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C00002 00002 About Vicarm
Vicarm manipulator systems are a product of more than ten
years of research and development at the artificial intelligence
laboratories of Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. As a result of this ongoing effort, they are backed
by extensive mechanical, electronic and software development effort.
Developed specifically as a computer controlled machine, these
manipulators are now finding applications as industrial tools for
assembly,inspection, manufacture and maintainance.
Vicarm manipulators are versatile. To complement our
manipulators and terminal devices, Vicarm manufactures a selection of
force and tactile sensors to enable sophisticated interactive
manipulative tasks to be performed. With the addition of a video
interface, even visual feedback tasks can be undertaken with these
Vicarm manipulator systems are complete. Vicarm can supply a
standard manipulator for interfacing to the customer's computer, or a
complete system consisting of manipulator, terminal device, sensors,
computer interface, computer and programs.
Vicarm manipulators and systems are designed and manufactured
at the Vicarm facilities in Mountain View, California. As we have
the capability to manufacture almost all the components used in our
systems, most parts are specifically designed for the function they
perform. Vicarm manipulators are carefully thought out complex
devices with nearly every component custom engineered. Our in house
engineering, manufacturing, and assembly capability enables us to
produce a complete, integrated system including manipulator,
computer, software, and special accessories.
About our manipulators:
Vicarm manipulators have six independent (no differentials)
degrees of freedom. Each joint is powered by separate permanent
magnet d.c. servo motors with both position and velocity feedback.
Electromagnetic brakes, used on most joints, operate in conjunction
with the d.c. servo motors. Because of the use of rotary electric
actuators, joint motions of over 300 degrees travel (optional 600
degree or continuous travel) are obtainable. Internal drives and a
large external structure combine to provide a stiff, safe and
environmentally resistant design.
About our computers:
The Vicarm manipulator system is based around the Digital
Equipment Corporation PDP-11 series of computers. These are a
popular, thoroughly proven series of computers produced by the
largest maker of minicomputers. Years of experience with this type
of computer has resulted in extensive compatible hardware and
software. Because of the general purpose machine nature of Vicarm
manipulators, they can be interfaced to other computers with relative
ease. This is an attractive feature for the firm with their own
computer facility. Interfaces between a Vicarm control computer and
a larger central or timeshared computer can also be provided for
central planning and control of a manipulator, or where several
manipulators are working either separately or together. Vicarm
provides all the electronics and interfaces for its standard system,
or to match your existing system.
About our programs.
Because Vicarm manipulators are an outgrowth of government funded
research at several large Universities and Research Laboratories,
most of the extensive software developed at these organizations is
available and adaptable to our system. Vicarm provides program
editing and development capability, as well as routines for straight
line motion, trajectory planning, looping, searching, force
controlled motions, and special task subroutines. Manipulator
motions can be torque, velocity or position servo controlled
depending on the task. Special software can be developed to meet
your particular application.