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A direct-drive pneumatic stepping motor for robots: designs for pipe-inspection microrobots and for human-care robots

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3 Author(s)
Suzumori, K. ; Res. & Dev. Center, Toshiba Corp., Kawasaki, Japan ; Hori, K. ; Miyagawa, T.

A direct-drive stepping motor based on a new principle is reported. The features of the motor include: 1) high torque (4-20 times higher than that of the same-sized conventional electric motors); 2) high stepping resolution; 3) light weight; and 4) simple structure. The motors are suitable for robots in new applications such as microrobots and human-care robots. The mechanism and theoretical analysis for the motor are presented. Two models, which are designed for pipe-inspection microrobots and for human-care robots are shown respectively

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Robotics and Automation, 1998. Proceedings. 1998 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:4 )

Date of Conference:

16-20 May 1998