Improved Robot Actuator Motors for Medical Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-10-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number: A092-104-1476
Amount: $119,864.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
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, 20705
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: Sr. Contracts Administrator
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 the University of Maryland, proposes to develop a technology centered on pneumatic artificial muscle actuation, which features high strength and light weight. Building upon our extensive experience and related patent portfolio, we will perform analyses and design work in Phase I of the project that will lead into a full prototype actuator demonstration in Phase II.

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