SupraMotion 2013

First research platforms for industrial application  

As the first provider of automation, Festo presented three research platforms at Hannover Messe 2013 on the topic of superconductivity: SupraLinearMotion, SupraHandling and SupraPicker.

The three exhibits showed the movement of hovering objects without any contact in different ways – and hence the first possible applications of superconductor technology in the automation sector of tomorrow.

SupraLinearMotion: frictionless, linear gliding using gravity

Festo makes the properties of the technology come alive with the rocker design: a person takes a seat on the superconductive slide, which hovers at a defined distance above a magnetic rail thanks to the integrated cooling.

SupraLinearMotion

In order to drive it, the rocker is actively taken off balance. It tilts and the passenger glides without friction and noise over the magnetic rail – purely thanks to the action of gravitational force, carried by the superconductor.

SupraLinearMotion

Integrated products from Festo


CODESYS control system CPX-CEC

Electric cylinder ESBF

Electric drive DNCE

Semi-rotary DRQD

SupraHandling: unlimited positioning in the plane without contact

The developers also put gravitational force to work for them in the second exhibit. The SupraHandling system, an X/Y-table for moving objects in the X and Y direction, works on the principle of the one-dimensional rocker.

SupraHandling

The gantry, which comprises four magnetic rails, two superconductive slides and a workpiece holder, is mounted on the base plate of the handling system. The controller and two drives are attached underneath the base plate. The two drives can, independently from each other, slightly tilt the base plate in the X and Y direction. This enables the two slides to move and hover over the magnetic rails as another example of contactless movement.

SupraHandling

Integrated products from Festo


CODESYS control system CPX-CEC

Servo motor EMMS-AS

Motor controller CMMP

SupraPicker: movement in all directions and in enclosed spaces

The third exhibit shows an hermetically sealed room made from plexiglass in which a handling operation is completed from start to finish. The SupraPicker is therefore not restricted to a horizontal mode of operation. It can execute any solid angle.

SupraPicker

The superconductive gripper arm picks up six small vials outside of the room using a magnetic puck. The gripper arm and gripper can be separated by the air gap between the puck and superconductor. The puck together with the object to be gripped is conveyed through a lock into the closed room, the superconductor moves in parallel outside the room. The handling operation in the closed room can therefore be executed without touching the walls.

SupraPicker

Integrated products from Festo


CODESYS control system CPX-CEC

Toothed belt axis EGC

Servo motor EMMS-AS

Bellow gripper DHEB

Fork light barriers SOOF