Robotics is one of the oldest areas of research of the Mechatronics Research Unit. Initial projects included the worlds first elecroadhesive microgipper as shown below handling delicate optical lenses and filters of micrometer dimensions.
At the other end of the mesoscopic scale, medical robotics research included one of the first trials involving robots in accident surgery. The DFG-funded project REPOROBO resulted in the demonstration of an impactive robot gripper capable of prehending the fixture without the danger of slippage.
Furthermore, should the patient move, data from a 3D inclination sensor could be used to allow the robot to follow the movements which maintaining prehension.
The MRU is known for its wide diversity of research and the development of a mobile robot for the cleaning and inspection was carried out as part of a large EU funded project.
In addition to research projects, the MRU offers industrial services to local, national and international companies. This can be particularly helpful for small firms who are considering the use of robots and require advice from an independent partner.