HANNOVER MESSE 2019, 01 - 05 April
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Conveyor technology

Moving large quantities of small goods using muscles made of silicone

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Uni des Saarlandes, WuT

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Using artificial-muscle actuators, Stefan Seelecke and his team of engineers at Saarland University have developed a new self-optimizing conveyor technology that adapts itself to the size, weight and desired speed of the materials being conveyed. The technology makes use of silicone polymer-based artificial muscles to transport dry bulk materials of all kinds, from foodstuffs to small metal components. By exploiting the properties of electromechanically active polymers, the Saarbrücken research team has built an actuator that they install at intervals below the conveyor belt. Rapid contractions of the artificial muscles convey the material on the belt , either by projecting the material forward in a series of tiny bounces or sliding it forward in a series of horizontal shoves. As the muscles also have sensor capabilities, they can recognize the weight of the materials being conveyed.

The research team will be exhibiting a model of their vibrating conveyor system at Hannover Messe from April 23rd to April 27th at the Saarland Research and Innovation Stand (Hall 2, Stand B46) and are looking for partners with whom they can develop their technology for practical applications.

To watch a short film about vibratory conveyors, please visit:
http://www .imsl.uni-saarland.de/forschung/eap/

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Hall 2, Stand B46

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