Supraleitung

Further SupraMotion projects

Applications and motion concepts with superconductors 

In the factory of the future, manufactured products will move through the production halls quietly, cleanly, with low energy consumption and contact-free. Alongside other magnetic-field-based levitation technology, superconductor technology is particularly well-suited for this purpose. That is why we have been exploring this exciting technology for several years. During this time, a multitude of concepts have been developed that demonstrate the potential of superconductors in industrial automation. Here you will find a brief overview of the technology’s wide range of applications:

SupraJunction: horizontal transfer of hovering support plates

 

With SupraJunction, Festo demonstrates the contactless transport of objects beyond enclosed surfaces and through locks. Two support plates hover above the superconductors thanks to magnetic rails fitted underneath them. They transport small glass containers on a circuit, whereby they are transferred from one superconductor element on a transport system to the next element on another handling system.

SupraJunction

During the contactless transfer from one cryostat to the other, an electromagnet, which is fastened to an external axis, pulls the support plate to the next cryostat in the working direction of the magnetic rails. For the first time, Festo thus achieves the automatic transfer from one system to another on the horizontal plane and enables hovering transportation in long process chains and beyond system limits.

Simple cleaning and protected transport

During the whole process, the plates hover above a flat pool of water. The support system and automation technology are therefore completely separated from one another, which protects the components against contamination and enables very easy cleaning – ideal for an application in the packaging industry, laboratory automation, medical technology, food or pharmaceutical industry.

SupraJunction

Integrated products from Festo


CPX terminal control system with CEC

MSB6 service units combination

DGC linear drive

MPAC valve terminal

ELGA Timing belt axle

MSE6 energy efficiency module

SupraChanger: transferring controlled movement across hovering magnets

 

With the SupraChanger, this is the first time an application can transfer a rotational movement onto magnets – which hover thanks to superconductivity – in a controlled and contactless manner. For this purpose, on the baseplate there are three different stations, on each of which a rotary application is attached: one centrifuge, one mixer and one rotary indexing table.

SupraChanger

A superconductor module with a stepper motor is fitted underneath the baseplate. The baseplate automatically rotates through 120°, so that one of the three applications is always positioned above the module.

In each station there is a magnetic disc, whose hovering distance has been frozen above the actively cooled superconductor module. As soon as a station is over the module again, the disc reacts on the superconductor and begins to hover.

Superconductive control for quick tool change

The stepper motor and a magnetic coupling under the baseplate set the magnetic disc in the station, and thus the respective application, rotating in a specific manner. The applications therefore do not have to be electrically controlled or manually adjusted, which makes it easy for tool to be quickly changed.

SupraChanger

Integrated products from Festo


CODESYS control system CPX-CEC

Electrical drive DNCE

Servo motor EMMS

SupraShuttle: hovering in all directions, handling in a vacuum and clean room

 

The SupraShuttle demonstrates how hovering objects can be moved into hermetically sealed rooms and within these rooms. For this purpose, a dome made of acrylic glass is placed over the magnetic support and forms an enclosed space around it, without the need for lock gates, rails or guide systems.

SupraShuttle

Festo also uses the SupraShuttle to show the movement of a hovering object in all spatial directions for the first time. To do so, a superconductor module is attached under the baseplate. A magnet, on which the carrier with the vials is fitted, hovers above the module and hence above the baseplate.

Steady hovering in all directions

The magnet follows the module with every movement in the stored hovering distance. If the module moves to the back wall using the rotary drive, the magnet also glides seamlessly from the horizontal to the vertical plane – without touching the floor or being mechanically handled.

SupraShuttle

Integrated products from Festo


CODESYS control system CPX-CEC

Toothed belt axis EGC

Servo motor EMMS

SupraHandling 2.0: linear motion in three spatial planes without contact

 

In the case of SupraHandling 2.0, a superconductor slide hovers along two magnetic rails without contact and yet steadily. At the same time, the whole system can be rotated about its longitudinal axis by up to 180°. This means that the slide glides horizontally on the ground, vertically on the wall and suspended overhead.

SupraHandling 2.0

Small plastic vials are also transported on the slide. Their mounting system is flexibly designed. Even if there is a change of plane, they always remain vertical with the opening facing upwards.

Energy-saving transport

Besides movement in all spatial planes, the SupraHandling 2.0 demonstrates how to transport objects without friction loss. The cooling system for the three superconductors alone requires 36 W altogether.

SupraHandling 2.0

Integrated products from Festo


CODESYS control system CPX-CEC

Toothed belt axis EGC

Standard cylinders ADN

Colour sensor SOEC

SupraPicker: movement in all directions and in enclosed spaces

 

The third exhibit shows an hermetically sealed room made from acrylic glass 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

SupraMotion brochure: all the projects at a glance

You can browse through an overview of all the SupraMotion projects in our brochure. The flip book opens in a new window.

SupraMotion im Überblick