Construction Automation 4.0 – Omniketten Big Demonstrator

Research project "Omniketten"
Development of omnidirectional tracks for construction machines.

Omnidirectional drives are very common in the robotics area. They enable a robot to move on a plane completely free and thus an excellent manoeuvrability. But they also impose high demands on the evenness and cleanliness of the roadway. The construction machinery market constantly calls for improvements in manoeuvrability of the machinery. Omnidirectional drive technology can meet such requirements. However a direct transfer from the omnidirectional technology commonly used for robot applications is not possible due to the work environment found at construction sites. The Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics (BIBA) developed in collaboration with the Company IVA Johann Construction GmbH an innovative omnidirectional track system for applications involving construction equipment in the harshest environments. The system will be designed, simulated and the finally constructed. The interaction of the system elements with the surface are of great interest due to the challenges imposed by the new kind of tracking system.

This project was financed by The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, BMWi – under the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand - ZIM).

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M.Sc. Rafael Mortensen Ernits
Phone: +49 (0)421 218-50118
Fax: +49 (0)421 218-98-50031

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