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We are here to help!
It is our mission to provide the absolute best products and support to our clients.
Bellow you will find links to EMB documentation, instructional videos and tutorials, FAQs, and downloads.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, you can always reach out via email or our contact form.
Downloads and Documentation
- EMB-IM1 Manual Rev. 1
- EMB-AM4 Manual Rev. 1
- EMB-SM1 Manual Rev. 1
- EMB-SM2 Manual Rev. 1
- EMB-MM2 Manual Rev. 1
- EMB-Safety Manual Rev. 1
Additional manuals and CAD coming soon.
We are also adding content to GitHub.
Videos and Tutorials
We are actively adding content to our YouTube Channel and social media platforms.
Frequently Asked Questions
1 - Why brushed DC motors and not brushless?
We started EMB with brushed DC motors as most of the undergraduate courses focus on theory for DC motors. These motors can also interface with simpler electronics and are easier for users to implement controllers. We are currently developing additional actuator modules that have brushless and stepper motors.
2 - What controller do I need to use with EMB?
EMB is controller, amplifier, and DAQ agnostic. The users can choose from a variety of options, such as our DAQs, Arduino, NUCLEO, BeagleBone, National Instruments hardware and software (LabVIEW), MATLAB/Simulink, or their own designs.
3 - If we damage an EMB module, can we fix it ourselves?
In short, yes. In most cases, we can ship new parts with instructions and the user can fix themselves. For cases where the users are not comfortable, sending the item to Robots5 LLC is recommended. Of course, we will assist with every step of the way.
4 - Can I order just modules or do I need to order a kit?
Absolutely! You can order just components, modules, kits, or a full lab.
5 - Can you design a custom module for my lab?
Yes, we are always excited about new ideas and designs. With engineering and manufacturing resources inhouse, we are very conformable providing custom modules and experiments.
6 - Do you charge for software or subscription?
No, we don't charge for software and we don't have any subscription (other than Remote-Labs).
We are very proud to have a fantastic relationship with the open-source community that, over the years, developed amazing software that can be used with our products.
Many users can use free software tools such as Python or C, Arduino, or STM32 packages. We've been very happy with pysimCoder (by Prof.Roberto Bucher).
7 - Can I develop additional items to interface with EMB such as cams or linkages?
Certainly! That is absolutely what we love to see! We strongly encourage our users to explore rapid prototyping methods to add capability to our modules. Cams and linkages are a fantastic example!
8 - Are your products just for academia?
No, our products can be used in industry too. We use our EMB products for our consulting/engineering contracting practices and have seen a significant reduction in prototyping time for our clients.
EMB is particularly effective in "Proof of Theory" and "Proof of Concept" phases of the Product Development Process.
9 - Can I interface EMB with other educational hardware and software in my lab?
It depends what hardware you have, but in general yes. For instance, you can use our modules with most Quanser DAQs, amplifiers, and software.
Although we are not a representative/seller for Quanser, we can help with as much information as we can and cabling details you might need to succeed.
ECP hardware interfacing is also possible, however, tends to be a bit more complex.
PLC integration is straightforward as the system uses industrial grade signals.
10 - Can I use my own motor drive with EMB?
In general, yes. Make sure the specs match our modules.
We have been using motor controllers from maxon (Switzerland) and Copley (USA) primarily, but most industrial controllers should work, as our modules are industrial grade. We are happy to assist with your specific case.
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