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Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Drives & Controls Exhibition

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

25/01/2021 - 27/01/2021

The show brings together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture (more)

World Rescue Robot Competition - First for UK team

World Rescue Robot Competition -  First for UK team Maxon Motor uk have been working with the Warwick Mobile Robotics team on their entry for the World RoboCup Rescue Championships 2013. Of the 2500 individuals participating in this competition, from 40 countries, this is the only UK entry.

Warwick Mobile Robotics (WMR) is an undergraduate student project run by the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick. As part of their BEng MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering degree, students must master modern technologies and skills such as robotics.  Each year a team develops a rescue robot to navigate a simulated collapsed building locating and helping victims automomously and using tele-operation. As such, WMR have been participating in the European RoboCup Rescue event since 2007, but this is the first time that the team has entered the worldwide event. Each year the challenge is to deliver a greater level of performance. The 2013 team of six engineering students are building on the success of previous years that include achieving second place in 2012, first place in 2010 and Best in Class for Mobility for 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

The aim of the contest, being held on the 24-30th June 2013 at the University of Technology in Eindhoven, is to promote research and development into physical robotic agents for disaster search and rescue. The competition helps to increase awareness of the challenges involved in search and rescue applications, provide objective evaluation of robotic implementations in representative environments and promote collaboration between researchers. The competitors are give a scenario, such as a devastated building, and the robot has to scout out the area and find as many victims as possible. They have to find their targets, determine their situation, state and location and then report back their findings. Points are scored through victim identification using visual, thermal and audio. The robots have only 20 minutes to complete their mission.

Maxon Motor's senior sales engineer, Paul Williams, has been advising the WMR team on the use of Maxon products.  A highly dexterous arm is an essential component for a successful teleoperated rescue robot. The arm controls the position and orientation of the head and manipulator Using Maxon's high powered RE30 DC motors, combined with the GP32 gearhead, gives a powerful solution with low weight and low backlash drive.  Maxon modified the output stage of the gearhead, to allow an additional worm and wheel to be fitted, to stop the arm back driving when the power was switched off.

The main chassis drive uses the RE50 DC motors fitted with GP 52 gearheads with encoder feedback, the 200w motors are highly efficient (94%) making the maximum use of the limited battery power.

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