The structure of any manipulator has a large inertia. In addition the manipulator is used to handle heavy payloads at large radii.
The manipulator is designed to be a high performance machine and uses servo valves to provide a very good response on the 3 main axes. This responsiveness from the valves can cause an almost instantaneous change in direction of the high inertia (i.e. heavy!) structure resulting in a high peak of stress for a few milliseconds.
When the computer design program was being verified by tests with strain gauges on the prototype manipulator very high stress levels were observed each time the operator changed the direction of the machine, even when the grippers had no payload.
There is a peak of stress (and also a peak in hydraulic oil pressure) and a stress reversal at each change in direction. These stress reversals with a high peak stress put a large strain on the structure and bearings. The Clansman manipulator is designed to accommodate these stress reversals but can their effect be modified?
Clansman engineers have developed a control system that controls the rate of change of acceleration. The driver will be completely unaware of any change but the structure and bearings and the hydraulic seals will benefit enormously.
Acceleration control is an eminently sensible step towards the creation of the supremely reliable manipulator. Acceleration control plus mechanical shock absorbers in the wrist and structure and the Hydraulic Force Limitation are the 3 levels of protection built into every Clansman Manipulator.