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Veléz Sarsfield 201640 Martinez

Buenos Aires

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Horne Technologies cc

PO Box 536

Betty's Bay, 7141

Tel.: +27 (0)76 563 2084

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6980 Croglio

Tel.: +41 (0)91 611 31 00

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14881 Evergreen Avenue

Clearwater, FL 33762-3008

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NRC Engineering & Precision Drives Co., Ltd.

17F., No. 890, Jingguo Rd., Luzhu Dist.

Taoyuan City 33858, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Tel.: +886 (0) 3-316-1838

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35530 Bayraklı/İzmir

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Blk 67 Ubi Road 1, #06-07 Oxley Bizhub

Singapore 408730

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Gustavslundsvägen 145, 4 tr

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56 (bldg. 32), Shosse Enthusiastov

111123 Moscow

Tel.: +7 495 2214 052

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FAULHABER Polska sp. z o.o.

Ul. Górki 7

60-204 Poznan

Tel.: +48 61 278 72 53

FAULHABER Malaysia Sdn Bhd

1A-2-01 & 02 · One Precinct · Lengkok Mayang Pasir

11950 Bayan Baru · Penang · Malaysia

Tel.: +60 4 619 2570

Swiss Amiet Co., Ltd.

W-903, SK V1 Center, 11 Dangsan-ro 41-g

Yeongdeungpo-gu,07217, Seoul

Tel.: +82 (0) 2 783 4774

Shinkoh Electronics Co., Ltd.

Tokyo Sales Office, Motor Sales Division8F, REID-C OMORI building, 6-20-8

Minami-oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0013

Tel.: +81 (0) 3 6404 1003

Building of FAULHABER Italia S.r.l., Lomazzo, Italy

FAULHABER Italia S.r.l.

Via Cavour 2

22074 Lomazzo CO

Tel.: +39 0236714708

Inteltek Automation JV

S.No. 100/5, Ambegaon

Pune - 411046

Tel.: +91 (0) 20 39392150

Lewenstein Technologies Ltd.

1 Ha'arava St. Givat Shmuel

5400804 Israel

Tel.: +972 3 9780 800

Electro Mechanical Systems Ltd.

Eros House, Calleva Industrial Park, Aldermaston

Reading, RG7 8LN

Tel.: +44 (0) 118 9817 391

Building of FAULHABER France SAS, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France


Parc d’activités du Pas du Lac2, Rue Michaël Faraday

78180 Montigny-le-Bretonneux

Tel.: +33 (0) 1 30 80 45 00


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Cornellà de Llobregat 08940 (Barcelona)

Tel.: +34 93 422 70 33


Suokalliontie 9

01740 Vantaa

Tel.: +358 (0) 9 5259 230

Routech s.r.o.

Dr. Milady Horákové 185/66

460 06 Liberec

Tel.: +420 489 202 971

Compower ApS

Marielundvej 29

2730 Herlev

Tel.: +45 (0) 44 92 66 20

Marte Científica e Instrumentação Industrial Ltda

Av Fco Andrade Ribeiro 430

37540-000 Santa Rita do Sapucai, MG

Tel.: +55 (11) 3411 4500

Building of FAULHABER Drive System Technology (Taicang) Co., Ltd.,Taicang, China

FAULHABER Drive System Technology (Taicang) Co., Ltd.

Eastern Block, Incubator Building, No. 6 Beijing Road West

Taicang 215400, Jiangsu Province

Tel.: +86 (0) 512 5337 2626

Building of FAULHABER Benelux B.V., Eindhoven, Netherlands


High Tech Campus 9

5656 AE Eindhoven

Tel.: +31 (0) 40 85155-40

Building of FAULHABER Austria GmbH, Wien, Austria


Modecenterstraße 22/C89

1030 Wien

Tel.: +43 1 7963149-0

ERNTEC Pty. Ltd.

