WiBotic obtains CE marking to market wireless robot charging
Concept: Seattle-based start-up WiBiotic has received CE (ConformitÃ© EuropÃ©enne) mark approval for two of its robotic wireless charging systems OC-301 and OC-251. They use the company’s high-power TR-301 transmitter to charge larger drones, mobile robots and marine vehicles from a landing pad or wall station.
Nature of the disturbance: The WiBotic TR-301 features flanges for easy wall mounting, an LCD monitor for communications, and LED lights to indicate charge status. A normal transmitting antenna can be connected to the TR-301 with a short coaxial cable allowing a variety of mounting options. WiBiotic combines both inductive charging and magnetic resonance methods for wireless charging. Inductive charging uses electromagnetic induction to transfer energy wirelessly, while magnetic resonance relies on time varying oscillating magnetic fields generated by alternating current flowing through a coil that functions as a power source. WiBiotic, by combining the two methods, decreases charging time and maximizes efficiency. The company claims that on-board chargers comply with most battery chemistries. The OC-301 can be programmed from 0-60V and 0-30A, while the OC-251 can be programmed from 0-12A. Using their auxiliary DC power input, on-board chargers can allow both manual plug-in charging and stand-alone contact charging.
Outlook: WiBiotic says certifications, especially for charging, electrical and mechanical safety, can become bottlenecks for robot and drone developers as they move from prototype to production. This is where WiBiotic’s wireless charging solutions can help robot and drone manufacturers achieve certifications for their complete systems. The startup boasts of having benefited from the increased demand for e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic, with retailers using its wireless charging systems to charge different types of robots in distribution centers. CE marking can potentially help WiBiotic to market its products in all geographies for applications in various industries.
This article originally appeared in Verdict.fr