Applications

Industrial Automation

One of the fastest growing areas for harmonic gearing is industrial automation which encompasses many different applications and touches all industrial markets. Harmonic gears are being used more and more due to their reliable long-term performance, compact sizes, zero or low backlash, and high efficiency just to mention a few advantages.  

  • Servo Gearheads
  • Positioning Applications
  • Pick and Place Systems
  • Printing Press Drives
  • Wood Working Machinery
  • Machine Tools
  • Corrugated Machine Drives
  • Laser Welding and cutting machines

Robotics

The most widely used application for harmonic gearing is robots with each joint using a harmonic gear. SHF units are often applicated in the intermediate joints due to their large through hole, allowing powering of the subsequent joint. For collaborative robots the back driving ability of harmonic gears is an important feature. Conic’s product lines offer zero backlash, excellent repeatability, high ratio, compact size, very low vibration and velocity ripple allowing for smooth and precise positioning.  
  • Industrial Robots
  • Collaborative Robots
  • SCARA Robots
  • Vision Systems
  • Gantry Robots
  • Exoskeleton Systems

Semiconductor & Electronics

Semiconductor processing is an ever-expanding market where chip geometries and electronic assemblies are getting smaller and smaller. Characteristics such as superb repeatability and zero backlash creep make Conic’s harmonic gearing ideal for positioning wafers in the photolithography process, tight tolerance wafer die applications, as well as a wide array of electronics assembly and positioning equipment.  
  • Wafer Handling
  • Positioning
  • Rotary Tables
  • Pick and Place Assemblies
  • SCARA Robots

Aerospace & Defense

Harmonic gearing was first used in space applications due to compact size, light weight, high ratios and superb positioning. Today, Conic Systems harmonics are critical components in many space fight and defense systems.  
  • Satellites
  • Solar Arrays
  • Automated Weapons Targeting
  • Actuators
  • Atenna Positioning
  • UAVs
  • Mobile Radars

Communications & Imaging

Harmonic gearing’s zero backlash feature meet the critical long-range positioning requirements of radar and satellite tracking in broadcast, weather, and military applications. Security cameras rely on the smooth motion of harmonic gears to identify targets. Harmonic’s high ratios and torque capacities allow for small motors to move large masses. Conic Systems can supply standard systems for harsh weather conditions down to -40 degrees Celsius.  
  • Satellite Tracking and Communications
  • Weather Radar
  • Mobile Antennas
  • Cinematograpy Pan/Tilt
  • Security Systems
  • Telescopes

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is an emerging market for harmonic gearing with its use in solar positioning and rotary generator applications. Zero backlash and high positional accuracy, when aiming over far distances, allow for accurate tracking of the sun and positioning of heliostats in solar collector farms. Conic Systems can provide complete drive assembles to facilitate low cost installations in large scale applications. Additionally, the single stage, high ratio characteristic offers advantages over planetary gearboxes in both small and high-power generator applications when converting energy.  
  • Heliostat Drives
  • Photovoltaic Panel Positioning
  • Speed Increasing Generator Drives

Medical

Inherent advantages of harmonic gears, including high precision, small size, and smooth operation, make them ideal for medical applications. In surgical robots, harmonics are capable of back driving for manual positioning by hand if desired. Many of the large positioning tables and treatment platforms use harmonic gearing due to the quiet operation and slow, smooth movement. New technology such as surgical robotics, dental and diagnostic systems are moving toward harmonic gears.  

  • X-ray and Radiation Tables
  • Surgical Robots
  • PET Machines
  • MRI Machines