The Fantastic CYCOGS® brand, hybrid Snake Arm Robot system (Snarm)



The CYCOGS® intelligent hybrid snake arm robot module (Snarm / HYSA) Cyber-Physical System (CPS) consists of an rotating platform with a snake arm embedded in and around the platform module featuring some of our patented technology.

Medium Sized Robot Snake Arm Snarm

The image shows two rotary positionable modular hybrid snake arms manipulators  (Illustrated extended in an over and under configuration)  providing holonomic movement capability.  The function of the Snarm platform is to orient or point the robotic arms in and about the area covering the central mounting axis of a mount or in this example, a mobile robot.

Snake Arm work space

Please note that the modular (HYSA / Snarm) system is capable of continuous 360-degree vertical axis rotation, including directional and varying speed independent rotation, creating a huge working envelope and strong load capacity.  This also incorporates our Compact Gear Motor (CGM) drives and our RESS emergency safety systems.

Please note:  Absolute positioning and repeatability specifications are not comparable to traditional fixed industrial arms bolted to immovable concrete footings, as the compliant arms and connectivity to a mobile platform with an active suspension on possibly soft uneven flooring may make precise arm operations less than accurate.

The CYCOGS® Snarm system contains numerous sensors and additional sensors can be embedded.  Such sensors may include tactile, load, force, orientation, accelerometers, vision, and other sensors.  One Snarm robotic arm platform can cover 360 degrees as the robot arm platform rotates on the vertical axis.  The Snarm system is capable of many arm placement movement types, such as rotary position, arm storage inside the robot, tangential arm extensions, spiral arm extensions, and other rotation enabled arm movements.  Furthermore, the snake arm portion curls in on the platform for storage inside the robot body’s footprint.  No large protruding parts in harm’s way.  The Snarm can also employ “outputs” and end effectors, including automated tooling changing.  Additionally, end effector tooling can be located on the system or on an external rack.

Snake Arm work space



The CYCOGS® Snarm is a self-contained system with an onboard rotational drive, embedded battery enabled UPS, embedded computer/s signal processing and positional controls.  External power and ethernet TCP/IP client/server communication are supplied by a wired connection.

Applications can vary, the CYCOGS® Snarm is platform designed for a 360-degree vertical axis, expanding the arms X,Y, Z working envelope, useful for Robotics, control, surveillance, guidance, monitoring, manufacturing, AGV, self-guided vehicles, etc.  One Snarm application is for warehouse picking and inventory control where a pick and place operation between two isles and a loading cart moving product/materials.  Other applications include manufacturing, cleaning, sorting and some light assembly among other tasks.

CYCOGS® Hybrid Snake Arm (Snarm / HYSA)

Design Specifications:
Module Chassis: Aluminum
Module Diameter: 700mm  (27.5")
Module Height: 150mm  (6")  (Mid-Lift Position)
Estimated Weight: 30kg+  (66lbs+)
Snarm Platform removal: Yes, depending on the size and options.
Arm Diameter: 100mm  (4")
Per Arm Max Reach: 2M  (6.6')
Per Arm Max Load: 100kg  (220lbs)
End Effector Tooling: Automated and Manually Installed.
Vertical Axis Rotation Rate: 60 RPM Maximum
Positional Accuracy: 0.5 Degrees
Data transfer: 1Gb/s Ethernet
Sensors Included: Positional and Loading.  Additional sensors not included unless specified and purchased by the customer, plus an integration fee.
Internal Battery and Power: 48V
Power Use: Varies depending on Movement and Payload.


Some features may not available depending on configuration and integration.  Arm options vary, ranging from coated-padded, uncoated, high speed, hi load, etc.

Suggested sensors include Vison/cameras, Radar systems, LIDAR systems, Ultrasonic / Sonar systems, Environmental monitoring systems, Auditory systems, etc.

An example order would be a 400mm diameter Sring, full motion, onboard UPS and embedded computer, with one color vison camera, one scanning LIDAR sensor, one directional sound sensor and one IR sensor.

Please note:

The CYCOGS® Snarm system is not waterproof or made for extended outside use or in wet or condensation prone environments.  In addition, the Snarm system should not be used in an excessively dusty or combustible or other hazardous environments.  Although the Snarm systems movements may result in unexpected movements, personal and property damage may occur if used in an unsafe fashion or unsuitable environment.

Although the CYCOGS® Snarm snake arm and platform are compliant in its movements, personal and property damage may occur if used in an unsafe fashion or environment.  Proper operation, safeguarding, programming and training, among other tasks are recommended.  Numerous pinch points are possible with the Snarm’s movement and should be considered in its use and implementation.  In addition, kinetic energy issues may arise when a snake arm is extended straight out at maximum rotation rate, which equates to an end effector tip speed of 56 KPH  (35 MPH) [faster than most human boxers throwing a punch]

Proper end-user design, operation, safeguarding, programming and training, among other safe operation tasks and safety procedures are recommended and are the end-user’s responsibility.  OEM manufacturers and other purchasers of CYCOGS products and systems, as the purchaser, assumes responsibility and liability for safe implementation and use of these CYCOGS products and systems.

Please contact us here at the CYCOGS company if you have additional questions or environmental application needs.

Sales E-mail: sales@CYCOGS.com


The CYCOGS® Snarm project is under development and offered in advance as a customized manufactured system, standard models may not yet be available at this time.  As the CYCOGS development effort in core technology and concepts continues, the CYCOGS company reserves the right to change some specifications and data or is not available or suitable for public dissemination for all products.  Pre-production information is not fully available for some products at this time.  Sensors, customizations and other integrations may result in an additional cost.

For a story about the CYCOGS® Snarm, please see its story here.
For a Snake arm and Snarm tutorial on the CYCOGS Snarm, please see its education page here.

Liability Disclaimer:

The CYCOGS company is not liable for the use, installation, performance or fitness of this component or system.  Your purchase indicates you assume the risk of its proper use and its subsequent installation and end user training and liability.  The CYCOGS company patented intellectual property is strictly enforced and protected.  The CYCOGS company warranties the systems it sells from component defects or failure for the period of one year after purchase.

Please specify your design requirements for quotes and purchase.
Advanced orders may be accepted, please contact CYCOGS sales for more information.

Sales E-mail: sales@CYCOGS.com


The CYCOGS® company is a privately owned, 100% American company and based in the state of Wisconsin.
CYCOGS OEM engineered products and systems are designed, made, built and assembled in the state of Wisconsin, USA.
The CYCOGS® company strives to use American domestic components whenever possible.  Some of the components may be sourced from the only available manufacturer, which may be owned, created or delivered from other countries.



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