Automatica Mobility

HelMo – the mobile robot system masters real life applications

HelMo - the mobile robot system

HelMo is the new generation of high-performance mobile robot systems that work fully autonomously, with the ability to navigate a diverse array of working environments, gather their own materials and then carry out the work. HelMo represents the next level of Man-Robot Collaboration, whereby robots mix with human beings and work together with them or handle monotonous tasks on their own.

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«Stäubli mobile robots meet all mobility requirements and are the perfect link to a smarter production.»


Peter Pühringer | Division Manager Stäubli Robotics Bayreuth


Mobile robot solutions are always a big crowd puller at any trade fair. What did Stäubli showcase at Automatica?

Pühringer: We showed our mobile robotics system, HelMo, which premiered at Automatica 2016 as a pilot project and has now successfully graduated to become a standardized product ready for use. What’s so special about HelMo is that it can perform MRC (Man-Robot Collaboration) tasks either as a mobile assistant or – as a high-performance robot – be assigned to common industrial applications. It would be hard to imagine a greater level of flexibility.

Which aspects of HelMo visitors got to know at Automatica?

Pühringer: The specialists among them saw HelMo operating in a specific context within our Smart Production. The mobile robot system autonomously navigated its way around, linked robot cells, performed intralogistic tasks and demonstrated its capabilities in human-robot interaction. It was a spectacular application that illustrated the possibilities of mobile robotics in a really impressive way.

What are the particular technological challenges, and what were the jobs that HelMo did?

Pühringer: The HelMo mobile robot system is designed in such a way that it can take on individual location-specific tasks such as fetching and transporting parts, as well as delivering, inserting and removing machine components. The application options ran