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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 - Are you launching linear components too?
Definitely! We are currently developing a full line of linear modules, including linear bearings, linear actuators, and sensors. Additional hardware is also going to be offered to integrate our rotary modules such as rack and pinion, belt linear slides, and leadscrew. 
We are also developing all components to create the classical spring/mass/damper plants.

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. 

6 - Do you charge for software or subscription?
No, we don't charge for software and we don't have any subscription.
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 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. 

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 Copley and maxon primarily, but most industrial controllers should work, as our modules are industrial grade. We are happy to assist with your specific case.

11 - Why the name Robots5?
The name 'Robots5' comes from an essay Felipe wrote over 25 years ago. The essay was about the scarce technology and education accessibility in Third World Countries. ​In the essay, 'Robots' symbolized technology and education, and '5' represented the number of continents in the world. The term 'Robots5' then means making technology and education development accessible for people around the globe -- independently of where they come from and where they were raised.

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