ERFOLG DURCH INNOVATION

Unsere Patente

Technologieportfolio

Zurück

Omnidirectional continuous tracked vehicle

Caterpillar track system permits rotations and movements in all directions

 

 

THE PROBLEM

Compared with wheeled vehicles, continuous tracked vehicles are limited in their mobility. They can move forwards, backwards, drive in curves, or swivel around on the spot. However, lateral movements cannot be accomplished with the available track belts, which limits the applicability of these vehicles considerably. Developments which would enable omnidirectional locomotion with a continuous track system could previously not be retrofitted to existing track drives, besides, the planned cylindrical rollers did not have the desired driving characteristics.

 

THE SOLUTION

BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH has developed a track drive system which transfers the  properties of omnidirectional wheels (e. g. Mecanum) to a continuous track belt. Drum-shaped rolls are mounted to the top surface of the track belts in an angular arrangement. The shape of the rolls accounts for favorable steering and driving properties  with which the tracked vehicle is freely-movable in a plane. All kinds of translational and rotational motions are feasible, even combinations of them.

In addition, the chassis can be set to an angle and thus lift, lower, or tilt the vehicle. The invention permits both retrofitting with caterpillar treads already available and applying new treads while manufacturing is in progress.

A prototype of an omnidirectional track has already been mounted to a robot platform, thus corroborating its functionality. The inventors are searching for cooperation partners  for further development and  reaching market maturity.

 

ADVANTAGES AND APPLICATIONS

  • Enhanced mobility of track vehicles in open terrain.
  • Retrofitting of already existing tracks.
  • Suited for steel and rubber treads
  • Individual angular chassis orientation
  • Lifting the vehicle and  adjustment to difficult terrain.

 

This invention enhances the employment options of track vehicles and is therefore of interest to manufacturers of construction machinery and robots.

 

ANWENDUNGSBEREICH

Construction machinery, robots, farm machines, work platforms

SCHLÜSSELWÖRTER

Tracked vehicle, chassis

SCHUTZRECHTE

EP 0000 0293 0088 A1, Registered

ANGEBOT

Licensing, sales, cooperation and further development

EINE ERFINDUNG VON

BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH

DOWNLOADS

Zurück zum Innovationsportfolio

FÜR DIESEN BEREICH BIN ICH IHR ANSPRECHPARTNER.

Patrick Dittmer, Dipl.-Wi.-Ing., Innovationsmanager

Tel.: +49 421 96007-20, patrick.dittmer@innowi.de