Specialized Components
Specialized Components

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.

Specialized Components Products

Optical Encoder

Honeybee needed an encoder with extremely high performance in a small form factor, and when we couldn’t find what we needed anywhere on the market we designed and built it ourselves.

Power & Signal Transfer

Of all the challenges involved in building a complex mechanism with relative moving parts, routing the electrical connections through that mechanism usually proves to be at the top of the list.