Sensing systems for industrial equipment (e.g. robots) to enable flexible and disruptive manufacturing techniques

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Solutions

We strengthen the American manufacturing sector by developing novel, flexible manufacturing techniques to automate dull, dirty or dangerous tasks. Our aim is to increase through-put and efficiency by creating easy to set-up and implement solutions. Our compliant rubber tactile sensors (“skin”) give robots a sense of touch, equipping automation systems with high-resolution pressure sensing capabilities and providing accurate position-orientation and force-torque data of contacted or handled objects. Combined with vision systems, we address the full spectrum of industrial handling.

Proof Points

  • Unique elastomer compound formula; provisional patent in 2013
  • 10x cost-savings compared to stand-alone laser scanner or 3D camera systems
  • Licensing and joint development agreements in place Leadership

Leadership

Dr. Nick Wettels

Dr. Nick Wettels

Dr. Helena Yli-Renko

Dr. Helena Yli-Renko