End - End Automation
True drone transport solutions
About End - End Automation
At Motion-Robotics we believe that we will only have true end - end drone transport solutions when we have attended to the technology automating the two ends and linking it with tracking and production/consumption.
While aerial unmanned drones have become more capable and provide the potential to carry cargo, what systems are available to enable the drones to be loaded, carry, and release the cargo autonomously? What systems will attend the landed cargo or the parcels awaiting for delivery? Who will look after the drones?
Below are some of the products we will be launching in the very near future.
In flight and End-End Automation Solutions
Motion Winch is an ideal integral part of a drone cargo handling system.
The winch's patent applied for design guarantees a "never jam" thread winding system capable of carrying loads up to 25Kg.
Combined with a release system that auto-releases the parcel upon touching the ground, the system is highly effective for delivery to unsafe landing locations.
The winch connects directly to the flight controller via a standard servo interface and has GPIO outputs for status monitoring. The release mechanism is within the winch.
We’re conscious that every gram counts. Motion Winch weighs less than 360 grams, and is around the size of a size 44.5 shoe!
With different fixings, Motion Winch can be easily integrated into any drone chassis. For convenience during loading, the winch has a wired fob, allowing manual control to reel in and out.
Photo: Motion Winch shown here . Below the main winch, and above the pulley fixing for reeling from horizontal to vertical. Below the passive release mechanism that works with the wedge concept.
Motion Wedge is an ideal integral part of a drone cargo handling system.
The wedge's patent applied for design provides a means to carry parcels weighing as high as 30Kg, while guaranteeing they will detach from the mechanism. Although often the case with power gripper systems, our system does not impact the cargo parcel.
Accompanied by a range of accessories for fitting, Motion Wedge will be placed inside the cargo hold or on the under belly of the craft.
Connecting directly to the flight controller via a standard servo interface and with GPIO outputs for status monitoring, the device can be in service within minutes.
Motion Winch weighs less than 180 grams and can (almost) fit in your coat pocket. It can be used with any size parcel up to a Royal Mail large size.
Motion Abseil can be used to deliver items rapidly and is ideal if the drone must be in and out in a flash. The abseil patent applied for design provides a means to drop a parcel almost at the speed of free fall.
Similar to friction based abseils, the parcel has a thread which holds onto the parcel during the fall.
What makes the Motion Abseil different? The Motion Abseil decelerator system slows the parcel to nearly zero velocity just before reaching the ground. At this point the system un-hooks itself from the drone, without any action taken by the drone.
To ensure the environment is not cluttered by long lines of thread (which could endanger children and animals) Motion Abseil winds the thread back into itself. Motion Abseil is made using biodegradable card and can be mass produced similar to any packaging accessory.
Photo: Motion Wedge. The wedge on the right is strapped to the parcel, the gripper is on the left.
Standard Versapak NHS Blood Pathology parcel being delivered using the Motion Wedge.
The video shows work performed in collaboration with IDU Group
Note how the parcel slows down at just the correct height before it auto-releases the hook in the drone. Look carefully and you will see the hook being reeled back into the parcel. No string litter here!
This video shows work performed in collaboration with IDU Group and IDU SMART Box
Motion Rover 1 and 2
Motion Robotics is building robots that will load and unload cargo from drones fully autonomously.
A reduction in human drone interaction will increase safety, reduce the need for re-training of hospital or warehouse staff, and reduce the scope of human error. Running long hours in full automation will help make drone transport more competitive against human loading unloading alternatives.
Rover 1 and Rover 2 will also assist in the garaging of drones and relay of parcels to different departments or buildings.
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