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A modular construction system for lightweight multipurpose climbing robots

: Schraft, R.D.; Neugebauer, J.-G.; Schmierer, G.

Carnegie Mellon University, Robotics Institute:
Robotic Applications for the Next Millenium. Proceedings of the International Conference on Field and Service Robotics
Pittsburgh, USA, 1999
International Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR) <1999, Pittsburgh/Pa.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Kletterroboter; Roboter; Konstruktion

State of the art climbing robots are highly sophisticated robotic devices that have been engineered for one very specific task. This is one reason why climbing robots have not been able to penetrate the service market which demands customized but also adaptable solutions.
At Fraunhofer IPA a modular construction system for climbing robots has been developed. This modular approach addresses the key functions a climbing robot has to solve. In this context intelligent suction modules, intelligent foot modules, a lightweight sliding frame module, based on composite carbon fiber tubes, have been designed. The research demonstrator "Animated Ad", a modular climbing robot for advertising purposes, is currently being evaluated in field tests.