Festo introduced its pneumatic collaborative robotic (cobot) arm on the Festo TechTalk 2022 earlier at present. The corporate plans to make the cobot commercially accessible in 2023.
The cobot makes use of six pneumatic direct drives, as an alternative of the everyday electrical motors and mechanical transmission, to maneuver. Every of the six drives consists of a round chamber with a moveable partition. Variations in air strain on both aspect of the partition wall within the chamber trigger the it to shift, which then strikes the joint.
Festo’s pneumatic cobot has many benefits over typical cobots. The excessive vitality density of compressed air implies that the cobot might be moved exactly even with out advanced force-torque sensors.
The arm is supplied with exact strain regulators within the joints, which means the robotic is aware of when it’s touched by a human and may reply accordingly, in keeping with Festo’s Head of Robotics Christian Tarragona.
The cobot has a 670 mm attain and a 3 kg payload. It weight round 17 kg, on account of its use of die-cast aluminum. As a result of all of its related techniques are built-in into the foot part of the robotic, it doesn’t require a further management cupboard.
Festo’s cobot might be programmed equally to many different cobots available on the market. The corporate’s robotic suite software program provides the choice of programming the arm with an working system and predefined expertise. The robotic may also be programmed with hand-guiding. Getting the cobot prepared for pick-and-place duties can take lower than an hour, in keeping with the corporate.
Whereas Festo didn’t reveal any precise value data through the presentation, Festo CEO Frank Mezler mentioned that the corporate plans to maintain the value decrease than an electrically pushed cobot. The product comes with the cobot itself, a hand modules, the Robotic Suite and software program for intuitive commissioning and programming.
Festo was based in 1925 in Esslingen, Germany, and has been family-owned for 3 generations. The corporate provides round 33,000 totally different merchandise starting from automation expertise to studying techniques, coaching and consulting.