HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Festo Uses Natural Waves to Convey Delicate Items

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Page 1/3  >  >>
Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: I don't get it.
Rob Spiegel   2/7/2014 11:14:14 AM
NO RATINGS
You're right, CookieJar45. We do n't get to see ripe pears of eggs. However, if it's like wood floating down a stream, they probably won't crash into each other. They're just bump each other softly.

cookiejar
User Rank
Gold
Re: I don't get it.
cookiejar   2/7/2014 8:26:45 AM
NO RATINGS
Assuming that the product does reduce damage to delicate produce, perhaps they are talking about water conveying floating produce using waves generated by the actuators located on the bottom of an elongated tank.   
Their website however does show perfect spheres rolling down the waves  created by actuators deforming the conveyor surface.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: I don't get it.
Rob Spiegel   2/6/2014 12:57:41 PM
NO RATINGS
These are good questions, Cookiejar. I think we would need to see a video of actual delicate items on this conveyor.

cookiejar
User Rank
Gold
I don't get it.
cookiejar   2/4/2014 12:30:34 PM
NO RATINGS
Since the only motion in the conveyor is the up and down of the actuators, that would mean that the delicate produce would have to advance by rolling.  Produce is odd shaped so it would tumble down the conveyor bumping into other delicate produce and having a mind of its own as to its path, bouncing off the sides etc.   Is the intent for the delicate produce to slide?  But that would abrade its delicate skin and not keep it from tumbling.
Perhaps there's no provision for programing the actuators as that would be an impossible task.
Is there something I have missed?

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Festo
Rob Spiegel   1/28/2014 11:55:15 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks Nadine. Innovative indeed. Makes me wonder whether this was an idea that came before the need was identified. It may seem odd, but we're seen some great technology in the past couple decades where the technology showed up before the need was apparent. Almost everything on the Internet came from this approach.

Pubudu
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Festo
Pubudu   1/28/2014 11:27:14 AM
NO RATINGS
True Charles They are pretty innovative and I like the concept of New CPX-FB36 Node for EtherNet/IP Communications.

NadineJ
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Festo
NadineJ   1/27/2014 6:30:51 PM
NO RATINGS
Great post.  This is another good example of cooperative development leading to something innovative.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: transport / tumble ?
Rob Spiegel   1/27/2014 12:58:44 PM
NO RATINGS
That's an interesting image, GlennA. I guess the next video we should see of this is one with actual fruit.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: smart conveyer system
Rob Spiegel   1/27/2014 11:53:09 AM
NO RATINGS
That's pretty good, Taimoortariq. Yes, Festo has delivered a very interesting way of bringing natural movement to the automation world.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: FESTO AND WAVE HANDLING
Rob Spiegel   1/27/2014 10:28:51 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks Bobjengr. Yes, the wave technology for conveyors really came out of the blue. But lots of developments are coming out of the  blue in automation these days. 

Page 1/3  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
An Israeli design student has created a series of unique pieces of jewelry that can harvest energy from default movements of the body and even use human blood as a way to conduct energy.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Help us recognize engineers who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
Design News Webinar Series
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/13/2014 10:00 a.m. California / 1:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Aug 18 - 22, Embedded Software Development With Python & the Raspberry Pi
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service