Conductix-Wampfler launches wireless communication device for mobile robots

Robin’6 includes the latest Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax) technology for AGVs and AMRs. | Credit: Conductix-Wampfler

Conductix-Wampfler this week said it has created a comprehensive solution designed exclusively for the secure transmission of data in mobile robots. The new Robin’6 minimizes integration and operational expenses while bolstering cyber security measures, claimed the company.

“With the new fully managed communication device Robin’6, we are setting standards for reliable communication in an ultra-compact, robust design,” stated Thomas Förste, product manager for wireless data transmission at Conductix-Wampfler.

“For optimum connectivity and integration into the infrastructure, the Wi-Fi solution is equipped with LAN, CAN, and GPIO interfaces, which are all positioned on the front for easy mounting and wiring,” he said. “With a height of just 26.5 mm [1 in.], the device is extremely slim and therefore also suitable for vehicles with low overall height.”

Conductix-Wampfler is a leading global manufacturer of mobile electrification and data-transfer systems for industrial machinery including robots. The company’s U.S. offices are in Omaha.

Wireless data transmission uses latest Wi-Fi 6 standard

Rapid deployment of fleets of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) requires easy setup and remote monitoring, according to Conductix-Wampfler.

The company said Robin’6 includes energy-saving sleep modes and digital controls to efficiently regulate the power consumption of the functional blocks on the AGV/AMR board.

“All these features make Robin’6 the perfect wireless data communication device for AGV/AMR manufacturers, system integrators, and plant operators interested in long-term cost reduction in the commissioning and operation of industrial vehicle fleets,” said Förste.

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Product specifications

Wireless data rate: Up to 1.2 Gbit/s
Radios: 1x Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax), 1x Wi-Fi 5
Communication ports: 2x WLAN, 2x GbE, 2x CAN, 4 GPI, 4 GPO
Fully managed: gNMI and NETCONF interfaces
Secure bring-up: Yes, over LAN or over WLAN
Dimensions without mounting brackets: 27 x 105 x 148 mm
Mounting options: DIN-Rail-Bracket, L-Back-Bracket, Snap-in Side-Brackets
Protection Class: IP30
Pollution Degree Environment: 3
Temperature range: -25 to +65 °C

Robin’6 is ready to connect, says Conductix-Wampfler

Robin’6 offers mobile robot makers, integrators, and users a ready-to-connect wireless data communication device for onboard communications, Conductix-Wampfler said.

The unit is part of the company’s broader portfolio, which includes a range of products for energy transfer, energy storage, and secure data communication for AGVs and AMRs. Examples include battery systems, battery-charging systems, and communication and safety systems, all of which it said are complementary to one another.

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