Harmonic Drive to explain how designers can optimize motion control at Robotics Summit

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Harmonic Drive will discuss the latest motion control technologies for reliable robotics.

Harmonic Drive will discuss the requirements for compact, power-dense actuation for reliable robotics. Credit: Adobe Stock

Next-generation collaborative robots, mobile manipulators, and even humanoid robots need motion control systems that can operate in space-constrained designs and that provide high performance and reliability. At the 2024 Robotics Summit & Expo, Harmonic Drive LLC will discuss how to address this challenge.

Conventional actuators and cabling can require additional functionality that can compromise power density, noted the company. Brian Coyne, vice president of engineering at Harmonic Drive, will offer a potential solution in a session on “Developing a Low-Profile, Power-Dense Actuator to Meet the Demands of Current Robot Designs.”

The Enabling Technologies discussion will be at 11:30 a.m. ET on the first day of the Robotics Summit, Wednesday, May 1, in Room 257A in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Coyne will explain how Harmonic Drive developed its LPA-20 actuator to optimize power density while integrating a servo drive with options for CANopen or EtherCAT communication protocols. He will also welcome questions from attendees.

About Brian Coyne and Harmonic Drive

Coyne is vice president of engineering at Harmonic Drive. He has applied his mechatronics expertise to helping the company develop and launch its mini-actuator line. Coyne’s team is currently working on new product lines with advanced features.

Before coming to Harmonic Drive, Coyne spent 15 years at Assembly and Automation Technology (AAT). Prior to that, he attended Tufts University, where he developed his appreciation and understanding for custom machine design and processes. Coyne holds a BSME and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) from Tufts University.

With more than 60 years of experience, Harmonic Drive makes high-precision, zero-backlash strain-wave and planetary gears. The Beverly, Mass.-based company also provides precision servo actuators, gearheads, and gear components sets for Fortune 500 companies and businesses of all sizes.

Harmonic Drive components support industrial and surgical robotics, spaceflight applications, semiconductor manufacturing, factory automation, and medical diagnostics. Robotics Summit & Expo attendees can learn about its motion-control technologies at Booth 101 in Hall C.

Brian Coyne, VP of mechatronics engineering at Harmonic Drive

Register for the Robotics Summit & Expo

The Robotics Summit & Expo focuses on the design, development, and scaling of commercial robots. WTWH Media, which also produces The Robot Report, said it expects a record 5,000 attendees and more than 200 exhibitors.

Keynotes will feature luminaries from Agility Robotics, Amazon Robotics, Teradyne, Disney Research, and Medtronic. The event will also include various networking opportunities, a Women in Robotics breakfast, a startup showcase, and more!

New to the summit is the RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards Gala. It will include a cocktail hour, dinner, and a chance to hear from the Robot of the Year, Startup of the Year, and Application of the Year winners. Each RBR50 winner will receive two complimentary tickets to the Robotics Summit and RBR50 gala. A limited number of tickets is available, but they’re selling fast!

The Robotics Summit will be co-located with DeviceTalks, an event focused on medical devices, and the inaugural Digital Transformation Forum. Registration is now open for the event.

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