Magic for your industrial production.

We developed a robotic gripper that can manipulate small and fragile objects without touching them. The technology is based on sound waves.

Our COVID-19 Solution

No-Touch Robotics is a pioneer in the development of grippers using our contactless, acoustic levitation. We respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in applying our know-how to the field of human interface devices for public transportation applications. Our proposal is to integrate commercially available ultrasonic distance sensors into housings of pushbuttons used by passengers. This eliminates the need for passengers to touch buttons and reduces the risk of infection.

Experience the magic.

How does the magic work?

Ultrasound waves generate a pressure field that humans cannot see or hear. Pressure points are created as the acoustic waves overlay each other, and small objects can be trapped within these points. As a result, they seem to float freely in the air – in an acoustic trap.

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HOW YOU CAN BENFIT FROM OUR SOLUTION

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GRIP OBJECTS WITHOUT TOUCHING THEM

Automate processes that had to be performed manually before..

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SAVE TIME AND MONEY

The same gripper can be used for a variety of object shapes.

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INCREASE QUALITY AND YIELD

Damage and contamination‐free handling of precious components.

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IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

Reduced production rejects.

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EASY

INTEGRATION

  • Retrofitting of existing robotic/ handling infrastructure possible.

  • Design‐in support/consulting provided.

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PRECISE MANIPULATION

  • Drastically reduced precision requirements and cost for robotic arm.

  • Visualization‐based manual control of gripped object.

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INTEGRATED QUALITY CONTROL

  • Real time 3D scanning and quality control of gripped object possible

  • Visualization‐based manual control of gripped object.

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VERSATILE &

 ROBUST

  • Various actuator shapes/sizes available

  • Closed‐loop position cont

    rol of levitated object

  • Integrated power electronics

HOW IT WORKS

The gripped object is levitated in the low pressure regions of a non‐audible acoustic field, as shown in the figure on the left. By using arrays of small sound transducers, the distribution of this field, and there by the position and forces acting on the object, can be manipulated with high precision.

The gripper system consists of electromechanical transducers with corresponding power electronics for their excitation, control circuits, as well as a proprietary control software. Optionally, a visual feedback system, including object recognition capabilities, can be used to monitor the gripped object.

The handled object, e.g., a small gearwheel, is picked/placed by the gripper from/onto an acoustically transparent surface (metal grid) as shown in the figure on the right. Sound waves from the lower (blue) and upper(red) half of the gripper overlay each other. Alternatively, objects can be picked/placed from/onto solid surfaces that are acoustically reflective. In this case, only the upper half of the gripper is used while picking and placing.

Use cases

Download our summary to learn more about potential use-cases.

Download more information about our COVID-19 solution. A contactless human interface device for public transportation applications.

The Team

Dr. Marcel Schuck, MBA

CEO

M.Sc. Marc Röthlisberger

CTO

M.Sc. Lukas Schaupp

Business Developer Manager

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