Motion control: Fast feet for largest animatronic human figure; see video, photos

Bristol, U.K., and Fort Smith AR — There's fast feet on the 26 foot high animatronic figure called "Big JT" is NFL Miami Dolphins star player Jason Taylor, according to companies involved, Baldor and Artem.


Bristol, U.K. , and Fort Smith AR — There's fast feet on the 26 foot high animatronic figure called "Big JT" is NFL Miami Dolphins star player Jason Taylor, according to companies involved.

Baldor Electric Co. says the feet are fast for the world's largest animatronic figure, Big JT.

When the physical effects company


was commissioned to create the figure, to promote the historic NFL game in the U.K. (the first time a competitive NFL game has been played outside of the USA), they had just six weeks to design and build it.

Fast delivery and simple system integration were essential, say those involved, and Artem chose


's MicroFlex AC drives and BSM servo motors to power Big JT's feet. Reasoning, according to Baldor, was the short lead delivery times and Baldor's previous support on motion control projects.

See a video of Big JT in Trafalgar Square, U.K.

See photos of Big JT in Trafalgar Square.

—Edited Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
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