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MAGNEBOTS A MAGNETIC WHEELS BASED OVERHEAD TRANSPORTATION CONCEPT
 

Summary: MAGNEBOTS A MAGNETIC WHEELS BASED OVERHEAD
TRANSPORTATION CONCEPT
Alexander H. Slocum*, Shorya Awtar**, John Hart**
*Professor, **Ph.D. Candidate
Precision Engineering Research Group
Department of Mechanical Engineering
MassachusettsInstituteofTechnology, Cambridge MA
Abstract: This paper presents "Magnebots", a simple yet novel concept for overhead
transportation. The system consists of vehicles with magnetic wheels that move on
trackless ferromagnetic walls and ceilings, driven by on-board controllers and
commanded by a central computer. Magnebots is designed to be a fundamentally simple
technology that can fulfill many generic transportation needs including industrial material
handling and positioning of overhead lights within a home, with straightforward
extension to use as overhead and floor-based toys. Robust mechanical hardware,
performance enhancement by controls, and vehicle coordination by wireless
communication illustrate a synergistic integration of various disciplines in the true spirit
ofmechatronics.
1. INTRODUCTION
Automated material handling has become critical in
numerous manufacturing processes because it frees

  

Source: Awtar, Shorya - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

 

Collections: Engineering