A modular construction system for lightweight multipurpose climbing robots
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.