GENERAL-PURPOSE MOTION MODULES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 18341
Amount: $374,961.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9540 Hwy. 150, Box 246, Greenville, IN, 47124
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roy Kessinger
 (812) 923-7474
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
IN THE FUTURE, AUTOMATED MACHINERY WILL REQUIRE DISTRIBUTED INTELLIGENT ACTUATORS, SENSORS AND CONTROLS. THIS PHASE I EFFORT WILL PRODUCE A CONCEPTUAL DESIGN FOR AN INTEGRATED SET OF LIGHTWEIGHT, LOW-COST, MODULAR, INTELLIGENT CONTROLLERS AND SPEED REDUCERS FOR USE IN A VARIETY OF AUTOMATION AND ROBOTIC SYSTEMS. THESE WILL BE EXTENDABLE HARDWARE/SOFTWARE MODULES UTILIZING ALTERNATIVE AND ADAPTIVE CONTROL STRATEGIES. A TRADE-OFF ANALYSIS OF THE CANDIDATE CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS AND BASIC TECHNOLOGIES WILL BE PROVIDED. THE FEASIBILTY OF THE RESULTING CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS WILL BE DEMONSTRATED IN THREE WAYS: 1) COMPUTER MODELING AND ANALYSIS OF INDIVIDUAL COMPONENTS AND COMPLETE SERVO POSITIONING SYSTEMS; 2) A COMPUTER AIDED VISUALIZATION (CAV) SYSTEM WILL BE USED TO PRODUCE PHOTO-REALISTIC ANIMATION OF CONCEPTUAL DESIGNS IN OPERATIONS. 3) A PHYSICAL MODEL OF ONE SPEED REDUCER/CONTROLLER MODULE WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO ILLUSTRATE THE SPEED REDUCTION PRINCIPLE AS WELL AS THE RELATIVE SIZE, SHAPE AND INTERCONNECTION PROJECT COMPONENTS. A FINAL REPORT WILL BE PRODUCED DOCUMENTING THE PROJECT OBJECTIVES, WORK CARRIED OUT, RESULTS OBTAINED AND ESTIMATES OF TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY. THIS EFFORT WILL LAY A FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF MODULAR CONTROLLERS AND SPEED REDUCERS. ANTICIPATED BENEFITS: THE PROPOSED CONCEPTS FOR MODULAR SPEED REDUCERS AND CONTROLLERS HOLD GREAT PROMISE FOR IMPROVING THE COST/PERFORMANCE OF FUTURE MILITARY AND INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION SYSTEMS. THESE WILL ALLOW FASTER DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF ROBOTIC DEVICES FOR NUMEROUS APPLICATIONS, AT GREATLY REDUCED COSTS OVER TRADITIONAL METHODS.

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