WiBotic, a Seattle firm that makes a speciality of superior charging and energy optimization options for the quickly increasing ecosystem of aerial, cell, marine, house and industrial robots, in the present day launched a number of new cutting-edge chargers and transmitters for drones and autonomous cell robots. The merchandise showcase WiBotic’s experience in innovating environment friendly charging options for robots that function in all types of environments, even underneath the harshest circumstances.
Specifically, these new merchandise embody:
OC-262 onboard charger. The OC-262 is a passively cooled onboard charger that was developed as a ruggedized system for the Department of Defense, however is now being launched for wider use in response to buyer demand. Passive cooling is especially helpful in punishing environments the place water, mud, dust and corrosion are important issues, and the OC-262 provides appreciable advantages to clients working within the oil and gasoline, mining, development, marine exploration and agriculture industries.
Providing as much as 300W of energy, the OC-262 has no transferring components, helps all frequent robotic battery chemistries, and pairs with a weatherproof receiver antenna for an entire out of doors resolution
Two fashions of the OC-262 at the moment are accessible:
o An ST mannequin with IP20 score for functions that require passive cooling however could be extra open to the atmosphere.
o A WP mannequin with IP67 score to be used in out of doors or excessive environments.
OC-150 onboard charger. Designed for UAVs and smaller robots, the OC-150 is a compact and light-weight onboard charger that delivers as much as 150W of whole energy and as much as 10A of present relying upon battery voltage. As with different OCs, it helps a number of battery chemistries and has an output voltage vary of 9V to 58.5V.
A compact transmitter, the TR-150 makes use of the newest high-efficiency GaN transistors from WiBotic companion GaN Systems Inc
. It is designed primarily to be used with the brand new OC-150 onboard charger however helps all WiBotic OCs when deployed in numerous robotic fleets. Delivering as much as 150W of energy, its new GaN-driven energy amplifier has an exemplary 95% effectivity – resulting in end-to-end wi-fi energy system efficiencies of 85% or extra.
TR-300 transmitter. Like the TR-150, the TR-300 is a compact wi-fi energy transmitter utilizing GaN Systems’ know-how for max effectivity. The TR-300 provides the identical core advantages because the TR-150 however delivers as much as 300W of energy when paired with WiBotic’s OC-262 or OC-301 onboard chargers.
Paul Wiener, VP of Strategic Marketing at GaN Systems, congratulated WiBotic on the announcement: “These new merchandise are simply as thrilling for GaN Systems as they’re for WiBotic. We proceed to consider the marketplace for high-power wi-fi charging techniques goes to blow up within the coming years and firms like WiBotic are going to cleared the path by the usage of GaN know-how.”
At the AUVSI Xponential present in Atlanta, GA, August 17-19th, WiBotic can also be demonstrating an modern new use for onboard chargers. As drone service suppliers will attest, it may be tough to maintain monitor of particular person battery well being when massive collections of numerous batteries are manually charged for repetitive area use. When used with WiBotic’s new Commander Fleet Energy Management software program, light-weight WiBotic OCs can now monitor and report on particular person battery cost cycles, termination voltage, cost fee (amps), and different important components that decide how a battery will carry out day-to-day.
“When it involves energy supply for autonomous drones and cell robots, it’s essential to innovate with new applied sciences reminiscent of GaN to maximise effectivity,” stated Ben Waters, CEO at WiBotic. “These new merchandise not solely push that technical envelope however are additionally designed to outlive in probably the most excessive operational circumstances. And when used along with WiBotic software program, they now let operators monitor and optimize the efficiency of particular person batteries inside massive and numerous collections – whether or not charging is carried out manually or totally autonomously.”