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Wibotics teams for robot wireless charging

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By Nick Flaherty




WiBotic in Seattle has announced a partnership with Ubiquity Robotics with a new wireless charging kit and fleet power optimization software for autonomous industrial robots.

For the first time, users of the Ubiquity Magni can program the robot to navigate to a charging station where wireless power transmission will begin automatically, allowing the robot to operate fully unattended for a wide variety of applications.

The WiBotic kit consists of an AC-powered free-standing portable transmitter base station that can be located anywhere autonomous robot charging is needed.   Additional components, including a wireless power receiver antenna and OnBoard Charger (OBC) circuit are fitted to the Magni robot and connected to the battery using supplied mounting hardware.  The process requires only a few minutes per robot, making it simple to install on new robots or as a retrofit package for existing Magni customers.  

After installation, the robot simply needs to navigate to within a few centimeters of the transmitter base station for the wireless charging to begin.  Charge voltage and speed (current), amongst other parameters, are pre-programmed but are fully adjustable through the WiBotic software GUI and/or APIs. ROS drivers are also available.  Different versions of the kit with different power levels are available depending upon how quickly the robot must be charged.  Finally, given the many-to-many wireless charging capability of the WiBotic system, multiple robots can share a single base station or multiple base stations throughout a facility to optimize power delivery across an entire fleet of robots. 

“Ubiquity Robotics has developed an extremely cost effective and functional robot for a wide range of applications” said Ben Waters, CEO of Wibotic. “Their customers now have access to an automatic charging system that reduces or eliminates the labor and maintenance costs typically associated with manual battery charging or battery swapping.  Our fleet power management software also provides visibility into robot uptime and productivity, allowing robots to complete more work while minimizing charging downtime.”

The kit will be sold by WiBotic to new and existing Magni customers in various vertical markets.   “Magni’s unique combination of size, payload adaptability and support for the ROS operating system have made it popular for applications ranging from factory/warehouse materials conveyance to chemical and UV disinfection.” said David Crawley, CEO of Ubiquity.  “As with any robot, though, its value isn’t fully realized if users have to constantly deal with the recharging process.   WiBotic’s system will cut the cord for Magni, making it completely self-sufficient for the first time.”

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