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Festo exhibited at SEMICON Southeast Asia 2018, the region’s premier gathering of the industry for connecting people, products, technologies and solutions across the global electronics manufacturing supply chain. The event was held on May 22 -24, 2018 at the new Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur (MITEC).

Nature’s fascinating creatures served as inspiration for the new projects of Festo’s Bionic Learning Network. The structure and kinematics of AirJelly is based on the biological model, the jellyfish. The test beds utilise cutting-edge technologies.

Air is the element of the AirJelly. Rather than swimming through water like the AquaJelly, it glides through the air with the aid of its central electric drive and an intelligent, adaptive mechanical system. The remote-controlled AirJelly is kept in the air by its helium-filled ballonet.

The AirJelly’s only energy source are two lithium-ion-polymer batteries, to which the central electric drive is attached. This transmits its power to a bevel gear and then to eight spur gears, which drive the eight tentacles of the jellyfish via their respective cranks. The structure of each tentacle is based on the Fin Ray Effect. Using a peristaltic movement to drive a balloon was previously unknown in the history of aviation. The AirJelly is the first indoor flying object to use such a peristaltic propulsion system.

Festo demonstrates with this exhibit that a central electric drive – combined with an intelligent mechanical system – can offer fascinating possibilities for “lighter-than-air” aviation. Festo aims to delight its customers with innovative, fascinating and intelligent solutions in both automation and didactics. It therefore offers a wide range of electric, pneumatic and hybrid drive systems, together with the respective sensors and control possibilities.

Further information can be found at www.festo.com/bionics

 

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