Energy optimization software for wireless charging robot fleets

February 10, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Energy optimization software for wireless charging robot fleets
The Commander software is used to visualise, configure, and optimize the wireless charging of a fleet of robots or drones using WiBotic systems

Wireless charging specialist WiBotic has launched an energy management software package specifically designed for customers operating large robot fleets.

Commander is an intuitive platform used to visualize, configure, and optimize the delivery of energy throughout a fleet of robots, drones or any battery-powered device using the WiBotic charging systems.  It is also a robust API, giving operators the opportunity to fully control the charging function as a part of each robot’s daily workflow.

“This year marks an inflection point for robot adoption, from mobile robots to aerial drones, even extending to underwater and space-based robots,” said Ben Waters, CEO and co-founder of WiBotic. “Organizations that have evaluated small numbers of robots in the past are now realizing ROI, and are pivoting to scale-up. Commander was created to address these efforts by providing our customers with unparalleled insight into how their robots consume energy, how to minimize robot downtime and predict failures before they happen; even how to evaluate and compare performance across different battery types and vendors.”

Commander provides a bird’s eye view of the fleet’s wireless charging infrastructure, including a visual display of charger availability and status, and historical information on which chargers are being utilized more than others. WiBotic customers can now easily determine optimal charger placement to maximize opportunity charging and can set up personalized notifications when a robot is not charging properly so the problem can be quickly addressed.

With the Commander API, WiBotic customers can also dramatically increase the lifespan of lithium batteries. This is achieved through dynamic adjustments to variables such as charge voltage and current based upon each robot’s schedule. For example, users can setup a scheme to charge quickly during the day when robot uptime is critical, and slower at night to maximize overall battery lifetime.

Commander allows a common wireless charging infrastructure for all robots in a fleet, regardless of battery chemistry, voltage, or charge speed requirements, with auto-discovery of all transmitters and robots

Picture: 
BlueHalo Intense Eye V2 drone charging from a WiBotic PowerPad

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