Moog Displays new Highly Integrated Smart Actuators in Active Compliant Robotic Leg Demo at IEEE Robotics and Automation Conference (ICRA)

21 May 2015

East Aurora, NY, USA – Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) is the leading supplier of high performance controls, and designers throughout the world have been selecting Moog servos for mission critical applications. Moog recently launched a family of highly integrated smart actuators and is working with lead users in the autonomous market space to demonstrate the next generation of high performance control.

The new high performance smart actuators feature:

  • On-board closed loop force, position and velocity control;
  • Range of solutions from 2000N to 200,000N output force;
  • High dynamic response using Moog 24 Series EHSV;
  • Compact, light-weight designs;
  • Serial bus interface options including EtherCAT;
  • Very low hydraulic parasitic leakage;
  • Rapid customization using additive manufacturing.

At the ICRA show in Seattle, Moog will be jointly displaying with the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) of Genoa, Italy; an Active Compliant Robot Leg featuring Moog’s highly integrated smart actuator. The leg is part of IIT’s HyQ quadruped robot, a system created to help humans in emergency situations and during search and rescue operations in dangerous areas.  

“The project has the goal of creating a highly versatile Robot, capable of moving around on its four legs with agility, even over rough terrains, overcoming the obvious limitations of tracked robots being used up to now,” explains Claudio Semini, project leader engineer of the Advanced Robotics Department of the IIT, who worked with his colleague Marco Frigerio on the integration of the new actuator. “For this reason we chose the Moog highly integrated smart actuator for HyQ, as it provides us higher performance and power, ease of integration and better efficiency of the legs.”

Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog’s high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, wind turbines, marine and medical equipment.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is an international research governmental body established on the model of international technological centers. Its aim is to promote excellence in both basic and applied research and to facilitate the economic development at national level. The Central Research Lab in Genoa includes departments in robotics, life sciences, Nanotechnologies and Computer Vision.

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