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Wheeled dual-arm robot manipulator rolls into view

08 April, 2024

The Korean robot developer Rainbow Robotics, has announced a two-armed robot manipulator that moves around on wheels. The company argues that the RB-Y1 mobile robot overcomes some of the limitations of existing industrial robots and could find uses in many industrial sites.

The 1.4m-tall, 131kg humanoid robot can travel at speeds of up to 2.5m/s and perform high-speed acceleration and turning operations. Excluding its three wheels, it has 22 axes, allowing complex movements to be generated. Each arm has a two-finger gripper and can carry 2kg loads. The arms’ seven degrees of freedom ensure that the RB-Y1 can perform complex tasks naturally.

The robot’s “body” can move more than 50cm vertically, allowing it to perform tasks at various heights. The main support “leg” has six degrees of freedom while driving, allowing its centre of gravity to be controlled safely.

The main components have already been used in existing cobots (collaborative robots) and AMRs (autonomous mobile robots), ensuring a high level of reliability and performance, according to Rainbow.

The robot can be taught as a slave by linking to a master data arm. Users can set self-collision areas for both arms to prevent them from colliding with each other. An AI-based simulation environment is available.

Rainbow Robotics’ wheeled robot overcomes some of the limitations of traditional robots

The robot is powered by a 48V, 50Ah battery.

• Rainbow Robotics recently reached an agreement with the German engineering group Schaeffler and the Korea Electronics Technology Institute to co-develop AI-powered mobile dual-arm robots aimed at autonomous manufacturing applications.

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