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Virtual Panel Event about Industrial Connectivity

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This 60-minute virtual panel discussion between industry experts will explore the intersection of connectivity (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference



Join us on 15 July 2021 on the MVC Technology Presentation Hub and explore eight online seminar theatres. (more)

PPMA Show 2021

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

28/09/2021 - 30/09/2021

PPMA Show 2021 will be the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and (more)

Southern Manufacturing

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6TQ)

06/10/2021 - 07/10/2021

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Advanced Engineering 2021

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

Join us in our 12th and most important edition to date, as we invite engineers and management from all (more)

Service robot scales negative slopes

Service robot scales negative slopes

The Technical University of Liberec has introduced the second generation of its special service robot, the ROBOTUL Vertical Climber 02, which uses a unique stepping movement to traverse both smooth and structured surfaces such as the glass walls of buildings. Its safe and highly precise operation is guaranteed by an advanced B&R control system with compact ACOPOSmicro servo drives.

The new approach taken by the Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovation ensures linear movement, track stability and smooth rotation while enabling the robot to step over discontinuous surfaces and mounting holes. It can move with a high degree of safety on vertical - and even negatively sloped - walls. Based on feedback and experiences with its predecessor, this new generation is being developed in the context of the 3-year pre-seed project "New Technologies and Special Machine Components".

The Vertical Climber 02 is designed to clean walls and perform surface inspections such as checking mounting points on glass panels or checking the integrity of stainless steel pressure vessels. It can also be used as a mobile platform for other technology, including cleaning and dust-removal equipment. The robot has compact dimensions of 112x112x30 cm and weighs 48 kg. The maximum workload for the robot is 20 kg. Up to 80 sqm can be cleaned per hour, or up to 90 sqm inspected.

The body consists of a compact duralumin frame with a rotary servo drive connected to a rotary chassis. Its four moving legs are each driven by a separate rotary servo drive. The duralumin frame and the legs are equipped with articulated active suction caps combined with smart ejectors. Multiple smart sensors identify the position of the robot in space and with respect to the contact wall plane.


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