09 October 2018 | Michele Windsor
Michele Windsor, global marketing manager of Ultralife Corporation, explains how service robots will play a greater role in maintenance and security.
Service robots, which can perform tasks for humans or equipment (excluding industrial automation applications), will play a greater role in maintenance, security and rescue markets - but also in tourism.
Italy's first robot concierge, Robby Pepper, is on call to answer FAQs from resort guests and can do so in Italian, English and German. Robby has been taught the locations of spas, restaurants and opening times to relieve overwhelmed staff during peak season.
Specialist robots are often required to be autonomous and free from an alternating current supply.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) therefore integrate portable batteries into their designs to power service robots.
The problem is that, as manufacturers create more intuitive robots, the power demands of these devices increase often beyond the capability of many existing power sources.
This is why primary, non-rechargeable, lithium thionyl chloride and lithium manganese dioxide cells and batteries are so useful.
These batteries can be integrated by OEMs and design engineers as back-up batteries into service robot applications to guarantee safe operation.
Batteries with smart functionality, for instance, can provide users with critical information including cycle count, remaining run-time and remaining capacity, for added safety.
Robots like Robby are programmed to learn and improve their knowledge while in operation.
Depending on the memory storage feature that is installed in the device, loss of power could affect the robot's development. If the robot uses flash memory settings, for example, then any information Robby stored could be forgotten because of losing power.
Michele Windsor is global marketing manager of battery manufacturer Ultralife Corporation