Application Story: Getting a second grip on life

Losing a hand or a limb, no matter the cause, can turn everyday tasks into trials. The Michelangelo Hand prosthesis returns quality of life to those who have lost a hand. maxon DC brushless motors play a crucial role in the functioning of this prosthesis.

The Michelangelo Hand was developed by Ottobock in Vienna with the goal of replicating a human hand as much as possible and returning quality of life to amputees. Through years of experiments, the Michelangelo was developed. It can perform seven gripping movements, all triggered by contraction of the user’s muscles in the stump. The development was not easy, as all electronic and mechanical components had to be miniaturized and the prosthesis had to be lightweight. At completion, the Michelangelo weighs 520g and is comfortable for the user to wear.

The Role of maxon servo motors

The gripping functions of the hand are driven by a brushless maxon motor (EC10) and an adapted EC45. The first motor oversees driving the thumb and has ironless winding with a worm shaft, customized by maxon motor. The second controls the main drive for the index and middle fingers, with the ring and little fingers moving passively.

The drive system ultimately had to have high power density, run smoothly, and be resistant to high axial shift loads. maxon’s brushless DC motors meet these requirements.

Human Interface

In order to interface the prosthesis with the human body, electrodes are used to measure electrical pulses in the muscles at the stump. These signals are then sent to a processor. The Axon-Bus data transfer system is incredibly fast and reliable, making handling the prosthesis easier and intuitive. The harder a user tenses their muscles, the faster and stronger the hand grips. Simultaneously, the thumb measures the closing force, allowing for accurate control of gripping force when an object is at risk of falling.

To learn more about the Michelangelo Hand and its maxon drives, read the full article here or contact Electromate now.

Electromate Powered Solutions
 service a wide range of manufacturing sectors that utilize automation technology to significantly enhance productivity and flexibility of various automation processes.

Electromate works with Top Robotic Partners to help bring robotic solutions to life

Today’s manufacturing sector requires constant innovation, the integration of new ideas and the adoption of up-to-date production processes.  The highly competitive nature of the global economy and the growing complexity of manufacturing supply chains increase the importance of innovation and the development and diffusion of new technologies moving forward.

The manufacturing sector have long been leaders in pursuing investment in research, transforming new discoveries into advanced products and technologies, and bridging the gap between research and the marketplace.  Manufacturing is a cutting-edge, innovative and strongly diverse sector, relying on information technologies, additive manufacturing, automation systems, nanotechnology and biotechnology.

Electromate works with the top robotic component partners and robot manufacturing partners to help bring robotic solutions to life.  Starting in the early 2000’s, we focused on partnering with technology leaders and positioning ourselves as an industry leader in robotics.

Robotics is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering and science that includes mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering, computer science, and others.  Robotics deals with the design, construction, operation, and use of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.

These technologies are used to develop machines that can substitute for humans and replicate human actions.  Robots can be used in many situations and for lots of purposes, but today many are used in dangerous environments (including bomb detection and deactivation), manufacturing processes, eMobility vehicles, or where humans cannot survive (e.g. in space, under water, in high heat, and clean up and containment of hazardous materials and radiation).  

Learn more about all of our Robotics Partners Here and please reach out and let us put you in contact with one another.  


Electromate Powered Solutions service a wide range of manufacturing sectors that utilize automation technology to significantly enhance productivity and flexibility of various automation processes.


Tags:  Electromate, Robotics, Robot

Application Story: Laser Inscribing Diamonds Using Motion Controllers

PhotoScribe Technologies, TeoSys Engineering, and Galil Motion Control have combined to create a user-friendly and safe laser system capable of engraving a diamond. This system, the Excimer laser, combines custom software with a Galil DMC-1822 motion controller to allow for the precise inscription of a diamond.

Applications of Diamond Engraving

Diamond inscription can be used in a variety of ways, such as to commemorate a wedding or special life event. However, it can also be used to inscribe logos, brand names, or photographs. The most important application of engraving may be the ability to engrave a serial number. Serial numbers correlate to certifications that can be used for security, identification, and traceability of the diamond.

Galil DMC-1822 Motion Controller Features

Galil’s flexibility has allowed the motion control code to interface with graphics and live video. The user can now type the desired name or serial number into a text box. From there, the PhotoScribe/TeoSys software will take the text and convert it to a DXF CAD file to allow the image to be placed on top of the live video showing the diamond. The CAD file is then converted to Galil’s proprietary motion control language and sent to the motion controller to be executed.

