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\F3\C154 EAST DANA STREET
\CMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. 94041
\F1\CJanuary 29, 1976
Mr. Goran Lundstrom
The Fluid Technology Laboratory
S-161 11 Bromma, Sweden
Dear Mr. Lundstrom:
\J Thank you for your recent telegram, your earlier letter, and
your request to Professor Bernard Roth. I apologize for the long
delay in replying.
Vicarm currently offers two models of computer controlled
manipulators. Our larger model- The Stanford Manipulator- is an
improved and refined version of the manipulators in use at Stanford
University for more than 5 years. Our smaller model- The M.I.T. Arm is
similar to the manipulator in use at M.I.T. for the past year. We
offer both of these manipulators individually or as part of a
complete system. As indicated on our price list, you may purchase
the basic manipulator and power supply for integration into your
existing system, or you may buy a manipulator and computer interface
(for PDP-11, Nova, or Interdata computers),or you may purchase a
complete system consisting of an arm, a hardware servo system, a
computer interface, an LSI-11 computer and operational software.
Vicarm has not actively solicited orders from foreign
organizations as we are not currently able to offer local support and
maintainance for our systems. However, we would be willing to sell
you a manipulator with this understanding. In general, we supply
sufficient drawings and details to enable our customers to do much of
their own maintainance, modifications, and troubleshooting.
You have specifically requested information on the model
M.I.T. manipulator. Due to more limited experience with this system,
we are currently strongly advising firms such as yours to consider
the Stanford Manipulator instead, as we can currently supply more
accessories and software with this system. In addition, the Model
Stanford manipulator system is currently more reliable, and easier to
maintain than the smaller, more complex M.I.T. arm. A furthur
incentive is the delivery time. We are currently able to deliver a
Stanford Arm in 4 months, while we must presently quote 10 months
delivery on an M.I.T. arm.
You also requested information on sensors. We are offering
touch sensor finger tips (switches),force sensing fingers, and a
6-component force sensing wrist (semiconductor strain gauge type) for
the Stanford Arm. We currently have no sensors for the M.I.T. arm.
All our current systems are electric. Although we have experimented
with hydraulic and pneumatic sensors, actuators and devices, we are
not presently prepared to offer any devices of this sort.
I hope this information is sufficient. Should you have
any furthur questions, I will be happy to answer them.\.