Each of the Lightweight Robot´s joint contains three different sensors: a joint torque sensor, a joint position sensor and a motor position sensor. Due to this large number of sensors, it is possible to use progressive control algorthms like impedance control and enables us to control an elastic robot arm.
To commutate brushless DC motors a hight resolution motor position sensor has been developed and integrated into the windings of the motor.
The measuring principle is based on the measurement of the variation of the rotor´s magnetic field.
To get information about the joint torques, a torque sensor is integrated into each link.
The displacement of radial beams is measured by strain gauges and is related to the applied torque. The first step of sensor signal analysis is realized on preamplifiers which are integrated in the sensor mechanics.By realizing this mechatronical concept we could save space and weight and could increase the quality of signals as well.