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Kinematics, sensors and control of the fully automated façade‐cleaning robot SIRIUSc for the Fraunhofer headquarters building, Munich

Norbert Elkmann (Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation, Magdeburg, Germany)
Mario Lucke (Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation, Magdeburg, Germany)
Tino Krüger (Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation, Magdeburg, Germany)
Dietmar Kunst (Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation, Magdeburg, Germany)
Thomas Stürze (Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation, Magdeburg, Germany)
Justus Hortig (Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation, Magdeburg, Germany)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 2 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe how the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF) has developed the automatic façade‐cleaning robot SIRIUSc for use on the Fraunhofer‐Gesellschaft's headquarters, a high‐rise building in Munich, Germany.

Design/methodology/approach

The building has a height of 80 m, its façade an area of 4,000 m2. Apart from the robot that moves along and cleans the façade, the complete, fully automated system consists of a fully automated gantry that secures, supplies energy to and, above all, positions the robot. Part of the project involved completely automating a standard gantry, which is an integral part of the complete façade‐cleaning robot system.

Findings

This paper presents an overview of the significant basic functions of the robot and the gantry, emphasizing the kinematics, the control and sensor systems for navigation and the cleaning sequence that employs the extensive fully automatic functions of the robot and gantry.

Originality/value

The paper presents the first freely climbing façade‐cleaning robot for vertical façades without rails effectively in use in Europe.

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Citation

Elkmann, N., Lucke, M., Krüger, T., Kunst, D., Stürze, T. and Hortig, J. (2008), "Kinematics, sensors and control of the fully automated façade‐cleaning robot SIRIUSc for the Fraunhofer headquarters building, Munich", Industrial Robot, Vol. 35 No. 3, pp. 224-227. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439910810868543

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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