RISE Robotics Given U.S. Patent for High-Reduction Belt-Driven Linear Actuator

The company said it took advantage of advancements in material science to develop the technology.

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RISE Robotics said the actuator technology will enable machines to operate more efficiently.

RISE Robotics said it has been granted a U.S. patent that will help the heavy machinery maker increase the efficiency of its products. The Somerville, Mass.-based company was given a patent for a high-reduction belt-driven linear actuator.

“The patented RISE Robotics three-dimensional belt topology enables the application of high force linear power to a machine’s work function,” the company said.

“RISE Technology leverages a recent advancement in materials science: the modern steel reinforced polyurethane flat belt,” Blake Sessions, RISE Robotics co-founder and CTO said in a statement. “These belts are capable of operating at pulley interface pressures in excess of 1,400 PSI for millions of bending cycles. This new design paradigm contains analogous subsystems to perform all of the functions that a conventional hydraulic circuit performs today. We have constructed power transmission systems that are able to animate a machine's work functions with very high efficiency and without the use of hydraulic oil.”

RISE was formed by MIT and RISD graduates

RISE Robotics was founded in 2011 by a group of graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Rhode Island School of Design. It receives funding from The Engine, a VC firm that was developed by MIT, Greentown Labs, and Techstars. The company said it is building zero-emission machinery.

The company has dozens of pending, issued or granted patents worldwide.

In May of this year, the company was awarded a $1.25 million contract with the U.S. government to design machinery for the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force contracted the company again in August to develop common lifting devices.  

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RISE Robotics said the actuator technology will enable machines to operate more efficiently.

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