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SMAC makes Moving Coil electric actuators. These products are the fastest actuators in the world. Cycle life is well beyond 100M. They have the ability to softly land on surfaces and then apply a programmed specific force. SMAC’s new LDL series of linear actuators has a list price of around $300 making them the first real electric actuator alternative to air cylinders. This price is based on SMAC’s contstent cost down program featuring pointed coils, in-house manufactured encoders, and laser cut parts. SMAC invented the Linear Rotary actuator 25 years ago. These are widely used in Electronic Pick and Place, Quality Thread Check, Bottle Capping, and beginning to find wide use in Automatic Screw Driving and SMART Drilling and Tapping. Interestingly a number of companies are making an effort to copy SMAC - but are not able to match technology or price. SMAC also has stepped up its efforts in inspection by launching the MLA series - a direct challenge to old tech LVDT devices.

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SMAC to Present Robotic Finger at Automate 2015

POSTED 03/09/2015

SMAC has been making mechatronic actuators for 20 years. These are based on moving coil linear motors and have some unique capabilities. The units can touch surfaces - recognize this - then push / pull and feedback information. 

2 years ago the company decided to develop direct drive fingers and eventually hands. 

The key component is a small and very powerful direct drive rotary motor. At this time a 25mm motor running on 48 vdc with 135 mnm torque (at 1.5 amps) has been produced. 

2 of these have been integrated - along with a 3rd 35 mm motor - into a finger assembly.

This assembly is now in test - "sliding" open an Apple I phone for example. (Apple phones are assembled and tested by SMAC's standard actuators).

The motor development is continuing with the next iteration target being an increase of torque by 40% and a drop in heat of 25%. 

The finger will be presented at the Robotic show in Chicago this March, and then in Germany and Japan.  

The Company aims at commercialization at the start of 2016. We have several Beta site opportunities - at Toyota, Foxconn, and Apple.

SMAC has had little contact with Universities. We did spend some time with the University of Eindhoven. 

We are interested in possible co-operative efforts with US universities. Tracking of hand movements is one area. That would be quite useful in rapidly automating assembly processes. We also have a concept for a prosthetic hand using off the shelf easy to use programming tools. 

Since SMAC president, Ed Neff, went to Michigan many years ago - he thought he might run this by Robotics.org people to see if there is any interest. 

SMAC President, Ed Neff, will talk in person on the development of the robotic finger at Automate 2015, Monday, March 23rd, during the seminar, “A Look at Leading Robotics Research.”

For more on SMAC, please visit www.smac-mca.com