Ultra-lightweight through-hole force-torque sensor for robotics applications released

02-05-2024 | Bota Systems | Industrial

Bota Systems has launched the PixONE, a cutting-edge through-hole sensor that combines high-performance electronics within a compact, ultra-lightweight design. Developed for seamless integration into robotic systems, it features a through-hole architecture enabling internal cable routing to improve robot agility and safety.

The sensor's innovative hollow shaft design allows it to seamlessly integrate the robot's arm and the end-of-arm tooling (EOT), keeping the integrity of internal cable routing. This design is notably advantageous as many robotic arm manufacturers are moving towards internal routing to eradicate cable tangles and motion restrictions.

The sensor's minimalistic two-piece design not only simplifies assembly but also greatly decreases the sensor's weight, making it 30% lighter than comparable sensors in the market. This is vital for dynamic systems, such as fast-moving robots, where excess weight can impede performance and operational efficiency.

Supplied in various models with an external diameter starting at just 2.36" (60mm) and a through-hole diameter of 0.59" (15mm), the sensor includes an integrated IMU and provides a robust IP67 waterproof rating, making it ideal for a wide range of operational environments.

"Our objective is to equip robots with the sense of touch, making them not only safer and more user-friendly, but also more collaborative," stated Klajd Lika, CEO and co-founder, "PixONE is an advanced, OEM-ready sensing solution that enables robot developers and integrators to effortlessly enhance any robot in development with minimal integration effort."

The device's configurations conveniently support payloads up to 250kg, maintaining a uniform interface across all models to enable rapid integration. Its innovative design minimises external connections and component count, significantly enhancing system reliability.

"The PixONE offers a higher torque to force ratio than comparative sensors with integrated electronics, which gives integrators more freedom in EOT design, especially with larger tools," said Ilias Patsiaouras, CTO and co- founder at Bota Systems. "PixONE elevates the sensor integration by offering internal connection and cable passthrough, making it ideal for a wide spectrum of robotic applications ranging from industrial to medical."

The sensor uses EtherCAT technology for high-speed data communication and supports PoE, lowering the complexity of electrical installations.

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