In 5 days of training the following topics are treated:
- The role of stiffness and compliance in mechanisms and how to evaluate these mechanisms
- Controlling `Degrees Of Freedom’
- Optimal use of elastic elements
- Friction, hysteresis and micro slip
- Real and virtual play
- How to realize damping
- Balancing of manipulators
The training material originally has been developed by Prof. Ir. W. van der Hoek (Philips and TU Eindhoven from 1962 till 1984) and Prof. Dr. Ir. M.R. Koster (Philips, TU Eindhoven and TU Twente from 1984 till 2008).
During the course many hand models are presented helping to explain the fundamental theory behind the subjects.
It was Prof. Ir. W.van der Hoek who started to build an approach for designing mechanisms in such a way that the behaviour of these mechanisms could be predicted without the need for complex calculations. He developed and taught this approach at the Centre For Technology of the Philips Company and at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Technical University of Eindhoven and succeeded in inspiring a whole generation of mechanical engineers. It has been and still is our intention to achieve continuity in the training of engineers in this approach.