NOT full of hot air; a Non-pneumatic Collision Sensor
Air Supply – not the band (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Supply) — but the costs and contamination created by needing to have and support air supplies in a plant. Until now, collision sensors have needed air to operate. When you are in the medical testing industry, you can’t afford the possible contamination in supplied air or in the air lines. Air lines are notorious for having oil and or water in the lines, both dirty at that. How would you like to hear from your doctor that you have a case of “Water or Oil Contamination?” Yet, medical testing requires precision and repeatability as well as protection to those delicate and sometimes bacteria laden samples. No one needs a biohazard spill.
Solution in Reach.
Said medical testing company comes to ARI and asks about developing a solution. Applied Robotics engineering designs a non-pneumatic collision/compliance device. The unit provides the compliance along the z axis, tilt in the x-y plane and zero rotation. The device is designed to fault at very low axial and tilt deflections while remaining compliant after the fault is detected to prevent damage to fragile payloads.
Development of the non-pneumatic collision/compliance device compliments ARI’s existing QuickSTOP line of collision sensors by providing customers precise fault detection while eliminating the costs associated with supporting and dealing with air supplies. This non-pneumatic solution allows users to protect fragile and expensive equipment (and sensitive fluids) and provide continuous operability due to its independence of compressor failures. This baby is now a customer specific design for a new line of medical testing stations.