Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

June 2019
KIST Gets Robot to Trap Ball Without Coding

This research outcome shows that robots can be intuitively taught to be flexible by humans, as it was not accomplished through numerical calculation or programming of the robot's movements.

Dr. Kee-hoon Kim's team at the Center for Intelligent & Interactive Robotics of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, President Byung-gwon Lee) developed a way of teaching "impedance-controlled robots" through human demonstrations using surface electromyograms (sEMG)* of muscles
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06/20/2019
Cell Transplantation with Scaffold Microrobots

Professor Hongsoo Choi in the DGIST Department of Robotics Engineering (left), first author and Ph.D. student Seong Woong Jeon (right), senior Researcher Jin-young Kim at DGIST-ETH Microrobot Research Center (middle)

DGIST research team succeeded in developing stem cell delivery of scaffold1 microrobot that can precisely deliver cells to a target body tissue. This research achievement is expected to enhance the treatment safety and efficiency of degenerative neural disorders as it can precisely transplant the
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06/17/2019
3W Ultra-thin Isolated Regulated Output DC/DC Converters
The new series URB/VRB-J(M)D/T-3W provides 4:1 and 2:1 ultra wide input range, features 1500VDC isolation voltage, and delivers efficiencies up to 83%. Packages are available in SMD and DIP. In addition to meeting EN62368
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06/17/2019

Fuji Electric 7th Generation IGBT Technology Powers Today’s High Efficiency Energy Conversion Systems

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Figure 1: IGBT cross sectional structure

Today’s Power Electronic market is driving development of compact, low-loss, and, high-reliability IGBT modules to optimize power conversion systems. In response, Fuji Electric has developed our 7th generation X-Series IGBT technology combining enhanced semiconductor chip characteristics and improved
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06/16/2019
Single-Layer MOVs Offer Superior Overvoltage Protection
RALEIGH, NC – The RV from Stackpole is a radial-leaded metal oxide varistor available in a wide range of disk sizes and working voltages designed for general-purpose overvoltage protection. The UL 1449 certified RV series offers disk sizes from 5mm to 20mm with peak current ratings up to
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06/14/2019
Current Sensor for Server Farm, Telecom, Auto Applications
Andover, Massachusetts - ACEINNA announced that their industry leading MCx1101 family of current sensors now supports 3.3 volt applications. These highly accurate, wide bandwidth AMR-based current sensors are now available for a wide range of ADC and microprocessor-based power systems and applications. Units
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06/12/2019
MCU Innovations Respond to Motor Design and Applications

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Figure 1: Permanent Magnet Synchronous (PMS) motors are commonly used in industrial applications because they natively offer higher torque at lower speeds

Motors come in many forms. They range from stepper motors that are often used in precision positioning applications to the large Alternating Current Induction (ACI) motors often employed to deliver high torque for industrial mixing and processing. Very often, the choice of motor is not just determined
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06/10/2019
10W reed relay suits high-PCB-density applications
Series 122 relays measure 12.5mm in height and are rated with a switching current of 0.5A at 10W. 3V and 5V coils are available.   Fast operate
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06/06/2019
Now at Mouser: Maxim’s MAX77860 Switch-Mode Buck Charger
The MAX77860 is ideal for USB Type-C charging for single-cell (1S) lithium-ion or lithium-polymer applications, portable medical equipment, portable industrial equipment, and mobile point-of-sale devices, as well as smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
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06/06/2019
New angled locking cable for IEC C14 Power Connectors
The newest connector in the IL13 family sets a benchmark in space limited locking situations. Due to its angled construction the connector can be beneficially used with devices standing next to a wall or in
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06/06/2019
Powerbox announces 105 models of DC/DC converters featuring 2xMOPP medical approvals
The PMM15, PMM20 and PMM30 are certified to the 3rd Edition of the IEC/EN/ANSI/AAMI ES 60601-1 medical safety standard and rated for the highest levels of patient protection - 2xMOPP. With a clearance and creepage distance of 8mm, a typical leakage current of 2µA
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06/06/2019
Encapsulated sixteenth-brick DC-DC converters
The modules are housed in the industry-standard sixteenth-brick form factor (35.3 x 25 x 10.4mm / 1.39 x 0.984 x 0.41 in), with sealed and encapsulated packaging. This ensures their reliability when exposed to dust, moisture, severe vibration and other harsh environmental
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06/06/2019
Rad-Hard 16-Channel Current Driver with Integrated Decoder
The ISL72814SEH integrates the decoder, input level shifter, and 16 current driver arrays in a single monolithic IC. The device allows satellite manufacturers to significantly increase system capacity and cut solution footprint by 50 percent for their medium Earth
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06/06/2019
HARTING and HIROSE push infrastructure for Single Pair Ethernet
To make the new connection technology for Single Pair Ethernet a success, the technology partnership is pursuing the systematic expansion of SPE to achieve an end-to-end, complete infrastructure. This infrastructure consists of a portfolio of connectors, sockets,
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06/06/2019
Remote Control Unit Added to eTensifier Electric Pump System
Erie, PA - High Pressure Equipment Company (HiP), a subsidiary of Graco Inc., introduces a remote control unit for its revolutionary eTensifier high pressure electric pump system. The eTensifier is a first-of-its-kind high-pressure electric pump system that simply plugs into a wall outlet without the need for
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06/05/2019
DC Motors and Gear Motors Target Security Applications
Syosset, NY - Announced by ISL Products International Ltd. is the ability to deliver value-added brushed (BDC) DC motors and brushless (BLDC) DC motors which may be  supplied with either planetary or spur gearheads. These fully customizable DC motors and DC gear motors are built to OEMs’ exact specifications
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06/05/2019