Flexiv, a developer of general-purpose robotics solutions, has announced the release of its Moonlight robot, which it calls the world’s first force-controlled parallel robot.
According to FLexiv, the solution is well-suited to applications that require precise motion and force control, such as screw fastening, ultra-accurate loading and polishing.
Moonlight incorporates Flexiv’s innovative force control technology and can reportedly measure force down to 0.1 N, enabling the handling of delicate objects.
The force-controlled solution is therefore suited to tasks like polishing and sanding uneven surfaces possible, with Flexiv saying it can guarantee output quality and almost entirely eliminate workpiece damage.
The robot developer claims the Moonlight solution offers ‘industry-leading’ levels of repeatability and accuracy, as well as an ability to be installed at any angle and artificial intelligence (AI) integration.
What’s more, Moonlight is suitable for any application which demands flexibility, reliability and adaptability, Flexiv claims.
“Moonlight is a combination of our award-winning Rizon series of robots and the industry-proven parallel bot design,” said Hao Jiang, director of product development for Flexiv.
“We saw that in some specific applications, customers needed a powerful, cost-effective robotic solution which combines highly precise force control with adaptability, so that’s what we built.
“With its increased speed and greater precision, Moonlight boosts production efficiency while retaining a multirole capacity.”
Capable of completing tasks usually reserved for robot arms while maintaining the agility and speed of a parallel robot, Moonlight provides its operators with true operational versatility.
The solution will be made available from Q3 2023.