth come in and out of contact, they wear over time and the backlash increases. Both effects reduce the mean time before failure (MTBF) of the geared motor requiring more frequent replacement and higher cost of ownership. With a simple direct drive high torque solution, performance does not need to be sacrificed for cost.
Running the System Cooler
Genesis’ direct drive motors are designed with superior motor constants (Km). For a given amount of torque, a high Km motor can operate at a lower temperature. This is critical for robot arms that operate near humans. Typically, outer touch temperatures of robotic arms must be 60°C or cooler to abide by safety standards. Although the motor must be derated to account for the lower winding temperature, high torque can still be achieved with Genesis’ unique motor technology.
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