Of course you will find servos on factory floors and in manufacturing facilities in general. But you might not have thought about these five very common applications of servomotors.
Performing arts and broadcasting
Got a camera? If it’s a professional camera for movies or broadcasting, there’s probably a servo in play. Smaller cameras often use tiny servos to focus the lens. Same for microphones. Servomotors provide the precision movement and placement required.
Animatronic robots in movies get their lifelike gaits from servomotors. So do ships on imaginary oceans. Lots of special effects rely on servos.
Theaters often use servomotors to place and move curtains and sets, too. The Bolshoi Ballet uses Rexroth motion and control systems to place sets, raise curtains, and ensure fire safety in their state-of-the-art theater.
Whether it’s the elevator at the Eiffel Tower or the one in your factory, servo motors help move people and freight up and down as well as moving robotic arms to and fro.
Servos also open the doors. If you think about the importance of getting the elevator car in the right place and opening and closing the doors at the right time, you know that you have to have a servo’s precision to keep the passengers safe.
The Economist estimates that there are more than 10,000 escape room sites in the world. It’s a booming business that provides challenging fun for e everyone from families to corporate team-building groups.
The interactive moving parts of escape rooms are powered by servos. Servo motors specialize in getting things to a precise location. That’s essential for the escape room experience.
Solar power arrays
Servo motors keep solar panels in the right position relative to the sun, even as the earth moves in the course of the day.
Without servos, solar panels would be much less effective in their harvesting of solar power.
Okay, the main use of servomotors in clothing is in the production of clothing. Servo motors run industrial sewing machines, get yarn to the right place in industrial knitting machines, and are beginning to fold clothing automatically.
But this Spider Dress has servomotors to add a bit of creepiness to the garment. Designer Anouk Wipprecht intended the spider-like appendages to warn people that they were encroaching on the wearer’s space.
The Spider Dress was designed in 2015, when we couldn’t have foreseen that a dress could help maintain social distancing. Now might be the perfect time to bring this beauty to market.