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For robots, this means collecting the vast range of signals that allow control algorithms to optimise efficiency and performance. – This helps your customers speed up processes, reduce costs, and keep up with the increasing demand for automation.

For cobots, this means supplying cobotics systems with data that determines when and how the cobot will act – speeding up or taking over repetitive, low-value tasks, without putting human partners at risk.

HBK’s customised solutions allow you to tailor and optimise everything from sensors to electronics and connections. Implement them to measure torque, mass, pressure, and more – and obtain the necessary data when standard sensors can’t meet your requirements.

Perfectly coordinating data, so that control functions work flawlessly. Combine your product engineers’ knowledge with HBK engineers' OEM sensor expertise to build safer, more durable, and more efficient robots and cobots. And pushing back technological constraints, enables you to innovate further and faster.

Agricultural robotics

Custom strain gauge sensor systems in agricultural robotics are helping OEMs to revolutionise the farming sector. Providing new levels of insight and control, a custom strain gauge sensor system takes the efficiency of agricultural robotic equipment to new heights.

In the process, customers unlock the ability to optimise their processes, improve proft margins, and significantly reduce wastage.

The agricultural robotics sector is on the cusp of a major boom in popularity – a time of intense competition and enormous opportunity. By using custom strain gauge sensor systems to optimise product performance, OEMs can stand above and beyond the competition, and win significant market share in the process.

engineer working with cobot side-by-side with robotic arm

Customised sensor systems are essential for the safe, efficient, and accurate operation of industrial cobots.

When robots and humans work side by side, it is essential that the cobot has a clear, real-time understanding of its environment and its internal operations. The data collected by custom strain gauge systems allows cobots to collaborate with humans in a way that maximises productivity and minimises the chance of accidental injury.
Humans are essentially unpredictable, which means any cobot must be able to respond quickly and effectively to the activities of humans around them.

From detecting unexpected forces and stresses to reacting to unexpected collisions or controlling the amount of force applied during gripping and manipulation tasks, they are essential for keeping workers safe.

Get to know more about some applications of custom strain gauge sensors in Cobotics in our white paper!

Orange Industrial Robot Arm at Production Line at Modern Bright Factory. Solar Panels are being Assembled on Conveyor. Automated Manufacturing Facility

In the world of industrial robotics, strain gauge sensors provide a precise, real-time picture of mechanical strain – giving you the information you need to monitor everything from structural integrity to load distribution.

A custom sensor solution unlocks new levels of accuracy and control for industrial robotics OEMs. By adapting to the context, design, and application of your robots, custom sensor solutions allow you to collect better data, reduce the need for maintenance and repairs, and develop a clearer understanding of the performance of your technology. 

Get to know more about some applications of custom strain gauge sensors in Industrial Robotics in our white paper!

Doctor and nurse looking at a man who walks with the help of a medical robot

Medical robotics is a field that requires precision, safety, and efficiency. A robot’s performance can have a significant impact on both a patient’s comfort and the efficiency of their treatment.

In this field, custom strain gauge sensor systems allow OEMs to build medical robots that last longer, work with more dexterity, and respond more effectively to their environment.

As medical robots continue to grow in popularity, these finely tuned sensor systems help OEMs stand out from the competition – and give them the chance to lead the next phase of the market’s evolution.

Future Technology 3D Concept: Automated Retail Warehouse AGV Robots with Infographics Delivering Cardboard Boxes in Distribution Logistics Center. Automated Guided Vehicles Goods, Products, Packages

Customized strain gauge sensors play a crucial role in optimizing mobile robotic applications, particularly in sectors like manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics. As industries increasingly adopt autonomous robots to streamline operations, these sensors offer tailored solutions to meet the specific needs of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) applications.

Despite limited space challenges in AGVs and AMRs, our engineers excel in designing load cells that function efficiently. Moreover, customized sensors provide flexibility in output signals and interfaces, ensuring seamless integration into diverse systems. With a wide range of protective solutions available, these sensors operate reliably in various conditions, enhancing efficiency and safety in mobile robotic environments.

From optimizing production processes in manufacturing to facilitating material movement in warehouses, strain gauge sensors contribute to the success of autonomous robots across different sectors, driving innovation and productivity.

Complete Customisation helps You Optimise Every Element

You’ve honed every component of your robot or cobot and now your sensors receive the same treatment. Finite element analysis helps us simulate sensor performance under a wide range of loads and conditions – allowing you to build a sensor that’s accurate, reliable, and cost-effective.

  • Robust and reliable - Sensor design is built to withstand your product’s unique stressors – from temperature variations to motion and vibration. Delivering a sensor that runs for longer and offers unparalleled accuracy.
  • Fits like a glove - Choose custom communication protocols and interfaces to match your robot / cobot’s design – ensuring seamless integration.
  • Compact and carefully designed - Custom design enables HBK to use space as efficiently as possible when building your sensor, using flex PCBs and custom components and coatings to minimise its footprint.
  • Measure what matters - Customise your sensor setup to gather precisely the data you need to deliver safe, efficient performance.

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