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Omnidirectional Movement for Material Handling Applications

Omnidirectional wheels are also known as Omniwheels, Holonomic, or Mecanum wheels. Regardless of the name, the main advantage of omni directional wheels is their 360 degrees of mobility.

Omnidirectional wheels make it easy to maneuver and position whatever they are attached to because of their ability to:

  • Move side-to-side
    • Spin easily
    • Begin movement in any direction
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How omnidirectional wheels work

Omnidirectional wheels have rollers around the circumference which are positioned perpendicular to the turning direction. These omni wheels roll forward and backward as any wheel does.  Another version is the Mecanum wheel which incorporates rollers obliquely attached to the entire circumference of the rim.

A disadvantage, however, is that what is gained in maneuverability can be lost in overall vehicle control. They are also inherently limited in load capacity because of the smaller rollers. This is especially apparent in manual applications where larger objects are being moved is being pushed or pulled.

The Halo Drive System offers high maneuverability with precise control

To solve these challenges, Conceptual Innovations developed a patent-pending motor-powered omnidirectional drive technology called the HALO Drive System. This system consists of OmniDirectional  Drive Pods. These pods incorporate two independently rotating wheels into one assembly, each driven by its own motor.

The omnidirectional wheels mentioned above are very different from the HALO omnidirectional dive system designed by Conceptual Innovations. HALO drives allow all the motors to perform both steering and driving functions simultaneously, compared to other omni-drive systems that only allow one motor to steer and another to drive.

This advantage results in a much higher power density and compactness, creating a lower costing product with a higher drive performance.

The patented technology enables HaloDrive Pods to:
➢ Start movement in any direction
➢ Steer all axles
➢ Precisely position and maneuver within +/- .5MM

Higher load capacity is a major advantage of utilizing the HALO Drive System

These Pods provide all of the capabilities and functionality of omni wheels and Mecanum wheels. However, HALO Drive Pods are designed for higher load capacity and deliver precise movements in tight spaces. You’ll find the The HALO Drive System in industrial material handling industries and applications such as:

➢ Aircrafts
➢ Boats and Ships
➢ Wind Turbines
➢ Heavy Equipment
➢ Steel
➢ Semi -Trucks and Trailers
➢ Trains and Locomotives.

Scalability Made Simple

Scalability is another significant advantage on the HALO Drive System.Increasing load capacity is easily accomplished by adding additional drive pods.  The HALO can accommodate any number of pods from 2 to 20, resulting in a load range from 5,000 lbs. to 200,000 lbs.  The HALO Drive System also comes with a variety of options such as a wireless hand controller, a lifting system, safety sensors, and wireless charging.

Click here to learn more about HALO Drive Pods

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