New sustainable products based on plastics and composites
DARTS is a remotely-operated robotic remote material handling system in industrial and surgical environments and/or difficult-to-access environments. It is aimed at solving situations where there are no repetitive actions, under remote human supervision.
In many environments and areas of manipulation and/or operation, human presence is not feasible or even advisable.
More specifically, at clean rooms at pharmaceutical production plants, workers must disinfect and dress appropriately, and move slowly so as not to create air currents that could potentially contaminate the products being manufactured. The work that is done is strenuous and its correct performance has a high impact on the quality and safety of the products.
In radiological laboratories, existing traditional manipulators show significant limitations: complicated operativeness with non-intuitive dynamics, limited force feedback, poor vision conditions, high propensity to failure and high maintenance costs.
In the mining sector, the inherent risk of soil instability, collapses, and landslides.
Other sectors show the same problems: radio-pharmaceutical products, hazardous waste treatment, explosive atmosphere environments, underwater work, etc.