Apr 9, 2015 Off Comments in Business News, Engineering by

What if you could have a robot assist a repetitive manual-labor task such as deburring holes on turbine blades? Steven Somes, president of Cleveland-based startup company Force Robots, asked himself that question, and it led him to develop a unique solution that reduces cycle times and results in more consistent results.

Somes, a controls engineer, was doing automation for a large industrial company when he attended grad school at Case Western Reserve University. There, he became interested in robotics and force control. His goal was to determine what was needed to make an industrial-class robot that could magnify torque while having direct-drive performance – in other words, perfectly smooth operation. To reduce inertia, he’d have to make it as light weight as possible, while still retaining high torsional stiffness.

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