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Pneumatická robotika ve spojení s umělou inteligencí


Festo na veletrhu v Hannoveru představí nové bionické projekty: BionicSoftHand, BionicSoftArm a BionicFinWave.

Ať jde o uchopení, držení nebo otočení, nahmatání, psaní nebo zmáčknutí – každý den jako samozřejmost používáme své ruce pro různé úlohy. V tomto ohledu je lidská ruka díky unikátní kombinaci síly, šikovnosti a jemné motoriky opravdovým zázrakem přírody. Co může být přirozenějšího, než vybavení robotů pro kolaborativní pracoviště uchopovačem, který je navržen podle přírodního vzoru a který řeší různé úlohy díky učení se prostřednictvím umělé inteligence? Festo na Hannoverském veletrhu představí pneumatickou robotickou ruku BionicSoftHand. V kombinaci s  lehkým pneumatickým robotem BionicSoftArm se jedná o koncept budoucnosti vhodný pro spolupráci člověka a robota.

The BionicSoftHand is pneumatically operated, so that it can interact safely and directly with people. Unlike the human hand, the BionicSoftHand has no bones. Its fingers consist of flexible bellows structures with air chambers. The bellows are enclosed in the fingers by a special 3D textile coat knitted from both, elastic and high-strength threads. With the help of the textile, it is possible to determine exactly where the structure expands and generates power, and where it is prevented from expanding. 

This makes it light, flexible, adaptable and sensitive, yet capable of exerting strong forces.

Artificial Intelligence

The learning methods of machines are comparable to those of humans: either in a positive or a negative way - they require a feedback following their actions in order to classify and learn from them. BionicSoftHand uses the method of reinforcement learning.

This means: Instead of imitating a specific action, the hand is merely given a goal. It uses the trial and error method, to achieve its goal. Based on received feedback, it gradually optimises its actions until the task is finally solved successfully.

Specifically, the BionicSoftHand should rotate a 12-sided cube so that a previously defined side points upwards at the end. The necessary movement strategy is taught in a virtual environment with the aid of a digital twin, which is created with the help of data from a depth-sensing camera via computer vision and the algorithms of artificial intelligence.

BionicSoftHand umí otočit dvanáctistěnem tak, aby označená strana byla nahoře.

Proportional piezo valves for precise control

In order to keep the effort of tubing the BionicSoftHand as low as possible, the developers have specially designed a small, digitally controlled valve terminal, which is mounted directly on the hand. This means that the tubes for controlling the gripper fingers do not have to be pulled through the entire robot arm. Thus, the BionicSoftHand can be quickly and easily connected and operated with only one tube each for supply air and exhaust air. With the proportional piezo valves used, the movements of the fingers can be precisely controlled.

BionicSoftHand je s ohledem na bezpečnost a přímý kontakt poháněna pneumaticky.

BionicSoftArm: One robot arm, many possible variations

The strict separation between the manual work of the factory worker and the automated actions of the robot is being increasingly set aside. Their work ranges are overlapping and merging into a collaborative working space. In this way, human and machine will be able to simultaneously work together on the same workpiece or component in the future – without having to be shielded from each other for safety reasons.

The BionicSoftArm is a compact further development of Festo´s BionicMotionRobot, whose range of applications has been significantly expanded. This is made possible by its modular design: It can be combined with up to seven pneumatic bellows segments and rotary drives. This guarantees maximum flexibility in terms of reach and mobility, thus enables it to work around obstacles even in the tightest of spaces if necessary. At the same time, it is completely flexible and can work safely with people. Direct human-robot collaboration is possible with the BionicSoftArm, as well as its use in classic SCARA applications, such as pick-and-place tasks.

Pneumatický lehký robot BionicSoftArm se vyznačuje flexibilitou a vhodností pro přímou spolupráci člověka s robotem.
Flexible application possibilities

The modular robot arm can be used for a wide variety of applications, depending on the design and mounted gripper. Thanks to its flexible kinematics, the BionicSoftArm can interact directly and safely with humans. At the same time, the kinematics make it easier for it to adapt to different tasks at various locations in production environments: the elimination of costly safety devices such as cages and light barriers shortens conversion times and thus enables flexible use – completely in accordance with adaptive and economical production.

BionicSoftArm v klasické SCARA aplikaci s úlohou pick-and-place dokáže pracovat i ve stísněném prostoru.

BionicFinWave: Underwater robot with unique fin drive

Nature teaches us impressively, how optimal drive systems for certain swimming movements should look like. To move forward, the marine planarian and sepia create a continuous wave with their fins, which advances along their entire length. For the BionicFinWave, the bionics team was inspired by this undulating fin movement. The undulation pushes the water backwards, creating a forward thrust. This principle allows the BionicFinWave to maneuver forwards or backwards through an acrylic tube system.

Ploutve BionicFinWave jsou odlity ze silikonu a nepotřebují podpůrné elementy.

Its two side fins are completely cast out of silicone and do not require struts or other supporting elements. The two fins are attached to the left and right of nine small lever arms, which in turn are powered by two servo motors. Two adjacent crankshafts transmit the force to the levers so that the two fins can be moved individually to generate different shaft patterns. They are particularly suitable for slow and precise locomotion and whirl up less water than, for example, a screw drive. A cardan joint is located between each lever segment to ensure that the crankshafts are flexible. For this purpose, the crankshafts including the joints and the connecting rod are made of plastic in one piece using the 3D printing process.

Podvodní robot samostatně manévruje potrubním systémem z plexiskla.

Intelligent interaction of a wide variety of components

The remaining elements in the BionicFinWave´s body are also 3D-printed, which enables its complex geometries in the first place. With their cavities, they act as flotation units. At the same time, the entire control and regulation technology are watertight, safely installed and synchronised in a very tight space.

New impulses and approaches for the process industry

With the bionic technology carrier, our Bionic Learning Network once again provides an impulse for future work with autonomous robots and new drivetrain technologies in liquid media. It would be conceivable to further develop concepts such as the BionicFinWave for tasks such as inspections, measurement series or data collections - for example for water and wastewater technology or other areas of the process industry.

Zdroj: tisková zpráva společnosti Festo

Zpracováno redakcí.


Novinky z veletrhů a výstav
Výzkum/ vývoj
Automatizace, regulace


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