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Reliance showcases bebionic hand at Medtech 2011
Reliance Precision Mechatronics is proud to feature the RSL Steeper bebionic hand at this year's Medtech exhibition. This represents the very latest leading-edge technology in the field of prosthetics and demonstrates Reliance's expertise and adaptability in providing customised mechatronic components and integrated assemblies.
Reliance has worked closely with RSL Steeper through the development phase, specifically in the design and manufacture of the finger and thumb actuators. The bebionic hand is fully articulating, with multiple grip patterns, so the challenge has been to achieve the optimum efficiency between speed, power and noise, for the necessary hand flexibility, as well as meeting the weight and size constraints. A thorough technical understanding of the relationship between these requirements has been fundamental to the successful result.
Reliance's design and manufacturing expertise has been called upon to industrialise RSL Steeper's design concept, with rapid manufacturing of development samples to validate the design process. The building blocks have been taken from Reliance's catalogue of mechatronic components, providing the essential gears, leadscrew and nut. These have been adapted to suit the specific requirements of this project, with design engineering to integrate the piece-parts and provide a custom assembly.
Steve Parker, Technical Director of RSL Steeper, is complimentary of the teamwork achieved on the project: "Reliance have a depth of engineering skill and practical knowledge which has really complemented our own design team. We faced extremely demanding timescales for this development programme and I have been impressed by the responsiveness and adaptability of the Reliance team."
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