The laser marks achieved by this machine are inscribed on the girdle of the diamond and the machine can engrave on all shapes and sizes of diamonds, mounted or loose. The marks are anywhere from 7 to 15 microns in diameter and may be engraved 10 to 30 microns/second.

Galil’s DMC-1822 PCI bus motion controller supplies coordinated motion in two axes through the use of stepper motors. The X-axis moves the diamond forward and back, while the Y-axis moves it up and down. Throughout this process, the laser stays fixed as it makes the series of points. The result is an engraving that is less than the width of a human hair.

Advantages of the Excimer Laser

Through the combination of accurate software and precise motion controllers, we have been able to create a laser engraving system with a number of benefits. This machine provides precise, coordinated motion that is accurate enough to be repeatable. With the DMC-1822 and the custom-designed stages, the accuracy is repeatable to 1.5 microns. Furthermore, the Galil motion controller has allowed for the reduction in price of the system by more than one third, while only a small reduction in throughput.

For more information, you can view the full article here or contact us today!

Electromate Inc. Recertified as a Great Place to Work

For Release: February 18, 2020

Electromate is proud to announce that we have been recertified as a Great Place to Work after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work Institute Canada.  This certification is based on direct feedback from employees, provided as part of an extensive and anonymous survey about their workplace experience.

“Electromate is honored to be recertified as a Great Place to Work.  Creating a ‘Great Place to Work’ has been pivotal in driving employee satisfaction and engagement, which directly results in driving customer satisfaction and revenue”, says Warren Osak Founder and President of Electromate.

“Our successful organization is nothing more that the collective capacity of our people to create immense value.  Culture isn’t a thing – it’s THE THING.”

“Electromate prides itself on its commitment to the principles of Kaizen, or continuous improvement.  This holds true for the professional and personal development of its employees which has greatly contributed to the creation of our great workplace culture embodying the Core Values of Integrity, Innovation, Enthusiasm, Continuous Learning and Customer Advocacy” says Warren Osak.

About Great Place to Work:

Great Place to Work ( is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures.  Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes the Best Workplaces across the world in a series of national lists including those published by Fortune magazine (USA) and The Globe & Mail (Canada).  Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures.

About Electromate Inc:

Electromate’s Core Purpose is to help Manufacturers compete globally by building better machines using differentiated Automation Technology.  They specialize in Robotic and Mechatronic Solutions for the Industrial Automation marketplace.  Respected by customers as a premiere source for High Performance Automation and Motion Control Components & Systems, Electromate specializes in AC & DC Servo and Stepper Motors & Drives, Motion & Automation Controllers, Positioning Systems & Actuators, Feedback Devices, Gearing Products and HMI’s & Operator Displays, all supported via extensive product selection, just-in-time delivery, dedicated customer service and technical engineering support.

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Warren Osak
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699

Tags:  Electromate, Great Place to Work, Culture, Warren Osak

Application Story: Underwater Pipeline Inspection Vehicle

Inspecting flooded pipes of power plants requires skilled, high-precision handling.  Any robotic vehicle traversing underwater pipelines needs to be optimized accordingly.

underwater pipe inspection vehicleThe seawater manipulator in the picture above is able to maneuver through underwater pipes performing inspections.  RE Motors by maxon motor are responsible for the dynamic drive of the robot.

What are Manipulators?

Manipulators are devices that allow for physical interaction with their surroundings. As such, the robotic vehicles have tools, such as gripper systems or measuring devices.  The seawater manipulator’s main differentiator is its high-performance camera systems used to inspect the underwater pipes.  A company in Germany called Ibass develops, manufactures, and distributes manipulators for a number of in-pipe applications:

  • Inspection
  • Grinding
  • Welding
  • Retrieval
  • Suction

These manipulators are made up of a driving unit, work module, and a camera. Additionally, they are operated electrically and pneumatically, dragging long lines behind them.  These manipulators were made with operators of power plants and refineries, manufacturers and assembly fitters of pipeline systems in mind.

What are the Applications for Manipulators?

