Planar Motor Inc. (PMI) is the industry pioneer in magnetically suspended planar motors, which designs and produces smart conveying robot systems with unprecedented flexibility, precision, intelligence, re-configurability, scalability and traceability. In comparison with conventional conveying systems where parts move on predefined 1D tracks, PMIs XBOTs are smart conveyors with 6 degrees-of-freedom motion capability that can move independently on a 2D surface with programmable routes. XBOTs are ideal for traditional manufacturing requirements, as well as mass customization in industry 4.0.
PMIs planar motor system is composed of one or more movers (XBOTs) and a stationary surface made of modular tiles (Flyway). Each XBOT is independently controlled and suspended, which hovers over a Flyway with 6 degrees-of-freedom motion capability. The motion of XBOTs can save the motion and the corresponding space needed for tools that process the parts. The system does not require any lubrication nor generates any contamination. It is ideal for domains from conventional to ultraprecision, and in environments from factory floor to clean room.