In addition to the Avior line of motion control components, Honeybee Robotics is recognized as a leader in certain core technologies that the company has developed over the last 25+ years.
Perhaps first among these is Honeybee’s power transfer technology, which allows electrical power or control signals to be transferred reliably across a routing interface. Twist capsules provide limited rotation while slip rings provide continuous rotation. These devices can be supplied as stand-alone components or specially integrated with other components to minimize mass or volume.
Honeybee’s P-35 Rotary Actuator was specifically designed to be better than competing actuators on the market. For a given load capacity it is smaller, lighter and has a higher stiffness. Integral heaters and thermistors can be used to improve reliability, and a custom integrated position sensor can be used to improve performance. A large-diameter through-hole allows for the pass-through of coaxial joints or cable harnesses, lending itself nicely to integration with a Honeybee twist capsule or slip ring.
On the sensing side of the system, Honeybee’s high-resolution optical encoder achieves a level of performance that is not otherwise available in the market. Originally designed for microsat attitude control applications, this component uses NASA level 1 parts and can operate from -40C to +60C.