Bionic Tripod 3.0

Bionic Tripod 3.0

New food for thought for automation 

With the Bionic Tripods range, Festo is pursuing a new approach in handling technology. In contrast to the conventional portal systems, the work and drive levels are spatially separated on the three applications.

  • Lightweight pyramid made of rods: precise work range

    Lightweight pyramid made of rods: precise work range

  • Protective worktop: separation of work and drive level

    Protective worktop: separation of work and drive level

  • Electropneumatic drive: low centre of gravity of stable movement

    Electropneumatic drive: low centre of gravity of stable movement

  • Adaptive gripper: form-fitting and gentle thanks to structure with Fin Ray Effect®

    Adaptive gripper: form-fitting and gentle thanks to structure with Fin Ray Effect®

Maximum flexibility and safe gripping

This separation enables an ultralight parallel kinematic system to be used, which ensures maximum flexibility. The tripods are completed by the adaptive gripper fingers with Fin Ray Effect®, which Festo is testing in all three applications and has developed further.The structure of the gripper makes use of the natural feature of a fish fin: if it is pressed against an object, it clings gently and securely to its shape.

The evolution of the Bionic Tripod

Whilst the parallel kinematic system on the two predecessors was suspended or attached horizontally, the Bionic Tripod 3.0 stands vertically on the work surface. The flexible gripper arm can be pivoted here in all directions at an angle of up to 90 degrees, which enables a large working space.

Bionic Tripod 3.0: vertical tripod

To make difficult overhead manual work easier. Benefits from the protected drive technology in dusty surroundings, such as dry construction, in a bakery or joinery.

Bionic Tripod 2.0: horizontal tripod

For tasks with interactions between man and machine, e.g. in agriculture for sorting fruit and vegetables, in industry for sorting recyclable materials or as a ‘third hand’ and ideal helper for all kinds of assembly work.

Bionic Tripod 1.0: vertically suspended tripod

Predestined for sorting tasks featuring pressure-sensitive objects with different sizes and shapes, for example in food production.