We had the chance to work with Austria Microsystems to exchange the knowledge about magnetic position systems. This teamwork was very successfully and could increase our drive system accuracy significantly.
As another benefit we have been invited to share a booth at one of the biggest automation fair in the world.
The idea was born during the work on the EU project AVERT. The Mockup should show the motion of a 8 wheeled drive system with mecanum wheels. Thus it should approve the kinematic model for the later product. The control was directly out of a Matlab-Script where the kinematics could be changed or tuned instantly. All motors on the robot have been configured as slaves – awaiting commands out of Matlab.
The first HDrive used WiFi to communicate. Today this still can be achieved by connecting the HDrive to a Wifi router.