for Hands-on
Prototyping - Teaching - Research


What is it?

EMB is a breadboard system to facilitate the prototyping, teaching, and researching of electro-mechanical systems. 
It has been specifically designed for classrooms and laboratories, with researchers and students in mind.

Engineering disciplines, from entry level physics to advanced control systems and mechatronics, will benefit from EMB.

The modularity of the system, allows for the users to follow preset plants or to create their own designs.

There are three main categories of modules:
- Actuators (red)
- Sensors (blue)
- Mechanical (green)

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How does it work?

The system relies on a dovetail approach for precision locating and firmly securing each module. Inside each module there are core components such as encoder, motor, brake/clutch, bearings. By connecting the modules together, the user creates the plant and the control system.

The body of the module is made out of machined aluminum, anodized to the appropriate color to match the color scheme (Actuator/Sensor/Mechanical).


Electro-Mechanical Breadboard
Electro-Mechanical Breadboard
Electro-Mechanical Breadboard

The shaft of each module is used to transmit power and as an "information carrier" (position / speed / acceleration). Gears, pulleys, cams, couplers are some of the elements used to connect  shafts. 

The user can mount the modules to a standard optical table, dovetail rail, or a custom plate. Our products work with Metric and Imperial optical breadboards.


Electro-Mechanical Breadboard

EMB is controller, amplifier, and DAQ agnostic. The users can choose from a variety of options, such as the EMB-DAQ, National Instruments hardware and software (LabVIEW), MATLAB/Simulink, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or even analog circuitry. 

Robots5 can help with the selection and implementation of these components.


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We are currently collaborating with the open-source community (thank you!) to develop and provide a powerful real-time control system. Once this development is at a stable place, we will share details and tutorials. The core programing language is based on Python.
The system architecture is based on a two PC system, host and target:

Quality, Made in USA!

Robots5 is committed to providing the absolute best products and services to our customers. All EMB items are proudly developed and made in the USA.
We only use premium suppliers and industrial grade components.

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"Knowledge is only part of understanding.

Genuine understanding comes from hands-on experience"

Dr. Seymour Papert (1928-2016), Professor of Learning Research,  MIT