15 Koornang Road

Scoresby, VIC 3179

Tel.: +61 3 9756 4000

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DC-Motors in prosthetics LifeHand enable grasping with suitable pressure

Prosthetics with disadvantages

If one follows the sports competitions for disabled persons, such as the Paralympics, it is amazing to see the level that prosthetics have attained these days. For example, in the summer of 2014 the erman long jumper Markus Rehm was not allowed to travel to the European Athletics Championships because the German association was afraid that, with his carbon leg prosthesis, he would have an advantage in jumping vis-à-vis non-disabled sportsmen. And yet the sophisticated prosthetics made of carbon and other materials have a decisive disadvantage: the bearer cannot truly use them just the same as he would the missing part of the body. The hand prostheses available on the market detect muscular movements in the residual limb somewhat, and enable the bearer to open and close the hand as well as to grasp objects. But without any sensory feedback to the nervous system, the bearer cannot feel what he is attempting to grasp and must therefore keep an eye on his prosthesis so that he does not crush the objects.

DC-Motors in prosthetics LifeHand enable grasping with suitable pressure
The finely-detailed workmanship, which the LifeHand thumb and fingers put into effect, are implemented with DC micromotors from FAULHABER.

Comparable with a natural hand

A major step in progress was achieved with the LifeHand 2 project. The artificial hand makes fascinating things possible for the bearer: he can grasp objects with suitable pressure and, via contact sensors, feel which attributes they have. The bearer can even feel which exact fingers have contact with the object. The size and the weight of the prosthesis are thereby comparable with those of a natural hand. LifeHand 2 is equipped with sensors which register tactile sensations by measuring the tension in the artificial tendons and controlling the finger movements. These data are then transformed into electrical signals which are then transmitted to the nerves. This is made possible through electrodes to the nerve fibres, which convey signals to the bearer's brain. A computer translates the signals from the sensors into pulses which the nerves can interpret. They are further transmitted via electrodes to the median nerve (nervus medianus) and the ulnar nerve (nervus ulnaris).

An international research team developed the bionic hand prosthesis at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Six research institutes in Italy, Switzerland and Germany were involved. Professor Silvestro Micera and his team from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) in Italy developed the sensory feedback system, thanks to which a patient can feel something again when touching and moving objects.

In February of 2013, a prototype of the LifeHand 2 was tested in the Gemelli hospital in Rome within the scope of a clinical study supervised by Paolo Maria Rossini. The Dane Dennis Aabo Sørensen volunteered to be the first test person for the LifeHand 2. Nine years ago he had lost his left hand in an accident. Four microscopic interfaces were grafted onto the main nerves of his left arm. After the electrodes had been surgically implanted and the wounds had healed, the prosthesis could be connected. When Sørensen touched objects, the sensors of the prosthesis generated signals which were processed by a computer and relayed through a stimulator to the electrodes implanted in the nerves and, ultimately, to his brain. This all took place in less than 100 milliseconds. With such minimum time intervals, human beings don't sense any delay in transmission. Sørensen was able to recognise the shape, consistency and position of objects in real-time and use this information in order to grasp the objects with the proper grip and appropriate application of force by controlling his fingers.

The research team was surprised just how quickly Sørensen was able to control the prosthesis. For the tests, the researchers blindfolded Sørensen and then asked him to pick up objects with the LifeHand. He succeeded in not only controlling the strength of his grip, but also in describing the shape and texture of the objects – although he could not see them.

Sophisticated motors from FAULHABER

The finely-detailed workmanship, which the Life-Hand thumb and fingers put into effect, are implemented with DC micromotors from FAULHABER. With a motor diameter of 13 millimetres and a motor length of 31 millimetres, the motors are lightweight and compact. A unique aspect of the FAULHABER DC motors is their rotor, which is not wound around an iron core, but instead consists of a copper coil manufactured with a self-supporting, skew-wound design. The FAULHABER rotor has also proven itself convincingly in the Lifehand project with its extremely low inertia torque and cogging-free running properties.

DC-Motors in prosthetics LifeHand enable grasping with suitable pressure
Grasping with suitable pressure, without damaging or dropping objects.
No cogging
Smooth position and speed control
High efficiency
Low Noise
High Torque
Low Weight
Very low rotor inertia
Dynamic start-stop operation

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