gold vector 2014

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Cable robot

This year‘s Gold vector winner is a cable robot used in automated high-bay shelving systems. Such intra-logistic systems are a rapidly growing market. After all, they can be used to reduce both warehousing and thus production costs. The system developed by the University of Duisburg-Essen is based on a transport platform with grippers which moves around the room via eight wire ropes tensioned in parallel. To prevent cables becoming tangled during the fast horizontal, vertical and diagonal movements, the data and supply lines are routed in an igus® e-chain®.
Universität Duisburg-Essen, Christian Sturm, Duisburg, Germany

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