Superconductors have tremendous potential for future industrial applications. They make it possible to suspend and move objects without contact – with minimal power consumption and no closed-loop control technology at all for suspension. Dust and abrasion-free operation makes them ideal for the protected conveyance of levitating objects in very clean environments. Handling functions which penetrate walls are also possible.
SupraMotion utilizes 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 its high thermal capacity, the system will even continue operating for several minutes in the event of a power outage. 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 makes it possible to move and handle objects contact-free – ideal for industries with the most stringent cleaning and cleanliness standards, such as laboratory automation, biotechnology, or semiconductor production.