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C00002 00002 About Vicarm
Vicarm manipulators are a product of more than ten years of
research and development at the artificial intelligence projects 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 experience.
Developed specifically as a computer controlled machine, these
manipulators are now finding applications as industrial tools for
manufacture, inspection, assembly and maintainance.
Vicarm manipulators are versatile. Besides manipulators,
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 systems.
Vicarm manipulator systems are complete. Vicarm can supply a
standard manipulator for interfacing to the customers computer, or a
complete system consisting of manipulator, terminal device, sensors,
computer interface, computer and programs can be supplied.
Vicarm manipulators and systems are designed and manufactured
at the Vicarm facilities in Mountain View, California. Because 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 manipulator systems are carefully
thought out devices with every component optimized. 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 position and velocity feedback.
Electromagnetic brakes, used at 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
with optional 600 degree travel are obtainable. Internal drive and
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
thoroughly proved popular 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 brands of computer with relative
ease. This is an attractive feature for the firm with their own
large 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 its own electronics and interfaces for its standard
system, or to match your existing system.
About our programs.