Automatica Mobility

HelMo – the mobile robot system masters real life applications

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

Interview

Mobile robot solutions are always a big crowd puller at any trade fair. What does Stäubli have planned for Automatica?

Pühringer: We will be showing off 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 will visitors get to know at Automatica?

Pühringer: The specialists among them will see HelMo operating in a specific context within our Smart Production. The mobile robot system will be autonomously navigating its way around, linking robot cells, performing intralogistic tasks and demonstrating its capabilities in human-robot interaction. It’s a spectacular application that will illustrate the possibilities of mobile robotics in a really impressive way.

What are the particular technological challenges, and what are the jobs that HelMo will be doing?

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 range from individual process stages to complex tasks. HelMo can be geared specifically to the customer’s own applications.

Meet HelMo - Stäubli's mobile robot system
HelMo Features
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High performance and dynamics

Speed, rigidity and precision combined with safety - the new TX2 robot range with its CS9 controller is the key element for the HelMo system.

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Autonomous driving

The mobile robot system drives and navigates autonomously through its work environment. With its robust and spring-loaded drive unit, operation in almost every industrial sector is possible. No modifications of given floor conditions are needed.

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Safety first

A TX2 robot with CS9 controller, 3 laser scanners, safe PLC and a tactile enclosure create a comprehensive safety package around the mobile robot system. Optionally a robot safe skin for MRC applications is available.

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Intuitive mapping

An innovative and intuitive control concept enables a fast mapping of HelMo’s work surroundings. Controlled by a mobile device an accurate map is created based on precise laser scanner data within a short time.

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HelMo add-ons

For a flexible use of the HelMo system at different workstations HelMo is additionally equipped with components like automatic multi couplings, tool changing system and a tool station.

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HelMo framework

The mobile robot system comes with a user-friendly software package for controlling features like rotation unit, gripper and navigation in VAL3, which are also already implemented as user pages.

More about Stäubli at Automatica 2018
MRC (Man Robot Collaboration)

The use of powerful six-axis machines of the TX2 series instead of special kinematics for MRC (man-robot collaboration) applications brings significant advantages in terms of performance, cost, flexibility, productivity, protection against poor investments...

Performance

Some people say that, when you’ve seen one robot, you’ve seen them all. At Automatica, we aim to persuade you otherwise. Take a close look at our robot series, including the completely redeveloped TS2 SCARA generation.

Smart production

Immerse yourself in a new world of smart production. We intend to show that Stäubli solutions are capable of realizing the production scenarios of the future today.