Design and prototyping of highly dynamic machine drivetrains
Energy efficiency, compactness, reliability and costs are keywords when designing machine drivetrains. We offer a model-based design approach for the physical and control design of smart machines with highly dynamic (single- & multi-motion) drivetrains.
What do we offer?
For companies designing and manufacturing highly dynamic drivetrains and drivetrain components we offer:
- Guidance in choosing the right drivetrain architecture for your application
- Physics-based modelling of highly dynamic machine drivetrains (based on available CAD models)
- Integration of mechanical, magnetic and electrical energy storage in drivetrains and drivetrain components to speed up the dynamics and energy efficiency
- Optimisation of motion profiles
- Development & prototyping of power supply electronics
- Design & prototyping of auxiliary systems such as cooling and lubrication
- Virtual testing of drivetrain systems
Our unique software
We use various unique software tools in this process:
- Proprietary CAD-based drivetrain design toolchain using motion simulators
- Co-design tool for optimisation of physical and control parameters of drivetrains
- Design tool for TCO-optimisation of drivetrains with fast and slow energy storage
- Active and passive front-end design tool
Customer success story
Magnetic spring assisted pick-and-place robot.
High-speed reciprocating motions, as found in pick-and-place robots, feature high torque pulses leading to oversized actuators and low energy efficiency.
A magnetic spring assists the electric motor in generating the required torque pulses.
By using a magnetic spring in a pick-and-place robot, we enable the use of smaller and less expensive motors (35% lower motor peak power) and achieve lower losses (30% lower energy consumption), thus reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO)