Superconductors have tremendous potential for future industrial applications. They enable objects to be suspended and moved without contact, with low power consumption and without any control technology at all for the suspension. Their dust- and abrasion-free operation makes them ideal for the protected transport of levitating objects in very clean environments. It even makes handling functions through walls possible.
SupraMotion utilises high-temperature superconductors made of ceramic material. The coolers currently in use consume a maximum of 40 watts of power per cryostat (cooling container). This keeps operating costs comparatively low. The levitating effect itself requires neither power nor control technology.
Thanks to the high thermal capacity, operation is guaranteed for many minutes, even in the event of a power failure. The coolers currently have a service life of more than ten years.
The SupraCube is the first SupraMotion concept from Festo in which the superconductor unit can be separated from the electric cooler and operate autonomously for up to two hours. This compact technology enables the contactless movement and handling of objects – ideal for industries with the most stringent cleaning and cleanliness standards, such as laboratory automation, biotechnology or semiconductor production.