Powerball makes service robots mobile

Business Unit Automation / Modular Robotics

Lauffen/Neckar, (PresseBox) - The automation specialist SCHUNK from Lauffen in Germany has further expanded its modular robotics range with the SPB Powerball. For the first time, the movements of two axes are combined in a single module in extremely compact space. The powerful module provides high torques. It can be used to implement compact lightweight arms, service robots and other handling applications with a modular structure.

Whereas previously always two rotary modules needed to be combined for movements with two degrees of freedom, one compact and mobile Powerball is now sufficient. For example, an individual lightweight arm can be configured with six degrees of freedom using only three Powerball SPB modules. That saves space. The ball joint module also paves the way to modern handling concepts.

The two integrated servo axes can each achieve torques between 35 and 64 Nm. With its angle of rotation between -170 and + 170°, the mobile module is capable of very flexible operating cycles. Position, speed and torque can be adjusted flexibly. Using a quickchange system and plug connectors with integrated signal transmission, it can be put into operation quickly and simply without sophisticated cabling using the plug & work method.

Its integrated control and regulation electronics and power supply with 24 V direct current supply provide the ideal basis for decentralized and mobile applications. The SPB Powerball is thus fully integrated in SCHUNK's modular robotics range. Due to integrated intelligence, universal CAN communication interface and cable technology for data transmission and power supply, the modules can be integrated very simply into existing control concepts. Even complex systems and robot structures with several degrees of freedom can be implemented with minimal design and programming costs. The "Viro-Con" configurator can be used to configure a complete system of individual modules at the PC and check its suitability for the selected task.

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