When a servo motor becomes a mention, the first thing that comes to mind is probably an industrial robot flexing its mechanical and electrical muscle to a fatigued human muscled world. We might even run to an assumption that it’s a showoff. Thus, if you are good at your job like robots, then being a showoff becomes a dying adjective. However, ‘precise position control’ is one adjective phrase that never seems to diminish when it comes to describing the servo motors. Their minute nature gifts them with efficiency, which is also a critical functional component in their operation. Rozum is just a mention from a pool of robotic companies perfecting the art of making industrial robot servo motors. You can navigate by the link for a more technical overview of the features and functionalities attached to the servo motors. For instance, a PWM (Pulse-Width Modulator) is the signal or data responsible for the control of the servo motor. However, this article is not presenting lecture notes on servo motors but more of a tribute to its contribution to the industrial world. There is more to the application of servo motors than just a component of a robot locked in a warehouse or a robot tutoring itself on how to survive in the human world through AI (Artificial Intelligence). Let’s meet the extended family of the industrial robot servo motors.
1. Robotics Movements
Even if it’s the obvious mention, we could not ignore the firstborn of the servo motors family. It is the pioneer of its siblings under industrial applications. Let’s just say that without the servo motors, we would have robots in a paralytic vegetable state, no humor intended. Their robotic joints have life because of these motors. That is why modern AI robots can wave effortlessly wave and namaste a pause. Thus their robotic boned arms feed on the precision the servo motors bring to the table, and that is why accuracy defines each robotic movement, be it angular or linear.
2. Conveyor Belts
If you paid a visit to a warehouse or an automated factory environment, then your human vision would never miss an opportunity of making eye contact with a conveyor belt. They are like the skin of the human body, and without it, well, let’s just stop our imagination from having a stroke. They are the skin of an industrial process that monitors and protects the motion of everything within the green light spectrum. Thus the continuous moving, starting, and stopping functionalities in the manual of a conveyor belt is not possible without the existence of the servo motors. Hence every product labeling, bottling, or packaging has the fingerprints of the conveyor belts.
3. Camera Auto Focus
It’s not easy to imagine that this guy is also a part of this family gathering, but the gene code of precision and control should have sold out the secret. If you are a fan of NatGeo Wild’s animal documentaries, then you have been a fan of the servo motors all your life without knowing. It takes an aspect of high precision to capture those luring moments in the animal kingdom, and the servo motor effortlessly helps achieve this objective. The auto-focus-images benefit from a sharpened camera focus that only the servo motors can give.
4. Robotic Vehicles
Not to support the war on humanity, but for humanity to prevail, there needs to be peace, and peace comes from law and order. Hence applications related to the military and bomb detonation segments are also a fan club for the industrial servo motors. The war games’ crafts require precision in movement and navigation, and as for the robotic vehicles’ wheels, the servo motors quench the thirst for this need. They generate the needed torque required for starting, stopping, or moving the vehicle. Thus at high speed, the vehicle’s control remains smooth.
5. Solar Tracking Systems
Another silent member of this extended family gathering is the solar tracking system. Now that its identity has come to light, we are beginning to understand its navigation prowess in the Sun’s light immediately. Thus the absence of a servo motor would make its operability restrictive and inefficiently applicable. Since the Sun never stops to catch a breath, a solar tracking system will need to adjust to catch up with its daily movements continuously. Thus this movement adjustments are purely angular, and the servo motors provide each panel with an oblique muscle to maintain eye contact with the unsettled sunlight.
6. Metal Cutting and Forming Machines
The process of metal fabrication entails pressing, bending, centering, punching, and grinding. All these mentioned attributes compose the working functionality of milling machines. However, the success in these functionality requires unprecedented precision in motion control. Thus you can guess who meets this need, yes, the industrial servo motor. Hence the automotive wheels and jar lid all sprung up due to this met demand.
7. Antenna Positioning
The NRAO (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) makes use of a mechanical drive axis for the functionality of its telescopes and antennas. Such a drive axis exists in two modes, elevation, and azimuth. Thus their adjustment and positioning are dependent on the functional muscles of the industrial robot servo motors.
Another introverted member of this family is the textiles. The textile production process is a buffet of industrial knitting, weaving, and spinning machines destined to create awesome fabrics, carpets, and wearable item collections like caps, mittens, gloves, and socks. Such motions require control, and the industrial servo motors are good at it.
9. Printers for Printing Press
The beauty in the layout of the annual reports, newspapers, and magazines you receive deserve to give the servo motors a round of applause. They are responsible for the precision of the print heads from the start to the end of the printing process so that your print copy comes out with a perfect layout.
10. Automatic Door Openers
A visit to the hospital for health checkups or even strolling in the supermarket for a thing or two has led you past industrial servo motors without you even realizing it. You guessed it, the automated door openers. The motion detectors might be the ones picking up on your presence, but it is the servo motors that allow such doors to open.
The world without servo motors is having robots in a wheelchair when there is an option to a miraculous cure. Think of the servo motors as universal organ donations from the robotic world that have a 100% success rate in every transplant. Its time to conclude this robotic family gathering of thought-to-be strangers. They all turned out to be blood relatives in one way or another. I hope they now keep in touch that they are aware of their shared interests.