Improved Robot Actuator Motors for Medical Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-10-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4107
Amount: $729,980.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-104
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
Techno-Sciences, Inc.
11750 Beltsville Drive, 3rd Floor, Beltsville, MD, -
DUNS: 061997029
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Curt Kothera
 Principal Investigator
 (240) 790-0580
Business Contact
 Sandra Selha
Title: Senior Contracts Administ
Phone: (240) 790-0620
Research Institution
Due to the demanding requirements associated with operation in combat environments, unmanned robotic systems are working towards developing lighter weight systems without sacrificing performance. This requires high power-to-weight ratio actuation systems that can be scalable to various robotic devices and configurations. Conventional actuator motors and hydraulic manipulator arms are known to be unfavorably heavy, which can lead to a multitude of concerns for deployment. As such, Techno-Sciences, Inc., in collaboration with Vecna Technologies and the University of Maryland, proposes to develop a technology centered on artificial muscle actuation, which features high force capability at low operational pressures and light weight. Building upon our extensive experience and related patent portfolio, we will perform analyses and design refinements in Phase II of the project to properly scale the system for an application on the Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot (BEAR), followed by a full prototype actuator demonstration.

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