There are a number of different possible applications for manipulators, but the main focus is the inspection of power plant coolant pipes that cannot be emptied.  This type of manipulator can also be used to apply coatings to the interior of pipes, as sealed wheel units are required for this application.  The seawater manipulator that Ibass has developed can maneuver and inspect pipelines with inner diameters between 550 to 780 mm.  They are able to do this as a result of the axial stroke of the pneumatic cylinder.

The scissor drive works with twelve wheels, two for each scissor side and drive motor, which allows the vehicle to obtain a firm hold in coated pipes due to a variable contact force.  For the drive, there are six RE motors used in combination with planetary gearheads.  The DC motors have an efficiency of more than 90%, yielding low energy consumption coupled with very high torque; an important prerequisite for this application.  The motors are also equipped with ironless windings and neodymium magnets, allowing maximum performance coupled with compact size.  Ibass ultimately chose the maxon motors due to their robustness and long service life.

Having a motor with high robustness is crucial in the manipulator withstanding on-site conditions.  This manipulator, for example, can handle a pressure of up to 2 bar, this means that it can dive up to 20 m deep.  It provides a tractive force of approximately 250 kg (2.5 kN) and the robot can drive a distance of up to 200 m into the pipe.  The manipulators are equipped with lights at the front and rear of the vehicle.  Also on-board is a high-quality camera with a pan-tilt head and 10x zoom; the rear, on the other hand, has a single-head camera.  The seawater manipulator can be fitted with all Ibass work modules and can navigate up to five pipe bends.

maxon motors and gearheads are not only used to drive the seawater manipulator.  The work modules are also equipped with RE motors. Underwater pipe inspection vehicles are vital tools for today’s industries and can ensure more safety and reliability.

For more information you can view the PDF here.

ADVANCED Motion Controls introduces the FM-series FlexPro Digital Servo Drives

Available immediately from ADVANCED Motion Controls are three new additions to the FlexPro servo drive family, the FM series.  Designed with compact form and power density in mind, the micro-sized drives can outperform larger-sized digital servo drives and still be integrated into tight spaces.  The new FM drives are equipped with an additional interface board that makes it easy to integrate into your system with standard connectors.

FM060-5-EM and FM060-10-EM are connected to the power supply and motor using screw terminals while the FM060-25-EM features pre-soldered connection leads.

FM060-5-EM Servo Amplifier

Features include:

  • 50.8 x 25.4 x 26 mm (2 x 1 x 1.03 in)
  • 10-55 VDC input
  • 5 A continuous, 10 A peak for FM060-5-EM
  • 10 A continuous, 20 A peak for FM060-10-EM
  • 25 A continuous, 50 A peak for FM060-25-EM
  • Incremental encoder and BISS C-mode feedback
  • Torque, velocity, and position operating modes
  • Phoenix and Molex connectors
  • Configuration and full loop tuning
  • IMPACT architecture

Projected Industries & Applications:

The small size of the FM drives makes them perfect for cobots (collaborative robots), AGVs, portable devices, lab and warehouse automation, military equipment, and any other integrated design.

About FlexPro

FlexPro is AMC’s newest family of digital servo drives. With cutting edge engineering, FlexPro is meant to expand the capabilities of AMC’s already powerful and diverse product selection.  The IMPACT architecture allows FlexPro servo drives to maintain the intelligence and power of larger-sized servo drives while fitting into much more compact packages.


IMPACT (Integrated Motion Platform And Control Technology) is the architecture that makes AMC’s FlexPro drives possible.  The stacking of circuit boards with creative selection and placement of high-power components allows for much higher power density than previously produced servo drives.  The expanded processing capabilities ensure the drive’s intelligence is unmatched. IMPACT makes its debut with the FE060-25-EM.  This technology will be used in subsequent FlexPro drives as well as any future custom products where it is desired.

Information on the FlexPro servo drive family from AMC can be viewed at:

For further information, please contact:

Warren Osak
Toll Free Phone:   877-737-8698
Toll Free Fax:       877-737-8699


Tags:  FlexPro, Servo Drive, Servo Amplifier, AMC, Advanced Motion Control, Electromate

The Accelerated Investment Incentive

Helping new businesses grow is a key component of what inspires everyone at Electromate. Some of our best customers started as small shops with big ideas. When big ideas can’t always find the big dollars to back them, there are other avenues and angles…and we want to help you find them. A great example is the Accelerated Investment Incentive.

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